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Research Opportunity Description

Agroclimatologist/Physical Scientist
Agricultural Research Service (ARS)
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Ames, IA


Project Description:

The National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment in Ames, Iowa is seeking a post-doctoral scholar to quantify the effects of weather and climate on crops and livestock in the Midwest as part of the Midwest Climate Hub. This position will develop mathematical relationships to define the impact of weather and climate on crop and livestock systems and incorporate this information into decision aid tools for producers. 

To achieve this goal, the efforts will focus on:

  1. Development analytical tools for the quantification of the impact of weather and climate on crop and livestock production in the Midwest;
  2. Development of linkages between the analytical tools for crop and livestock production and meteorological and climatological forecast models to incorporate into decision tools for agriculture;
  3. Development of analytical tools to quantify the impact of weather and climate on stress for crop and livestock systems in the Midwest, and
  4. Development of quantitative assessments of the impacts of weather and climate on insect, disease, and pest populations.

These results would require interfacing with the regional climate centers for data and provide summary materials for extension and education efforts throughout the Midwest.


To be eligible, applicants must have received a doctorate degree within five years of the desired starting date.  Training for this position should include courses in agroclimatology, micrometeorology, atmospheric sciences, agricultural systems, microclimatology, agronomy, computer science, mathematics, and statistics. Experience should include analysis of weather or climate relationship to agricultural systems and interest in developing an understanding of the dynamics between weather or climate and agricultural systems using a variety of mathematical or statistical techniques.

Preferred skills include:

  • the analysis of weather and climate data relative to agricultural production
  • developing statistical or mathematical models for biological and physical systems
  • experience in the application of statistical or mathematical models to agricultural systems
  • experience in the preparation of research papers from research studies

While participants will not enter into an employment relationship with ARS, this position requires a pre-employment check and a full background investigation.

This opportunity is available to U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR) and foreign nationals.

This is an equal opportunity program open to all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, mental or physical disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, or covered veteran’s status.

Additional Information:

The appointment is full-time for one year and may be renewed upon recommendation of the ARS and availability of funding. The annual stipend rate for this position is $76,597. A stipend supplement in the amount of $13,615 is included in this rate to offset the cost of an individual or family health insurance plan. The participant must show proof of health and medical insurance. Health insurance may be obtained through ORISE. The rate also includes a travel allowance of $5,000 per year to reimburse travel-related expenses to scientific and professional development activities. The participant does not become an employee of the ARS or ORISE.

For additional information about the ARS Research Participation Program, please visit

How to Apply:

An application can be found at Please reference Project #ARS-NLAE-2014-0029 in your application and when calling or writing for information.