The North Mississippi Research and Extension Center (NMREC) seeks an Assistant Professor to lead the agronomic crops research and Extension program at the Northeast Branch Experiment Station in Verona, Mississippi. This 12-month tenure-track appointment (75% research, 25% Extension) will be housed at the North Mississippi Research and Extension Center in Verona, Mississippi with an academic home in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences at Mississippi State University. This is a faculty position with the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station (MAFES) and Mississippi State University Extension.
The NMREC is one of four Research and Extension Centers in the MSU System. The Agronomy Unit is located on the Northeast Branch Experiment Station in Verona, MS approximately 1 hour driving time from the main MSU campus in Starkville, MS. The NMREC is one of the largest of MSU’s 16 branch experiment stations and research units located throughout the state, having a staff of approximately 50 employees, and consisting of approximately 4,500 acres.
Area of Specialization:
Row Crop Agronomy Research and Extension
Anticipated Appointment Date:
January 1, 2010
Tenure Track Status:
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
The successful candidate will develop and teach educational programs to the appropriate clientele and county Extension Agents based on national, state, and county needs assessments. These documented Program Plans will include documented curricula that can be delivered and evaluated by the successful candidate and/or county Extension Agents resulting in measured impacts.
The incumbent is expected to collaborate with other faculty at the North Mississippi Research and Extension Center and with research scientists and Extension specialists from other locations, as appropriate, to develop an effective, nationally-recognized research and Extension program. Several additional research facilities within the North Mississippi Research and Extension Center provide opportunities to expand agronomic research efforts beyond the Verona site, and numerous collaborative research opportunities exist with scientists at other MAFES research locations throughout the state.
Specifically, the successful candidate will:
1. Provide leadership to row crop agronomy research and Extension programming in Northeast Mississippi and serve as a resource to County Extension Agents.
• Develop a robust research program in row crop agronomy based on needs assessments and funding opportunities
• Provide strategic and operational oversight to staff on a research team
• Effectively manage agronomy unit resources at the Northeast Branch Experiment Station
• Productively contribute to the MAFES Official Variety Trials and foundation rice programs
• Ensure that row crop agronomy education is appropriately represented in the statewide Extension Plan of Work. This includes timely needs-based program planning, development, implementation, evaluation, and reporting.
• Develop and implement in-service training to Extension Agents on row crop educational programs
• Work cooperatively and collaboratively with other faculty in implementing row crop research and educational programs
2. Provide leadership for a comprehensive row crop agronomy program serving industry in the Extension Northeast Region
• As a agronomy team member, provide row crop agronomy subject matter expertise and provide programmatic training for Extension Agents
• Develop program curriculum and serve as a resource person in all areas of row crop agronomy, emphasizing the needs of Northeast Mississippi
• Provide educational support to 4-H agronomy programming
• Perform other duties to support research and Extension programming as assigned
3. Serve as a productive research and Extension faculty member
• Participate in the Plant Systems Extension program planning team
• Secure extramural funding to support research and Extension programming in row crop agronomy
• Demonstrate scholarly activity via publication in appropriate academic journals
• Demonstrate a commitment to service through activities such as participation on department, college, and university committees and via service to appropriate professional associations
• Contribute to a collegial work environment and foster productive working relationships with scientists, Extension Agents, faculty, staff, and external stakeholders
• Build a nationally-recognized research and extension program
A Ph.D. in Plant Science, Soil Science, or closely related discipline is required. The successful candidate will have a practical knowledge of agriculture, enabling him/her to work with public and private entities and agricultural producers in Mississippi to develop system solutions to practical agronomic crop production issues. Excellent interpersonal skills and verbal and written communication skills are required for the position. Experience with row crop farm management is desirable.
ABDs or degree pending considered (all but DISS):
ABDs will be considered.
Candidates with a minimum of five years research and Extension experience in row crop production with a working knowledge of corn, soybean, cotton, and rice production are preferred. Candidates with professional experience effectively managing a research and Extension team are preferred.
Instructions for Applying:
All applicants MUST apply online at explore.msujobs.msstate.edu and attach a letter of interest, current curriculum vitae, transcripts of all college and university work, and the names and complete contact information of three professional references.
Inquires can be emailed to Dr. Jane Parish at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, contact Jane Parish at 662-566-2201. A review of applications will begin February 1, 2019, however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Please note that any social security numbers included on requested transcripts should be redacted prior to submitting online and that official transcripts will be requested of finalists.
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.