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Superintendent & Associate/Full Professor with Montana State University – Department of Research Centers in Conrad, Montana

Type of position Full-time faculty tenure track position (100% Montana Agricultural Experiment Station) with a 25%
administration component as the Superintendent of the Western Triangle Agricultural Research Center
(WTARC), 55% research, 10% extension, and 10% service assignments.
Employer Montana State University – Department of Research Centers
Description of Employer Public Land Grant University.
Location Conrad, Montana
Description of Location Located at the Western Triangle Agricultural Research Center, 10 miles north of Conrad (pop. 2,800) and 70 miles north of Great Falls in the agricultural production area known as the “Golden Triangle” of Montana. WTARC is one of seven Montana Agricultural Experiment Station Research Centers strategically located throughout Montana. The center is comprised of 75 acres of dryland and irrigated crop land.
Salary Salary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications.
Benefits Go to: http://www.montana.edu/hr/Benefits%20Overview%20FY19%20FINAL2.pdf
Closing date of competition Screening of applications will begin on January 21, 2019; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.
Date position available July 1, 2019
Description of duties

The Superintendent assignment functions as the primary contact and administrator of the Western Triangle Agricultural Research Center. As a faculty member of the Department of Research Centers, the Superintendent serves as the primary advocate for WTARC, provide leadership toward the WTARC’s mission, empower and enable WTARC staff and faculty to fulfill their roles, and are responsible for developing policies and procedures for the operation and function of WTARC as prescribed by the mission of the Department of Research Centers and the MAES. For specific information regarding Superintendent duties, please visit:


The research assignment of this position is expected to improve the economic and environmental sustainability of dryland and irrigated crop production systems in this region of Montana. Research in nutrient management, cropping systems, precision agriculture, or other specialized areas of agronomy that address researchable problems of the “Golden Triangle” region are acceptable. This research program also will collaborate with the existing MSU variety development and testing programs. Opportunities exist to participate in graduate student education. Securing extramural funds from state, regional and national grant programs as well as the agricultural industry will be expected. Although this is a research position, it is expected that approximately 10% of the scientist’s time will be spent in disseminating research results to growers and 10% to provide service to the Department of Research Centers, the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station, the College of Agriculture, Montana State University, and to professional societies.

Qualifications sought

Required Quaalifications:

  1. An earned Ph.D. degree in Agronomy, Crop Science, Soil Science, or related discipline at time of hire.
  2. Demonstrated experience and expertise in personnel management.
  3. Documented experience in effective administration of budgets and research programs.
  4. Demonstrated experience in agronomic research, including the planning, designing and implementing of field research, and interpreting the research results using accepted scientific methodology.
  5. Demonstrated experience writing and submitting peer-reviewed manuscripts.
  6. Demonstrated experience in communicating research results to producers, media and others.

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Experience in crop nutrient management research.
  2. Documented grant writing skills and success in securing extramural funds.
  3. Post-doctoral experience.
  4. Commercial crop production experience, especially with crop production systems common to the semiarid regions of the western United States.
  5. Proficiency in evaluating and adopting new research and agricultural production technology.
  6. Demonstrated commitment to work with and engage diverse students, staff, and colleagues within and outside the department and a commitment to fostering the principles of inclusiveness and diversity.
Contact for additional information Questions regarding appointments and salaries at MSU should be directed to:
Dr. Darrin Boss, Head
Department of Research Centers
MSU Northern Ag Research Center
3710 Assinniboine Road
Havre, MT 59501-8412
tel: 406-265-6115
email: dboss@montana.edu

All other questions may be directed to:
Ken Kephart
MSU Southern Ag Res Center
748 Railroad Highway
Huntley, MT 59037
tel: 406-348-3400
email: kephart@montana.edu

Application procedure  
Submit what Go to: https://jobs.montana.edu/postings/14487
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Additional Information Equal Opportunity Employer, Veterans/Disabled
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