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Fate and Transport of Agrochemicals & Contaminants with U of A Division of Agriculture in Fayetteville, Arkansas

Type of position The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences at the University of Arkansas invite applications for a 12-month, Assistant Professor, tenure-track position (80% research, 20% teaching) in the area of Fate and Transport of Agrochemicals & Contaminants.
Employer U of A Division of Agriculture
Description of Employer The Department of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences is one of eight academic departments in DBCAFLS and the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, along with the School of Human Environmental Sciences. Resident instructionis provided by 12 faculty members at the Fayetteville campus with approximately 140 undergraduate majors and 50 graduate students. An additional 14 research and Extension faculty serve clientele at various Research and Extension Centers strategically located around the state. The Department offers Bachelor’s degrees in Crop Science and Environmental, Soil, and Water Sciences along with Master’s and Doctoral degrees.
Location Fayetteville, Arkansas
Salary Commensurate with qualifications and experience. This is a full-time, 12-month, tenure-track appointment
Closing date of competition July 15, 2022
Date position available August 1, 2022
Description of duties

This position offers the opportunity to provide leadership in the fate and transport of pesticides and other emerging contaminants and the safe reuse of recovered and treated water in agricultural systems in Arkansas. The Department seeks an individual who will develop a nationally recognizedresearch and teaching program encompassing the environmental and physiological fate of chemical contaminants to improve the sustainable management of agricultural production systems. Interest, and demonstrated experience, in basic and/or applied research on the environmental fate of pesticides and their metabolites in soil, water, and plants is required. Preference will be given to individuals who can integrate pesticide contamination and degradation in water or the environment within multidisciplinary research teams utilizing existing Division of Agriculture’s strengths in sustainability and environmental quality to help predict the effects of contaminants on aquatic ecosystems and protect and improve water quality. The individual will utilize the statewide resources from the University of Arkansas Agriculture Experiment Station to conduct laboratory and/or field experiments that will complement ongoing research on agricultural sustainability. The successful candidate is expected to secure extramural funding to support a strong research and teaching program that includes training of graduate and undergraduate students,publication of research results in peerreviewed scientific journals, and outreach including and for relevant stakeholders. The incumbent will be expected to work closely with Extension Specialists to translate research findings into better recommendations for water, soil health and land management.

The candidate’s interests and capabilities should include teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in the fate and transport of organic contaminants, analytical research techniques, and a course related to the incumbent’s area of expertise to complement existing curricula. The incumbent will be expected to contribute to undergraduate advising.

Qualifications sought

A Ph.D. in chemistry, physics, hydrogeology, environmental science, toxicology, soil and water science, weed science, or a closely related discipline with analytical skills on the impact of chemical and emerging contaminants, especially pesticides, on water and soil quality is required. The candidate must have expertise with appropriate instrumentation. Field research experience in herbicide/plant interactions and environmental fate of pesticides is desired. Development of educational programs and presentation in outreach and classroom activities is expected. Candidates should possess excellent written and oral communication skills and a demonstrated ability to work effectively with interdisciplinary team of researchers and clientele groups. The successfulcandidate should demonstrate the ability to obtain extramural funding.

Contact for additional information Questions regarding the position can be directed to Dr. Mary Savin, Search Committee Co-Chair, [email protected], 479.575.5740.
Application procedure  
Submit what Applicants should submit the following electronically. 1) Letter of application including a summary of relevant experiences and accomplishments; 2) A vision statement regarding your goals in research and teaching for this position; 3) A detailed vitae including a list of publications, grant proposals written and a summary of research and teaching activities; 4) Official academic transcripts; and 5) List of three references with mailing and e-mail addresses and phone numbers.
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