This is a 12-month full time Assistant Professor position with 80% research and 20% extension appointment at the University of the Virgin Islands Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service on St. Croix. The faculty member manages the Agronomy research program by developing and conducting research projects in the areas of forage agronomy, forage ecology and multi-disciplinary agriculture production systems to benefit the US Virgin Islands. Specifically, these areas include mixed forage/livestock production systems, forage based integrated cover crop technology, soil ecology and fertility, tropical forage crop production and sustainable agriculture. The faculty is responsible for maintaining research facilities and equipment, supervision of a Research Specialist and Agricultural Aides as well as performing other related duties as assigned. The faculty is expected to write grants, secure funding, plan and initiate experiments, collect and analyze data, write peer-reviewed journal articles and present papers at regional, national and international conferences.
The extension duties will consist of providing training for livestock producers and other stakeholders in pasture management, forage/livestock production systems and hay production. These activities will include, but are not limited to, seminars, workshops, short courses, site visits and extension publications as well as performing other related duties as assigned.
Ph.D. in Agronomy with emphasis in forage crops. Candidates that have finished their Ph.D. classes, research, and defense and are waiting for graduation will be considered and are encouraged to apply. A measurable research and extension background in forage agronomy, livestock-forage interactions and small-scale agriculture. Knowledge of forage crop production, soil science, plant nutrition, livestock forage interactions, ruminant livestock production, field plot techniques, forage harvesting and hay production.
Essential skills include field plot techniques, experimental design, data analysis, basic laboratory techniques, data collection, grant writing, budget management, professional leadership and mentoring of undergraduate students. There should be documented evidence of writing ability such as published articles in peer reviewed journals.
Work outdoors in a hot, humid climate and be able to do physical tasks such as lifting 50 lbs.
Location St. Croix
Position Type Faculty
Posted Salary $65,000 - $70,000
Open Date 11/30/2020
Close Date 03/15/2021
About University of the Virgin Islands
The Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) is located on the St. Croix Campus of the University of the Virgin Islands. AES is part of the Research and Public Service Component. The U.S. Virgin Islands are semiarid, subtropical islands in the Lesser Antilles. The islands are marked by easterly trade winds which provide a nearly constant breeze and alternating periods of drought and heavy rain. A long tradition of agriculture in St. Croix provides an ideal location for our research mission.
AES conducts basic and applied research to meet the needs of the local agricultural community in increasing production, improving efficiency, developing new enterprises, preserving and propagating germplasm unique to the Virgin Islands, and protecting the natural resource base. AES has research programs in animal science aquaculture, biotechnology, forage agronomy, fruit and ornamental crops and vegetable crops.
Our vision is to generate information by conducting scientific research that leads to improved agricultural practices in the Virgin Islands and the Car!bbean Region. Our research programs will be increasingly influenced by the needs of the public and the f...arming community and by research conducted by other agricultural research institutions Using new technologies, the results of our research will be disseminated more widely to farmers and the international scientific community.
Our results are disseminated to the local and regional agricultural community, scientists and the public through peer-reviewed scientific journals, conference presentations and proceedings, seminars, workshops, technical and farmers bulletins, popular media and the Cooperative Extension Service. Examples of research results can be found on the individual program sites using the links above.
TO CONTACT US
University of the Virgin Islands
Agricultural Experiment Station
RR 1, Box 10,000
Kingshill, VI 00850
Telephone: (340) 692-4020 Fax: (340) 692-4035