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Assistant Research Professor with Mississippi State University in Starkville, Mississippi

Type of position The Department of Plant of Plant and Soil Sciences in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Mississippi State University is seeking applicants for an Assistant Research Professor in plant stress physiology. This position will be a 12-month non-tenure track, 100% research appointment. The incumbent will work in concert with faculty and staff from the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences as well as others to develop advanced data management systems and bioinformatic tools using unmanned aerial systems/vehicles (UAS/UAV) to enhance crop production.
Employer Mississippi State University
Description of Employer Mississippi State University is Mississippi’s senior comprehensive land-grant institution and has the largest on-campus enrollment (>22,000) of the eight state institutions of higher learning. All components of the university have a strong commitment to teaching, research, and service. The Department of Plant and Soil Sciences has 31 on- and 26 off-campus faculty members engaged in teaching, research, and extension and/or service programs, most of who carry joint appointments. The programs are supported by state-of-the-art laboratories, equipment, and trained support and professional staff. The department offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Agronomy, Horticulture, or Environmental Sciences in Agricultural Systems, with Master’s or Doctoral graduate students concentrating in Agronomy, Horticulture, or Weed Science.
Location Mississippi State
Description of Location Mississippi State University is physically located adjacent to the city of Starkville, Mississippi in the northeastern section of Mississippi. Our beautiful award-winning campus is home to over 16,000 students and is 23 miles west of Columbus and 125 miles northeast of the capital city of Jackson. Designated as a Doctoral I university by the Southern Regional Education Board, Mississippi State University is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The Department of Plant and Soil Sciences is located in Dorman Hall on the southwestern edge of campus at the intersection of Creelman St. and Stone Blvd.
Salary Competitive
Closing date of competition This position is open until filled.
Date position available October 1, 2019
Description of duties The overarching goal of this position is to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team to develop advanced UAS/UAV systems for data management and bioinformatics that integrate genetics by environment by management data into precision crop management. Specific goals of this position are as follows: 1) develop best practices for collecting imagery and data using UAS/UAV to detect plant stress and/or soil health; 2) develop algorithms that automate UAV image processing to detect plant stress and/or soil health; and 3) develop decision support tools that incorporate imagery in order to optimize productivity and sustainability within Mid-South agricultural production systems. The successful candidate will work closely with faculty and staff in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, the United States Department of Agriculture – Agriculture Research Service, and the Geosystems Research Institute at Mississippi State University as well as others to meet these objectives. Regional and multi-state collaboration on research projects is expected as well as the ability to garner extramural funding to support research efforts. Instructional responsibilities include active participation in supervising and training graduate students. Demonstrated publication experience in refereed journals is critical. Service to the department, college, university as well as professional societies is expected.
Qualifications sought Earned Ph.D. in plant physiology or closely related field (ABD’s will be considered). A strong row crop background and familiarity with modern agricultural production practices is preferred. Knowledge of UAS/UAV’s is very desirable. Applicant must have excellent written and oral communication skills. Demonstrated ability of organizational and leadership skills are important as well as the willingness to address issues in a team environment.
Application procedure  
Submit what Applicants must apply online at www.jobs.msstate.edu. A letter of application, personal C.V., and names/addresses/emails of at least four (4) professional references should be forwarded to:
Dr. Darrin Dodds, Department Head, Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, Mississippi State University, Box 9555, Mississippi State, MS 37962. Nominations are encouraged and should be sent to the same address.
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