The Department of Plant and Soil Sciences in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Mississippi State University is seeking applicants for a Research (65%)/Teaching (35%) Assistant Professor. This position will be a 9- or 12-month tenure track appointment with a starting date on or after January 1, 2022. The incumbent will work in concert with faculty and staff from the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences at Mississippi State University and other departments across campus and other institutions.
The goal of this position is to develop a nationally recognized research program in weed science. The successful candidate will conduct applied weed science research on economically important Mississippi crops, including corn, cotton, soybean, peanut, etc. Desirable areas of expertise include methodologies, tools, techniques, and/or concepts of weed science and these concepts as they pertain to precision agriculture. Regional and multi-state collaboration on research projects is expected as well as the ability to garner extramural funding to support research efforts. The successful candidate will work closely with faculty and staff with multiple departments at Mississippi State University. Teaching responsibilities will include an undergraduate junior-level introduction to weed science course and a split-level weed biology and ecology course. Other courses may be assigned in consultation with the Department Head. Active participation in supervising and training graduate students is expected. The successful candidate should possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills, demonstrated experience in design, execution, and statistical analyses of field and laboratory research. Demonstrated publication experience in refereed journals is critical. Service to the department, college, university as well as professional societies is expected.
Applicants must apply online at www.jobs.msstate.edu. Additionally, a letter of application, personal C.V., and names/addresses/emails of at least four (4) professional references should be submitted when you apply. Nominations are encouraged and should be sent to Dr. Jason Bond. Review of applications will start October 15,2021.
MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.
Earned Ph.D. in weed science, agronomy, plant physiology/ecology, or a closely related field from an accredited institution of higher learning is required. Students who are ABD will be considered. A strong familiarity of row crop production with modern agricultural practices (e.g. precision systems) is preferred. Teaching experience is highly desirable. Applicants must have excellent written and oral communication skills. Demonstrated organizational and leadership skills are important and the willingness to address issues in a team environment.