The College of Agriculture’s Department of Horticulture at Auburn University is seeking applications for the position of Assistant Professor – Specialty Crop Physiologist. This position will be a nine-month, tenure-track faculty position with a 75% research and 25% teaching appointment. The projected start date is August 16, 2020.
Responsibilities: Research priorities for this position will focus on the challenges and opportunities for production of fruit crops in protected environments (e.g., indoor, greenhouse, high-tunnel, etc.) but can also support out-of-door production systems as time and resources permit. Essential to this position will be development of collaborative relationships with scientists, extension specialists and grower collaborators in Alabama, partners in the Southern Region Small Fruit Consortium (http://smallfruits.org/) and across the nation. The successful candidate will be expected to publish regularly in peer-reviewed journals appropriate to the discipline and to compete successfully for external funding to support their program. The candidate will also be expected to mentor undergraduates in short-term research projects suitable for presenting as posters at regional and national scientific meetings. Further, the candidate will train future crop physiologists by directly advising M.S. and Ph.D. students. The selected individual will have responsibility in both undergraduate and graduate instruction. Annually, they will teach an undergraduate course in plant growth and development. In alternating years, the candidate will teach one of two graduate courses in advanced growth and development and environmental stress physiology, respectively. Departmental, college, and university committee service is expected.
Qualifications: Minimum qualifications include an earned Ph.D. from an accredited institution in Horticulture or closely related plant science discipline with an emphasis on plant physiology by the position start date. Ideally, the selected individual should have a strong horticultural foundation with knowledge and background in specialty crops (e.g., temperate fruits). Documented evidence of individual and/or collaborative research and/or teaching resulting in peer-reviewed publications is required. The selected individual should be able to demonstrate the ability to work cooperatively with colleagues across disciplines and develop a collaborative research program. The selected individual must possess excellent written and interpersonal communication skills to effectively interact with diverse audiences. The selected candidate must meet eligibility requirements to be gainfully employed in the United States at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin and to continue working legally for the term of employment. Desired qualifications: Knowledge and experience in the growth, development and physiology of specialty crops; Successful competitive grant-writing experience; Experience in developing new and/or teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in plant growth, development and physiology; Advising students both at the graduate and undergraduate level.
Application: Applicants must apply for the position by visiting the link:
http://aufacultypositions.peopleadmin.com/postings/3720 and attach the following: 1) a cover letter that addresses the experience pertinent to all of the responsibilities of the position, 2) current curriculum vita, 3) copies of ALL academic transcripts, 4) a two to three page statement of research interests, accomplishments, and future research ideas, and 5) a one page statement of teaching philosophy. When prompted during the on-line process, please provide names, phone numbers and email addresses of three professional references. Only complete applications will be considered. To ensure consideration for the position, applicants are encouraged to apply prior to or by end of business on September 30, 2019 but the search will continue until the position is filled. Questions concerning the advertised position should be directed to: Dr. Elina Coneva, Search Committee Chair, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University: Auburn University is an R1: Doctoral University and one of the nation’s premier land, sea and space grant institutions with an enrollment of 30,000 graduate and undergraduate students. The University is located in the city of Auburn in east-central Alabama approximately 100 miles southwest of Atlanta, GA and southeast of Birmingham, AL and is about 60 miles northeast of the state capital (Montgomery). Auburn has a highly ranked public school system, a vibrant economy and an excellent quality of life. Auburn University is ranked in the top 50 public universities for its undergraduate programs. Interested applicants are encouraged to visit www.auburn.edu for more information.
The Department: The Department of Horticulture was established in 1908. It is one of eight academic departments in the College of Agriculture and is comprised of 16 faculty members. The Dept. of Horticulture offers four undergraduate areas of specialization: landscape horticulture, nursery and greenhouse science, fruit and vegetable production and pre-landscape architecture. It is also the headquarters for the new agricultural science degree program. Graduate programs include a Certificate in Public Horticulture, M.Ag., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in horticulture. For more information concerning the department, please visit https://hort.auburn.edu/.
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About Auburn University
Auburn University is an R1: Doctoral University and one of the nation’s premier land, sea and space grant institutions with an enrollment of 30,000 graduate and undergraduate students. The University is located in the city of Auburn in east-central Alabama approximately 100 miles southwest of Atlanta, GA and southeast of Birmingham, AL and is about 60 miles northeast of the state capital (Montgomery). Auburn has a highly ranked public-school system, a vibrant economy and an excellent quality of life. Auburn University is ranked in the top 50 public universities for its undergraduate programs. Interested applicants are encouraged to visit www.auburn.edu for more information.