Assistant Research/Extension Professor of Ornamental Horticulture

Mississippi State University in Mississippi

Deadline April 01, 2014
Date Posted February 19, 2014
Type Non tenure track
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time

This is a 12-month, non-tenure position consisting of 75% Research (MS Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station) and 25% Extension (MSU Extension Service). This position is located at Truck Crops Branch Experiment Station in Crystal Springs, 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 develop a research and extension program of excellence in ornamental crops supporting the state nursery, greenhouse and landscape industries. Research areas may include: 1) Breeding ornamental plants for use in landscapes and gardens; 2) evaluating new crop and production opportunities; 3) developing cultural methods appropriate for local crops and cropping cycles; and 4) improving the economic and environmental sustainability of production systems. Extension areas may include: 1) Providing educational programs to county extension personnel, industry personnel, and other clientele groups; 2) working closely with on-campus and off-campus horticulturists, county extension personnel and scientists from other disciplines to solve production and marketing related issues facing the horticulture industry.

Opportunities exist to utilize existing germplasm within the Mississippi State University system and to support new and existing traditional producers, as well as organic and other non-traditional grower groups. The incumbent will also have opportunities to integrate research into a three-acre demonstration garden. Facilities available to support this position include a three-acre garden, field research plots, nearly 18,000 sq. ft. of polyethylene and polycarbonate greenhouses, 20,000 sq. ft. of open and shaded container pad, media mixing and storage facility and laboratory space. Station's research and extension team members include two Ph.D.s, clerical staff, research technicians and a production/field management team.

The Truck Crops Branch Experiment Station is in the rural community of Crystal Springs, MS, located 25 miles south of Jackson, MS, the state capital.  

The incumbent will be expected to work closely with industry, and state colleagues to develop team projects and meet the broad needs of the green industry and to conduct greenhouse, laboratory, and field experiments. In addition, they will be expected to establish a strong publication record, secure competitive funding, and lead interdisciplinary teams in extending the information to stakeholders. The faculty member will also actively participate in graduate education by chairing and serving on graduate student committees, supervising thesis and dissertation research, and publishing results with graduate students and other collaborative team members.  

An earned doctorate in horticulture or closed related field, knowledge of ornamental plant breeding, herbaceous crops and cultural practices. Preference will be given to candidates who possess experience in managing and/or being engaged in large, competitive grant funded research programs in horticulture research. Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated grantsmanship and publication records. Candidates must be able to work in team environments, have excellent speaking and writing skills, and an ability to provide effective informal teaching programs. Excellent communication and leadership skills are essential. Candidates must be supportive of the Land-Grant system and its mission of teaching, research, and extension. Candidates must also have a commitment to Mississippi State University's core values.  

All applicants MUST complete the online Personal Data Information Form located at 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 April 1, 2014, however applications will be accepted until position is filled.  



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