Philippines: Postdoctoral Fellow – Soil Health

Organization: International Rice Research Institute
Country: Philippines
Closing date: 31 Dec 2017

About IRRI

The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) is the world’s premier research organization dedicated to reducing poverty and hunger through rice science; improving the health and welfare of rice farmers and consumers; and protecting the rice-growing environment for future generations. IRRI is an independent, nonprofit, research and educational institute, founded in 1960 by the Ford and Rockefeller foundations with support from the Philippine government. The institute, headquartered in Los Baños, Philippines, has offices in 17 rice-growing countries in Asia and Africa, and over 1,000 staff.

Job Purpose

Lead research on the widely varying water management regimes and diversified rice cropping systems to ensure sustainable management of soil health. Assess sustainability trends by developing soil health indicators for the use of internal and external partners. Evaluate the efficacy of biological soil amendments and bio-control products in order to improve the sustainability and productivity of rice cultivation. This job will contribute to a number of projects at IRRI (e.g. Closing Rice Yield Gaps in Asia with Reduced Environmental Footprint (CORIGAP), Sustainable Rice Platform, Transforming Rice Management, the Irrigated Rice Research Consortium, the Consortium for Unfavorable Rainfed Environments, and new projects that will start up) and is expected to have test sites at various locations in Asia.

This position will be based at the IRRI Headquarters, Los Banos, Laguna.

Roles and Responsibilities

Purpose

  • Lead research on the widely varying water management regimes and diversified rice cropping systems to ensure sustainable management of soil health.
  • Identify sustainability trends by developing soil health indicators for the use of internal and external partners.
  • Conduct surveys or simple in-field tests in identifying ways to assess soil health in rice cropping systems – through indicators that can be measured by scientists, and indicators that may be useful to extensionists.
  • Evaluate the transformation of trace elements (primarily Cd, As, Hg) in soils with varying moisture regimes and assess their uptake into crops, as well as the transformation of crop protection products in soils and their effect on soil health and resilience.
  • Investigate on the effects of biological amendments – bio fertilizers, bio control products, soil conditioners, mixed organic and inorganic fertilization schemes, etc. – in diversified rice cropping systems to establish their efficacy in crops and their effect on soil health.
  • Evaluate soil health changes in rice systems – predominantly anaerobic, predominantly aerobic, or that include both anaerobic and aerobic phases – in order to identify key chemical and biological changes that affect sustainable crop production.

Engagement

  • Align with IRRI’s climate science activities in the analysis of water regimes and a diversified cropping system according to their effects on greenhouse gas emission.
  • Collaborate with scientists, donors, and extension specialists to identify usable indicators, and train partners regarding the monitoring of soil health.
  • Supervise NRS staff (assistant scientists, researchers, and/or research technicians) and provide support to PhD and MSc scholars.
  • Serve as resource person for IRRI training courses.

Delivery

  • Validate the scientific efficacy of proposed indicators by examining large historical data sets and new measurements collected in a wide variety of field conditions (on-station and on-farm).
  • Evaluate the efficacy of biological soil amendments and bio-control products in order to improve the sustainability and productivity of rice cultivation.
  • Develop research activities to further elaborate relationships between crop management options and soil health indicators depending on own skills and on identified needs

Perform any other relevant duties as assigned by supervisor from time to time

Qualifications

  • Recent Ph.D. in Soil Science, Soil Microbiology, or closely-related discipline

Skills Required

  • Research experience related to the soil health in the context of sustainability.
  • Demonstrated ability to work outside of home culture, knowledge of rice-based cropping systems, research experience related to biological soil amendments.

How to apply:

You may directly apply through the link provided below:

http://irri.org/talentlink/details.html?id=Q7LFK026203F3VBQB79QWQWAS&nPostingID=784&nPosting…

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