Assistant Professor or Associate 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:

Cotton Agronomist

Anticipated Appointment Date:

August 16, 2019

Tenure Track Status:

Tenure-Track 12-month appointment

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The goal of this position is to refine cotton production systems within Mississippi and enhance technology transfer to cotton growers and other clientele 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 cotton production systems. Other duties include oversight of the cotton official variety testing program as well as the on-farm variety testing program. The incumbent must address production issues associated with variety selection, pest (weeds, insects, diseases, and nematodes) management, fertility, and irrigation in conjunction with other Extension and research faculty. Regional and multi-state collaboration on Extension efforts and research projects is expected as well as the ability to garner extramural funding to support research and outreach efforts. Instruction responsibilities include active participation in supervising and training graduate students and presentation of guest lectures. Outreach responsibilities include oversight of the Row Crop Short Course as well as summarization, publishing, and presentation of results to growers, consultants, extension agents, and other colleagues. Demonstrated publication experience in refereed journals is critical. Service to the department, college, university as well as professional societies is expected. 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.

Minimum Qualifications:

Earned Ph.D. in agronomy or closely related field (ABD’s will be considered). A strong row crop background and familiarity with modern agricultural production practices is preferred. Knowledge of cotton production is very desirable. 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.

Level of appointment is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

ABDs or degree pending considered (all but DISS):

ABD's will be considered.

Instructions for Applying:

Applicants must apply online at and attach a letter of application, personal C.V. and names/addresses/emails of at least three (3) professional references. The same documents should be forwarded to: Dr. Darrin Dodds, Head, Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, Mississippi State University, Box 9555, Mississippi State, MS 39762 Nominations are encouraged and should be sent to the same address.

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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