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Assistant Professor: Soil Scientist-Pedology
Oregon State University

Date Posted Jan. 9, 2023
Title Assistant Professor: Soil Scientist-Pedology
University Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR, United States
Department Crop and Soil Science
Application Deadline Feb. 12, 2023
Position Start Date Aug. 1, 2023
  • Assistant Professor
  • Agronomy/Plant & Soil Sciences

The department of Crop and Soil Sciences (CSS) invites applications for a full time (1.00 FTE), 9-month, tenure-track Soil Science Assistant Professor position with expertise in pedology, soil genesis and morphology, soil landscape analysis or related areas.  Candidates that bridge these areas with other soil science disciplines that are complementary to the existing strengths of the department are also encouraged to apply. 

Example research areas include (but are not limited to) dynamic soil properties; soil-landscape relationships and soil geomorphology; soil degradation; hydropedology; soil landscape processes; sustainable soil management; wetland soils; soil survey, soil databases, soil information systems, and geospatial information; forest soils; climate and land-use change; rangeland soils; mineralogy; remote sensing of soils; soil conservation; soil erosion; subaqueous soils; cultural soil resources; pedotransfer functions; or soil modeling.

The successful candidate is expected to develop a vigorous and innovative externally-funded research program that is internationally recognized and advances knowledge of and/or solutions to important problems in Soil Science. Candidates should be able to develop active collaborations within and outside the university, to advise graduate and undergraduate students, to engage with stakeholders interested in Oregon soils, and to be involved in service to the department, university, and the broader scientific community. The successful candidate will teach a course in Soil Morphology and Classification, and one additional course each year.  We seek a candidate with a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The Department of Crop and Soil Science has 114 on-campus faculty and staff, and an additional 33 off-campus faculty located at branch experiment stations and county extension offices with academic homes in CSS.   These faculty and staff are engaged in the department’s four missions in research, teaching, extension, and service.  There are more than 100 students seeking CSS degrees ranging from the BS to PhD.  As a faculty member at a land grant university, the incumbent is expected to excel in research and teaching, and to contribute to diversity, equity, and inclusion in these areas. This position contributes to the missions of the Department of Crop and Soil Science, the College of Agricultural Sciences, and the Agricultural Experiment Station at Oregon State University. The position will be located at the main Corvallis campus.

Oregon State University is a Land Grant Institution, and a large Carnegie R-1 public university located in Corvallis, Oregon.  Research opportunities at OSU benefit from the on-campus presence of the EPA Western Ecology Division, the USGS Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center, the U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station, and a USDA Agricultural Research Service Unit. In addition, Soil Science faculty benefit from the proximity of a wide range of field environments, as well as departmental colleagues at branch experiment stations and county extension offices across Oregon.

Crop and Soil Sciences, and Oregon State University as a whole, are highly committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive population of students, faculty, and staff. We seek applicants who can work effectively with students, faculty, and staff from all backgrounds, including but not limited to racial and ethnic minorities, women, individuals who identify with LGBTQIA+ communities, individuals with disabilities, individuals from lower income backgrounds, and/or first-generation college students/graduates. Details about the department and its facilities can be found at

Apply online at  Review of applications will begin  2/13/2023 and continue until the positions are filled. Queries can be sent to

  • OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

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Contact Information

  • Julie Pett-Ridge
    Crop and Soil Science
    Oregon State University
    Ag and Life Sciences 3017
    Corvallis, OR 97331-0000


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