Lead Statistician Position

The Soil Health Institute announces lead statistician/database manager position

The Soil Health Institute seeks a statistician/database manager to develop experimental designs, data management approaches, and data interpretation.  The professional will serve as the project team lead for statistical analysis and data management to assess soil health indicators at long-term agricultural experimental sites across North America.

Interested professionals may contact:
(208) 315-7000


Statistician/Database Manager:  2 to 2.5 Year Appointment

The Soil Health Institute (SHI), a non-profit organization created to safeguard and enhance the vitality and productivity of soil through scientific research and advancement, located adjacent to the Research Triangle Park (RTP) near Raleigh, North Carolina is seeking a statistician for a project team to evaluate soil health indicators at long-term agricultural experimental sites across North America.  The statistician will work in a diverse team of scientists to help manage the SHI’s initiative to identify and develop widely acceptable soil health measurements, standards, and a comprehensive evaluation program that relates soil health to quantified productivity, economic and environmental outcomes.

The 2.5-year position will involve developing experimental designs, data management approaches, and data interpretation to assess the utility of soil health indicators and methods to quantify long-term management effects on soil health in North America.  The position may be staffed at SHI headquarters in Morrisville, North Carolina, or at a remote location (e.g., university, federal or private facility) as mutually agreed to by SHI and the successful candidate.

Duties Include:

  • Serve as the project team lead for statistical analysis and data management.
  • Review existing statistical designs at all participating agricultural research sites.
  • Develop digital database for the project, to include all data for measurements collected and associated environmental and agronomic metadata for each location in the project.
  • Lead the project’s statistical expertise, strategy, and capacity to analyze and interpret experimental data and metadata at all relevant individual site, regional and continental scales.
  • Train project scientists and collaborators on database management and statistical requirements for the project.
  • Provide statistical support for publications released to scientific, agricultural producer and field practitioner audiences.
  • Work with project team members and on-site collaborators on all aspects of the project involving experimental designs, data collection, data management, data analyses, data interpretation, and statistical preparation of publications and other communications for a variety of audiences, including scientists, farmers, consultants, and the public.
  • Travel frequently to site locations, partner facilities, and to the SHI office in Morrisville, NC.


  • A minimum of a Master’s degree in statistics or related field, plus at least 5 years in experimental design and data management in agricultural or environmental field research are required. A Ph.D. in statistics or related field is strongly preferred.
  • Experience in database design, database management, and GIS is required.
  • Expertise in agricultural/ecological-based multi-site analyses and interpretation is desirable.

Application Materials Required:

  • resume/curriculum vitae;
  • college transcripts;
  • 3 references with contact information, including telephone number.

Questions, contact and/or send application materials to:

Paul Tracy, Ph.D.
Project Manager, Soil Health Institute
(208) 315-7000