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Assistant Professor– Extension Weed Specialist (Invasive Plants) with University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyoming

Type of position Tenure-track assistant professor extension specialist
Employer University of Wyoming
Description of Employer The University of Wyoming is located in Laramie, a town of 30,000 in the heart of the Rocky Mountain West. The state of Wyoming continues to invest in its university, helping to make it a leader in academics, research and outreach. The university has state-of-the-art facilities in many areas and the community provides the advantages of a major university.
Location Laramie, Wyoming
Description of Location Located in a high mountain valley near the Colorado border, Laramie offers both outstanding recreational opportunities and close proximity to Colorado’s Front Range, a bustling group of metropolitan cities including Denver, Boulder, and Fort Collins. This beautiful mountain landscape offers outdoor enjoyment in all seasons, with over 300 days of sunshine annually. For more information about the region, please visit http://visitlaramie.org/
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Benefits Information on University of Wyoming benefits can be found at https://www.uwyo.edu/hr/employee-benefits/
Closing date of competition Application review begins April 5
Date position available February 25, 2021
Description of duties
The Department of Plant Sciences within the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Wyoming seeks applications for an 11-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor – Extension Weed Specialist (Invasive Plants). The appointment is at least 50% extension, with the remainder split among research, teaching, and service. The incumbent will be stationed in Laramie at the UW main campus. University of Wyoming has a strong historical and future commitment to weed science research and education. Partnerships with multiple entities statewide and regionally, stakeholder needs articulated by the Wyoming Governor’s Office and the state Legislature, and the newly-formed Institute for Managing Annual Grasses Invading Natural Ecosystems (IMAGINE) provide the incumbent in this position with ample opportunities to develop a nationally-recognized, collaborative program.
Responsibilities include:
  • Develop a statewide invasive weed management extension program
  • Engage effectively with the state’s natural resources professionals, collaborators from UW and other institutions, industry, and other stakeholder groups to help develop management recommendations that minimize negative effects of invasive weeds on Wyoming’s pastures, rangelands, and natural areas
  • Communicate effectively with Wyoming’s land managers, weed and pest specialists, and state and Federal agencies to improve invasive plant management in the state and region, and contribute to the goals of IMAGINE
  • Teach one to two courses per year related to weed science that contribute to curriculum in the Department of Plant Sciences
  • Develop an externally-funded Extension and research program with potential for national and/or international recognition, with focus on control and biology of exotic and invasive weeds in Wyoming
  • Publish research results in peer-reviewed scientific journals and other outlets
  • Recruit and train outstanding graduate students in the plant sciences
  • Serve on committees and advisory boards as needed

Assistant professors shall normally hold the terminal qualification in their discipline (e.g., Ph.D., Ed.D., MFA, etc.), and shall have demonstrated ability, through appropriate experience, to perform the functions of the position they are to hold.

Qualifications sought
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:  
A Doctoral Degree is required for this position, however, consideration will be given to applicants that are currently pursuing their Doctoral Degree and will complete the degree prior to starting work.
  • Earned PhD in weed science or closely related discipline at the time of hire
  • Evidence of ability to conduct independent and collaborative applied research in invasive weed management
  • Evidence of potential to develop extension programs in weed management
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate with diverse audiences?  
  • Valid driver’s license with a motor vehicle record (MVR) that is compliant with the https://www.uwyo.edu/risk/_files/docs/offical-vehicle-policy.pdf“>University Vehicle Use Policy.
DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS: 
  • A record of peer-reviewed publications and scholarly accomplishments commensurate with experience
  • Evidence of ability to procure extramural funds to support novel research and extension programming
  • Evidence of ability to work with universities, non-university agencies, and producers that work in the areas of range management, wildlife habitat, and livestock issues
  • Evidence of commitment to teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate student researchers
  • Experience leading or working as part of an interdisciplinary research team
  • Strong potential for excellence and effectiveness in extension programming, with demonstrated experience offering scientific content via multiple channels aimed at a range of audiences (i.e., in-person, online, print)
  • Evidence of an understanding of, and commitment to, the land grant mission
Contact for additional information Dr. Randa Jabbour, search committee chair, rjabbour@uwyo.edu
Application procedure  
Submit what Complete the online application and upload the following for a complete application: a cover letter explaining the applicant’s interest in the position, qualifications, and vision for the position; a statement of the applicant’s Extension, research and teaching philosophy including previous work with diverse audiences; current resume or CV; copies of all transcripts (originals will be requested later if the applicant is chosen for an on-campus interview); and contact information for four references familiar with the applicant’s work (include name, title, address, phone, and email). Review of applications will begin April 5, 2021 and will continue until a suitable candidate is identified.
Submit to Application should be submitted on the University of Wyoming jobs site: jobs.uwyo.edu, for job number 21000396.
Additional Information UW is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Educator and Employer. We are committed to a multicultural environment and strongly encourage applications from women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities.

In compliance with the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA), if you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation to apply for a position, please call 307-766-2377 or email jobapps@uwyo.edu.

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