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Research Faculty-Extension Specialist in Agronomy with University of Idaho, Aberdeen, ID

Type of position Research Faculty, 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 11,000 students with educational centers in Boise, Coeur d’Alene and Idaho Falls; nine Research and Extension centers; and 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.

The Department of Plant Sciences works to advance research and address many local, regional and global challenges such as breeding plants to tolerate drought-stress, developing sustainable cropping practices and conserving plant species for future generations. Our department prepares students for careers in the rapidly changing fields of applied and basic plant sciences and in modern production agriculture.

Location Aberdeen, ID
Salary Commensurate with market & experience
Closing date of competition 12/2/19 for first consideration
Date position available 3/1/2020
Description of duties
  The Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Idaho seeks an Assistant or Associate Professor to fill its Idaho Barley Commission Endowed Professorship in Agronomy, eligible for tenure if filled at the Associate rank. The successful candidate will be expected to initiate and conduct innovative and comprehensive research (70%) and Extension (30%) programs emphasizing best management practices for sustainable irrigated and dryland barley production strategies within the existing cropping systems. This position is a 12-month tenure track position, and it is supported by a generous endowment from the Idaho Barley Commission (IBC). This position will be located at the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) Aberdeen Research & Extension Center located in Aberdeen, Idaho.

Research and Extension programs will focus on basic and applied components of soil nutrient management for yield and end-use quality (malt, feed, and food), plant health and productivity, precision agriculture, and protection of soil and water quality. The successful candidate is expected to participate in team-directed research, working collaboratively with other faculty across the state and use industry input from the IBC for additional collaborations. Faculty collaborations may include those in the Department of Plant Sciences, other College and U of I departments, the U of I Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment (CAFÉ) and Extension educators throughout Idaho.

The successful candidate will establish a national reputation for excellence through publishing in refereed journals, presenting research seminars, participating in professional meetings, and acquiring competitive grant funding to support research and Extension programs, including graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and other staff. Participation in graduate student education and mentoring is required. Extension responsibilities include creating Extension publications and programs that involve commodity groups and other stakeholders producing barley in Idaho. The candidate will work with UI faculty members, extension educators, as well as industry and commodity groups to provide integrated Extension publications, including state and regional bulletins that address barley production and nutrient management issues. Technology transfer via programming, such as workshops, field days, and grower/industry conferences, is an expectation.


Qualifications sought REQUIRED:

  • Ph.D. in Plant Science, Agronomy, or Soil Science, Plant Physiology or related scientific discipline that demonstrates experience and interest in fundamental and applied cereal systems research.

• Must have demonstrated record of quality and excellence in research and Extension to merit hire at Associate rank and award of tenure.

• Demonstrated experience conducting field-based experiments in cereal cropping systems and/or soil nutrient management.

• Experience creating and delivering presentations at scientific meetings and to Extension/ outreach audiences.

• Demonstrated success in publishing research results in refereed scientific journals and in peer-reviewed publications.

• Demonstrated success in securing external grant funding.



• Demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively in multi-disciplinary research and Extension faculty teams.

• Demonstrated ability to manage staff.

• Experience writing Extension publications and popular press articles.

• Demonstrated experience in determining best management practices and sustainable production systems for cereal crops.

• Familiarity with implementation of precision agricultural technologies.


Contact for additional information Dr. Xi Liang, xliang@uidaho.edu
Application procedure  
Submit what Resume/CV
List of References
Other Document 1
Letter of Qualification
Statement of Research
Submit to Online application only: http://uidaho.peopleadmin.com/postings/27675
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