Utah State University

Postdoctoral Fellow I - Cannabis Cultivation

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 7 months ago(10/20/2021 7:18 PM)
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Research (non-Faculty)
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Benefited Full-Time
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College of Agriculture & Applied Sc
Plants Soils & Climate
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


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. https://caas.usu.edu/labs/cpl/


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/CV”

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 Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is one of only 146 research institutions in the U.S. classified as R1 “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU provides a high-quality education at an affordable price. With its main campus in Logan, the university serves approximately 27,500 students, including 24,255 undergraduates and 3,171 graduate students. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for 25 years.


USU’s statewide system features three residential campuses, 30 total campus locations, and 23 Extension education centers. The university employees 903 full-time faculty members, 124 executive administrators, and 1,649 full-time support staff. USU offers 115 undergraduate majors, as well as 91 master’s and 42 doctoral degrees. Learn more about USU.


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 Logan, Utah, 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.


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


USU endeavors to provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access in all aspects of employment to qualified persons with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Human Resource office at 435-797-0122 or submit a request at hr@usu.edu.


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For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

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*updated 04/18/2022


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