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Assistant Professor - Soil Chemistry
University of Vermont

Date Posted Oct. 26, 2023
Title Assistant Professor - Soil Chemistry
University University of Vermont
Burlington, VT, United States
Department Department of Plant & Soil Science
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Assistant Professor
    Assistant Professor
  • Agricultural - General
    Agricultural - General
    Agronomy/Plant & Soil Sciences
    Agronomy/Plant & Soil Sciences

Assistant Professor - Soil Chemistry

The Department of Plant & Soil Science at the University of Vermont (UVM) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor specializing in soil chemistry. The position is full-time 9-month appointment with a split research / teaching appointment. We are seeking candidates with advanced training in soil sciences with emphasis in soil chemistry. Applicants must have experience in one or more of the following areas: terrestrial soils, pollutant movement, soil health metrics, soil chemistry impacts on crop nutrition, interactions between soil chemistry and microbial communities, or related areas. All applicants are required to hold a Ph.D. degree in soil science or a closely related field. Postdoctoral experience is strongly preferred.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong scholarly track record and ability to develop a vigorous sponsored research program in soil chemistry. The successful applicant will join a growing and vibrant department whose mission is to expand and integrate knowledge of agroecology, landscape design, and food systems. Preference will be given to candidates that demonstrate interest in participating and contributing to the mission of the new UVM-ARS Food Systems Research Center, as well as the new Institute for Agroecology, with a focus on small and medium-size farms. Opportunities to partner with Extension on applied research and with state and federal agencies are readily available and will be encouraged. The successful candidate will teach at all levels, and advise undergraduate and graduate master’s and doctoral students, in addition to professional contributions and service, they will be expected to teach at least two courses, an advanced course in Soil Chemistry and Water, and a laboratory course related to Pollutant Movement in Air, Land & Water for environmental science majors. Opportunities to teach Soil Morphology and Soil/Water Pollution/Bioremediation are possible.

The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their research, teaching, and/or service. In their cover letter, applicants are requested to include how they will further this goal. Applicants should apply online at (posting #F2843PO). Applicants must submit the following electronically: 1) a cover letter 2) curriculum vitae 3) statement of interest that conveys the applicant’s vision on teaching 4) a research statement and 5) a statement on how the applicant may contribute to the university’s mission to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion.  Additionally, applicants should enter in the application names and email addresses for three individuals who will provide letters of professional reference requested upon request for applicants identified as a finalist. Anticipated start date is August 19, 2024. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning December 12, 2023. Questions may be directed to Deborah Neher, Search Committee Chair, Dept. of Plant and Soil Science, 63 Carrigan Dr., Jeffords Hall, University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont 05405-0082 (, 802-656-0474).

The University of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other category legally protected by federal or state law. The University of Vermont is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and inclusive excellence of the academic community through their teaching, service, and research, scholarship, or creative arts. We are an educationally purposeful community seeking to prepare students to be accountable leaders in a diverse and changing world. Members of the University of Vermont community embrace and advance the values of Our Common Ground: Openness, Respect, Responsibility, Integrity, Innovation, and Justice. The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong commitment to the ideals of accessibility, inclusiveness, and academic excellence as reflected in the tenets of Our Common Ground. The University of Vermont is in the city of Burlington, Vermont, and enjoys a panoramic setting on the shores of Lake Champlain, between the Green Mountains of Vermont and the Adirondack Mountains of New York. Burlington is Vermont’s largest city with a metro-area population of approximately 210,000. Burlington is often rated as one of the best small cities in America with its access to nature and recreation, a thriving food and music scene, and its status as a top college town.

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