The Research Director/Extension Agronomist for FST will manage field and laboratory activities related to the Institute’s 40-year old Farming Systems Trial that compares organic and conventional grain cropping systems. The Research Director/Extension Agronomist will also present data and information through outreach activities, peer-reviewed publications, and support the Rodale Institute education and consultancy programs.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
- Responsible for coordinating day-to-day operations of FST and related trials with research and farm operations staff.
- Analyze and interpret scientific data.
- Write and manage grants with internal and external partners to advance our understanding of regenerative organic agricultural systems.
- Oversee the timely execution of grant-funded projects, including budget management, timeline management, data organization, and instructing field and lab technicians.
- Develop collaborative and productive relationships with internal and external partners.
- Clearly communicate to the general public and scientific community through written and oral communication (e.g. workshops, conference presentations, field days).
- Write bulletins, fact sheets, articles, and other outreach and education communications.
- Publish peer-reviewed articles in professional journals.
- Support the Rodale Institute education and consultancy programs with expertise in field crop management.
- Clearly communicate and work with the FST advisory committee.
- PhD in Plant, Weed, and/or Soil Science with specialization in Agronomy Crop Science.
- Minimum of four years in field and laboratory research experience and familiarity with field row crop production.
- Proven interest/background in organic and/or regenerative production practices.
- Strong background in statistical analysis of field trial results and demonstrated evidence of publishing in peer-reviewed journals.
- History of grant solicitation.
- Interest and ability in working, collaborating, and communicating in a team environment with individuals of diverse backgrounds.
- Must be eligible to work in the United States.
- Evidence of attention to detail and ability to develop and maintain high quality records and other documentation is desirable.
- Self-starter with the ability to prioritize multiple activities.
- Excellent organizational skills with demonstrated written and oral skills for communicating technical information to farmers and extension personnel.
- Familiarity and experience with field scale equipment and field crop production.
Travel: Some regional, national and international travel is required.
Education/consultancy: 10% of effort
Grant writing, project management, and publication: 70% of effort
Outreach: 20% of effort
Other institutional expectations: To be trustful and respectful to all staff and visitors.
To apply: Please send a resume and cover letter to Elaine MacBeth at elaine.macbeth@RodaleInstitute.org.