The US Department of Agriculture–Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) is seeking to fill a one-year appointment with a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Sustainable Groundwater-Irrigated Agroecosystems by August 31, 2021. The opportunity is located at the National Sedimentation Laboratory (https://www.ars.usda.gov/southeast-area/oxford-ms/national-sedimentation...) in the historic town of Oxford located in the wooded hills of north Mississippi. Oxford has a small college-town atmosphere with excellent public schools, performing arts, fine restaurants, and bookstores. The urban attractions of Memphis, Tennessee, are 70 miles to the north.
The research will address the feasibility of artificial recharge of the Mississippi River Valley alluvial aquifer (MRVAA) in the Delta region of Mississippi through a pilot project combining riverbank filtration and aquifer storage to capture surface water for direct injection into the aquifer. Current and planned water conservation and irrigation best management practices are projected to not fully alleviate the long-term depletion of groundwater in the region. Managed aquifer recharge (MAR) has been identified as the most likely technology to reduce or potentially reverse groundwater depletion. Construction of the facility by USDA-ARS is complete and full operation began April 2021.
Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant will collaborate with USDA-ARS, U.S. Geological Survey, and the University of Mississippi research scientists and participate in all phases of field-based data collection, operation, and evaluation of the pilot project. This is an opportunity to get involved on the ground floor with development of cutting-edge, scientific technology and innovative MAR solutions to support an agriculture industry in the Delta that produces over $1.5 billion in agricultural commodities annually while also sustaining the region’s agroecosystems and natural resources.
The opportunity details can be found here:
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue on a rolling basis, and the posting may close before the deadline of August 31, 2021.