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Postdoctoral Fellow I - Cannabis Cultivation

Utah State University
Logan, Utah, US
Closing date
Nov 2, 2021

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The Crop Physiology Laboratory at Utah State University has an opening for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with background in controlled environment Cannabis physiology and production. .

Incumbents in the Postdoctoral Fellow position are provided the opportunity for advanced academic preparation and research training often under the guidance of a supervising faculty mentor. Postdoctoral appointments are temporary by nature and are designed to develop the postdoctoral scholar as an independent researcher and to enhance their professional skills in academia. Positions are typically subject to the availability of funds.

The position is available immediately.


Conduct controlled environment research in collaboration with a team.

Design studies, summarize results publish in referred journals.

Maintain a sold publication record.

Work well in a collaborative, inter-disciplinary environment.

Performs miscellaneous duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:

PhD in Horticulture, Plant Science, or related discipline

A background in plant physiology, photobiology, nutrition, and/or controlled environment crop production

Excellent written, oral communication, and collaboration skills

Demonstrated ability to publish in refereed journals

Independently plan and conduct research

Data analysis and presentation of research findings at professional meetings

Demonstrated ability to publish in peer-reviewed journals

Ability to help supervise undergraduate employees and graduate students

Useful areas of Experience: Experience in photosynthetic gas exchange and automated data acquisition

Required Documents:

Along with the online application, please attach:

1. Resume to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under "Resume/RESUME"

2. Transcripts (unofficial; undergraduate and graduate school) to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under "Documents 1-5"

3. Contacts for three professional references to be included at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile

4. Cover Letter describing how your knowledge, skills and experience are aligned with the requirements of this position to be typed/pasted at the end of your application

Document size may not exceed 10 MB.

Advertised Salary:

Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes. The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.

College/Department Highlights:

USU Crop Physiology Laboratory

The CPL specializes in the use of controlled environments to examine whole-plant physiological responses to the environment. We primarily study crop plants, but our research has evolved to include optimizing the nutrition of algae for biofuels, using trees and wetland plants to clean up contaminated soils (phytoremediation), and selecting turf grass varieties that are both heat- and drought-tolerant.

Our plants are often grown under electric lamps and in hydroponic culture - so they never see the sun and never touch soil. These conditions allow us to conduct detailed studies on genetic responses to environmental conditions. We routinely grow plants in relatively small, sealed chambers so that we can measure the fluxes of water vapor in transpiration, and CO2 in photosynthesis and respiration. We are proud to have been funded by NASA for over 20 years to study the challenges associated with growing food crops in bioregenerative life support systems in space.

The Crop Physiology Laboratory is also involved with research on the optimization, understanding, and application of techniques and principles related to the growth of crops in the genus Cannabis.

University Highlights:

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah's land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 27,700 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,040 graduate students) on the Logan main campus. Utah State's statewide system features eight campuses and 23 education centers and serves all counties in the state with Extension programs. USU offers 114 undergraduate majors, 132 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. in 2019 and the in 2018. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found .

A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.

The USU main campus is located in beautiful ; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.

Notice of Non-discrimination

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USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.
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