Assistant Professor – Corn and Small Grain Agronomics (75% research, 25% teaching)
Position type: Faculty, 9 or 12-Month, Tenure-track
Submission Date: Currently being accepted – Review of candidates to begin Nov 1st, 2019
Anticipated Appointment Date: January 1st, 2020
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
The goal of this position is to develop a nationally recognized research program in corn and small grain agronomics and production. The successful candidate will conduct research on cultural practices influencing corn and small grain production systems. Desirable areas of expertise include cropping systems agronomy, soil fertility and nutrient management, plant physiology, precision agriculture, and irrigation management. Regional and multi-state collaboration on research projects is expected as well as the ability to garner extramural funding to support research efforts. The successful candidate will work closely with faculty and staff from multiple departments at Mississippi State University. Teaching responsibilities include a split-level grain crop production course as well as active participation in supervising and training graduate students. The successful candidate should possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and demonstrated experience in design and execution of field and laboratory research. Ability to publish in refereed journals is critical. Service to the department, college, and university as well as professional societies is expected.
Mississippi State University is Mississippi’s senior comprehensive land-grant institution and has the largest on-campus enrollment (>22,000) of the eight state institutions of higher learning. All components of the university have a strong commitment to teaching, research, and service. The Department of Plant and Soil Sciences has 31 on- and 26 off-campus faculty members engaged in teaching, research, and extension and/or service programs, most of who carry joint appointments. The programs are supported by state-of-the-art laboratories, equipment, and trained support and professional staff. The department offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Agronomy, Horticulture, or Environmental Sciences in Agricultural Systems, with Master’s or Doctoral graduate student programs concentrating in Agronomy, Horticulture, or Weed Science.
Earned Ph.D. in Agronomy, Crop or Soil Science or a closely related field from an accredited institution of higher learning is required. Applicants who are ABD will be considered. Applicant must have excellent written and oral communication skills. Demonstrated ability of organizational and leadership skills are important, as well as willingness to work in a team environment.
A strong row crop background and familiarity with modern agricultural production practices is preferred. Teaching experience in plant science or grain crop production is highly desirable.