Monday, April 18, 2011
EMPLOYMENT: ICARDA Marginal Water Management Scientist/Specialist
The International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) is an international autonomous, non-profit, research center based in Aleppo, Syria, supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). ICARDA is committed to the improvement of livelihoods of the resource-poor in dry areas by enhancing food security and alleviating poverty through agricultural research, and the equitable use and conservation of natural resources.
The main responsibilities of the Marginal Water Management Scientist/Specialist will be to:
- Conduct a research program that promotes sustainable irrigated agricultural production based fully or partly upon marginal-quality water resources (treated wastewater, drainage water, and or saline water) including:
- Assessment of marginal water resources quality and availability for agriculture.
- Development/adaption of interventions for agricultural production based on irrigation with diverse water resources.
- Environmental impact assessment through monitoring of contaminants in soils, crops, and groundwater under urban treated wastewater irrigation systems.
- Promotion of safe and productive use of treated wastewater in agriculture.
- Conjunctive use of marginal-quality water resources with other water sources.
- Characterization and community-based management of salt-affected soils. g) Modification and/or development of crop diversification options for salt-affected environments.
- Contribute to the efforts of a larger group of experts focusing on water quality and use of marginal-quality water by interacting closely with scientists based at ICARDA, International Water Management Institute (IWMI), and National Agricultural Research Systems (NARS).
- Contribute to the global and regional assessments and initiatives addressing water quality, marginal-quality water resources, and salt-affected soils.
- Prepare relevant technical documentation and papers for discussion and publication, especially ISI peer-reviewed papers.
Deadline: May 8, 2011