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Assistant Professor

Description of Duties

The Agronomy Department at Kansas State University is seeking an Assistant Professor (tenure track, 80% extension, 20% research) to develop a strong, innovative extension and research program in precision agriculture to increase agricultural productivity, sustainability, and profitability. The successful candidate will work with and through research and extension colleagues and industry partners to implement and coordinate a comprehensive precision agriculture program. They will interact with commodity and industry partners to identify, develop, and implement critical extension and applied research programs. Collaboration with research and extension faculty across Kansas and participation in multi-disciplinary, regional, or national initiatives are expected. Training and supporting professional development of extension agents in precision agriculture are expected. The successful candidate will work with agents, producers, consultants, and other industry experts to identify client needs and disseminate Kansas State University Research and Extension recommendations. Applicants will have the opportunity to affiliate with the newly established Institute for Digital Agriculture and Advanced Analytics (ID3A) and participate in new university initiatives across campus.
Minimum Qualifications:• Ph.D. in agronomy, weed science, soil science, crop science, or related field• Proven expertise in one or more areas of precision agriculture applied to agronomic management• Record of or evidence of potential for effective extension programming• Experience in field research with agronomic crops and crop production systems • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English • Strong potential for securing extramural funding• Strong commitment to expanding and fostering diversity in the department Preferred Qualifications:• Documented experience with cropping systems and management practices relevant to Kansas• Experience in leading or working as part of an interdisciplinary extension and research team• Record of applied research commensurate with current career level and a strong record or potential for publication in peer-reviewed journals• Demonstrated experience in grant writing and obtaining extramural funding commensurate with current career level• Demonstrated skills to effectively use electronic media to communicate technical agronomic informationOther Requirements:• Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment.

Type of position

Extension Specialist (80% Extension, 20% Research)


Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications.



1712 Claflin Rd Department of Agronomy, 2004 Throckmorton Plant Sciences Center, MANHATTAN, KS 66506-5500,

Closing Date


Date Position Available

Kansas State University
Kansas State University Department of Agronomy is a national leader in agronomic extension and research. The university provides strong support for extension and research programs in Food and Agricultural Systems Innovation as well as Digital Agriculture and Advanced Analytics (https://www.k-state.edu/research/economic-prosperity/). Kansas State University offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, paid time off – vacation, sick, and holidays. To see what benefits are available, please visit: https://www.k-state.edu/hcs/benefits