Assistant Professor Crop Physiology and Adaptation to Climate Change



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Location: Fayetteville
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Faculty – Tenure/Tenure Track

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Institution Name:
Division of Agriculture of the University of Arkansas
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is a state wide campus, with faculty based on University campuses, at Research and Extension Centers and in every Arkansas county. It consists of the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) and the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service (CES), and is home to more than 1400 employees.  The Division was established in 1959 and is headed by the Vice-President for Agriculture.  The Division headquarters is located in Little Rock with the rest of the University of Arkansas System Administration.  As an employer, the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance.

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CSES | Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences

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Description: The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences at the University of Arkansas invite applications for a 12-month, tenure-track position (80% research, 20% teaching) in the area of crop physiology and adaptation to climate change. The position is located at the main campus of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

Research Responsibilities: The successful candidate will develop a comprehensive, extramurally-funded research program integrating crop physiology that addresses crop production and management in soybean, corn, rice and other crops important for Arkansas and the Midsouthern US. Possible research emphasis areas include: improving crop resilience to environmental stress, crop modeling, high-throughput phenotyping characterization for improved crop performance and identification of superior genotypes, improved irrigation efficiency and water conservation, and innovative management systems to improve production efficiency. The successful candidate will proactively lead continuing efforts to build strong and multidisciplinary applied research programs. Collaboration with other research and extension faculty members (e.g., plant breeding, agroclimatology and ag-systems modeling, plant genetics, biochemistry, weed science, soil fertility/management) is expected. The successful candidate will publish in peer-reviewed journals, secure extramural research support from a diversity of sources, and have a strong presence in graduate student research and education.

Teaching Responsibilities: The individual will teach a graduate course CSES 5013 Crop Physiology and develop an undergraduate course to educate students on the fundamental aspects of plant and crop physiology. Additional courses may be developed or assigned based on candidate expertise and departmental curriculum need. The successful candidate should have a strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate student education and training as well as participating in departmental activities. Involvement in graduate student education as a committee member and as a major advisor is expected.


Qualifications:  PhD in Crop Science, Crop Physiology, Agronomy, or a closely-related discipline with demonstrated expertise in applied crop physiology that may include crop modeling, irrigation management, or high throughput phenotyping (by time of hire). Required skills include demonstrated ability to work collaboratively, demonstrated ability to publish research findings in refereed journals, strong communication skills, commitment to undergraduate and graduate education, and a commitment to fostering a diverse, collaborative, and collegial work environment. Flexibility to travel throughout the state is required.

Preferred qualifications include a strong record of academic achievement including peer-reviewed publications, demonstrated ability to obtain extramural funding, and previous teaching experience.

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Commensurate with education and experience

Pre-employment Screening Requirements:
Motor Vehicle Reports Check
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture may conduct pre-employment background checks on certain positions for applicants being considered for employment.  The background checks may include a criminal background check and a sex offender registry check.  Required checks are identified in the position listing.  A criminal background check or arrest pending adjudication information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absences of a relationship to the requirements of the position.  Background check information will be used in a consistent, non-discriminatory manner consistent with the state and federal law.

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture commits itself to policies of affirmative action and diversity with respect to both employment opportunities and program participation.  The Division complies with these policies not merely because of legal requirements, but because we believe that such practices are basic to human dignity.  As such, the Division welcomes all applicants to apply without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status.  Candidates must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment.  All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

Constant Physical Activity:
Manipulate items with fingers, including keyboarding, Repetitive Motion, Talking

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Hearing, Kneeling, Lifting, Pulling

Occasional Physical Activity:
Driving, Feeling, Grasping, Sitting

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The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. All applicants are subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act and persons hired must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States.

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Required Documents to Apply:

Cover Letter/Letter of Application, Curriculum Vitae, List of three Professional References (name, email, business title), Statement of Research Philosophy, Statement of Teaching Philosophy, Unofficial/Official Transcript(s)

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Recruitment Contact Information:

Dr. Jeff Edwards, Department Head
[email protected]

All application materials must be uploaded to the University of Arkansas System Career Site  

Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.

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