Research Assistant Professor-Dryland Cropping

Lincoln, NE
Sep 17, 2019
Position Type
Assistant Professor
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Position Information

Position Information

Working TitleResearch Assistant Professor-Dryland CroppingDepartmentAgronomy & Horticulture-0827Requisition NumberF_190070Posting Open Date05/28/2019Application Review Date: (To ensure consideration, please submit all application materials before review date)06/28/2019Posting Close DateOpen Until FilledYesDescription of Work

The Research Assistant Professor will contribute to the integrated research land-grant mission of the home unit and IANR, as an effective scholar and citizen, including supporting student recruitment and IANR science literacy.

Manage/oversee dryland crop research. Plan, coordinate, and execute multiple dryland crop research projects including project budgets. Duties include: hiring, supervising, and/or mentoring all project and lab personnel at HPAL regarding dryland crop research protocols and processes (experimental design, site preparation, tillage, chemical applications, planting, irrigation, harvest, lab testing, data collection, and data analysis). Train and mentor personnel, students and graduate students on basic and advanced safety, equipment use, and lab protocols as warranted. Develop or upgrade training programs and/or SOPs as needed in these areas in accordance with industry standards, Federal/State law, and UNL institutional policies and best practices.

Provide research- and scientifically-based educational products that are quantifiable in terms of impacts. Aggressive publication of research results in recognized peer-reviewed journals, presentations at regional and national scientific meetings is expected. Engaging NE stakeholders through publications, presentations, decision-support tools, demonstrations, and field tours is also expected. Prepare research reports for industry partners and other collaborators as needed. Maintain an organized archive of past research projects, data, and results. This will be especially important for the long-term tillage experiment that will be the incumbents’ responsibility. The incumbent should utilize computer programs and scripting to manage large databases. Statistical analysis using SAS, R, and other programs is required. For Weed Science and many industry research projects, Agriculture Research Management (ARM) software will need to be utilized.

Revenue generation through acquisition of external grant funds will be required to maintain an active research program to meet expectations. Focus should be to secure funding through federal sources that will support dryland crop research objectives/mission, provide support for the incumbent, technicians and graduate students, maintain equipment and enable travel as needed.

Complete other duties and service as assigned. Order and maintain adequate supplies for projects and general lab operations. Assist with PHREC tours, trainings, and workshops. Assist PI with recruiting graduate students and other duties as assigned.

In addition to the above-described duties, the individual will be expected to accept committee assignments, reporting responsibilities, and other special ad hoc assignments as requested at the administrative unit, college/division, institute, and/or university level.

Minimum Required Qualifications

PhD in agronomy or related field. Demonstrated data management and analysis skills using SAS, R, and ARM. Experience with project development, project management and/or supervisory experience. Knowledge of compliance and safety regulations. Demonstrated ability to supervise/teach/train others. Pesticide applicator license required within 6 months of hire. Previous experience writing grants and manuscripts.

Preferred Qualifications

Advanced laboratory technical skills. Ability to operate and maintain research/farm equipment. Demonstrated organizational, recordkeeping, and computer skills. Excellent communication skills. Experience working in multi-disciplinary teams. Potential for growth into a leadership role.

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