The Assistant/Associate/Research Professor position will be located at the Delta Research and Extension Center in Stoneville, MS.
Area of Specialization:
Anticipated Appointment Date:
September 1, 2018
Tenure Track Status:
12-month non-tenure track position
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
The incumbent will be expected to develop a regionally and nationally recognized research program in irrigation engineering and will be expected to secure extramural funding to support research activities. Irrigation of crops has become a critical component in the improvement of crop yields in the Mississippi Delta. Current trends in irrigation also point toward the need for research in developing practices that protect our water resources. The incumbent will be expected to identify irrigation practices and techniques in row crops that improve producer yields while protecting/conserving water resources, such as but not limited to improving irrigation pumping plant and application efficiencies, irrigation system design, technologies, and management. Regular interaction is expected with commodity associations and farm organizations representing all facets of agricultural production to identify and facilitate timely applied research efforts addressing specific irrigation problems encountered by clientele.
This engineer will facilitate, coordinate and participate in research activities in collaboration with other MAFES, USDA, and industry scientists. The incumbent will submit and/or partner with colleagues in grant and contract proposals seeking funding to support applied research efforts. The incumbent will partner with MSU-ES to ensure information transfer to stakeholders of research-based production and management recommendations via use of appropriate technology. Furthermore, this incumbent will demonstrate and present information and updates by planning and participating in local, statewide, regional, and national meetings with clientele. Considerable local and regional in-state travel will be required to ensure the most pressing needs of the industry are met.
The incumbent will be expected to actively participate in professional societies/organizations as well as appropriate DREC and MSU committees and commodity groups. These activities should include involvement in coordinating irrigation and agronomic crops research goals/objectives through collaborative "team" efforts. The incumbent will have an active voice and display leadership in professional organizations and committees and should work actively in the community to educate the general public about agronomic crop irrigation issues accomplished through a variety of displays, presentations and other media outlets throughout Mississippi.
Earned Ph.D. or doctorate in Agricultural Engineering, Civil Engineering, or other appropriate engineering discipline from an accredited institution of higher learning is required. Individuals who are ABD (all but dissertation) will be considered. Acceptable candidate must have outstanding English verbal and written communication skills, experience with agricultural production, statistics, and experimental design.
Rank and salary will be commensurate with the education and/or experience of the candidate.
Strong experience in irrigated row crop agricultural production and demonstrated excellence or potential in research, extramural grant, and publication. Experience in irrigation practices, design, and pump and groundwater yield. Demonstrated ability to work in collaboration with other scientists, and/or research teams with commercial crop growers is desirable. PE licensure is desired.
Instructions for Applying:
Applicants should submit the following documents: i) curriculum vitae (including statement of current position and responsibilities); ii) academic transcripts; iii) cover letter expressing applicant’s interests and qualifications; and iv) three letters of reference either online or hard copies to:
Dr. Jeff Johnson, Delta Research and Extension Center, P.O. Box 197, 82 Stoneville Road, Stoneville, MS 38776.
Screening of applications is expected to begin immediately. The position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, disability status, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.