The Agronomy Department at Kansas State University is looking for an Assistant Professor in Precision Agriculture to develop a strong research and teaching program in precision agriculture. This individual will be expected to participate in an interdisciplinary team. Areas of emphases could include site-specific management of crop production inputs, remote and proximal sensing technology, relevant data analytics, GIS applications, geospatial statistics, and the use of small unmanned aerial vehicles in crop production. Opportunity to collaborate with colleagues in Agronomy, Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Agricultural Economics, Biology, Animal Science and Industry, Entomology, Plant Pathology, Computer Science, and K-State Polytechnic on crop and forage production, plant breeding, range management, weed science, and soil and water management. Development of a strong, externally-funded applied research program, including the training of graduate students and peer-reviewed publication of research results, is expected. Teaching responsibilities will include AGRON 202 (Intro to Precision Ag Software), AGRON 655 (Site-Specific Agriculture), development of a graduate-level course, and undergraduate advising including participation in student extracurricular activities and relevant academic committees. The candidate must be able to work in a multicultural setting and create an environment that fosters collegiality, diversity, and teamwork. This is a 12-month tenure-eligible faculty position, 60% Research, 40% Teaching
**Why Join Us:**
The Department of Agronomy provides statewide leadership in teaching, research, and extension in crop, soil, and range sciences. Weed science, crop breeding, climatology, and protecting soil and water resources are also important components of the departmental mission. Advances in these sciences have major impact on transforming the bounty of the natural resources of Kansas into the present standard of living enjoyed by its people.
The Agronomy Department has excellent classroom, office, laboratory and greenhouse facilities in the Throckmorton Plant Sciences Center. Current space in the Center for Agronomy is 78,655 square feet for office, laboratory, and classroom use, plus 42 greenhouse modules containing 26,250 sq. ft. Excellent field facilities with appropriate equipment are available in the Manhattan area. In Manhattan, the Agronomy Farm (2200 Kimball) and Ashland Bottoms units contain over 1,000 acres of dryland and irrigated cropland.
About a third of the crop acres on the Agronomy Farm is designated as the Agronomy Learning Farm, which is managed and operated primarily by Agronomy students. The Rannell's Flint Hills Prairie units contain 3295 acres dedicated to range research. These facilities support essential hands-on learning opportunities for undergraduate and graduate teaching programs, targeted research, professional training activities and Foundation seed production.
Four Agronomy Experiment Fields located throughout eastern and central Kansas are utilized to research specific soil-climate-cropping systems for their respective areas. These experiment fields with properties near Ottawa, Hutchinson, Belleville and Scandia, Rossville and Silver Lake add an additional 1142 acres for research and extension uses.
**We Support Diversity and Inclusion:**
Kansas State University embraces diversity and promotes inclusion in every sector of the institution. The university actively seeks individuals whose commitments and contributions will advance the University's dedication to the Principles of Community.
**What You'll Need to Succeed:**
* Ph.D. in agronomy, soil science, crop science, or related field, with a strong background in one or more aspects of precision agriculture. * Record of innovative research, with strong potential for publication in peer-reviewed journals. * Evidence of excellent skills to communicate in English, orally and in writing. * Strong commitment to expanding and fostering diversity in the department.
* Experience in leading or working as part of an interdisciplinary research team. * Publications in peer-reviewed journals commensurate with current career level. * Strong potential for instructional excellence and effectiveness in teaching, with teaching experience at the college level. * Demonstrated ability to inspire and provide leadership development for undergraduates and demonstrated scholarship of teaching and learning. * Experience in field research with agronomic crops and Great Plains crop production systems. * Demonstrated experience in grant writing and obtaining extramural funding. * Demonstrated skills to effectively use electronic media to communicate technical agronomic information.
**How to Apply:**
Please upload the following documents:
1. Letter of application, articulating experience or training relative to the qualifications for the position. 2. A statement of interest and vision regarding research (maximum of 2 pages). 3. A 1-page statement of teaching philosophy. 4. Resume 5. Undergraduate and graduate transcripts.
In addition, the candidate should arrange for three letters of reference to be sent directly to Brittany Green at email@example.com.
**Screening of Applications Begins:**
Immediately and continues until the position is filled.
**Salary Range/ Pay Rate:**
Salary commensurate with background and experience. Position eligible for KSU unclassified position benefits: http://www.k-state.edu/hr/current-employees/benefits/summary.html.
**Equal Employment Opportunity:**
Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees.
**Background Screening Statement:**
In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.