Agriculture Job Opportunity: Organic and Conventional Cropping Systems Agronomist, Minnesota

Position Information  - Organic and Conventional Cropping Systems Agronomist

For more information go to: Regular Faculty Tenure-Track Series  Position Title: Cropping Systems Agronomist (Organic and Conventional)  Job Code:  9901  Requisition Number:  159366  Position Category: Faculty and Instructional  Appointment Term  B = 9 month  Appointment Type  Probationary; tenure track fac (N)  Work Hours  7:45-4:30 p.m.  Work Days  M-F  Total Hours or % Appointment  100%  Full-Time  Starting Hourly Rate  To be determined  Department Name  Agronomy/Plant Genetics (409A)  College or Admin Unit: University of Minnesota, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences Campus Location: Twin Cities and Southwest Research and Outreach Center, Lamberton, MN Job Open Date: 03-16-2009  Job Close Date:  Open Until Filled Internal Promotional Consideration Required/Preferred Qualifications  A Ph.D in crop science, agroecology, agronomy, soil science, or related field at the time of appointment. Commitment to excellence and effectiveness in educational programming and experience in conducting applied research are essential.

Candidate should possess excellent oral and written English communications skills and have the ability to work effectively with other researchers and diverse clientele groups. A history of successful grant applications and demonstrated ability to publish for both the scientific community and the producer clientele is desirable.
Duties/Responsibilities: This position is 60% Extension and 40% Research. The selected applicant will provide state-wide leadership in the planning, development, and implementation of innovative extension education programs on organic, sustainable, and conventional multi-functional cropping systems. The successful candidate will work closely with Extension Educators, other Extension specialists, research scientists, clientele groups and other stakeholders to develop a high quality educational curriculum that includes workshops, trainings, field days, and conventional electronic publications.

The selected applicant’s research will focus on innovative approaches to diversify Minnesota cropping systems to improve sustainability and profitability of crop agriculture and to deliver ecosystems services. Potential areas of research include integration of cover crop components or other crops into current cropping systems to enhance resource stewardship and cropping sustainability and cultural practices in crop systems to optimize yield.

The successful candidate will be expected to demonstrate research and extension productivity through obtaining extramural funding and publication in relevant refereed journals. The successful candidate will also be expected to involve graduate students in research and develop and implement a nationally and internationally recognized extension and research program.
Program/Unit Description  The University of Minnesota’s Southwest Research and Outreach Center is part of the Translational Research and Education (TRE) Division, a network that includes six other research centers across Minnesota. The SWROC is a nationally recognized organic research site where organic, sustainable, and conventional agricultural research co-exists. Currently the Center has 820 acres of land utilized for research of which 120 acres are certified organic. Another 1900 acres may be made available for large scale studies. Greenhouse and laboratory space are available on site.
Application Instructions: As an institution committed to demonstrating excellence through diversity, the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences is committed to hiring a diverse faculty and actively encourages candidates from historically underrepresented groups to apply.

Please apply online via the Employment System at

Attach a letter of application including a statement (2 page maximum) of Extension and research interests related to this position; A detailed vitae including a list of publications, grant proposals, project management, a summary of extension and/or teaching activities, and other relevant materials; Official academic transcripts (attach as Additional Document 1); A list of names, addresses and e-mail addresses of three references. This position does not require a background check.

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