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Assistant Professor/Extension and Research Agronomist with University of Georgia in UGA Tifton Campus, Tifton, Georgia

Type of position This position is a 9-month academic year (80% Extension and 20% Research) Tenure Track appointment with a guarantee of two months of summer salary.
Employer University of Georgia
Description of Employer The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities, is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education (https://www.uga.edu/). UGA is currently ranked among the top 15 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 39,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 9,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 18 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

About the College/Unit/Department
The Department of Crop and Soil Sciences resides in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. The College operates at three campuses throughout the state: the main campus in Athens, GA; the UGA Tifton Campus in Tifton, GA; and the UGA Griffin Campus in Griffin, GA. The Department of Crop and Soil Sciences has teaching, research, and extension faculty resident at all three locations which conduct basic and applied research that is important to clientele throughout the state of Georgia and that add to the body of knowledge basic to agricultural production and environmental preservation throughout the world. Research in the department is classed into three general areas: Cultivar Development, Genetics, and Biotechnology; Crop Management, Physiology, and Weed Management; and Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management.

Location UGA Tifton Campus, Tifton, Georgia
Description of Location The position will be located on the UGA Tifton Campus. The UGA Tifton Campus which includes The Coastal Plain Experiment Station is located in south central Georgia approximately 65 miles north of the Georgia-Florida state line, and is representative of much of Georgia’s southern half, as well as the southern coastal plain that runs through 9 southeastern states. More than 75 scientists affiliated with UGA (80%) and USDA (20%) are based on the Tifton Campus and work along with more than 375 support personnel to conduct world class research, teaching and extension programs. Tifton, named one of the “100 Best Small Communities in America” and nicknamed “The Friendly City,” has a population of 17,000 with 23,000 living in the surrounding county, and a rich agricultural heritage.
Salary Based on experience
Benefits Benefits Eligible
Closing date of competition Applications received by November 12, 2021, will receive full consideration
Date position available 01/01/2022
Description of duties

The successful candidate will coordinate a contemporary program in agronomic management of field corn, soybean, grain sorghum, small grain (wheat, barley, oats, rye) other minor acreage grain crops (sunflower, canola, sesame, etc.) production focused on the development and delivery of timely educational programs to various clientele including county Extension agents, growers, and industry representatives. The successful candidate will also maintain an applied research and Extension program supported through extramural funding, publish research findings in appropriate peer-reviewed journals, popular press, and participate in graduate student education.

Qualifications sought

A PhD in plant or soil sciences or related field of study is required. Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies:

  • Working knowledge of applied agronomic principles including soil fertility, crop physiology, stand establishment, and harvest management.
  • Knowledge of pesticide registrations for grain crops.  
  • Candidate should be knowledgeable of pesticide modes of action, weed, insect and pathogen management, and the mechanisms of resistance prevention and development.
  • Excellent organizational, written, and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to function independently and with commodity-oriented teams of extension and research scientists.
  • Competent computer skills related to data analyses and information delivery technologies.
Contact for additional information Any questions about this position should be addressed to: Dr. Scott Monfort, Search Committee Chair Dept. Crop and Soil Sciences – via email: smonfort@uga.edu or by phone at 229-392-5457.
Application procedure  
Submit what Applicants must submit: (1) a letter of application; (2) curriculum vitae; (3) graduate transcripts; (4) names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of four professional references that the search committee may contact; and (5) one-page summaries outlining their (a) Extension and (b) Research visions in order to be considered for this position.
Submit to All application material should be addressed to: Dr. Scott Monfort, Search Committee Chair Dept. Crop and Soil Sciences and sent via email at smonfort@uga.edu.
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