The Assistant/Associate 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 tenure track position
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
The incumbent will conduct in-depth agronomic Extension programs and Research for optimization of irrigated crop production systems in the Mississippi Delta. In development of the research program, he/she will work with commodity groups, growers, and agribusinesses to promote Mississippi crops and identify techniques to overcome water-related production problems that limit yields and/or profitability. Cooperation in both Extension programs and Research projects is expected by working with other agronomists, entomologists, plant pathologists, weed scientists, and economists at DREC, Mississippi State University, and USDA-ARS. Collaboration with MSU Extension Agents and specialists to plan and conduct on-farm research and demonstrations is expected. The incumbent should have a demonstrated ability to effectively teach and communicate research findings and Extension recommendations as well as troubleshoot problems with growers, consultants, and Extension personnel using non-formal teaching methods and techniques and the MSU Extension Program Planning and Delivery Process. The incumbent will also be expected to publish Extension publications, publish Research findings in appropriate professional research journals, and make presentations at professional meetings as well as regional, state, and county meetings. The incumbent will be encouraged to participate in graduate student training and contribute to collaborative teaching in off-campus and campus-based educational programs in agronomy or related fields.
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, but are not limited to, involvement in coordinating irrigation and agronomic crops research goals/objectives through collaborative team efforts. The incumbent will serve as the State Irrigation Specialist and 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.
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 specialist and/or county Extension Agents resulting in measured impacts.
An earned Ph.D. in plant and soil sciences, agronomy, or a closely related field from an accredited institution of higher learning. 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. Candidates should have experience in grant writing and effective pursuit of extramural funding.
Rank and salary will be commensurate with the education and/or experience of the candidate.
ABDs or degree pending considered (all but DISS):
ABDs will be considered.
Strong experience in irrigated row crop agricultural production and demonstrated excellence or potential in research, extramural grant, and publication.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Applicant must have excellent written and oral communication skills. Excellent organizational and leadership skills are also important.
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.