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Job ID 25272
Full/Part Time Full-Time
Location Columbia

Job Description

Responsibilities include the continuance of ongoing applied breeding programs for Chinese chestnut, pecan, and black walnut within the Agroforestry Center at the University of Missouri, Columbia. The incumbent will be responsible for the collection and assessment of data derived from existing black walnut, Chinese chestnut and pecan cultivar and progeny trials while incorporating new selections into existing programs. In concert with funding from the Missouri Department of Conservation, the incumbent will be expected to initiate the development of a long-term selection and breeding program to restore the native Ozark chinquapin and to continue the eastern black walnut applied breeding program, especially with regards to forest health issues relating to eastern black walnut. Emphasis will also be placed on the development of new Chinese chestnut and pecan cultivars for Missouri. In addition, the incumbent will continue the development of a long-term controlled breeding program for black walnut leading to the release of new cultivated varieties with improved nut quality, yield and disease resistance characteristics for establishment in agroforestry-based planting systems. The incumbent will serve as curator of the University of Missouri's major germplasm repositories of eastern black walnut, Chinese chestnut and northern origin pecan, along with minor collections of pawpaw, elderberry and cold hardy pitch x loblolly and pure loblolly pine at the Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Center in New Franklin, MO. This is a 100% research appointment.


A Ph.D. is required. At least one degree in Forestry with an emphasis in forest genetics and tree improvement is also required. Excellent oral and written communication skills are essential. Demonstrated areas of expertise should include an understanding of how genetic markers can be integrated into the design and development of applied tree improvement programs for hardwood nut tree species in the Midwestern U.S. It is expected that the individual will also possess practical experience in the controlled breeding of hardwood trees and their propagation. Candidates must demonstrate a strong commitment to actively contribute to collaborative team efforts within the School of Natural Resources and the dissemination of research results through publications and presentations. Strong research collaboration opportunities are available with MU faculty, the USDA Forest Service Northern Station and the Missouri Department of Conservation.


Commensurate with 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

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, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. 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

To apply for this position, please visit the MU web site at Please submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, narrative of teaching philosophy, and contact information for three references. For additional information about the position please contact Dr. Michael Gold, email: [email protected]. Review of applications will begin February 15, 2018 and the position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found





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Posted: 2/28/2018
Application Due: 4/29/2018
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