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Assistant Professor Extension Weed Science/Precision Weed Management with Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, OK

Type of position The Department of Plant and Soil Sciences in the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at Oklahoma State University invites applications for tenure-track, 11-month faculty position on the main campus in Stillwater, OK in the area of weed science
Employer Oklahoma State University
Location Stillwater, OK
Salary Commensurate
Closing date of competition March 20, 2023
Date position available August 2023
Description of duties

This position holds 15% Research and 85% Extension responsibilities.


The successful candidate will provide leadership for a nationally recognized program focused on weed management in small grain cropping systems.  This will include the evaluation of new herbicides and herbicide technologies in small grains, along with novel approaches to better utilize currently registered herbicides and technologies.  The candidate will design and lead a comprehensive Extension effort to improve the profitability, sustainability, and quality of Oklahoma small grains through weed control.  The incumbent plays a key role on the OSU Wheat Improvement Team, an interdisciplinary team developing highly adapted wheat cultivars with marketable grain quality.  Participation and leadership in departmentally coordinated Extension efforts and activities, training and support of Extension field staff and periodic assessment of Extension activity impact are expected.  Extension efforts will include traditional and nontraditional information delivery methods and interaction with industry, state and, federal agency personnel as necessary.  Research will incorporate precision agriculture and data-driven technologies to develop knowledge-intensive integrated novel cultural, biological, mechanical, and alternative chemical weed control practices.  Emphasis areas may include robot/sensor-based technology and decision-making, development and implementation of low-cost robots/sensors and unmanned aerial systems for detection of weed species, data acquisition and interpretation, and precision weed management systems. This faculty member will be expected to work closely and cooperatively with other weed scientists in the Department, as well as other scientists in related fields including regional and multi-state collaboration. The successful candidate will explore and foster multidisciplinary collaborations internally and externally and engage with stakeholders and associated organizations. Success in pursuit of external funding for research activities is required. The successful candidate will contribute to a positive work environment and collegiality among peers.

Qualifications sought

Minimum qualifications include: a Ph.D. in Weed Science, Crop Science, Crop Ecology or a closely related field. Applicants must have excellent communication skills with the ability to effectively communicate with scientific and non-scientific audiences both orally and in writing.  Applicants must be committed to working effectively and collaboratively with faculty in the department and across the division.  Applicants must have the ability to identify and aggressively pursue external funding and demonstrate the ability to publish research findings in peer-reviewed journals.  Preferred qualifications include evidence of ability to secure external funding from competitive national funding sources, expertise in precision agriculture technologies for weed control monitoring, weed biology, ecology and/or crop: weed interactions. 

Contact for additional information Questions can be directed to search chair Dr. Todd Baughman ([email protected]) or Dr. Wade Thomason, PSS Department Head ([email protected], or 405.744.6426).
Application procedure  
Submit what Formal applications are via electronic submission at https://jobs.okstate.edu; search for req13042.
To apply, candidates should submit: (a) a letter of application that includes qualifications, associated research and extension activities, statement of research interest and statement of extension philosophy; (b) curriculum vitae; (c) official academic transcripts from their degree granting institutions; (d) names and contact information of three professional references.
Submit to Formal applications are via electronic submission at https://jobs.okstate.edu; search for req13042.
Additional Information To learn more about OSU Agriculture and Stillwater, visit these websites.

Equal Employment Opportunity
Oklahoma State University, as an equal opportunity employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. Oklahoma State University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all individuals and does not discriminate based on race, religion, age, sex, color, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, or veteran status with regard to employment, educational programs and activities, and/or admissions. For more information, visit https:///eeo.okstate.edu