[ES_JOBS_NET] Two tenure-track faculty positions in sustainable soil management at University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Schaeffer, Sean Michael
sschaef5 at utk.edu
Tue Jul 3 11:59:51 MDT 2018
We are advertising for two faculty positions. See below for links and full position descriptions. Please forward to anyone you think might be interested.
Two faculty positions at the University of Tennessee in Sustainable Soil Management
The Department of Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science at the University of Tennessee is searching for two tenure-track assistant professors in sustainable soil nutrient management. One position is 100% Research and will emphasize research based solutions to soil health, while the other is 100% Extension and will emphasize developing and delivering soil and nutrient management technologies and recommendations for efficient no-till, row-crop, forage and horticultural production.
More information on the position and application instructions can be found at the links below:
Assistant Professor of Sustainable Soil Management (Research)<https://webapps.utk.edu/humanresources/utjoblist/PrintJob.aspx?ID=22481>
Assistant Professor of Extension Soil Management and Soil Fertility Specialist (Extension)<https://webapps.utk.edu/humanresources/utjoblist/PrintJob.aspx?ID=22641>
Assistant Professor - Bio Systems Engineering and Soil Science - - Full Time - The Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science (BESS) department at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA) seeks a 12-month, tenure-track assistant professor (100% research) in sustainable soil management to join a productive and dynamic team of teaching, research and extension experts in environmental and soil sciences and biosystems engineering. We are seeking a candidate to develop a nationally recognized and regionally relevant research program contributing to our missions of advancing soil health, improving water and nutrient use efficiency, and improving sustainability of our managed systems. Position Description The successful candidate will identify research-based solutions and innovative strategies that maximize soil health and crop production and minimize off-site environmental impacts. Areas of emphasis may include, but are not limited to: mechanisms of nutrient flux and transport at various spatial scales; quantitative modelling at landscape or watershed scales; resiliency of agroecosystems in response to changing climate conditions; soil health; plant-microbe interactions promoting nutrient use efficiency; soil erosion and sediment transport; and evaluating sustainability of alternate nutrient sources. The successful candidate is expected to acquire extramural funding to support their program, contribute to graduate student training, and publish research findings in peer-reviewed scientific journals. The successful candidate will be expected to maintain our long-term conservation agriculture research experiments located in West Tennessee and contribute to ongoing row crop research in West Tennessee. A strong commitment to departmental, institutional, and professional citizenship including advising/mentoring students, professional enrichment activities, and service on committees is required along with an ability to work effectively with diverse disciplines, cultures, backgrounds and ideologies. In addition to research duties, the selected candidate will also have the opportunity to interact withTennessee producers and related stakeholder groups to further inform research needs. Qualifications Required: 1. Ph.D. in Soil Science, or closely related degree, achieved by appointment date. 2. Demonstrated record of scholarly accomplishments in research and potential for securing extramural funding (commensurate with career level). 3. Demonstration of effective verbal and written communication skills with stakeholders, as well as peer science groups. Preferred: 1. Relevant postdoctoral experience. 2. Professional Soil Scientist certification or eligibility to sit for the exam. 3. Knowledge and research experience in soil nutrient management for production agriculture. Experience with soybean production is an asset. 4. Knowledge of state-of-the-art techniques applicable to soil health research. 5. Experience in outreach and understanding of the Land Grant mission. To Apply Applications must include: (1) a letter of interest summarizing areas of expertise, research interests and philosophy, career goals, and experience appropriate to the position; (2) a curriculum vitae; and (3) a list of three references that include complete mailing addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses. Application materials must be submitted as a single .pdf file and sent to Jennifer DeBruyn jdebruyn at utk.edu and Artan Xhaferaj axhafera at utk.edu For information on the position contact the search committee chair: Jennifer DeBruyn jdebruyn at utk.edu
Assistant Professor - Biosystems Engineering & Soil Science - - Full Time - Assistant Professor, Extension Soil Management and Soil Fertility Specialist (12-month, tenure-track, 100% Extension) Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science Department.This will be a 100% Extension position Location: University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA); Department of Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science; Knoxville, Tennessee. The position will be located at the West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center in Jackson, TN Effective Date: Screening of applicants' credentials will begin August 30, 2018, and continue until the position is filled Overview: The University of Tennessee (UT) Extension is a strong educational partner in addressing sustainable row crop agriculture. The successful candidate is expected to develop a nationally-recognized Extension and applied research program with emphasis on developing and delivering soil and nutrient management technologies and recommendations for efficient no-till, row-crop, forage and horticultural production.This individual will provide leadership in Extension and outreach education that meets the needs of clientele regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, religion