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Cropping Systems Agronomist *Kalispell, MT* with Montana State University in Kalispell, MT

Type of position Faculty (tenure-track)
Employer Montana State University
Location Kalispell, MT
Description of Location The position will be located at the Northwestern Agricultural Research Center (NWARC) near Kalispell, Montana. NWARC is one of seven off-campus research centers in the Department of Research Centers. The position is one of two tenure-track positions at NWARC. NWARC consists of 225 irrigated and dryland acres and is well-equipped with modern field plot equipment, laboratory equipment, facilities, and greenhouse space. The major commodities include cereals, forages, oilseed, and pulse crops. The research center is located 10 miles from Flathead Lake – the largest fresh water lake in the western U.S., and 45 miles from Glacier National Park. The area features a wide range of outdoor summer and winter recreational opportunities.
Salary Salary will commensurate with qualifications and experience
Benefits Eligible
Closing date of competition November 18, 2019 until a suitable candidate accepts the job
Date position available July 1, 2019
Description of duties

Develop a nationally recognized field research program in crop physiology to address biotic factors that limit the economic potential and environmental sustainability of crop and forage-based production systems in northwestern Montana. Potential research could include investigating northwestern Montana cropping systems; applying an integrated pest management approach to weeds and other biotic stressors in cropping systems; investigating biotic stress based interactions with crop nutrient use efficiency and precision agriculture. This research program will include annual variety development research in collaboration with variety development programs at MSU. The incumbent is expected to cooperate with all programs at NWARC, other public-sector scientists, extension personnel, farmers, private industry, advisory groups, and commodity organizations to develop research priorities and assist in developing management recommendations. Expectations for scholarship include publication in refereed journals and reviewed materials and presentation at scientific and producer meetings. Development of popular press materials, and teaching of discipline-related topics to accommodate student demand are encouraged. Securing extramural funds from state, regional and national sources, as well as the agricultural industry, is required. Research expectations include: on-station, off-station, and “field” scale research trials in cooperation with scientists, producers, and extension agents of counties served by the NWARC.

This is a 12-month tenure-track position with 80% research, 10% outreach, and 10% service responsibilities. Opportunities exist to participate in graduate student education. In supporting these endeavors, the individual is expected to secure extramural funds from state, regional, and/or national sources.

Qualifications sought

Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills: 1) Ph.D. degree in agronomy, crop science, weed science, range science or closely related field. 2) Demonstrated agronomic field research experience pertaining to crop physiology and biotic stress. 3) Demonstrated experience in planning, designing, and implementing field research.

Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills : 1) Demonstrated commitment to student, faculty, and staff diversity. 2) Experience in weed control and integrated pest management. 3) Demonstrated record of publications in referred journals commensurate with training and experience. 4) Demonstrated ability to acquire grants. 5) Postdoctoral experience. 6) Demonstrated knowledge of crops and production practices associated with the Pacific Northwest and Northern Great Plains regions of the United States. 7) Ability to cooperate with researchers and others in the agricultural community.

Contact for additional information Questions regarding application procedures may be directed to: Dove Carlin at (406) 755-4303 or dove.carlin@montana.edu

Questions regarding the position may be directed to: Dr. Jessica Torrion at (406) 755-4303 or jessica.torrion@montana.edu Dr. Darrin Boss at (406) 265-6115 or dboss@montana.edu

Application procedure  
Submit what 1) a letter of application specifically addressing all of the above required and preferred qualifications , and
2) a current curriculum vitae, and
3) the transcripts of all university academic work (copies will be accepted from applicants, but official transcripts will be required by finalists), and
4) list of four professional references and respective contact details.
Submit to Apply only online https://jobs.montana.edu/postings/13843.
Additional Information The successful candidate will be a dynamic scientist and educator who will (i) help MSU continue to provide outstanding research, teaching, and service, (ii) have effective interpersonal skills including the ability to collaborate successfully with research and extension personnel, faculty, students, stakeholders, (iii) have excellent written and oral communication skills, and (iv) work cooperatively with people of diverse backgrounds.
Position Special Requirements/Additional Information: Must possess or have the ability to obtain a valid Montana driver’s license and have an acceptable driving record as both in-and-out-of-state travels will be required. Must possess or have the ability to obtain a Montana Government Pesticide Applicator License. Both licenses must be acquired within 12 months of hire.

With or without reasonable accommodation, the person in this position must be able to:
1.Work in the field. 2.Navigate uneven terrain on foot, work in inclement weather, and move up to 60 pounds on occasion.

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Montana State University is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity employer and educational institution. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of race, color, national origin (ancestry), sex, sexual preference/orientation, marital or parental status, age, creed, religion or political belief, mental or physical disability or status as a veteran. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.
Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference or request accommodation, contact the Office of Human Resources, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; hrpp_forms@montana.edu.
MSU’s Affirmative Action Non-Discrimination Policy and Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: www2.montana.edu/policy/affirmative_action/
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