The Department of Horticulture in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa is seeking applications for the position of Assistant Professor â Fruit Crops.Â This position is a 12-month, tenure track faculty position with a 60% Extension/Outreach, 25% teaching, and 15% research appointment with a projected start date of July 1, 2020.
The successful candidate will lead an integrated Extension and applied research program to assist Iowa fruit growers (primarily grape, apple, and berry crops) and their commercial businesses become more economically viable and environmentally sensible â more sustainable.Â The candidate will work and collaborate with allied food crop specialists at Iowa State University, industry partners, and stakeholder groups and develop a strong Extension education program and an externally funded, applied research effort that demonstrates intellectual curiosity and leadership in commercial fruit production, management and postharvest, food safety crop considerations. The candidate should demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills, knowledge and abilities to work with diverse stakeholders. It is expected that the candidate will further Iowa State Universityâs goal of supporting diversity and inclusion, both within and outside the university community.
Additionally, the faculty member will be responsible for advising and mentoring graduate students (M.S. and Ph.D.) and teaching or co-teaching three undergraduate courses; HORT 276 â Grape and Wine Science and HORT 461 â Fruit and Nut Crop Production and Management offered spring semester in alternating years, and HORT 476 â Postharvest Technology offered fall semester in odd-numbered years.Â Service to the department, college, and university is also expected.
Salary is competitive and accompanied by an excellent benefits package.
All offers of employment, oral and written, are contingent upon the universityâs verification of credentials, other information required by state and federal law, ISU policies and procedures, and the completion of a background check.
Required Minimum Qualifications:
Ph.D. in Horticulture or related discipline at time of hire.
Relevant knowledge in horticulture and experience working with commercial fruit crop producers.
Demonstrated skills and ability to effectively communicate (oral, written, electronic and visual) with private and public stakeholders.
Demonstrated ability and experience in developing and delivering Extension programming to a broad array of horticultural audiences, including grower groups, media outlets, plant scientists and other researchers and lay audiences.
Demonstrated experience with relevant commercial and temperate fruit crops (grapes, apples, and berry crops) and their production systems; food safety programs, postharvest handling of fruit crops.
Demonstrated success with securing external grants/contracts.
Experience in teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students.
Department/Program & College Description:
The Department of Horticulture (https://www.hort.iastate.edu), administered by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, has a long and distinguished history of excellence in teaching, research, and Extension/Outreach on the Iowa State University campus.Â In fact, the first courses in horticulture were taught in 1869 and the first B.S. degree in horticulture was awarded in 1904.Â Today, 23 faculty teach and mentor over 250 undergraduate students with majors in Horticulture and Global Resource Systems.Â Our graduate program includes both M.S. and Ph.D. options in Horticulture.Â Our research enterprise is aided by state-of-the-art controlled environment facilities (growth chambers and a new (2011) greenhouse adjacent to Horticulture Hall), and a 239-acre research and demonstration farm (ISU Horticulture Research Station) with established vineyards, orchards, and high tunnels approximately six miles north of Ames.Â Â
Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation.Â Over 33,000 students are enrolled and served by over 6,200 faculty and staff.Â Ames is a progressive community of over 60,000 residents, located 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and was recently voted second best most livable small city in the nation.
To apply for this position, please click on âApplyâ and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:
Letter of application that includes a statement of extension/teaching/research interests, experience, and professional goals relevant to this position.
One- to two-page document describing experience with the creation and delivery of extension programming, experience with fruit production systems, food safety programs, and postharvest handling of fruit crops.
Contact information of three to five professional references (including telephone numbers and e-mail addresses).
Official transcripts from all relevant universities attended.
If you have questions regarding this application process, please email email@example.com or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.
For questions regarding this position announcement, please contact Dr. Jeff Iles, Professor and Chair, Department of Horticulture (firstname.lastname@example.org or 515-294-3718.
Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. Over 36,000 students are enrolled and served by over 6,200 faculty and staff (see www.iastate.edu). Ames, Iowa is a progressive community of 60,000, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and recently voted the best college town in the nation (see www.visitames.com).
Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women, underrepresented minorities, and veterans. ISU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of policies, and is an NSF ADVANCE institution.
Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status and will not be discriminated against.