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Assistant Professor

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 011100 - Plant and Soil Sciences
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Faculty
Position Open Date:

Area of Specialization:

Peanut Production

Anticipated Appointment Date:

July 1, 2018

Tenure Track Status:

12-month tenure track position

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The goal of this position is to develop and refine peanut production systems with Mississippi and enhance technology transfer to peanut growers across the educational opportunities for peanut growers across the state. The successful candidate will work closely with producers, consultants, industry, and other Extension personnel in identifying and assessing production limitations and developing strategies to improve profitability and reduce risk associated with peanut production systems. Other duties include annual participation in the cooperative Uniform Peanut Performance Trial (UPPT) for evaluating new cultivars in Mississippi. The incumbent must address industry-related problems such as drought tolerance, aflatoxin contamination, nutrient/oil content, shelf life, soil specific characteristics associated with harvest losses, harvest efficiency (peg strength, shell thickness, etc.), and other production issues associated with pest (insects, diseases, and nematodes). Collaborative studies on regional and multistate levels are expected as well as the ability to garner extramural funding to support research and outreach efforts. Instruction responsibilities include active participation in training as well as supervising graduate students. Outreach responsibilities include summarizing, publishing, and present results to growers, consultants, Extension Agents, and other colleagues. Service to professional societies, department, college, university is expected.
Educational programs should be developed for clientele and county Extension Agents based on needs assessments to include national, regional, state and local county needs. Programs should be developed with curricula that can be delivered and evaluated by the incumbent and/or county Extension Agents resulting in measured impacts.

Minimum Qualifications:

Earned Ph.D. in agronomy or closely related field (ABDs will be considered). A strong row crop background and familiarity with modern agricultural production practices is preferred. Knowledge in peanut production and experience in other agronomic crop production is essential. Applicant must have excellent written and oral communication skills. Demonstrated ability of organizational and leadership skills are important, as well as the willingness to address critical issues in a team environment. A demonstrated ability to publish in refereed journals and attract grants and contracts for supporting research activities is desirable.

ABDs or degree pending considered (all but DISS):

ABDs will be considered

Instructions for Applying:

Applications must include:

1) Letter of research and teaching interest
2) A complete curriculum vitae
3) Names , addresses and contact information of at least three professional references to: Dr. Mike Phillips, Department Head, Plant & Soil Sciences, Box 9555, Mississippi State, MS 39762

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.

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