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Asst/Assoc Professor - Irrigation Engineering Management Specialist


Biological Systems Engineering-0833

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Description of Work:

The selected candidate will play a key role in irrigation extension and research programs in West-Central and statewide across Nebraska, which has a large extent of irrigated acres, includes much of the irrigation industry, and is connected to the water management challenges of the Platte River. The incumbent will lead an extension and research program based out of the West Central Research, Extension, and Education Center (WCREEC) in North Platte, NE. The apportionment is 40% research and 60% extension. The program will focus on agricultural irrigation management in the context of sustainability, including water quantity for irrigation, and impact of irrigation on water quality (such as nitrates). Potential topics include sensors for irrigation management, joint management of irrigation and nutrients, new technology for irrigation (including collaboration with the Irrigation Innovation Consortium), adoption of best management practices, etc. A strong connection with stakeholders will be critical for a successful program, including producers, natural resource districts, irrigation districts, irrigation industry, and state and federal agencies. The incumbent will be expected to engage their extension and research programs with irrigation faculty as well as faculty in collaborating disciplines. Example collaborations include faculty in BSE and WCREEC, Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, the School of Natural Resources, the Department of Agricultural Economics, Water and Integrated Cropping Systems (WICS), and the Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute.

Recognizing that diversity within a context of inclusivity enhances creativity, innovation, impact, and a sense of belonging, IANR, Biological Systems Engineering and WCREEC are committed to creating learning, research, Extension programming, and work environments that are inclusive of all forms of human diversity. We actively encourage applications from and nominations of qualified individuals from underrepresented groups.

As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See

Minimum Required Qualifications:

  • PhD in Agricultural Engineering, Biological Systems Engineering, Irrigation Engineering, or closely related field.
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver interpersonal education, such as extension programming.
  • Documentation of research in irrigation engineering and management.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience developing and delivering education and training to professional audiences.
  • Experience securing financial support for research and/or extension programs, including grants and contracts as well as cost recovery efforts commensurate with career level.
  • Experience in field research involving management and operation of irrigation systems.
  • Record of peer-reviewed research and extension publications commensurate with career level.
  • Experience supervising professionals (e.g., support staff) and students.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and collaborate in interdisciplinary research/extension programs.

How to Apply:

Click “Apply to this job” and complete the information form. Attach the following documents:

  1. A letter of interest that describes your qualifications for the job, anticipated contributions.
  2. Your curriculum vitae.
  3. Contact information for three professional references.
  4. Statements that describe your philosophy and approach to research and extension (2 page maximum).
  5. A statement of the value you place on diversity and your anticipated contributions to creating inclusive environments in which every person and every interaction matters (2 page maximum – see for guidance in writing this statement).
Please note, the statements (items 4 and 5) will need to be combined into one document and attached as “Other Document.”

For questions or accommodations related to this position contact:

Rachel Szelag
[email protected]

Job Category (old):

Faculty Tenure/Tenure Leading

Job Type:

12 Month (Faculty Only)

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