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Job ID 24669
Full/Part Time Full-Time
Location Missouri Southeast Region

Job Description

A Research Scientist position in the Division of Plant Sciences is currently available at the University of Missouri. The focus of this position is on agronomic research to evaluate and improve cotton production practices in Southeast Missouri. The position will be located at the University of Missouri - Fisher Delta Research Center in Portageville. This location is in the most northern region of US cotton production and will provide an opportunity to conduct research to improve productivity and profitability of cotton and possibly other rotational crops. The primary responsibility of the successful candidate is to conduct cotton variety trials in the region and provide leadership developing innovative cotton technologies for the future. The work will include planning, designing, and conducting field experiments, data collection, and statistical analysis of field trials. The position will require collaboration with researchers at other private and public organizations and interacting with farmers and extension specialists. The successful candidate will be expected to develop an extramurally funded program in cotton production research that complements ongoing research within the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. The incumbent will need to successfully conduct applied research that meets the needs of our clientele and the scientific community.


Applicants must have a M.S. or Ph.D. in agronomy, soil science, agricultural engineering, or related field. Preference will be given to Ph.D. candidates with demonstrated experience in cotton production, precision agriculture, and the ability to secure extramural funding to support the program. Proficiency in cotton production practices is required, including weed and disease/insect control, fertility, tillage, and irrigation. The candidate should be knowledgeable about maintaining and operating plot and farm-scale equipment, analyzing data with statistical programs, and writing extension bulletins, grant proposals, and publication in peer-reviewed journals. Excellent oral skills to communicate with farmers and the ability to work well in a collaborative team are essential.

Application Deadline

Review of applications will begin as they are received and continue to be accepted until a suitable candidate is identified.


Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, paid time off, 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.


To read more about Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) please use the following links:

Application Materials

Complete the brief online application. Be prepared to submit a resume including a list of recent publications, letter of application explaining fit with qualifications sought, academic transcripts, and names, addresses and phone numbers of at least 3 references. Contact: Questions pertaining to the job may be directed to Dr. Gene Stevens; [email protected]; (573) 379-5431, office; (573) 379-0440, cell."





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Posted: 2/28/2018
Application Due: 3/29/2018
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