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Type of position This is a 12-month, tenure-track faculty position with a 60% extension, 40% research appointment
Employer University of Delaware
Location Georgetown, DE
Description of Location The Carvel Research and Education Center serves as the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources’ southern Agricultural Experiment Station and is located near Georgetown, Delaware. This well-equipped station, comprising 347 acres, is the primary research facility for vegetable and grain crop production.
Salary competitive
Benefits The University of Delaware provides an excellent employee benefit package including health, dental, and vision insurance, retirement contributions, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, and complete tuition remission for family members.
Closing date of competition Reviewing of candidates begins Sept 26, 2022
Date position available Spring 2023
Description of duties

Agriculture is a major industry in Delaware and on the Delmarva (Delaware-Maryland-Virginia) peninsula.  Fresh market and processing vegetables, along with poultry and grain crops are the primary agricultural commodities.  The successful candidate will be expected to develop an externally funded research and extension program, extend information through a variety of outlets, and publish peer-reviewed fact sheets, trade articles and scientific journal articles. The successful candidate will serve as liaison with and advisor to the vegetable and fruit industry in Delaware. The candidate will be expected to work with processing and fresh market vegetables and small fruit; evaluate a range of production systems; and incorporate adaptive research and new technologies for vegetable and fruit production.

Extension efforts will include working with farmers and ag-industry to keep them informed of current recommendations based on applied research, updating vegetable and small fruit production recommendations, and keeping vegetable and small fruit industry informed of regulatory updates. Close interaction with neighboring Land Grant Institutions in the region, including the Delaware State University, University of Maryland-College Park, and the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore, and travel outside the state are required in this position.

This candidate is expected to incorporate diversity, equity, and inclusion into their research and extension programs. There are opportunities to mentor students both at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Qualifications sought

A Ph.D. in horticulture or closely related discipline with a thorough understanding of vegetable and/or fruit production practices. A strong commitment to working with diverse clientele, willing to be part of a team-oriented approach to Extension and research, and an ability to develop and lead extension programs and complimentary research are essential. Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal skills are necessary.

Contact for additional information Dr. Mark VanGessel, [email protected]
Application procedure  
Submit what Interested persons should submit: i) a curriculum vitae, ii) statement of approach to developing an Extension and applied research program, this statement should also address developing diverse and inclusive programs (two pages maximum), and iii) requests for at least three letters of recommendation (requests are made through your Interfolio account).
Submit to Applications are made through the UDJobs (https://www1.udel.edu/udjobs/faculty.html Job Number: 499226. or https://careers.udel.edu/cw/en-us/job/499226/tenure-track-assistant-professor-fruit-and-vegetable-specialist