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Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering


Postdoctoral Scholar Positions

Watershed and Water Quality Modeling, Data analytics

Job Description: Two postdoctoral scholar positions are available immediately in the Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering (FABE) in the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) at The Ohio State University (OSU). The selected candidate will work under different projects funded by federal grant programs to evaluate the agricultural conservation practices in the Western Lake Erie and the Gulf of Mexico watersheds for water quality and soil health benefits under climate change using high-resolution watershed models and decision support tools.

In addition to leading modeling efforts, the postdoc will be expected to disseminate findings through peer-reviewed publications and presentations at professional meetings. The postdoc will have the opportunity to develop new research ideas within the broader context of the project. This is a term position subject to annual renewals based on availability of funding. The position will be located on the Columbus campus. The successful candidate will work under the supervision of Dr. Vinayak Shedekar, Assistant Professor of Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering, and Dr. Asmita Murumkar, Assistant Professor and Field Specialist of Ecosystem Services at the Ohio State University.

Required Qualifications

· Earned Ph.D. by date of hire with a strong academic background in agricultural engineering, ecological engineering, environmental engineering, civil engineering, hydrology, or closely related field;

· Experience using hydrologic models for field and watershed assessment;

· Experience of writing successful manuscripts;

· Experience of understanding and use of Global Climate Model outputs.

Required Skills

· Knowledge of programming languages such as FORTRAN, R, MATLAB;

· Experience using the Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) or similar field to watershed scale models.

· Experience of source code modifications in SWAT or other models is desirable but not required as long as the candidate demonstrates ability to learn and apply these skills.

· Excellent verbal and written communication skills and demonstrated ability to work with interdisciplinary teams and mentor students and past presentations explaining results from watershed models to public and scientific audiences.

How to apply: Please send an email explaining your interest in the position along with a detailed CV to Dr. Vinayak Shedekar ( and Dr. Asmita Murumkar ( Also, the two positions are posted at the following links:


Research Soil Scientist/Agricultural Engineer/Physical Scientist (Research Associate) 

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The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the United States Department of Agriculture's chief scientific research agency and one of the world's premiere scientific organizations. ARS Postdoctoral Research Associates are hired to supplement a lead scientist's research on agricultural problems of high national priority affecting American agriculture. This position is located in the Soil Drainage Research Unit in Columbus, Ohio. **ANNOUNCEMENT IS OPEN UNTIL FILLED OR 07/02/2024**

This job is open to: The public (U.S. Citizens, Nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.)


· Lead data mining and assessment research activities to quantify the water quality impacts of conservation and crop production practices.

· Contribute to and lead aspects of field investigations and data analysis involving the exchange of water, carbon dioxide, and/or greenhouse gases at the soil, vegetation, and atmospheric interface.

· Organize and publish research results in peer-reviewed journals.

· Collaborate and provide support to other Unit research activities.

· Participate in working groups, conference calls, and annual meetings.


This position requires a Ph.D in Soil Science, Physical Science, Agricultural Engineering or a related field of study that has equipped the applicant with the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position. The incumbent must have a demonstrated knowledge and application of statistics; a strong record of productivity with evidence of peer-reviewed publications; and experience in agricultural phosphorus and nitrogen cycling/budgets and/or experience and knowledge of agricultural water, carbon, and/or greenhouse gas fluxes. Applicants must meet basic Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standard's requirements (noted below) for at least one of the advertised scientific disciplines necessary to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position.

Soil Science Series 0470 (
A. Degree: soil science or a closely related discipline that included 30 semester hours or equivalent in biological, physical, or earth science, with a minimum of 15 semester hours in such subjects as soil genesis, pedology, soil chemistry, soil physics, and soil fertility.
B. Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in soil science or a related discipline that included at least 30 semester hours in the biological, physical, or earth sciences. At least 15 of these semester hours must have been in the areas specified in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Agricultural Engineering Series 0890 (
A. Degree: Engineering. To be acceptable, the program must: (1) lead to a bachelor's degree in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by ABET; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.
B. Combination of education and experience -- college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following:

· Professional registration or licensure -- Current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT), or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions.

· Written Test -- Evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination or any other written test required for professional registration by an engineering licensure board in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.

· Specified academic courses -- Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and that included the courses specified in the basic requirements under paragraph A. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of an engineering program as described in paragraph A.

· Related curriculum -- Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in an appropriate scientific field, e.g., engineering technology, physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a bachelor's degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.) For more information about EI and EIT registration requirements, please visit the National Society of Professional Engineers website at:

General Physical Science Series, 1301 (
A. Degree: physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics.
B. Combination of education and experience -- education equivalent to one of the majors shown in A above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.