Assistant Professor-Environment Quality Engineer

Brookings, South Dakota, United States

Job description

This is a nine month, tenure track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level in the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD. The major focus of the position is to develop an integrated teaching, research and extension program in sustainable and economically effective livestock production systems with emphasis on manure nutrient management practices to improve air and water quality. The successful applicant must be authorized to work in the United States. Sponsorship is not available for this position.

SDSU is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to and/or coordinate course offerings that address the experiences of underrepresented minorities in organizations. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate will provide leadership and conduct research and outreach focused on livestock and poultry manure nutrient management. Programming would typically include:

1) Apply research to address livestock environment questions and creating solutions for production agriculture;
2) Provide information to planning and zoning boards as well as other policymakers to enable informed decision-making;
3) Develop educational materials and provide training for livestock producers related to a General Permit for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO);
4) Provide leadership and establishing collaboration or partnerships in livestock environments within SDSU Extension, the University and with the agricultural community, agribusiness and governmental agencies to maintain and improve livestock production;
5) Secure external funding to support outreach programming and research efforts;
6) Publish articles in refereed journals and Extension publications;
7) Teach a class each year on agricultural waste management;
8) Contribute to the University and professional communities.

This extension education program will require close working relationships within the Department, SDSU Extension and other departments on the SDSU campus, and developing partnerships with producer groups, agribusiness, government and other stakeholders. The research program will address current and emerging issues associated with livestock production systems.

1. An earned doctoral degree in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering or closely related terminal degree by date of appointment.
2. Demonstrated ability or potential to develop high impact Extension education and research programs in manure nutrient management.
3. Potential to secure extramural funding.
4. Demonstrated ability or potential for classroom teaching.
5. Effective written communication skills.
6. Effective verbal communication and interpersonal skills.

1. Demonstrated knowledge of Midwest agricultural production practices.
2. Knowledge of governmental environmental quality policies and statutes.
3. Knowledge and use of innovative technologies for educational teaching of livestock manure nutrient management practices to undergraduate and graduate students.
4. Applicant has passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Examination.
5. Registration as a Professional Engineer.

Commensurate with qualifications.

SDSU is a land grant institution and the state’s largest institution of higher education with an enrollment of more than 12,000 students. The Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Department has 14 faculty members and more than 250 students.

SDSU is located in Brookings, South Dakota, a community of approximately 23,200 near the east central border of South Dakota on Interstate 29. The city has an excellent K-12 education system, is accessible to major medical facilities, has an active cultural and social environment, and has numerous lakes and parks within driving distance. It is 50 miles north of Sioux Falls, a city of close to 170,000.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by October 4, 2017.

How to apply

SDSU accepts applications through an on-line employment site. To apply, visit:, search by the position title, view the job announcement, and click on “apply for this posting.” The system will guide you through the electronic application form. The employment site will also require the attachment of a cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement; Curriculum Vitae; and a reference page with the contact information for three professional references. Email applications will not be accepted. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with this process.

Any offer of employment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, a criminal background check.

For questions on the position, contact Dr. Joe Darrington, search committee chair at (605) 688-5672 or

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