Cropping Systems Specialist

University of Idaho in Idaho

Date Posted December 26, 2013
Type Tenured, tenure track
Salary Not specified
Employment Type Full-time

The University of Idaho Department of Plant, Soil and Entomological Sciences (PSES) seeks a cropping systems specialist to join the multi-disciplinary team at the Parma R&E Center.  This is a 12-month, tenure-track position; 70% extension and 30% research.  Salary commensurate with qualifications/experience.
Extension responsibilities will include developing and delivering relevant educational programs in sustainable cropping systems using best management practices for important crops grown in southwest Idaho.  These programs will engage various clientele groups including producers, crop advisors and regional and county extension personnel.  Participate in planning and delivering Topic Team programming efforts.  Participate in planning commodity schools and presenting seminars, workshops, and other training sessions at relevant conferences and commodity schools.  Develop appropriate websites and other relevant media such as popular press articles and digital media.  Publish appropriate state and regional extension publications.
Research responsibilities of the Assistant Professor include the development of an externally funded, internationally recognized research and extension program in sustainable cropping systems in southwestern Idaho.  The broad area of research will be determining best management practices for sustainable production systems of cereals, forages, sugar beets and other crops grown commercially in Idaho.  Potential research areas may include, but are not limited to, cereal variety management, site-specific management using geospatial systems, nutrient cycling and availability in cropping systems, crop irrigation, water utilization and conservation, and organic production systems.  The successful candidate will be expected to obtain external funding.  Collaboration with other faculty members in PSES and the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, presentation of research seminars, graduate student education/mentoring, participation in professional meetings, and publishing in refereed journals is expected.
Required Qualifications:  Earned Ph.D. in agronomy, crop science, soil science or closely related field, with training and interest in fundamental and applied cropping systems research, and experience commensurate with a position of an assistant professor.  The successful applicant will demonstrate the ability to initiate, complete, and publish research, work cooperatively and effectively with colleagues and clientele in team-based Research and Extension programs, supervise personnel, and possess excellent written and oral communication skills.  MUST:  Applicants who are selected as final possible candidates must be able to pass a criminal background check.
Desirable Qualifications:  Demonstrated experience with cropping systems research and effective collaboration in team-based research program.  See responsibilities section for additional desirable qualifications.
Application Procedures:
To be considered, interested persons MUST complete the online application (accessible at including a letter of application addressing each required and desired qualification, curriculum vitae, academic transcripts, three letters of reference and contact information for references.  Any required documentation which cannot be submitted online, i.e., academic transcripts and three letters of reference, should be sent to:
Dr. Jim Barbour, University of Idaho, Department of Plant, Soil and Entomological Sciences, Parma Research and Extension Center, 29603 U of I Lane, Parma, ID 83660-6590.   Phone: 208-722-6701. Fax: 208-722-6708.  Email:
Closing date:  February 14, 2014.
Start date:  As negotiated.
To enrich education through diversity, the University of Idaho is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and educational institution.

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