Position: Assistant Professor, Vegetable Crop Physiology/Biochemistry (12-month, tenure-track)
Location: Department of Plant Sciences, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
Effective Date: Screening of applicants will begin on January 30, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2019, or as negotiated.
Overview: This position is a 20% teaching and 80% research appointment in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Tennessee, Institute of Agriculture. The successful candidate will establish a nationally-recognized research program in plant physiology/biochemistry of vegetable crops in controlled and/or protected environments.
The physiological, environmental and genetic interactions basic to plant nutrition and development and their impact on the nutritive value (including primary and secondary metabolites) of vegetable crops for human nutrition are expected to be a major focus of the program.
The successful candidate will provide leadership in this area while interacting and working cooperatively with scientists at the University of Tennessee, other universities, government agencies and private companies. The candidate will be expected to seek extramural funding, to publish in refereed journals, to present research findings, to participate in relevant scientific societies, and to actively participate in graduate student mentoring.
The primary teaching expectation is to teach PLSC 333 (Plant Physiology & Nutrition) annually. Additional teaching responsibilities may include contributing to PLSC 210 (Horticulture: Principles & Practices), advising undergraduate students in the Plant Sciences major, and/or contributing to a graduate course related to the candidate’s area of expertise.
- The candidate must have an earned doctorate by date of hire in Horticulture, Crop Science, Plant Science/Biology or a closely related discipline with coursework and research experience in plant physiology/biochemistry.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Demonstrated ability to conduct controlled and/or protected environment research at the whole plant level.
- Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with diverse faculty, students and clientele.
- Advanced knowledge of vegetable crop production systems.
- Teaching experience at the collegiate level.
- Experience with grant writing.
- Familiarity with modern plant molecular techniques.
Support: The candidate’s lab will reside in a multi-disciplinary plant biotechnology research building. Three large, state-of-the-art greenhouse facilities that support faculty research and teaching are located on the University of Tennessee campus, totaling 22,000 square feet. Additional greenhouse, high tunnel, and field research facilities are located on University of Tennessee Research and Education Centers in Knoxville, Crossville, and other locations throughout the state. Growth chamber facilities to support faculty research are located in the Phytotron on the ground floor of the Plant Biotechnology Building.
The University of Tennessee Knoxville (UTK) is the state’s flagship research institution, a campus of choice for outstanding undergraduate and graduate students. As a land-grant university, it is committed to excellence in scholarship, learning and service and aims to enrich and elevate society. Knoxville is situated in a valley between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Cumberland Plateau, areas of great beauty and among the most bio-diverse in the USA. Knoxville is a city of 200,000 offering many amenities of urban life. Knoxville has a beautiful and walkable downtown, active neighborhoods, and eclectic cultural activities, restaurants, and shopping. Trip Advisor recently named Knoxville a Top Ten Destination on the Rise. Knoxville is located within easy driving distance to Asheville, Atlanta, and Nashville. The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University.
Salary and benefits are 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.
How to apply
To apply send a cover letter that includes a 1-page statement of research accomplishments/interests and a 1-page statement of teaching philosophy or approach, a C.V., unofficial copies of all college transcripts, and the names, e-mail addresses and phone numbers of five professional references as a single PDF file by e-mail to Ms. Dawn Seigel, firstname.lastname@example.org. Inquiries regarding the position should be directed by e-mail to the chair of the search committee: Dr. David Butler, email@example.com.