or veteran status. Primary Responsibilities: * Fully develop a statewide, county-based, Extension educational program in the area of soil and nutrient management * Use traditional and innovative outreach tools to educate a diverse audience including county Extension Agents, agricultural producers, state agencies (such as the Tennessee Department of Agriculture), federal agencies (such as NRCS) * Develop an externally funded applied research program which includes development of technologies capable of enhancing current nutrient management strategies resulting in increased yields, enhanced nutrient use efficiency, minimizing nutrient losses at farm- and watershed scales that provides the basis for UT soil fertility recommendations * Create scholarly, peer reviewed publications (Extension publications, abstracts and journal articles) * Provide fertility and fertilizer recommendation support to the University of Tennessee Soil, Plant & Pest Center in Nashville and actively participate in the crop nutrient stewardship workgroup for guiding University of Tennessee Extension fertility recommendations * Assist state level 4-H and FFA programs as appropriate * Participate in the training of graduate students and provide service to the department, the university, and professional societies or organizations. * Collaborate with faculty at the AgResearch and Education Centers, as well as faculty from UT campuses and other institutions in developing and delivering novel nutrient management programs to appropriate clientele, including industry and commodity groups Required Qualifications: * Must have completed a Ph.D. in soil science with demonstrated experience and knowledge in soil fertility and management for production agriculture * Excellent verbal and written communication skills Desirable Qualifications: * Evidence of scholarship through scientific presentations and publications and demonstrated potential for developing extramural funding. Post-doctoral training and confirmed experience in outreach education is highly desired * Expertise in soil nutrient cycling and soil test development and nutrient recommendations * Ability to develop site-specific nutrient management incorporating spatial and temporal nutrient variability and crop uptake * Familiarity with the use of aerial remote sensing for crop scouting, performance monitoring, and diagnosis of crop stressors The University of Tennessee Knoxville (UTK) is the state's flagship research institution, a campus of choice for outstanding undergraduates and a premier graduate institution. As a land-grant university, it is committed to excellence in scholarship, learning and service and aims to enrich and elevate society. Jackson is the home to the the West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center. It was established in 1907, and is the oldest research center in the University of Tennessee system. It is know for its research on ornamentals, turf grasses, agronomic and horticultural crops. University scientists from Biosystems Engineering & Soil Science, Entomology & Plant Pathology, Plant Sciences and Forestry, Wildlife & Fisheries as well as USDA-ARS researchers, along with a capable support staff conduct over 100 investigations annually to evaluate new cultivars, test and develop technology for more efficient crop production and a safer and aesthetically pleasing environment. The Department of Biosystem Engineering and Soil Science (BESS) resides within the Institute of Agriculture at The University of Tennessee and adheres to the three-pronged mission of land grant universities by providing quality research, teaching and Extension, including outreach, to the citizens of Tennessee and elsewhere. The Department has an excellent reputation in research, teaching and Extension and excels at fulfilling its mission to advance scientific knowledge and to provide science-based information to improve the sustainability of food and fiber production, protection of natural resources, and the lives of all people in Tennessee and across the world. BESS Extension is the outreach unit of the Institute of Agriculture and is recognized nationally for delivering research-based information about agriculture to the people of Tennessee. The BESS Department currently has 30 full-time faculty members with expertise in diverse areas of Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science. The successful candidate will have access to ten research and education centers located across the state. The department offers two undergraduate degrees, as well as masters and doctoral degrees. The recruited individual for this position will have opportunities for collaboration within the department and across UTIA. For more information about the department, visit our web site at: https://bess.tennessee.edu Salary and Benefits: Competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Benefits available include group medical insurance, dental insurance, group and individual life insurance, long-term disability insurance, workers' compensation, retirement plan with UT contribution, sick leave, annual leave, paid holidays and administrative leave days, unemployment compensation, educational discounts, and use of University Services. To Apply: Application review will begin mid August, 2018 and continue until a suitable candidate is hired. Applicants should send a cover letter addressing areas of expertise, Extension teaching/outreach philosophy, research interests, career goals, and experience appropriate to the position; a detailed curriculum vitae highlighting education, relevant experience, qualifications, grant and contract activities and publications; and a list of three references that include complete mailing addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses. Application materials must be submitted as a single .pdf file and sent to Forbes Walker frwalker at utk.edu and Artan Xhaferaj axhafera at utk.edu. For information on the position contact the search committee chair: Forbes Walker frwalker at utk.edu
Department of Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science
University of Tennessee, Knoxville TN 37996
Email: sschaef5 at utk.edu
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