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Assistant Professor-FixedTerm

Michigan State University
East Lansing

Job Details

Job no: 846634
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Agriculture And Nat Resources
Department: Horticulture Anr 10002410
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Agriculture, Research/Scientific, Fixed Term Faculty, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union
Position Summary

The Department of Horticulture at Michigan State University invites applications for a full-time, 12-month, fixed-term (non-tenure system), Assistant Professor with an 85% research, 5% teaching, and 10% outreach assignment. The position start date is anticipated to be in March 1, 2023.

The successful candidate is expected to develop and manage field and laboratory experiments in the area of pomology, be an effective communicator, mentor of undergraduate and graduate students, contribute lectures and develop curriculum for tree fruit production and related courses and engage with stakeholders and institutional and professional service.

Research responsibilities include the development, implementation, and management of applied pomological experiments to assess pollination and fruit set biology, precision management of crop load, plant growth regulator efficacy, and implementation and/or development of novel technologies that mitigate thinning and improve yield and fruit quality. The successful candidate will have a strong background in experimental design, statistics, and empirical modeling to predict physiological/developmental responses of tree fruit organs to environmental factors, abiotic stress, and horticultural manipulation. The candidate will be expected to train/mentor undergraduate and graduate students, communicate effectively with stakeholders and build relationships with the Michigan tree fruit industry

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Horticulture, Pomology, Plant Physiology

Minimum Requirements

An earned Ph.D. in Horticulture, Pomology, Plant Physiology or related plant science; documented publication record in the areas of pomology; demonstrated ability to conduct and publish independent, original and innovative research; experience in computational and statistical modeling; excellent oral and written communication skills; experience with undergraduate education/teaching of pomology and/or horticulture; and, experience working collaboratively, both as a leader and a team member.

Desired Qualifications

Postdoctoral experience in tree fruit physiology; experience in the development of competitive grant proposals; experience in orchard system management; and, experience working in a diverse environment and/or utilizing a variety of communication methods designed for broad undergraduate, graduate student and stakeholder success.

Required Application Materials

a) letter of interest that includes qualifications for the position and statement of research, teaching, outreach and graduate student advising philosophy highlighting how your experiences align with the position; b) current curriculum vitae; c) statement of research philosophy that highlights your experience and alignment with our desired qualifications (2-page maximum); d) a description of how you will contribute to our diversity, equity and inclusion goals; and e) contact information for three professional references. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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Questions regarding this position can be addressed to the Search Committee Chair: Dr. Todd Einhorn, Department of Horticulture, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824, USA,

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Department Statement

The person filling this position will join a large and well-established faculty that includes a wide diversity of expertise in horticulture, plant physiology, molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry, and marketing, as well as a network of horticultural extension educators across the state.
The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University is committed to achieving excellence by creating and sustaining an accessible and inclusive culture that values cultural and academic diversity. We are an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer. The CANR is particularly interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that academic excellence is achieved through open access and proactive inclusion. Candidates are invited to view Horticultures norms at

MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

Advertised: Feb 8, 2023 Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: Feb 8, 2025 Eastern Standard Time


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