Tuesday, April 03, 2012
EMPLOYMENT: World Agroforstry Centre Post-Doctoral Fellow – SOIL SCIENTIST
For over a decade ICRAF has being working on soil infrared spectral methods for rapid prediction of soil functional properties. These methods are now being widely applied in land health surveillance schemes that employ a standardized protocol for landscape level measurement and mapping of soil conditions. The framework is being applied throughout sub-Saharan Africa under the Africa Soil Information Service (www.africasoils.net) as well as in an increasing number of land management projects. ICRAF has recently extended these techniques to include laser and x-ray methods under its new Soil-Plant Spectral Diagnostics Laboratory, and is supporting a network of infrared spectroscopy labs across Africa.
The successful candidate will guide our work in the following ways:
- Maintain and further develop ICRAF’s soil infrared spectral calibration models and web-based prediction server.
- Coordinate ICRAF’s growing network of soil infrared spectrometers, including sample exchange, spectral calibration transfer models and training.
- Lead research on new infrared-based methods and instruments, including field applications.
- Research combinations of infrared, laser and x-ray based spectroscopy for rapid prediction of soil functional properties.
- Test new data mining algorithms for spectral prediction of soil and plant properties.
- Further develop spectral interpretation and automated reporting systems with other stakeholders.
- Develop spectrally-based soil testing services for smallholder farmers in partnership with the private sector.
- Publish results in journal articles, assessment reports and web-based forms.
- Participate in preparation of funding proposals to support the above areas of research.
Deadline: April 30, 2012