Assistant Professor Extension/Research Professor- Plant Materials Utilization: Forages, Bioenergy Crops, & Ecosystem Se

Mississippi State University

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted January 9, 2014
Type Non tenure track
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time


The Coastal Plain Experiment Station, Mississippi State University is seeking applicants for a 12-month, non-tenure track, 50% extension and 50% research position to lead in planning, implementing, and evaluating education and research programs to meet the needs of producers. This position is located at the Coastal Plain Branch Experiment Station in Newton, MS, and is administratively associated with the Central Mississippi Research and Extension Center, with an academic home in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences. The primary function of this position will be to transfer the knowledge and expertise of sustainable plant-based agronomic practices to the public and vested stakeholders through partnerships with federal, state, and county governments in collaboration with peer faculty at other Branch Stations and the Main Station.  Research will include the design and dissemination of results from collaborative research studies involving herbaceous plant materials for these focus areas: (1) Forage/grazing systems [native grasses used for dual purpose (grazing/biofuel), establishment, grazing management, hay production, animal performance, mixed native grass systems, wildlife habitat, crop suitability, economic returns, etc.],  (2) Management of biofuel feedstock crops (i.e. giant miscanthus, switchgrass, canola, sweet sorghum, etc.), and (3) Use of native grasses for soil conservation and wildlife habitat.



Minimum qualifications include: (1) Ph.D. in Crop Science, Agronomy, or closely related field with major emphasis on plant science systems, (2) evidence of ability to communicate orally and in writing, (3) ability to work effectively in a team environment with Extension personnel and stakeholders, (4) ability to develop proposals to seek external funding for program support, (5) ability to conduct an effective applied research program in support of extension activities, and (6) skills regarding the effective use of electronic media in education and communication of technical information.

Preferred qualifications include: (1) previous experience in Extension and/or outreach activities focused on plant-based agronomic practices (pasture/grazing systems, bioenergy crops, and ecosystem services), (2) research experience, and (3) evidence of the ability to publish and secure extramural funding.



Assistant Professor



Competitive and commensurate with qualifications, education and experience. 



All applicants MUST complete the online Personal Data Information Form located at (Position #7438) to be considered for this position. Applicants should apply online and submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and official transcripts of all college and university work through, and three professional letters of reference.  For more information contact:  Dr. Sherry Surrette, Professor & Head, Central Mississippi Research & Extension Center, 1320 Seven Springs Road, Raymond, MS 39154, Phone: (601) 857-2284, Fax: (601) 857-2358, E-mail:    A review of applications will begin March 3, 2014, however applications will be accepted until position is filled.


Applicants will be considered without discrimination for any non-merit reason such as race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or veteran status.  Mississippi State University is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer.