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Assistant Professor of Weed Science with Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado

Type of position 9-month, tenure-track position
Employer Colorado State University
Description of Employer CSU’s Department of Agricultural Biology in the College of Agricultural Sciences seeks an Assistant Professor of Weed Science. This 9-month, tenure-track position will conduct innovative research on weed management, teach an undergrad weed science course, and translate research for stakeholders.
Location Fort Collins, Colorado
Description of Location Fort Collins is located next to the foothills of the Rocky Mountains about 65 miles north of Denver, nestled along the Cache La Poudre River, the first river in Colorado to be designated a National “Wild and Scenic River.” Fort Collins has a population of over 165,000 and is ranked among the most educated and healthiest cities in the nation. This ranking reflects the highly educated workforce, drawn to Fort Collins by the strong academic environment and the clean and sustainable industries that thrive in the community. The city of Fort Collins is consistently ranked as one of the “Best Places to Live in America,” with nearly 50 similar designations from numerous magazines and polls since 2005 (see: http://www.fcgov.com/visitor/fcfacts.php). A 2010 Gallup Poll ranked Fort Collins as the third best city in the nation for overall well-being. The city of Fort Collins boasts an outstanding public school system and a multitude of cultural activities, including a center for performing arts, a symphony orchestra, repertory theaters, choral society, and a dance company. The historic Old Town district of Fort Collins hosts live music and thriving local dining scene throughout the year. The city maintains several indoor pools, indoor soccer fields, ice arenas, over 600 acres of parks, 30,000 acres of natural areas, and over 20 miles of pedestrian, biking, and hiking trails.
Salary $90,000 to $100,000 plus benefits. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.
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Closing date of competition when candidate is selected
Date position available 06/03/2024
Description of duties The Department of Agricultural Biology at Colorado State University (CSU) seeks dynamic and motivated candidates for a full-time, 9-month tenure-track Assistant Professor faculty position in Weed Science. This position appointment is 60% research, 20% teaching, and 20% service and outreach. We seek candidates with the vision and expertise to lead an impactful translational, collaborative research program that advances weed management on farms, ranches, and/or natural areas. The selected candidate is expected to build a regionally, nationally, and internationally recognized, extramurally funded research program that takes an integrative approach directed at improving the management of weeds and invasive plants in Colorado’s diverse natural and/or agricultural systems. The successful candidate will communicate research results to the scientific community through peer-reviewed publications and presentations at professional and scientific meetings and to farmers, ranchers, and other land managers and stakeholders through commodity group/grower meeting presentations, extension events, and electronic communication (i.e., web sites, publications, video conferencing and other online methods). The incumbent is expected to collaborate with colleagues within the Department of Agricultural Biology and other departments at and beyond CSU, extension professionals, private crop consultants, the grower community, and other stakeholders. The selected candidate will teach the foundational undergraduate course in introductory weed science (BSPM 308, Ecology and Management of Weeds), which is required for students in the Agricultural Biology major and in multiple academic programs, including Restoration Ecology, Soil and Crop Sciences, and Horticulture. The selected candidate will mentor undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral researchers.
Qualifications sought Required Job Qualifications

1) PhD in weed science or closely related field awarded prior to position start date
2) Demonstrated ability to conduct research in weed management
3) Demonstrated potential to advance the department and University commitments to diversity and inclusion through research, teaching, and outreach.


Preferred Job Qualifications

1) Strong record of scholarly/professional achievement commensurate with experience
2) Potential to integrate field-based research with lab-based research approaches in weed management
3) Effective communication skills, with an emphasis on presenting and disseminating research information to a range of audiences including the scientific community and public and private sector stakeholders
4) Demonstrated potential for excellence in effective and inclusive teaching and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral researchers
5) Evidence of clear potential or previous success in contributing to the profession and department through service

Contact for additional information Cynthia Brown, Search Committee Chair
[email protected]
(970) 491-1949
Application procedure  
Submit what 1.Cover letter addressing required and preferred job qualifications;
2.Curriculum vitae;
3.A statement that describes your research background and vision for the position (two pages maximum),
4.A statement that describes your perspectives on diversity and inclusive excellence (one-page maximum);
5.A statement of teaching experience and vision to deliver undergraduate weed science to a diverse student population and improve your teaching practice (two pages maximum);
6.A list of three professional references whom we may contact by phone at a future date.
Transcripts may be requested at the finalist stage for degree verification. Interested candidates may contact the Search Committee Chair Cini Brown ([email protected]) for questions about the search process.
References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.
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Submit applications at the following link: https://jobs.colostate.edu/postings/130007

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