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Assistant Professor of Weed Science, Utah State University, Department of Plants, Soils & Climate in Logan, Utah

Type of position Full-time 9-month (academic year) tenure-track faculty position in Weed Science at the Assistant Professor level. Responsibilities of this position are 65% research, 30% teaching and 5% service.
Employer Utah State University, Department of Plants, Soils & Climate
Description of Employer The Plants, Soils and Climate Department (http://psc.usu.edu/) is inclusive of a diverse, multidisciplinary group of scientists and instructors engaged in understanding the physical, chemical, and biological mechanisms critical to the management of agricultural and natural systems. The department offers undergraduate majors in Plant Science; Soils & Sustainable Land Systems; Climate Science; Residential Landscape Design & Construction as well as an associate of applied science and certificate in Ornamental Horticulture. Graduate majors in the department are Plant Science, Soil Science, Climate Science, Ecology, and a Masters of Professional Studies in Horticulture. The Plants, Soils and Climate Department is in the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences (http://caas.usu.edu/). The Agriculture Sciences building, opened in 2012, contains teaching and laboratory facilities and there are research and teaching greenhouses nearby, along with a statewide network of Agricultural Experiment Station Farms. Many opportunities for collaboration exist within the department, college and across campus, including the Ecology Center, the Quinney College of Natural Resources, and researchers in entomology and plant pathology housed in the Biology Department. Several USDA Laboratories (Poisonous Plant Research Laboratory, Forage and Range Research Laboratory, and the Pollinating Insect Research Laboratory) are located on campus and offer much potential for collaboration.
Location Logan, Utah
Description of Location Utah State University is Utah’s land-grant public research university, founded in 1888. The university has an enrollment of more than 21,000 (on-campus) with an additional 7,000 students at statewide campuses. The university has been highly ranked among public universities for affordability and academic quality. Utah State University is located 90 miles north of Salt Lake City, positioned between the scenic Wasatch Mountains and the Bear River Range. Logan offers a range of outdoor activities within minutes of campus and is within an easy day-drive of seven national parks.
Salary Competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience
Benefits In addition to salary, the total compensation package USU provides to employees includes a generous contribution to retirement and a substantial contribution to health and dental insurance premiums. The approximate value of the benefits package is 45% of the employee’s salary.
Closing date of competition Application review will begin on September 15, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.
Date position available January, 2022
Description of duties The applicant selected to fill this position is expected to successfully compete for internal and extramural funding to support their research, successfully recruit, train and mentor graduate students, communicate research results at professional meetings, and publish research in refereed journals. Engagement with colleagues within the Department of Plants, Soils and Climate and other departments at Utah State University and with weed scientists within the state and region is expected. The successful candidate is also expected to teach an undergraduate course focused on the principles of weed biology, ecology, and management in agricultural and horticultural ecosystems and a graduate course in the candidate’s field of expertise.
Qualifications sought Minimum Qualifications:

  • An earned Ph.D. in weed management or a closely related discipline such as agronomy, horticulture or plant science.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct and publish research in weed management.
  • Aptitude and passion for classroom and laboratory instruction
  • Demonstrated willingness to support diversity and inclusion in academic settings
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills


Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Demonstrated experience in classroom and laboratory instruction.
  2. Experience in attracting extramural funding for research.
  3. Evidence of collaborative research.
Contact for additional information Jennifer MacAdam, Professor
Application procedure  
Submit what To ensure full consideration, each application packet must contain a C.V., a cover letter that addresses the candidate’s qualifications for the position, articulates a vision of how the applicant will contribute to ongoing Department and University research and teaching efforts, and contact information for a minimum of three professional references.
Submit to Application packets must be submitted through the USU Human Resources website (http://jobs.usu.edu/).
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