Job no: 501937 Position type: Full-Time 12-Month Department: 013200 - Delta Research and Extension Center Location: Stoneville, MS Categories: Faculty Position Open Date: Jan 21 2021
This position is a 65% Extension and 35% Research, 12-month, tenure-track appointment with Mississippi State University located at the Delta Research and Extension Center in Stoneville, MS. The function of the successful candidate will be to provide agronomic educational assistance to producers and conduct research on cropping systems for agronomic crops in the Mississippi Delta Region with an emphasis on rice production. The successful candidate will work in unison with other State Extension Specialists and County Extension Agents to strengthen the overall Extension program by facilitating technology transfer and adoption of best management practices within the Mississippi Delta. In addition, the individual will be expected to collaborate with Mississippi State University Extension Service (MSU-ES) and Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station (MAFES) scientists to ensure research and Extension based programs are focused on the needs of stakeholders. The successful candidate will be an integral member of a strong multi-disciplinary team addressing prevalent issues in crop production systems. The successful candidate will work closely with commodity organizations such as the Mississippi Rice Promotion Board, the Mississippi Soybean Association, the Mississippi Corn Growers Association, and the Mississippi Corn Promotion Board. The successful candidate will be expected to foster and maintain good working relationships with state agencies such as, but not limited to the Bureau of Plant Industry and the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce, and organizations such as the Mississippi Agricultural Consultants Association, Mississippi Agricultural Industry Council, the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation, and Delta Council. The academic home will be Plant & Soil Sciences.
The Assistant/Associate/Full Professor position will be located at the Delta Research and Extension Center in Stoneville, MS.
Area of Specialization:
Agronomic Crops- Rice Specialist
Tenure Track Status:
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
The goal of this position is to evaluate current field issues, enhance educational opportunities for the Delta region clientele, and develop a comprehensive Extension and research program focusing on agronomic aspects of cropping systems. The successful candidate will work closely with producers, consultants, industry representatives, State Extension Specialists, County Extension Agents, researchers, and other related parties to identify and assess agronomic issues and develop strategies to improve profitability and reduce risk associated with rice and other complimentary crop productions systems. The successful candidate will also be expected to participate in other research activities in collaboration with current MSU-ES and MAFES scientists. The successful candidate will be expected to garner extramural funding to support outreach and applied research efforts, and present updates and results in appropriate scholarly publications. A demonstrated ability to effectively communicate research findings and troubleshoot problems with growers and consultants is desired. Considerable local and regional in-state travel will be required to adequately fulfill the position requirements.
1) Earned Ph. D. in Agronomy, Soil Science, Weed Science or closely related field (ABDs will be considered). 2) A strong row-crop background and familiarity with modern agricultural production practices is preferred. 3) Applicant must have excellent written and oral communication skills. 4) Demonstrated ability of organizational and leadership skills are important, as well as the willingness to address critical issues in a team environment.
ABDs or degree pending considered (all but DISS):
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Applicant must have excellent written and oral communication skills. Excellent organizational and leadership skills are also important.
Instructions for Applying:
Application must be submitted online at www.msujobs.msstate.edu. Applicants should submit the following documents: i) curriculum vitae (including statement of current position and responsibilities); ii) academic transcripts; iii) cover letter expressing a statement of research philosophy and applicant's research interests and qualifications; and iv) three letters of reference either online or hard copies to: Dr. Steve Martin, Delta Research and Extension Center, P.O. Box 197, 82 Stoneville Road, Stoneville, MS 38776. firstname.lastname@example.org Any social security number on requested transcripts should be redacted prior to submitting online. Screening of applications is expected to begin immediately. The position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
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.
Internal Number: 501937
About Mississippi State University
Mississippi State University represents the highest level of research activity for doctorate-granting institutions and is designated by the Carnegie Foundation as an R1-Very High Research Activity University. Also, a National Science Foundation “Top 100” research University, MSU shelters a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honor society, and values the talents of our distinguished faculty, staff, and student scholars. Here, a culture of inclusion is fostered and we’re driven each day to make a difference at the local, state, regional, national and global levels. At Mississippi State University we invite you to join us as we continue our momentum in research, teaching, and service.
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