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Weed Management Specialist with University of Maryland in College Park, MD

Type of position Assistant Professor
Tenure Track – 12-Month Appointment (50% University of Maryland Extension and 50% Maryland Agricultural Experiment Station)
Employer University of Maryland
Location College Park, MD
Salary Salary will be commensurate with experience. The University of Maryland offers an extensive competitive benefits package.
Closing date of competition The position is open until filled. For best consideration, application should be received by March 15, 2018.
Date position available July 1, 2018
Description of duties

Position Introduction

The Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture (PLSA) invites applications for a 12-month tenure track position of Assistant Professor with a 50% University of Maryland Extension and 50% Maryland Agricultural Experiment Station Research appointment with the focus on weed management. The candidate will be an individual who has training in the principles of weed science, the mechanisms of emergent herbicide resistance, and familiarity with management of the primary crops that are widely grown throughout the state. 

The University of Maryland, College Park, MD is a land grant institution with world-class research and extension components located in suburban Washington, D.C.  The 1300-acre campus has outstanding research libraries and organization headquarters, and significant cultural landmarks.  There are excellent opportunities for collaboration across departments and colleges on campus.  Further, proximity to Washington D.C., Baltimore, Annapolis, and Maryland’s Biotechnology Corridor offers opportunities for interaction with a broad range of nearby agencies and research institutions including United States Department of Agriculture, Smithsonian Institution, Environmental Protection Agency, National Park Service, and the National Science Foundation.  State-of-the-art field research, greenhouse and laboratory facilities are available.  Access to nearby field stations is unparalleled due to our location near myriad juxtaposed land uses, near the 6,600 acres of the USDA Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, and multiple University of Maryland Research and Education Centers located in different ecological provinces within the state. Maryland, which has several suburban counties, also has diverse and profitable agriculture. One-fifth of Maryland’s counties rank in the top 20% of US counties in total value of agricultural products sold.


The Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture is committed to serving the diverse needs of the state of Maryland. Candidates with experience working with a range of faculty, staff, constituents and organizations and who have interest/experience in developing programs that serve diverse populations are encouraged to apply.

Position Responsibilities


The applicant is expected to develop an extramurally-funded research program focused on management and identification of adaptive mechanisms underlying proliferation of invasive weed species and resistance to herbicides. Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate the ability to utilize integrated approaches to managing weeds, or who plan to integrate “next generation” and / or genomic technologies to weed science problems. Research should focus on an integrated approach with analyses of multiple practices used in weed management programs of crops that are widely grown throughout the state. Applied aspects of the research program can include, but are not limited to, the following: utilization of surveys of herbicide-resistant weeds, newly introduced weed species, and invasive plants; identification of emergent problems with application of weed management systems and cropping systems; adaption of weed management practices to changing climate; status and impacts of introduced herbicide-resistant crops; and efficacy of cover crops systems as related to weed management programs. Support for the program is available through numerous commodity groups. Excellent farm, greenhouse, and laboratory facilities are available for carrying out the research program.



The research program is expected to complement and inform extension activities. Extension duties will include the following: contribute to the development of state and regional weed control recommendations for cropping systems; present information at research, educational, and extension meetings; develop, gather, and communicate research information to University of Maryland Extension personnel; contribute to weed management demonstrations at University Research Stations; contribute expertise to training materials for pesticide recertification and the Certified Crops Advisor program; and conduct annual/semi-annual in-service training for Extension personnel. The individual will work in partnership with research personnel, state and regional Extension specialists, county agricultural educators, industry representatives, state and federal regulatory personnel, and agricultural leaders.


Additional Responsibilities


  • This individual will be a member of the Plant Science and Landscape Architecture graduate teaching faculty and thus will be expected to mentor and train graduate students. Candidates with experience teaching and mentoring women and underrepresented minority students are encouraged to note their experience in these areas.
  • Faculty members are expected to serve the professional community through review of publications and participation on competitive grant panels, and in national and international professional meetings.
  • It is expected that this individual will participate in other duties and committees as required by the department, college, and university, as well as interacting with organizations representing their field in the state and region.
Qualifications sought



  • The candidate must hold a Ph.D. conferred as a result of research in the areas of agronomy, horticulture, weed science, applied plant science, or a related field
  • The candidate will have a clear understanding of the practice of extension education.
  • The candidate will have a demonstrated ability to publish original research in peer-reviewed journals.
  • The candidate will have demonstrated the ability to work effectively as a team member and have possession of excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • The candidate will show evidence of an interest in interdisciplinary work.
  • The candidate should exhibit experience in writing grant proposals and strong leadership skills


  • The candidate will have a commitment to contribute to the diversity mission of the department and the university.
Contact for additional information Questions may be sent to Dr. Tom Turner, Faculty Search Committee Chair, at tturner@umd.edu.
For more information on the Department, visit our website at www.psla.umd.edu.
Application procedure  
Submit what Application packets should include 1) a cover letter that addresses each required and preferred qualification, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) a detailed statement of research interests, teaching philosophy, and extension strategy relevant to the level of activity specified herein, 4) at least three references with addresses and email contact information.
Submit to Candidates must apply online at ejobs.umd.edu (Position # 103680).
Additional Information The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.
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