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Dryland Cropping Systems Agronomist with Washington State University in Lind, Washington

Type of position Assistant/Associate Professor, Permanent, Tenured or Tenure Track, 12 Month
Employer Washington State University

Faculty and students in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences (CSS) at WSU are committed to creating a sustainable earth and feeding the world through research, teaching, and extension.

Our department offers M.S. and Ph.D. programs in Crop Science and Soil Science. Undergraduate students can select B.S. programs in either Integrated Plant Sciences (with emphasis on agricultural biotechnology, field crop management, or turfgrass management) or Agricultural Food Systems (with emphasis on education, technology and production management, business economics, or organics).

First-class facilities include a new 30-acre organic farm on the Pullman campus as well as labs and farms at research centers in Prosser, Wenatchee, and Mount Vernon.

Partnerships with the USDA Agricultural Research Service, the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest Laboratory, commodity commissions, the agriculture industry, and family farms result in well-rounded and timely research, successful outreach, and opportunities for student internships.

For more information, visit http://css.wsu.edu.


The College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) at Washington State University is an expansive and diverse college that includes 12 academic units, three extension program units, four research and extension centers distributed across the state, 13 subject matter centers, and one tribal and 39 county extension offices.? CAHNRS fosters disciplines that serve at the interface of scientific discovery and its application to the advancement of society and improvement of the human experience.? Our mission is to provide global leadership in discovering, accessing, and disseminating knowledge that contributes to producing a safe, abundant food and fiber supply; promotes the well-being of individuals, families, and communities; enhances sustainability of agricultural and economic systems; and promotes stewardship of natural resources and ecological systems. CAHNRS personnel embrace the opportunity to fulfill the university’s land-grant mission by making groundbreaking research discoveries, by utilizing innovative approaches to teaching and learning, and by delivering relevant, progressive extension programs that synergistically generate outcomes that enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Washington State, as well as for people around the globe. For more information, visit http://cahnrs.wsu.edu.?



Founded in 1890, WSU is a comprehensive land-grant university with teaching, research, and extension missions, and one of two research universities in Washington State. WSU is organized into ten academic colleges, the Honors College, and the Graduate School. It has an enrollment of more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students on five campuses (Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and Everett) with approximately 20,000 students located on the main campus in Pullman, WA. WSU ranks among the top 60 public research universities and is a Carnegie I, Doctoral/Research Extensive University. WSU strongly values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students and seeks to ensure a welcoming community for all.

To learn more about WSU visit http://wsu.edu.


The Dryland Research Station at Lind was established in 1915 to “promote the betterment of dryland farming” in the 8- to 12-inch rainfall zone in eastern Washington. Adams County deeded 320 acres to WSU for this purpose. Research efforts throughout the years have largely centered on wheat. Wheat breeding, variety adaptation, weed and disease control, soil fertility, erosion control, and residue management are the main research priorities. The Washington Wheat Commission has been a major contributor to facility development at the Dryland Research Station. One thousand acres of additional land was transferred to the Dryland Research Station by the Washington State Legislature in 1997.

Location Lind, Washington
Salary Competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience
Closing date of competition Screening of application materials begins May 23, 2022 and will continue until the position has been filled.
Date position available August 1, 2022, or negotiable
Description of duties

The Opportunity:

The Department of Crop and Soil Sciences at Washington State University is excited to announce we are hiring an Assistant/Associate Professor, Dryland Cropping Systems Agronomist, located in Lind, WA.? Come work in a highly productive agriculture department surrounded by some of the most productive dryland cropping systems in the nation!? The successful candidate will develop a nationally recognized and integrated Research-Extension program in dryland cropping systems agronomy with focus on the low and intermediate rainfall zones.? Acquisition of competitive extramural funding from state, regional, and national agencies, and agricultural industry stakeholders, will support this comprehensive program.? Along with disseminating results of research to the scientific community through peer-reviewed journals, the incumbent will partner with county and departmental Extension faculty and disseminate information through Extension media to grower organizations, presentations at scientific conferences and grower meetings, and at stakeholder field days.?

The Department of Crop and Soil Sciences supports opportunities for faculty to work collaboratively with other scientists, extension professionals, crop consultants, the grower community, and other stakeholders.? We are looking for diverse candidates to apply their skills and knowledge to address the opportunities and challenges associated with dryland cropping systems in Washington.? Research and extension emphases may include, but are not limited to, conservation till/no-till management practices to reduce wind erosion and store more soil water, crop rotations using alternative crops such as winter pea, triticale, and canola, in-depth measurement of soil water dynamics and crop water use, assessing effects of crops and cropping systems on soil health/quality, and determining the effects of cultivar x sowing depth x soil water potential on seedling emergence.? There are multiple, ongoing long-term cropping systems experiments, with the opportunity to continue these, as well as start new projects.? Teaching responsibilities include the mentoring of graduate students, as well as participation in course delivery as needed by the department.?

This position will also have a small administrative responsibility, serving as the Director of the Lind Dryland Research Station (four full-time employees), as well as managing four endowments that provide funding to the research station and research projects.? The main crop of focus will be winter wheat, in conjunction with various rotational crops planted in many different cropping systems.? Strong commodity support exists for these crops, and this position is expected to have robust collaborations with growers and other researchers.?

Qualifications sought

Required Qualifications:

Earned Ph.D. degree in Agronomy, Crop Science, Plant Science, or a closely related discipline with research emphasis in agronomy, completed by August 1, 2022.

Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with technical and nontechnical audiences using oral and written forms.

For Associate Professor rank, candidate must currently hold Associate Professor rank and be tenured and at their university/institution, or at least 6 years’ experience as an Assistant Professor or equivalent.

Preferred Qualifications:

Demonstrated experience in field research with a variety of dryland crops, including ability to conduct efficient and effective cropping systems field experiments (plot establishment, data collection, and analysis);

Demonstrated ability to organize and lead an interdisciplinary research program;

Demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals and groups of diverse cultures, backgrounds, and ideologies;

Record of competitive grant success commensurate with career level;

Record of publication in peer-reviewed journals and other scholarship commensurate with career level;

Demonstrated experience supervising support staff and students;

Demonstrated effectiveness teaching and/or student mentoring;

Demonstrated experience with delivery and assessment of Extension/outreach programming.

Contact for additional information Dr. Arron Carter, ahcarter@wsu.edu
Application procedure  
Submit what Screening of application materials begins May 23, 2022 and will continue until the position has been filled.? To apply, visit https://hrs.wsu.edu/jobs/ and be prepared to submit:

A detailed letter of application addressing the required and preferred qualifications;

A current curriculum vitae;

A list of four (4) references (include names, mailing addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers);

A statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion that describes your understanding of these issues, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if selected;

A scanned copy of official transcripts to facilitate screening.?

For questions about the position contact: Dr. Arron Carter, (509) 335-6198, ahcarter@wsu.edu

Submit to Through https://hrs.wsu.edu/jobs/

WSU is committed to excellence through equity, has faculty friendly policies including a partner accommodation program, and an NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant (https://advance.wsu.edu) WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Washington State University is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521(v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384, TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or hrs@wsu.edu.

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