Assistant Professor/Extension and Research AgronomistDepartment:
CAES-Crop & Soil SciencesAbout the University of Georgia:
The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities, is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education (https://www.uga.edu/). UGA is currently ranked among the top 15 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 39,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 9,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 18 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.About the College/Unit/Department:
The Department of Crop and Soil Sciences resides in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. The College operates at three campuses throughout the state: the main campus in Athens, GA; the UGA Tifton Campus in Tifton, GA; and the UGA Griffin Campus in Griffin, GA. The Department of Crop and Soil Sciences has teaching, research, and extension faculty resident at all three locations which conduct basic and applied research that is important to clientele throughout the state of Georgia and that add to the body of knowledge basic to agricultural production and environmental preservation throughout the world. Research in the department is classed into three general areas: Cultivar Development, Genetics, and Biotechnology; Crop Management, Physiology, and Weed Management; and Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management. The UGA Tifton Campus which includes The Coastal Plain Experiment Station is located in south central Georgia approximately 65 miles north of the Georgia-Florida state line, and is representative of much of Georgia’s southern half, as well as the southern coastal plain that runs through 9 southeastern states. More than 75 scientists affiliated with UGA (80%) and USDA (20%) are based on the Tifton Campus and work along with more than 375 support personnel to conduct world class research, teaching and extension programs. Tifton, named one of the “100 Best Small Communities in America” and nicknamed “The Friendly City,” has a population of 17,000 with 23,000 living in the surrounding county, and a rich agricultural heritage. The presence of a regional medical facility, additional undergraduate university programs, numerous light industries, as well as public and private K-12 school systems combine to give Tifton the reputation of having one of the highest concentrations of advanced degree holding residents south of Atlanta. Given its location and prevalence of major thoroughfares (e.g., I-75, US 41, US 82, US 319, etc.), Tifton is a major crossroads and a hub for the agricultural industry in the southern coastal plain.College/Unit/Department website:
TRS or ORPEmployment Type:
Minorities & FemalesAnticipated Start Date:
01/01/2022Job Posting Date:
09/21/2021Open until filled:
YesSpecial Instructions to Applicants:
Applicants must submit: (1) a letter of application; (2) curriculum vitae; (3) graduate transcripts; (4) names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of four professional references that the search committee may contact; and (5) one-page summaries outlining their (a) Extension and (b) Research visions in order to be considered for this position. The selected candidate will be required to submit to a background investigation demonstrating eligibility for employment with the University. Applications received by November 12, 2021, will receive full consideration. Review of applications will continue until a suitable candidate is identified. The preferred start date is January 1, 2022. Location of Vacancy:
Any questions about this position should be addressed to: Dr. Scott Monfort, Search Committee Chair Dept. Crop and Soil Sciences – UGA Email: [email protected]
Tifton Area EEO Statement:
The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR ([email protected]).Classification Title:
Assistant ProfessorFaculty Rank:
Assistant ProfessorContract Type:
Academic (9 mo.)Tenure Status:
Tenure TrackMinimum Qualifications:
A PhD in plant or soil sciences or related field of studyPosition Summary:
The Department of Crop and Soil Sciences (https://cropsoil.uga.edu/) at UGA is seeking a highly motivated and creative individual to develop an Extension and Research program in the area of agronomy for corn, soybean, and small grain production. This position is a 9-month academic year (80% Extension and 20% Research) Tenure Track appointment with a guarantee of two months of summer salary. The position will be located on the UGA Tifton Campus. The successful candidate will coordinate a contemporary program in agronomic management of field corn, soybean, grain sorghum, small grain (wheat, barley, oats, rye) other minor acreage grain crops (sunflower, canola, sesame, etc.) production focused on the development and delivery of timely educational programs to various clientele including county Extension agents, growers, and industry representatives. The successful candidate will also maintain an applied research and Extension program supported through extramural funding, publish research findings in appropriate peer-reviewed journals, popular press, and participate in graduate student education.Additional Requirements:
Candidates for the Assistant Professor rank do not need a minimum number of years in a lower rankhttps://provost.uga.edu/resources/documents/Crop_and_Soil_Science2015.pdfhttps://provost.uga.edu/faculty-affairs/UGA_Guidelines_for_APT_approved_2_2020.pdfPreferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies:
Is this a Position of Trust?:
- Working knowledge of applied agronomic principles including soil fertility, crop physiology, stand establishment, and harvest management.
- Knowledge of pesticide registrations for grain crops.
- Candidate should be knowledgeable of pesticide modes of action, weed, insect and pathogen management, and the mechanisms of resistance prevention and development.
- Excellent organizational, written, and oral communication skills.
- Ability to function independently and with commodity-oriented teams of extension and research scientists.
- Competent computer skills related to data analyses and information delivery technologies.
YesDoes this position have operation, access, or control of financial resources?:
NoDoes this position require a P-Card? :
NoIs having a P-Card an essential function of this position? :
NoIs driving a responsibility of this position?:
YesDoes this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care?:
NoDoes this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications):
YesCredit and P-Card policy:
Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.Duties/Responsibilities:
Percentage Of Time:
- Provide team leadership for multidisciplinary UGA Field Corn, Soybean, and Small Grain Teams for development of educational programs appropriate to field corn, soybean and small grain establishment, agronomics, pest management and utilization.
- Provide assistance to county Extension agents through demonstrations, in-service-trainings, meetings, county visits, remote and on-site trouble-shooting and telephone consultations.
- Develop and fund field-oriented applied field corn, soybean and small grain demonstration programs, and applied research programs necessary to resolve basic issues facing grain crop producers in Georgia.
- Develop and maintain cooperative relationships with agri-business, commodity and livestock associations, personnel with the USDA-ARS, and government agency representatives.