Assistant Professor of Soil Nutrient Management

Lexington, KY
Mar 21, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The University of Kentucky is currently seeking an Assistant Professor of Soil Nutrient Management in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, located within the College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment. The position will be located in Lexington KY, and is a 12-month tenure track position with an initial appointment of 65% research, 30% teaching and 5% service.

Soil fertility is an important disciplinary area in soil science and agronomy and a key component of undergraduate and graduate instruction in soil function and ecosystem services, particularly for sustainable agriculture. The individual working in this critical position will conduct innovative translational research in soil fertility and plant nutrition across multiple scales, supporting nutrient management in row crop and forage production systems. This research should benefit producer income and increase crop yields, while protecting and improving soil, air, and water quality locally, regionally, and nationally.

Responsibilities will include the following:

Research: Research foci should address fundamental questions of soil fertility and plant nutrition at the root-soil interface, field, and watershed scales. The successful candidate will develop an innovative, cross-disciplinary and translational research program that should involve other faculty in the College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment and other campus colleges. Graduate student mentoring and committee service are expected. Publication in peer-reviewed journals and establishing an extramurally-funded grant program are expected.

Teaching: The successful candidate will teach at least two courses each academic year including one required senior level course - Soil Nutrient Management. The other courses to be taught as needed could include an existing graduate course in Advanced Soil Fertility, a new course in advanced methods of plant and soil analysis, a new course reflecting the candidate's interests and expertise, or an existing course that fulfills a departmental need. In addition, the candidate has the opportunity to participate in the Natural Resources and Environmental Science undergraduate degree program and other undergraduate education programs and activities.

Service: The candidate is expected to give 5% of their effort to service activities including (but not limited to): service on departmental, college, and university committees; community outreach; and professional service activities. She/he will also pursue professional development activities in a professional society.

The position will be filled at the Assistant Professor level. Salary, fringe benefits, and initial operating support are competitive with other leading land-grant universities.

Applications will be accepted until May 31, 2017, or until a suitable applicant is selected. The position is available January 1, 2018.

Applicants should include: 1) a cover letter, 2) a curriculum vitae 3) university transcripts (scanned or electronic copies are acceptable for application review), 4) a 1 page description of your research interests (upload under Specific Request 1), and 5) a 1 page statement of your teaching interests, including a description of the steps you have taken to develop/improve your teaching (upload under Specific Request 2).

Please also include the names and contact information for three references within the application. This information may be utilized to solicit recommendation letters from your references within the employment system.

If there are questions concerning how to apply, contact HR/Employment, 859-257-9555 (option 2) or Questions about the position may be directed to Dr. Todd Pfeiffer, Department of Plant and Soil Sciences (Chair), 105 Plant Sciences Building, Lexington, KY, 40546-0312,, 859-218-0709.

Job Title
Assistant Professor of Soil Nutrient Management

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Work Location
Lexington, KY

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Required Education

Ph.D. focused in soils (soil fertility, soil chemistry), agronomy or a closely related field by date of employment

Required Related Experience

A record of peer-reviewed publications is essential, and successful grantsmanship will be evaluated. Teaching experience is valued.

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Excellent communication skills, including the use of electronic media and innovative delivery methods, are essential.

Does this position have supervisory responsibilities?

Preferred Education/Experience

Preference will be given to those having experience in field based research involving novel approaches for soil fertility, plant nutrition and environmental quality assessment.

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University Community of Inclusion

The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.

Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vita
  3. Academic Transcript
  4. Specific Request 1
  5. Specific Request 2
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