*Applications may be reviewed on a rolling-basis and this posting could close before the deadline.
ARS Office/Lab and Location: A research opportunity is currently available with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS), at the U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center (USDFRC) located in Madison, Wisconsin. The selected participant will also be involved in a separate postdoctoral research project funded by the Agronomy Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Research at the USDFRC aims to enhance the productivity, efficiency, and environmental sustainability of integrated livestock and forage production systems for dairy farms. For further information, please see https://www.ars.usda.gov/midwest-area/madison-wi/us-dairy-forage-research-center/ Students, staff, and faculty at the University of Wisconsin Agronomy Department conduct research, teaching, and extension on ways to produce crops that feed the world, while promoting biodiversity, building soil, improving water resources and sequestering carbon.
Research Project: Throughout the course of this fellowship, the selected participant will be involved in two projects. In first project, the participant will join an interdisciplinary team of USDA and University scientists to characterize conventional and alternative alfalfa production systems and use life cycle assessment (LCA) as well as agricultural systems and economic modeling to improve the environmental, agronomic, and financial performance of alfalfa-based crop rotations for Midwestern dairy farms. In the second project at the University of Wisconsin, the participant will make use of ongoing cultivar experiments and databases from yield trials in North America to model the resilience and stability of alfalfa yield in response to climate variation.
Learning Objectives: The participant will gain experience in forage agronomy, soils, animal nutrition, LCA methodology as well as agricultural and economic modeling. This project will enhance the participant’s ability to independently design, plan, conduct, evaluate, and publish outputs from complex modeling studies of agricultural production systems.
Mentor(s): The mentors for this opportunity are John Grabber (email@example.com) and Valentin Picasso (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you have questions about the nature of the research please contact the mentor(s).
Anticipated Appointment Start Date: November 22, 2020. Start date is flexible and will depend on a variety of factors.
Appointment Length: The appointment will initially be for up to two years, but may be renewed upon recommendation of ARS and is contingent on the availability of funds.
Level of Participation: The appointment is full-time.
Participant Stipend: The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience.
Citizenship Requirements: This opportunity is available to U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR), and foreign nationals. Non-U.S. citizen applicants should refer to the Guidelines for Non-U.S. Citizens Details page of the program website for information about the valid immigration statuses that are acceptable for program participation.
ORISE Information: This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and ARS. Participants do not become employees of USDA, ARS, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. Health insurance can be obtained through ORISE.
Questions: Please visit our Program Website. After reading, if you have additional questions about the application process please email USDA-ARS@orau.org and include the reference code for this opportunity.