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Assistant Professor – Weed Scientist & Extension Specialist with University of Idaho — Department of Plant Sciences in Kimberly, ID

Type of position Research & Extension, 12-month tenure-track
Employer University of Idaho — Department of Plant Sciences
Description of Employer Since 1889, the University of Idaho has provided motivated students with a transformative higher education experience that prepares them to solve real-world problems and achieve success in their lives and careers. Beginning with our beautiful residential campus in Moscow, the university’s reach extends throughout Idaho, serving over 12,000 students with educational centers in Coeur d’Alene, Boise and Idaho Falls, a research and extension center in Twin Falls, plus Extension offices in 42 counties. One of the nation’s land-grant research universities, U of I is a noted national leader in student-centered learning and interdisciplinary research that promotes public service. Our work serves businesses and communities, advancing the pursuit of diversity, citizenship and global outreach.
Location Kimberly, ID
Salary commensurate with experience and market
Closing date of competition 9/20/19 for first consideration
Date position available 11/1/19
Description of duties The successful candidate will be expected to initiate and conduct innovative and comprehensive Extension (60%) and research (40%) programs emphasizing the biology and ecology of weeds and their interactions with crops to develop sustainable weed management strategies. This position is a 12-month tenure track position. Research and Extension programs will provide leadership in Idaho cropping systems and involve weeds of various regional crops, including sugar beets, dry beans, wheat, barley, potatoes, corn, and alfalfa. The successful candidate is expected to participate in team-directed research, working collaboratively with other faculty across the state. Faculty collaborations may include those in the Department of Plant Sciences, other UI departments, the UI Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment, and both area and county Extension faculty in Idaho. Research emphasis areas will include crop production and may also include plant biotechnology. The successful candidate will establish a national reputation for excellence through publishing in refereed journals, presenting at research seminars, participating in professional meetings, and acquiring grant funding to support a research and Extension program. Participation in graduate student education and mentoring is required. The successful candidate will serve as a resource person for specific weed science/management questions from Extension educators, crop advisers, other agricultural professionals and the public. Extension responsibilities include creating Extension publications and Extension programs that involve commodity groups and other stakeholders producing crops grown in southern Idaho. Technology transfer via programming, such as workshops, field days, and grower/industry conferences, is an expectation of the job. This position will be located at the Kimberly Research and Extension Center, outside of Twin Falls, Idaho.
Qualifications sought Required

  • PhD in Weed Science, Plant Science, Agronomy, Horticulture, Plant Physiology or related scientific discipline that demonstrates research competency to provide innovative and sustainable strategies for managing weeds
  • Demonstrated experience conducting field-based experiments in weed management and familiarity with plant physiology research
  • Experience creating and delivering Extension/ outreach presentations
  • Experience creating and delivering presentations at scientific meetings
  • Planning and conducting research and reporting results in refereed scientific journals and peer-reviewed publications
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with non-scientific audiences
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills


  • Evidence of success in securing competitive funding
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively in multi-disciplinary research and/or Extension faculty teams
  • Demonstrated ability to manage staff
  • Experience writing Extension publications and popular press articles
  • Demonstrated experience with agronomic or horticultural crops
  • Familiarity with implementation of precision agricultural technologies
Contact for additional information Tim Prather, Professor, Search Committee Chair, Department of Plant Sciences, 208-885-9246, tprather@uidaho.edu
Application procedure  
Submit what Letter of Qualification
Statement of Research
List of References
Submit to Apply online at https://uidaho.peopleadmin.com/postings/26859
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