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ARS Office/Lab and Location: A research opportunity is available with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS) located in Beltsville, Maryland.
The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s chief scientific in-house research agency with a mission to find solutions to agricultural problems that affect Americans every day from field to table. ARS will deliver cutting-edge, scientific tools and innovative solutions for American farmers, producers, industry, and communities to support the nourishment and well-being of all people; sustain our nation’s agroecosystems and natural resources; and ensure the economic competitiveness and excellence of our agriculture. The vision the agency is to provide global leadership in agricultural discoveries through scientific excellence.
Research Project: The research will address the measurement and monitoring of soil moisture from a variety of sensors and platforms. Soil moisture is a critical element of the water and energy cycles. But observing soil moisture can be complicated and requires calibration and validation versus ground truth with consideration of all the other influencing variables at the landscape scale. Research will contribute to the development of calibration and validation techniques for soil moisture monitoring and field experimentation to understand the veracity of soil moisture monitoring systems.
Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant will collaborate with USDA-ARS, NASA, and collaborator scientists to perform the following research activities:
- Participate in all phases of field-based data collection, operation, and evaluation of a field experiment for soil moisture monitoring.
- Seek out relevant data and review literature for existing knowledge and techniques to soil moisture monitoring for integration into ARS research programs.
- Assist with the development and application of physics-based and data-driven models to estimate soil moisture and the benefits and potential risks for stakeholder.
Learning Objectives: Through successful completion of this appointment the participant will achieve the following learning objectives:
- Collaborate effectively with a multi-agency interdisciplinary research group
- Synthesize and integrate disparate data sources and analyze using modeling techniques
- Write and present research results for publication in peer-reviewed journal articles and presentation at professional conferences
Mentor(s): The mentor for this opportunity is Michael Cosh (Michael.firstname.lastname@example.org). If you have questions about the nature of the research please contact the mentor(s).
Anticipated Appointment Start Date: September 2021. Start date is flexible and will depend on a variety of factors.
Appointment Length: The appointment will initially be for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of ARS and is contingent on the availability of funds.
Level of Participation: The appointment is full-time.
Participant Stipend: The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience.
Citizenship Requirements: This opportunity is available to U.S. citizens only.
ORISE Information: This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and ARS. Participants do not become employees of USDA, ARS, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. Health insurance can be obtained through ORISE.
Questions: Please visit our Program Website. After reading, if you have additional questions about the application process please email USDA-ARS@orau.org and include the reference code for this opportunity.