Assistant Research Professor

Job ID 23684
Full/Part Time Full-Time
Location Columbia

Job Description

The Division of Applied Social Sciences seeks applications for an Assistant Research Professor within Rural Sociology at the University of Missouri. The position is for a research scientist with understanding of and commitment to sustainability in food and agriculture systems, and experience working in international development projects.

The successful candidate will conduct research in sustainable development. The position will provide the opportunity to work on a collaborative basis with rural sociologists, professors and graduate students, as well as other social scientists in the Division of Applied Social Sciences. The successful candidate is expected to conduct quality research that is published in appropriate venues, present research results to interdisciplinary peers, secure own funding through grants and contracts, and engage in service as part of the Division of Applied Social Sciences. This position does not offer any salary commitments from the Division of Applied Social Sciences or the Department of Rural Sociology. Applicants must show a history of securing their own funding from outside funding agencies, foundations, etc.

Qualifications: A PhD is required in a field that can contribute to the department's interdisciplinary programs in sustainable development. Two or more years of experience working on international development projects is also required. Training or experience in sustainable development and demonstrated ability to work productively as part of an interdisciplinary team member are preferred. A history of externally-funded research programs is required.

Application Deadline

Screening of applications will begin upon the position's posting and will continue for 30 days or until the position is filled.

Other Information

MU's College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources strongly endorses the principles embodied in the MU's values statement - respect, responsibility, discovery, excellence ( In that context we seek to recruit and retain outstanding scholars who are: 1) committed to blending service with scholarship, 2) leaders, 3) good colleagues who will collaborate with others from diverse disciplines and backgrounds, and 4) flexible and adaptable in an era of rapid change.


Salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

Diversity Commitment

The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Missouri is an equal access, equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that is fully committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action officer at 573-882-4256.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Disability Inclusion and ADA Compliance Manager at 573-884-7278.


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Application Materials

All candidates must supply a letter of application, resume/CV, and names and contact information for three (3) professional reference. Finalists for the position must also provide official transcripts for graduate courses at a later date.

Questions regarding this position should be directed to:

Dr. David O'Brien
109 Gentry Hall
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211
Tel.: 573-882-0392


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