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Research Faculty - Ext. Specialist - Potato Variety Development Program
University of Idaho

Date Posted Dec. 4, 2018
Title Research Faculty - Ext. Specialist - Potato Variety Development Program
University University of Idaho
Aberdeen, ID, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Research Professor
  • Agricultural Extension

University of Idaho

Research Faculty - Ext. Specialist - Potato Variety Development Program

Location: Aberdeen

Division/College: Col of Agricultural & Life Sciences

Employee Category: Faculty

Pay Range: $80,780 - $96,450, commensurate with experience

Full/Part Time: Full Time

Position Summary:

The Plant Science Department is seeking applications for an Assistant or Associate Professor for the Potato Variety Program.

The successful applicant will lead the Potato Variety Development Program at the University of Idaho. This program is part of the Northwest Potato Variety Development Program, which is a collaborative research effort among the USDA-ARS, Washington State University and Oregon State University. While this position will work in close collaboration with the USDA-ARS Potato Breeding and Genetics Program located at Aberdeen, the focus is on agronomic research and development of management guidelines for new potato varieties, not breeding. Excellent opportunities also exist for collaboration with faculty in horticulture, entomology, nematology, as well as plant breeding, physiology, pathology and molecular biology.

The successful applicant will develop an innovative, internationally recognized, industry-responsive research program focused on completing agronomic studies as a part of developing and commercializing new potato varieties that will directly benefit all segments of the potato industry in Idaho, nationally and internationally.

Scholarship & Creative Activities:

  • Conduct agronomic research designed to develop management guidelines that will facilitate industry adoption of new cultivars.
  • Conduct field trials to determine the agronomic performance of advanced clones, as well as nutritional, phytochemical, and processing and culinary quality characteristics.
  • Develop improved potato varieties that will be successfully adopted by the processing and fresh-pack industries.
  • Additional research may include but is not limited to determining agronomic and physiological responses of advanced potato clones to environmental conditions and cultural variables and other aspects of genotype-by-environment/management interactions.
  • Secure extramural grant funding to support the research program and participate in graduate student research.
  • Publish findings in high-quality refereed journals and present findings at professional research meetings.

Outreach & Extension:

  • Summarize results of research trials into management guidelines and presenting those to clientele in presentations at educational meetings, publication of popular press articles and development of extension bulletins.
  • Work directly with industry adopters of newly released varieties to ensure knowledge of management recommendations.
  • Work with industry advisory committees and document priorities and impacts of extension programming through annual reporting to the plan of work.

Minimum Qualifications:

A Ph.D. in agronomy, horticulture, crop science, plant physiology, plant science, or closely related field.

Demonstrated experience with agronomy, physiology, pest management or cultivar development.

Track record of initiating, completing and publishing research findings.

Track record of securing external grant funding to support the research program

Demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively with colleagues and industry personnel as part of a team.

Demonstrated excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Must meet the eligibility requirements for rank of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor upon hire.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience developing and implementing Extension programs.

Demonstrated experience working on an agronomically important crop or experience in potato production systems.

Demonstrated qualifications to meet tenure at the rank of associate professor in an academic unit with the College if hired at that rank.

Physical Requirements & Working Conditions:

Ability to work in adverse environmental conditions and work effectively with plant and soil materials that may contain pollen, dust or other irritants.

Posting Number: F000743P

Posting Date: 11/28/2018

Closing Date:

Open Until Filled: Yes

Special Instructions:

Applications received by March 1, 2019 will receive first consideration.

Along with your on-line application, write a letter of qualification addressing how you meet both the minimum and preferred qualifications listed. Please also include a clear description of your research interests and how you would establish an effective Extension program. In addition, your application materials must include a CV, names and contact information for at least three (3) professional references, and unofficial transcripts.

For questions, please contact:
Mike Thornton
208 -722 6701, Ext. 211

Background Check: Applicants who are selected as final possible candidates must be able to pass a criminal background check.

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EEO Statement

University of Idaho is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer.


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