Assistant Professor

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Position type: Full-Time 9-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:

Corn & Small Grain Agronomics

Anticipated Appointment Date:

January 1, 2020

Tenure Track Status:

Tenure-track 9 or 12-month position

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The goal of this position is to develop a nationally recognized research program in the area of corn and small grain agronomics and production. The successful candidate will conduct research on cultural practices influencing corn and small grain production systems. Desirable areas of expertise include cropping systems agronomy, soil fertility and nutrient management, plant physiology, precision agriculture, and irrigation management. Regional and multi-state collaboration on research projects is expected as well as the ability to garner extramural funding to support research efforts. The successful candidate will work closely with faculty and staff with multiple departments at Mississippi State University. Teaching responsibilities include a split-level grain crop production course as well as active participation in supervising and training graduate students. The successful candidate should possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills, demonstrated experience in design and execution of field and laboratory research. 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 Agronomy, Crop or Soil Science or a closely related field from an accredited institution of higher learning is required. Applicants who are ABD will be considered. 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 will be considered.

Preferred Qualifications:

A strong row crop background and familiarity with modern agricultural production practices is preferred. Teaching experience in plant science or grain crop production is highly desirable.

Instructions for Applying:

Applicants must apply online at Additionally, 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.

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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