Assistant Research 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:

Department Profile:

Mississippi State University is Mississippi's senior comprehensive land-grant institution and has the largest on-campus enrollment (>22,000) of the eight state institutions of higher learning. All components of the university have a strong commitment to teaching, research, and service. The Department of Plant and Soil Sciences has 31 on- and 26 off-campus faculty members engaged in teaching, research, and extension and/or service programs, most of who carry joint appointments. The programs are supported by state-of-the-art laboratories, equipment, and trained support and professional staff. The department offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Agronomy, Horticulture, or Environmental Sciences in Agricultural Systems, with Master's or Doctoral graduate students concentrating in Agronomy, Horticulture, or Weed Science.

Area of Specialization:

Plant Stress Physiologist

Anticipated Appointment Date:

October 1, 2019

Tenure Track Status:

Non Tenure-Track 12-month position

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The overarching goal of this position is to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team to develop advanced UAS/UAV systems for data management and bioinformatics that integrate genetics by environment by management data into precision crop management. Specific goals of this position are as follows: 1) develop best practices for collecting imagery and data using UAS/UAV to detect plant stress and/or soil health; 2) develop algorithms that automate UAV image processing to detect plant stress and/or soil health; and 3) develop decision support tools that incorporate imagery in order to optimize productivity and sustainability within Mid-South agricultural production systems. The successful candidate will work closely with faculty and staff in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, the United States Department of Agriculture – Agriculture Research Service, and the Geosystems Research Institute at Mississippi State University as well as others to meet these objectives. Regional and multi-state collaboration on research projects is expected as well as the ability to garner extramural funding to support research efforts. Instructional responsibilities include active participation in supervising and training graduate students. Demonstrated publication experience in refereed journals is critical. Service to the department, college, university as well as professional societies is expected.

Minimum Qualifications:

Earned Ph.D. in plant physiology 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 UAS/UAV’s 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 issues in a team environment.

ABDs or degree pending considered (all but DISS):

Yes, ABDs will be considered.

Restricted Clause:

Position is contingent upon continued availability of funding.   Funding for this position is available for five years from the date of hire. 

Applicant Instructions:

Applicants must apply online at A letter of application, personal C.V., and names/addresses/emails of at least four (4) professional references should be forwarded to: Dr. Darrin Dodds, Department Head, Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, Mississippi State University, Box 9555, Mississippi State, MS 37962. Nominations are encouraged and should be sent to the same address.

This position is open until filled.

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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