Assistant Professor, Department of Crop, Soils, and Environmental Sciences with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR.
Description: The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences at the University of Arkansas invite applications for a 12-month, tenure-track position (85% research, 15% teaching) in the area of applied soil fertility and nutrient management.
Research Responsibilities: This position offers the opportunity to provide leadership on research and education activities in soil testing and nutrient management for field and forage crop production systems in Arkansas. An integrative and applied approach to research is expected, working with multidisciplinary teams of research scientists, extension specialists, and stakeholders. Leadership in the development, evaluation, interpretation and application of new approaches for effective nutrient management, soil property and quality assessment, and whole-farm nutrient management for sustainable crop production systems that are of benefit to Arkansas agriculture is expected.
A critical component of this position is the creation of an applied research program which addresses nutrient management issues and contributes to educational programs and soil testing services for Arkansas’ extension educators, farmers, agricultural professionals and government service providers. The incumbent is expected to interact with producer, commodity, and professional groups for the development of research and educational initiatives.
Candidates should be able to integrate new and novel technologies into research programs. The incumbent will be expected to develop a strong externally funded and nationally recognized research program, publish in refereed journals and train graduate students. Many opportunities exist at the University of Arkansas to collaborate with nationally recognized scientists. The research primary emphasis will be on applied soil fertility and soil testing. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a research program that addresses 4R nutrient stewardship, nutrient use efficiency, farm profitability, and environmental quality. Opportunities for regional cooperation and collaborations through direct contacts with regional colleagues are available and encouraged.
Teaching Responsibilities: The incumbent will have responsibility for teaching either a capstone undergraduate course in soil fertility and management (CSES 4224) or a graduate level course on advanced soil fertility and plant nutrition (CSES 5214) and will be required to contribute nutrient management information to other courses such as the soil fertility and nutrient management section of our Advanced Crop Science Class (CSES 4013/5073).
Application: Applicants should submit the following electronically. 1) Letter of application including a summary of relevant experiences and accomplishments; 2) A vision statement regarding your goals in research and teaching for this position; 3) A detailed vitae including a list of publications, grant proposals written and a summary of research and teaching activities; 4) Official academic transcripts; and 5) List of three references with mailing and e-mail addresses and phone numbers. Applications should be submitted electronically at https://jobs.uark.edu/postings/37468
Deadline: Screening of applicants will begin January 2, 2020 and will continue until a qualified candidate is identified
A Ph. D. in Soil Science or a related field with training in soil fertility, nutrient management and plant nutrition. Demonstrated experience in conducting applied soil fertility/nutrient management research and in developing and presenting outreach and/or classroom educational programs is expected. Candidates should possess excellent written and oral communication skills and a demonstrated ability to work effectively with other researchers and clientele groups. A portion of this position will be funded through the Arkansas Fertilizer Tonnage Fees and as such a focus on correlation and calibration of nutrients such as phosphorus, potassium, sulfur, boron and zinc is critical.
Additional Salary Information: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. This is a full-time twelve-month, tenure-track appointment.
About University of Arkansas
The Department of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences is one of nine academic departments in DBCAFLS and the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, along with the School of Human Environmental Sciences. Resident Instruction is provided by 15 faculty members at the Fayetteville campus with approximately 140 undergraduate majors and 60 graduate students. An additional 16 research and Extension faculty serve clientele at various Research and Extension Centers strategically located around the state. The Department offers Bachelor’s degrees in Crop Science and Environmental, Soil, and Water Sciences along with Master’s and Doctoral degrees.
More information regarding the Department of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences, the University of Arkansas, and the surrounding community can be obtained by visiting the website: https://crop-soil-environmental-sciences.uark.edu/.