Weed science Society of America Logo


Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, Site-Specific Weed Management with Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN

Type of position Tenure-track
Employer Purdue University
Description of Employer The Department
The Department of Botany and Plant Pathology has a diverse and creative faculty that conducts research in weed science, plant pathology, and plant biology. The department is part of a dynamic research community of scientists in the College of Agriculture and across the university. The department is primarily located in Lilly Hall with research labs, instructional spaces and teaching labs, greenhouse complex, and plant growth facilities.

The College
The Department is an integral part of the College of Agriculture, one of the world’s leading colleges of agricultural, food, life, and natural resource sciences and ranked eighth in the world in the 2022 QS World University Rankings. The College is deeply committed to the three land-grant missions (teaching, research, and extension), to international activities and perspectives that span all missions, and to excellence in all we do. The College has 11 academic departments and includes 302 faculty, 2823 undergraduate students, and 689 graduate students. The College’s current strategic plan can be accessed at Strategic Plan (https://ag.purdue.edu/about/strategic-plan.html).

Location West Lafayette, IN
Salary negotiable
Closing date of competition 02/16/2023
Date position available August 2023
Description of duties

Job Summary

This research and teaching position in weed science will be an academic year appointment in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology. The successful candidate will be expected to conduct high impact, mission-oriented research to innovate sustainable and environmentally-conscious weed management strategies for problematic weed species in the major cropping systems of Indiana. Research scholarship should focus on the development, adaptation, and integration of automated or precision agriculture technologies while generating robust external support, training graduate students, and developing a strong research publication record. The successful candidate will teach courses related to the delivery systems associated with pest management practices and on practical weed management strategies. Potential exists for teaching distance courses.

Qualifications sought


Qualified candidates must have a Ph.D. focused on weed science or a closely related field by August 2023, a record of scholarly publications, and strong communication skills. Preference will be given to candidates who have either significant training or experience in precision agriculture, automation, plant sensing, or site-specific technologies adapted for weed management; weed science research in temperate crop production systems; and demonstrated collaborations across academic disciplines and with industry.

Application procedure  
Submit what Application Instructions
Interested applicants must submit an application packet that include separate statements on research interests, teaching philosophy, and diversity/inclusion, as well as a complete curriculum vitae that includes a summary of academic and other professional experiences, and the names and contact information for four references. Purdue University, the College of Agriculture, and the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology are committed to free and open inquiry in all matters. Candidates are encouraged, but not required, to address in their cover letter how they are prepared to contribute to a climate that values free inquiry and academic freedom.
Submit to All materials must be combined into one pdf and submitted electronically via this site – https://careers.purdue.edu/job-invite/22892/. Review of applications will begin on January 16, 2023 and continue until a suitable candidate is identified. Address questions to the chair of the search committee, Dr. Bryan Young ([email protected]). A background check will be required for employment in this position.
Additional Information Commitment to Diversity
Purdue University’s Department of Botany and Plant Pathology is committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including scholarship, instruction, and engagement. Candidates should address at least one of these areas in a separate Diversity and Inclusion Statement, indicating their past experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion.

Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.