Assistant Professor - Wheat Molecular Geneticist

University of Idaho in Idaho

Date Posted August 8, 2014
Type Tenured, tenure track
Salary Not specified
Employment Type Full-time

Assistant Professor - Wheat Molecular Geneticist


Col of Agricultural & Life Sciences

Employee Category

Classification Group Title
Research Faculty

Tenure Tracking
Tenure Track

Assistant Professor

Interim/Term Appointment

Multi-Year Contract (Non-Tenure Track)
Not Applicable

Position Type

Pay Range

Type of Appointment
Fiscal Year

Full Time/Part Time
Full Time

70 - 80 Hours/Bi-Weekly

Position Summary

Faculty appointed with a research designation will have qualifications, except for teaching effectiveness, that correspond to their respective rank the same as regular faculty. The regular faculty qualifications are provided in the following paragraphs. NOTE: Extension Specialists and Idaho Geological Survey faculty are appointed in this designation.

Assistant professor appointment to this rank normally require the doctorate or appropriate terminal degree. Evidence of potential effective teaching and potential scholarship in teaching and learning, artistic creativity, discovery, and outreach/application/engagement is a prerequisite to appointment to the rank of assistant professor. Appointees in this rank have charge of instruction in assigned classes or laboratories and independent or shared responsibility in the determination of course objectives, methods of teaching, and the subject matter to be covered. Assistant professors are expected to demonstrate the ability to conduct and direct scholarly activities, and to provide intramural and extramural professional service.

Associate professors will have demonstrated effective teaching or the potential for effective teaching, the ability to conduct and direct scholarly activities in his or her special field, and provide service to the university and/or his or her profession. Evidence of this ability includes quality publications or manuscripts of publishable merit; and/or unusually productive scholarship in teaching and learning; and/or significant artistic creativity; and/or major contributions to the scholarship of outreach/application/engagement. Associate professors are expected to play more significant roles in initiating, conducting, and directing scholarly activities, and in providing intramural and extramural professional service.

A professor should have intellectual and academic maturity, demonstrated effective teaching or the potential for effective teaching and the ability to organize, carry out, and direct significant scholarship in his or her major field. A professor will have made major scholarly contributions to his or her field as evidenced by several quality publications and/or highly productive scholarship in one or more of the areas of teaching and learning, discovery, artistic creativity, and outreach/application/engagement. Professors have charge of courses and supervise research, and are expected to play a major role of leadership in the development of academic policy, and in providing intramural and extramural professional service.

Extension Specialists are expected to (1) work closely with Extension Educators to develop or coordinate district or statewide extension programs in a discipline; (2) plan, implement, and evaluate demonstrations of research-based information such as field plots or trials; (3) develop district or statewide interdisciplinary programs; (4) keep Extension Educators up-to-date on new research and extension information through in-service trainings, webinars, conference calls, etc.; (5) build coalitions and develop collaborative programs statewide with communities, commodities groups or agencies to address long-range problems; (6) make invited presentations to decision makers, clientele groups, and professional organizations; (7) author UI Extension and Experiment Station publications and regional publications; and (8) publish in trade journals, proceedings, handbooks, magazines, newsletters, refereed journals and mass media; (9) develop and maintain educational websites and online short courses. An Extension Specialist appointment requires a doctorate or appropriate terminal degree. The Extension Specialist position usually is a promotable, tenure-track position. Extension Specialists can hold the faculty rank of assistant, associate, or full professor.

Job Duty Function

Job Duties/Responsibilities
Research and identify useful molecular tools to increase breeding efficiency and effectiveness of crop improvement strategies and to enable increased access to, and use of, genetic variations conserved in germplasm pools. Potential research ares may include, but are not limited to, improved agronomic traits that enhance crop value, and improved resistance to diseases and pests.

The successful candidate will collaborate with other faculty members in the Plant, Soil and Entomological Sciences Department and the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, present research seminars, participate in professional meetings and publish in refereed journals.

Job Duty Function

Job Duties/Responsibilities
Teaching responsibilities include an undergraduate course in plant physiology and an alternate-year graduate course in plant molecular biology. Participation in graduate student education and mentoring will be required.

Minimum Qualifications

PhD in plant genetics, plant molecular biology/plant physiology or closely related field by December 31, 2014.

Training and interest in fundamental and applied plant molecular research.

Demonstrated ability to initiate, complete and publish research.

Ability to work cooperatively and effectively with colleagues and clientele.

Must possess excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications

Demonstrated experience with an agronomically important crop.

Experience in teaching at the undergraduate or graduate level; successful grantsmanship.

Possess effective collaboration in team-based research programs.

Posting Number

Posting Date

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applications will be accepted until a suitable applicant has been identified. However, first consideration will be given to those applications completed by September 17, 2014.

Please submit a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 5 letters of reference directly to the search chair at the following address:

Dr. Alexander Karasev, Search Chair

Wheat Molecular Geneticist Search

University of Idaho

Dept. of Plant, Soil and Entomological Sciences

875 Perimeter Drive MS 2339

Moscow, ID 83844-2339

Phone: 208-885-2350

Fax: 208-885-7760


Transcripts may be uploaded with the application or sent to the above address.

Background Check Statement

Applicants who are selected as final possible candidates may be required to pass a criminal background check.

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EEO Statement
The University of Idaho is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. It is the policy of the regents that equal opportunity be afforded in education and employment to qualified persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam-era veteran. It is also the policy of the University of Idaho to not discriminate based on sexual orientation.

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