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Assistant Professor & Extension Specialist in Weed Management with South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD

Type of position Nine-month, full-time, benefits-eligible, tenure-track Assistant Professor
Employer South Dakota State University
Description of Employer South Dakota State University is the state’s largest, most comprehensive university with more than 200 academic programs, an enrollment of approximately 12,000 students, and over $60 million annual research expenditures.

The Department of Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Science includes over 42 faculty whose expertise spans the fields of Agronomy, Entomology, Genetics, Horticulture, Plant Breeding, Plant Pathology, Precision Agriculture, Soil Science, and Weed Science. The Department has a robust research program that consistently ranks at the top of departments at SDSU. Discovery and dissemination of science-based knowledge are core missions of the department. Our faculty Extension Specialists and Field Specialists provide an effective structure for meeting this mission. In academic programs, the department provides nationally competitive training for undergraduate students leading to B.S. degrees in Agronomy, Horticulture and Precision Agriculture. Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Science also offers a strong graduate training environment leading to M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Plant Science and Biological Sciences.

South Dakota State University offers a rich academic experience in an environment of inclusion and access through inspired, student-centered education, creative activities and research, innovation and engagement that improve the quality of life in South Dakota, the region, the nation and the world. Its employees embrace the university’s core values of being people-centered, expanding knowledge through creativity, embracing organizational and personal integrity, commitment to diversity of thought, and excellence through continuous improvement.

Location Brookings, SD
Description of Location Brookings is home to approximately 24,000 residents and is located 60 miles north of Sioux Falls and 200 miles west of Minneapolis. Brookings is listed as an ideal community for families, students, young professionals and retirees, and is rated among the safest and most vibrant cities in South Dakota.

The Brookings Public School District educates approximately 3,300 K-12 students and ranks among the state’s highest academic achieving school districts. The district includes three elementary schools, an intermediate school for fourth and fifth grade, one middle school, and a high school.

The city also boasts an abundance of attractions and activities, including the Children’s Museum of South Dakota, Dakota Nature Park, South Dakota Art Museum, McCrory Gardens, South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum, Outdoor Adventure Center and the Brookings Summer Arts Festival.

Salary Commensurate with experience
Benefits Benefit eligible
Closing date of competition 1 November 2022
Date position available Open until filled
Description of duties

The successful candidate will develop a nationally recognized applied integrated weed management Extension program for South Dakota’s agronomic, horticultural crops, and range/pasture settings related to new and state of the art management techniques. The successful candidate also will provide education to crop advisors, producers, and agricultural processors through workshops, field days, meetings, and establish herbicide demonstration and research trials at multiple locations. Similarly, the successful candidate will work closely with researchers and Extension personnel to build collaborative relationships with stakeholders to identify, develop, and implement research projects that address critical weed problems. The incumbent will develop an Extension focus on weed management approaches that emphasize precision agriculture technologies to optimize crop production efficiencies in a sustainable and profitable manner.


Regional and multi-state collaboration of Extension activities is expected as well as a mass media presence (social media, radio, and television). Securing extramural funds to support a highly effective and team-oriented program is required to support field demonstration and research activities. The successful applicant is expected to establish and maintain close working relationships with university, industry, commodity groups, professional farm managers, state, and federal agencies (esp. USDA-NRCS), and other organizations as appropriate. Publication of peer reviewed Extension materials, refereed scholarly work, and popular press articles is expected. The successful candidate is also expected to contribute to graduate student training and a positive campus environment.

Qualifications sought
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States. Sponsorship is not available for this position.
  • Ph.D. in Agronomy, Weed Science, Plant Science, or closely related field successfully completed by the appointment start date.
  • The successful candidate must be able to interact and communicate effectively (both verbally and in writing) to a wide variety of audiences.
  • Valid driver’s license, or ability to obtain one within 30 days of hire, and willingness to travel.
Contact for additional information David L. Wright, Department Head
[email protected], or,

Jonathan Kleinjan at [email protected]

Application procedure  
Submit what Letter of interest, CV, statement of research philosophy, and names of at least 5 references are required.
Submit to South Dakota State University accepts applications through an online employment site. To apply, visit: https://yourfuture.sdbor.edu, search by the position title, view the job announcement, and click on “apply for this job.” This system will guide you through the electronic application form.
Additional Information South Dakota State University promotes access to and opportunities for all to receive the benefit of and participate in education, research, and service and is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to this land-grant mission of access.