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Weed Science Position in Ornamental Crops with Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI

Type of position Full Time
Employer Michigan State University
Location East Lansing, MI
Salary DOE
Closing date of competition 04/27/2018
Date position available 03/27/2018
Description of duties Assistant Professor
Weed Science Position in Ornamental Crops
Department of Horticulture, Michigan State University

The Department of Horticulture in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University (MSU) is seeking candidates for an Assistant Professor (12-month tenure system, 50% Extension, 35% Research, 15% Instruction) position to lead an internationally recognized, innovative and competitively-funded extension and applied research program in weed science to support Michigan’s nursery, landscape, Christmas tree, and greenhouse industries.

The successful candidate will be responsible for developing a weed science program that focuses on the ecology and management of weeds in ornamental crops. Areas of research may include: weed-crop competition and the impacts on ornamental production systems; identifying new and expanded herbicide registrations for non-food specialty crops and landscape systems; identification and management of herbicide-resistant species in non-food specialty crops and landscape systems; determining the effects of changing climate on weed population dynamics; and/or developing innovative and alternative integrated weed management strategies that include chemical, mechanical, cultural, biological, and organic approaches to weed control. The successful candidate should also participate in the IR-4 Ornamental Horticulture Program. In addition to applied research, extension responsibilities include development of educational materials and presentations to inform and advise clientele (growers and landscape managers), extension educators, government regulators, and elected officials on landscape and non-food specialty crop weed management issues, with a focus on sustainability, profitability, and environmental impact. Instructional responsibilities may include participation in existing courses (e.g., weed science, integrated pest management, integrated weed management, nursery management), development of an undergraduate course or module in horticultural crop weed management, and/or development of a graduate course in the successful applicant’s field of expertise. Advising and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students is expected.

Ornamental plant production is the number one specialty crop segment and the fourth largest agriculture segment in Michigan. Michigan’s nursery, greenhouse, and perennial plant producers have an economic impact of $1.2 billion. Michigan’s nursery industry ranks 5th nationally. Michigan ranks 3rd in both Christmas tree production and value of wholesale floricultural products sold. Michigan’s 550 commercial greenhouse businesses lead national production in 14 floriculture crop segments. The Michigan landscape industry, including services, generates $4.85 billion annually. Access to the latest herbicides and comprehensive up-to-date practices and systems are essential to ensure economic sustainability of Michigan’s ornamentals industries while also protecting the environment and natural resources.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop outreach and research collaborations within the MSU Nursery/Landscape/Floriculture faculty and extension educator teams in MSU Extension’s Agriculture and Agribusiness Institute; procure competitive external grant funding; publish in peer-reviewed scientific journals; develop leadership activities in regional, national, and international professional scientific associations; and advise and mentor students, postdoctoral fellows, and visiting scientists. Opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration exist with scientists in soil science, plant pathology, entomology, diagnostic services, and agricultural engineering. Benefits include a salary commensurate with the candidate’s experience, a competitive start-up package, and attractive health, dental, and retirement plans.

Qualifications sought Required:

  • D. in horticulture, agronomy, crop science, plant physiology/biology, forestry, or an other plant science-related field.
  • Demonstrated capacity to conduct and publish independent, original, innovative research
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills appropriate for both scientific peers as well as agricultural stakeholder constituencies
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively, both as a team member and a leader


  • Graduate, postdoctoral, or other professional experience in weed science
  • Experience in competitive grant proposal writing and administration
  • Experience working in a diverse environment and/or utilizing a variety of teaching/communication methods designed for broad student/stakeholder success


Application procedure Qualified applicants should submit the following materials to www.careers.msu.edu (select Faculty/Academic Staff and apply to posting #494187): 1) a letter of application, summarizing research/extension accomplishments and future interests; 2) a current resume, 3) a summary of your experience with diversity in classroom, research, and/or extension endeavors, and an explanation of how you will contribute to MSU’s goals of inclusive excellence, and 4) contact information for at least three references who will be contacted directly by the search committee as needed. Questions about the position or the search and interview timetable can be directed to Dr. Robert E. Schutzki, Search Committee Chair (schutzki@msu.edu). Questions on submitting applications through www.careers.msu.edu can be directed to hrt@msu.edu. Review of applications will begin 5/15/2018, and continue until the position is filled.

The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) at Michigan State University is committed to achieving excellence by creating and sustaining an accessible and inclusive culture that values cultural and academic diversity. We are an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. The CANR is particularly interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that academic excellence is achieved through open access and proactive inclusion.

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Additional Information Plant Sciences at MSU: MSU is a global leader in applied and basic plant science research, with over 150 faculty members engaged in research ranging from sustainable agricultural production and ecology to breeding, genomics and biochemistry. Extensive laboratory, greenhouse, growth chamber, and field-based facilities are available for plant growth and production research, including biochemical, imaging, and gene expression analyses, bioinformatics support, and plant transformation. Horticulture faculty also conduct research at the Horticulture Teaching and Research Center on campus and several field research and demonstration centers around the state. MSU plant science faculty, staff, and graduate students represent an inclusive, diverse community committed to the advancement of science and the recruitment and retention of persons from richly varied backgrounds and perspectives to maintain and enhance the excellence of the University.
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