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Assistant Professor – Weed Science with Montana State University in Southern Agricultural Research Center, Huntley, MT

Type of position Tenure-track position with an appointment of 80% Research 10% Teaching/Outreach 10% Service.
Employer Montana State University
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Location Southern Agricultural Research Center, Huntley, MT
Description of Location SARC is one of seven off-campus research centers in the Department of Research Centers. The position is one of three tenure-track positions at SARC. SARC consists of 462 irrigated and dryland acres and is well-equipped with modern field plot equipment, laboratory equipment, facilities, and greenhouse space. The major commodities grown in the region include cereals, sugar beets, corn, oilseeds, pulse crops, and forages. The research center is located 20 miles east of Billings, the largest metropolitan city in Montana, and 160 miles east of Bozeman and the main campus of Montana State University.
Salary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications
Benefits Benefits include medical, dental, life, and long term disability insurance. Faculty participate in retirement plans through TIAA-CREF. More detailed information is available at http://www.montana.edu/hr/benefits-overview.html
Closing date of competition Screening begins Nov 1, 2019, but applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate pool is established
Date position available Feb 1, 2020
Description of duties

Develop an applied, field-oriented research program focused on weed management strategies associated with crops and cropping systems of the region with an emphasis on irrigated row crop and cereal production. An integrated approach to developing weed control strategies while reducing the risk of developing herbicide resistance is expected. Cooperation with MAES weed scientists, private industry, other research/extension personnel, farmers, and related commodity groups will be necessary to develop research priorities. Opportunities exist to mentor graduate students. Grant writing to secure an operational budget through funds from state, regional, and national sources as well as the agricultural industry will be necessary to fund the research program.

Qualifications sought


  1. Ph. D. in weed science or related discipline.
  2. Knowledge of weeds, weed biology, herbicides, and integrated weed management with a demonstrated experience in field crop production.
  3. Demonstrated experience in planning, designing, and implementing field research and interpreting research results using accepted scientific methodology.
  4. Publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals.


  1. Documented grant writing skills.
  2. Post-doctoral experience and/or commercial weed control experience.
  3. Knowledge and/or experience in the molecular characterization of herbicide resistance of weed species.
  4. Experience interacting with producers, ag professionals, and other clientele at field days, conferences, and/or crop management schools.
Contact for additional information Search committee chair: Dr. Kent A McVay 406-348-3400 or kent.mcvay@montana.edu
Application procedure  
Submit what A letter of application specifically addressing all of the above required and preferred qualifications
A current curriculum vitae, and The transcripts of all university academic work (copies will be accepted from applicants, but official transcripts will be required by finalists.)
Submit to https://jobs.montana.edu/postings/17879
Additional Information This position is located off-campus at the Southern Agricultural Research Center which is one of seven facilities in the Department of Research Centers / College of Agriculture of Montana State University.
Equal Opportunity Employer, Veterans/Disabled
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