Candidates are sought for the position of Assistant Research Professor – Soil Acidity Management in the Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences (LRES) at Montana State University (MSU). The Assistant Research Professor will initially coordinate activities focused on soil acidification with Dr. Clain Jones and other faculty members, but eventually build an independent research program that focuses on management practices that address soil acidification. Research that advances a better mechanistic understanding of soil acidification processes (e.g. nitrification) and plant responses to acid soils (e.g. aluminum toxicity) is also desired. Research sites are located across Montana. The position requires a strong soil science and agronomic background, excellent capacity to communicate with regional producers and stakeholders, and ability to conceive, design and carry out a wide range of soil and crop studies. Statistical analysis, scientific writing for a variety of audiences, and oral presentation skills are essential. Close collaboration with soil, plant, and pest science colleagues, and other scientific disciplines, is expected. This includes working with MSU Extension Specialists and Agents and other state and regional partners to disseminate findings to producers, crop advisers, and other stakeholders. Collaboration with producers, crop advisers, Extension Agents, other stakeholders, and on- and off-campus faculty members is an expectation of this position. This will likely be a 24-month position.
Evidence of strong geospatial skills. including geographic information systems, GPS, and remote sensing.
Experience working with, and educating, farmers.
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in interdisciplinary teams.
Demonstrated ability to write grant proposals and secure funding.
Experience working with acidic soils.
Strong analytical chemistry skills.
Additional Salary Information: commensurate on education and experience
About Montana State University
The Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences (LRES) is in the College of Agriculture at Montana State University. Our work spans land resources and environmental science and management, and includes cutting-edge, innovative teaching, fundamental and applied research, and highly effective outreach and service to a broad range of public and private entities. Our faculty offer broad expertise related to soils, microorganisms, insects, plants, climate and water to achieve an integrated multi-scale and multi-disciplinary approach to understanding and managing ecosystems. We address issues related to natural and managed landscapes such as crop-land, rangeland, forests, reclaimed land, polar and geothermal environments, and protected natural areas, with fundamental and applied investigations in agriculture, environmental science, land management, and natural resources. We advance scientific understanding across spatial and temporal scales, and apply this understanding for effective land management, informed adoption of sustainability practices, and broad education of students in preparation for careers in the agricultural and environmental sciences. LRES consists of 35 rese...arch and teaching faculty, about 200 undergraduate students, 25 thesis M.S., 60 online MS, and 25 Ph.D. graduate students, and 40 technical and postdoctoral scientists, and has a strong tradition of interdisciplinary collaboration within the department and across the institution and State. The Department is supported through the College of Agriculture, the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station, and the Extension Service, which work together to generate and disseminate superior knowledge and technological solutions to increase the competitiveness of Montana agricultural and natural resource enterprises