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Assistant Professor – Extension Weed Management with Kansas State University, Department of Agronomy in Manhattan, KS

Type of position 80% Extension and 20% Research – 12-month tenure-track eligible
Employer Kansas State University, Department of Agronomy
Description of Employer The Department of Agronomy provides statewide leadership in teaching, research, and extension in crop, soil, and range sciences. Weed science, crop breeding, climatology, and protecting soil and water resources are also important components of the departmental mission. Advances in these sciences have major impact on transforming the bounty of the natural resources of Kansas into the present standard of living enjoyed by its people.

The Agronomy Department has excellent classroom, office, laboratory and greenhouse facilities in the Throckmorton Plant Sciences Center. Current space in the Center for Agronomy is 78,655 square feet for office, laboratory, and classroom use, plus 42 greenhouse modules containing 26,250 sq. ft. Excellent field facilities with appropriate equipment are available in the Manhattan area. In Manhattan, the Agronomy Farm (2200 Kimball) and Ashland Bottoms units contain over 1,000 acres of dryland and irrigated cropland.

About a third of the crop acres on the Agronomy Farm is designated as the Agronomy Learning Farm, which is managed and operated primarily by Agronomy students. The Rannell’s Flint Hills Prairie units contain 3295 acres dedicated to range research. These facilities support essential hands-on learning opportunities for undergraduate and graduate teaching programs, targeted research, professional training activities and Foundation seed production.

Four Agronomy Experiment Fields located throughout eastern and central Kansas are utilized to research specific soil-climate-cropping systems for their respective areas. These experiment fields with properties near Ottawa, Hutchinson, Belleville and Scandia, Rossville and Silver Lake add an additional 1142 acres for research and extension uses.

Location Manhattan, KS
Salary based on experience
Closing date of competition May 6, 2019 until filled
Date position available June 1, 2019 or until filled
Description of duties

Provide statewide leadership for extension weed science programs and conduct applied research on weed management in agronomic crops produced in Kansas. Develop weed management educational materials based on research results and interaction with the private, public, commercial, and regulatory sectors. Serve as a resource person for extension personnel, government agencies, the ag-chemical industry, and the general public by providing timely and pertinent weed management information through electronic media, public meetings, newsletters, bulletins, mass media, social media, and individual consultation. Development of a strong, grant funded extension and applied research program, including the training of graduate students and publication of research results is also an expectation of the position. The applied research program should complement the extension educational goals and objectives to understand crop-weed interactions, herbicide resistance evolution and management, and effective integrated weed management programs.

Qualifications sought

Required: Ph.D. in agronomy, crop science, botany or a related field, with an emphasis in applied weed science. Ability to conceive, plan, promote, and deliver extension educational programs to producers, industry personnel, agency personnel, and extension agents. Ability to conceive, plan, implement and publish applied field-based research. Excellent communication skills in written and spoken English. Demonstrated record of extension and scientific publication and grant writing appropriate for current career development. Interpersonal skills that promote interaction in a multidisciplinary context. Ability to work in a multi-cultural setting and create an environment that fosters diversity, collegiality, and teamwork.

Desirable: Experience with weed management in agronomic crops in rain-fed and irrigated crop production systems of the Great Plains region.

Contact for additional information For further information, please feel free to contact Dr. Mickey Ransom, Interim Department Head, at 785-532-6101, mdransom@ksu.edu; or Dr. Anita Dille, Search Committee Chair, at 785-532-7203, dieleman@ksu.edu. Information about the Department of Agronomy is available at the home page for the department: http://www.agronomy.k-state.edu.
Application procedure  
Submit what Required application documents include a letter of interest, a statement of vision for this position, a resume, and undergraduate and graduate transcripts. Names and e-mail addresses for three professional references.
Background check will be requested.
Submit to To apply for this position, go to http://careers.k-state.edu/cw/en-us/job/507030/assistant-professor-weed-management , then select “Apply Now” to create an account and upload application materials in pdf format.
Additional Information Kansas State University embraces diversity and promotes inclusion. The University actively seeks individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers, students, and others. The University is dedicated to promoting the Principles of Community.
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