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Job Title: RESEARCH ASSISTANT PROFESSOR/ Horticulture Joint Appointment UMKC MIDE & MU EXTENSION 75726
Location: UMKC Volker Campus
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 37142
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The University of Missouri-Kansas City, Missouri Institute for Defense & Energy (MIDE) and Missouri University Extension (MUE)

Job Description The University of Missouri-Kansas City and the University of Missouri seek applications for a Research Assistant Professor jointly appointed to the Missouri Institute for Defense & Energy (MIDE) and Missouri University Extension (MUE). The Research Assistant Professor is the center point of horticultural research and graduate mentoring activities between the division/campuses. The position will be based on the UMKC campus with sponsored travel to the MU Columbia campus and Extension sites throughout the state.

Job Description:

    To conduct multidisciplinary research locally, nationally, and internationally to address critical sustainability gaps in urban vegetable production at the neighborhood level, with impact on “food deserts” and related missions, whose objective is to improve the quality of life of local consumersMentor and co-mentor undergraduate and graduate students whose primary discipline may be from Plant Sciences, Economics, all STEM fields, the Business School, and/or Bioinformatics and related Health & Life Science disciplines through independent study, directed reading, thesis and/or dissertation courses as appropriateProvide leadership in multi-state regional projects, national meetings, grants, and, ultimately, publishing research results in top-tier horticultural, engineering and related journals that will enhance MU and UMKC’s status in the burgeoning field vertical farmingFill the critical need to train and coordinate curriculum for Field Specialists who assist Missourians seeking alternative economic and profitable agricultural opportunitiesProvide innovative methods of disseminating research information to Missouri vegetable growers as well as traditional social media, newsletters, seminars, field days, etc.Secure extramural funding to conduct applied horticultural research and transfer research-based finding to the public, commercial and consumer horticulture industry in MissouriCollaborate with faculty of MIDE, MUE, the UMKC School of Computing and Engineering, and MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources for productive research, product development, patents, multi-state regional projects and co-authored publications
The faculty and staff of the Missouri University System are committed to inclusion. We share a fundamental belief that diversity and cultural competency are desired and beneficial for the betterment of the campuses and central to our mission as rural and urban-serving institutions. We seek faculty to share this commitment and encourage Black, LatinX, Indigenous, Persons Of Color and culturally diverse candidates to apply.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications:

· PhD in Horticulture/Plant Sciences, Agriculture, Food Science or related field

· Record of research productivity and success in securing extra mural funding

· Ability to work in rural outdoor settings and cultivate vegetation research

Full Time/Part Time

The Research Assistant Professor position is a ranked, non-tenure track, benefit-eligible, full-time [1.0 FTE] position with option for future promotion. The contract length is 9 months starting September 1, 2021 with two-months paid summer research and eligibility for a third month.

Salary $63,000 over 9-month base, plus 2/9th of base salary guaranteed over summer

Application Deadline

Review of applications begins upon receipt and the position remains open until filled.

Application Instructions Review of applications begins upon receipt and the position remains open until filled. Applications must be submitted through the UMKC recruitment portal at Applicants should submit a letter of interest, a CV, names and current contact information for three references into one PDF or Microsoft Word document and upload as a resume attachment. Limit document name to 50 characters. Maximum size limit is 11MB. Do not include special characters (e.g., /,&, %, etc.). If you need technical assistance, please call (800) 488-5288. All final candidates will be required to pass a criminal background check prior to beginning employment.

Please direct inquiries and correspondence to: Mousami Mohanty [email protected]

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 - Human Resources at 816-235-1621.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the duties and functions of this job. If you believe you may have difficulty performing any of the duties or functions of this job, please contact the Office of Affirmative Action at (816) 235-1323.


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

UMKC Statement on Diversity

UMKC values diversity as central to its mission as an urban-serving research university and as a driver of excellence in teaching and learning. UMKC embraces a broad spectrum of diversities, including race, ethnicity, culture, nationality, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, linguistic ability, learning style, religion, socioeconomic and veteran status, life experiences, educational level and family structure. For more information on our diversity mission, visit the Office of Diversity and Inclusion website:

UMKC is the largest comprehensive, fully accredited university in the Kansas City area. Our students come from all 50 states and over 85 countries, enriching our community with diverse perspectives. With more than 125 academic areas, our students have a lot of opportunities to explore on their way to discovering and creating their perfect career. We are at the heart of a thriving urban area where the city’s life and energy influence everything that happens here. We are Kansas City’s university and we can’t wait for you to join us! Find out more about UMKC in the About UMKC section of our website.

Details about UMKC’s community and the benefits of being an employee can be found on our careers page.

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