Assistant Professor

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 015900 - Coastal Research & Extension Center
Location: South MS Area
Categories: Faculty
Position Open Date:

Salary Grade:  UC

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Department Profile:

Coastal Research and Extension Center serves as Mississippi State University’s “southern exposure”. This position is based in Poplarville, MS at the South Mississippi Branch Experiment Station which hosts the USDA-ARS Thad Cochran Southern Horticulture Research Laboratory.

Area of Specialization:

Specialty Crops (Vegetables)

Anticipated Appointment Date:

April 1, 2020

Tenure Track Status:

Tenure-track 12-month position

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Duties will include the development of a nationally and internationally recognized research program applying relevant experience to specialty crop production with a focus on vegetable crops.

This position will be based in Poplarville, but will require occasional travel to other MSU research locations as needed. The successful candidate will work cooperatively with faculty and staff based in the Coastal Research and Extension Center as well as other MSU locations. The successful candidate will also be expected to work with relevant stakeholders to address needs and with extension personnel to disseminate results. Collaboration with research scientists at the USDA-ARS Thad Cochran Southern Horticulture Research Laboratory is also highly desired. Supervision of graduate students will be expected.

Faculty member will be expected to pursue and procure extramural funding in support of their research program. Research results will be communicated via field days, commodity group programs, MAFES bulletins, refereed journal articles, and other publications as appropriate. Service to relevant professional organizations and Mississippi State University is also required.
Successful candidate will be expected to apply for a CRIS project within 4 months of hire.

Minimum Qualifications:

An earned Ph.D. in horticulture or closely related field with a strong background in crop production. Acceptable candidates must have outstanding verbal and written communication skills, ability to communicate research results in a variety of publications; statistical, experimental design, and analysis expertise; ability to work independently or as part of a team; and experience with data collection in the preferred candidate’s specialized area of specialty crop expertise. ABD candidates will be considered.

ABDs or degree pending considered (all but DISS):

Yes, ABDs will be considered.

Preferred Qualifications:

Demonstrated success in pursuit of extramural funding, record of refereed journal publication, experience working with specialty crop commodity groups

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

The individual should be self-motivated, fit well in a multidisciplinary team environment, and exhibit excellent oral and written communication skills. Demonstrated ability to publish in the peer-reviewed literature.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

Ability to work indoors and outdoors in a range of weather conditions. Ability to obtain a valid MS state driver’s license.

Instructions for Applying:

Apply online at by submitting a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research (statement should address candidate’s research philosophy, background, and vision for the position), copy of your transcripts (official transcripts will be required from the successful candidate), and three letters of reference (sent separately by your references) to:

Dr. Patricia R. Knight, Director of Coastal Horticulture Research
Mississippi State University
Coastal Research and Extension Center
South Mississippi Branch Experiment Station
PO Box 193
Poplarville, MS 39470
or to

Any social security numbers included on requested transcripts should be redacted prior to submitting online.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable 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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