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Assistant/Associate Professor - Soils Biogeochemistry

University of Massachusetts Amherst
UMass Amherst

Job Details

Job no: 511256
Work type: Faculty Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Stockbridge Sch of Agriculture
Union: MSP
Categories: Faculty, College of Natural Sciences

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

Job Description

The Stockbridge School of Agriculture ( at UMass Amherst invites applications for a full-time, tenure track position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor.

We are looking for a candidate who investigates soil biogeochemical processes and their response to global environmental change. Candidates with expertise in soil carbon sequestration, plant-microbe-mineral interactions, mineral surface dynamics, nutrient cycling through managed and natural systems, and/or emission of greenhouse gases are especially encouraged. We hope to identify candidates who are interested in applying their research questions to a facet of New England ecosystems. We are particularly interested in candidates who combine empirical studies with modeling approaches to understand and predict controlling factors in carbon and nutrient cycling and their links to ecosystem function at local and global scales. A soil biogeochemist with a modeling skill set would augment existing research expertise for the University’s growing soils group. The candidate’s research focus is expected to complement that of existing faculty members in plant, soil, and microbial sciences, including current research being done by our soil ecologist, soil microbial ecologist, and soil chemist across natural and managed systems.

The person hired is expected to develop an integrated research and teaching program in soil biogeochemistry. This includes establishing an extramurally funded research program in soil biogeochemistry in agricultural and natural soil ecosystems and developing undergraduate and graduate courses in Stockbridge School of Agriculture campus and online degree programs. Beyond that, we expect the candidate to strengthen interdepartmental units such as the School of Earth & Sustainability, the Center for Agriculture, Food, and the Environment, and the Institute of Applied Life Sciences.


A PhD in soil science, ecology, biology, biogeochemistry, or closely related fields is required. Post-doctoral experience is preferred. The candidate is expected to provide evidence of research excellence and the ability to teach graduate and undergraduate courses.

Additional Information

Review of applicants will begin February 8, 2022 and may continue until the ideal candidate is identified.

Expected start date of this position is September 1, 2022.

Information for prospective faculty:

Applicant Instructions

Applicants should submit a (1) cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) statement of research interests, (4) statement of teaching philosophy, (5) contact information for three references, and a (6) Statement of Contribution to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (see below). The department values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and who possess a strong commitment to contributing to the success of historically underrepresented groups.

The Diversity Statement should identify past experiences and future goals. These contributions may result from lived experiences, scholarship, and/or mentoring, teaching, and outreach activities. As part of a commitment to their own multicultural community, CNS seeks an individual with a demonstrated commitment to diversity and one who will understand and embrace university initiatives and aspirations (

Questions can be directed to the search committee chair, Dr. Ashley Keiser (

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

Advertised: Dec 22 2021 Eastern Standard Time
Applications close:


The University of Massachusetts Amherst is one of the preeminent public research universities in America. Nestled in idyllic Amherst, Massachusetts—often called “The top college town in North America”—the campus is consistently ranked among the top public research universities in the nation, and offers a rich cultural environment in a rural setting close to major urban centers. 

As one of the nation's top public research universities – as measured by national and international rankings, academic citations, and research funding – the campus spends more than $180 million on research each year, demonstrating its contribution to the nation’s position as a technological and economic leader. The university works in conjunction with academic, government, and private partners to translate new knowledge and scientific discoveries into technical innovations and scholarly works that create opportunities for students, faculty and the public. 

Eight schools and colleges offer more than 85 undergraduate majors, 68 master’s and 48 doctoral degree programs, many counted among the top programs in the nation and world. UMass Amherst is also home to New England's premier honors college.

The 1,159 full-time faculty members are dedicated teachers and world-renowned researchers and the campus has regularly been listed among the top performers in terms of faculty awards. With over 24,000 students from all 50 states and over 70 countries, the student body is the most academically successful in the history of the campus. Students participate in 240 organizations, 21 NCAA Division I athletic teams, extensive intramurals, living-learning residence halls, community service, and internships. With one of the largest residential life systems in the nation, UMass Amherst houses approximately 12,000 students on campus. The university is enjoying a facilities renaissance, including new buildings in the sciences, the arts, and recreation. UMass Amherst is part of the Five College consortium with Smith, Mount Holyoke, Hampshire and Amherst colleges.

As an employer, the University of Massachusetts Amherst is a national leader in developing family-friendly policies, benefits and amenities designed to help faculty members develop both productive careers and satisfying personal lives. The university offers one of the nation’s most generous parental leave policies. The university is also part of the Academic Career Network, a regional consortium formed to serve dual-career couples and encourage greater diversity in the academy.


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