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Assistant Professor and Weed Science Extension Specialist with Auburn University in Auburn, AL

Type of position Faculty position – 9 month, tenure-track position with a 75% Extension and 25% Research appointment.
Employer Auburn University
Description of Employer Auburn University is one of the nation’s premier land, sea and space grant institutions with an enrollment of more than 25,400 graduate and undergraduate students. The University is located in the city of Auburn in east-central Alabama approximately 100 miles southwest of Atlanta, GA and southeast of Birmingham, AL and is about 60 miles from the state capitol (Montgomery). Visit www.auburn.edu for more information.
Location Auburn, AL
Salary Salary commensurate with education and experience
Closing date of competition May 5, 2014
Date position available January 1, 2015
Description of duties JOB DESCRIPTION:
The Department of Crop, Soil & Environmental Sciences (formerly Agronomy & Soils) in the College of Agriculture at Auburn University is seeking applications for the position of Assistant Professor / Weed Science Extension Specialist in the program area of weed biology and management in various agronomic and vegetable crops. This faculty position will be a 9 month, tenure-track position with a 75% Extension and 25% Research appointment. The projected start date will be January 1, 2015.

The position will be housed in the College of Agriculture’s Department of Crop, Soil & Environmental Sciences and will work collaboratively with the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station (AAES), and perform functions of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES), the primary Extension organization for the land-grant mission of Alabama A&M University and Auburn University. ACES is dedicated to delivering research-based educational programs designed to empower individuals to improve their quality of life and economic well-being. This person will serve as the primary resource contact for information on weed management in row and vegetable crops and will be expected to generate extramural funding to establish and maintain their program.

The successful candidate in the position will be expected to develop a state-wide weed science educational program dealing primarily with agronomic and vegetable crops. The candidate will serve as an educational resource for producers, landowners, agribusiness persons, government agency personnel, Extension agents and specialists.

The successful candidate will be responsible for conducting Regional Extension Agent training, field troubleshooting, producer oriented educational meetings, weed identification, development of weed management educational materials, establishment of weed science program priorities, coordination of weed science extension events and other related activities.

The successful candidate will work in cooperation with County Extension Coordinators, Regional Extension Agents, Extension Specialists, and state clientele from various cropping specialties.

The candidate will be an active member of the commercial horticulture and agronomic crop program priority teams (PPT) providing leadership in weed management projects and training.

The research program will be production-agriculture oriented and be designed to support related extension responsibilities. The successful candidate will work in cooperation with AAES personnel in conducting research and will direct and manage a graduate student program.

The incumbent is expected to develop a funding base through competitive grants, private grants, gifts, and cost-share funds to support programs.

Qualifications sought The minimum qualifications include a PhD in Weed Science or a closely related discipline from an accredited institution with a major emphasis on weed management in agronomic and/or vegetable crops. The PhD must be completed by the expected position start date. In addition, the successful candidate must possess or demonstrate:

  1. Formal education with extensive experience in production agriculture and field research
  2. Effective written and interpersonal communication skills
  3. Ability to develop grant proposals and acquire extramural funding for program support
  4. The ability to work cooperatively with individuals and groups; be willing to utilize various forms of outreach technology for program delivery
  5. Demonstrate evidence of energetic leadership and innovative thinking.

The successful candidate must meet eligibility requirements for work in the United States at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the term of employment.

Desired qualifications include a strong knowledge of agronomic production systems of the southeast, the ability to earn certification as a Certified Crop Advisor, and previous experience in Extension educational activities.

Contact for additional
Dr. Stephen Enloe
Application procedure Applicants must apply for the position by visiting the link: http://aufacultypositions.peopleadmin.com/postings/435

and attach the following:

  1. Cover letter that addresses the experience pertinent to the responsibilities of the position
  2. Current curriculum vita
  3. Copies of ALL academic transcripts.
Additional Information Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.
ACES and Auburn University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
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