Assistant/Associate Professor – Cropping Systems Agronomist

Montana State University

Bozeman, Montana

Job Type Seasonal / temporary

We seek individuals who work professionally and effectively with diverse individuals, possess effective interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills and have the ability to contribute positively to the academic success of the students and the mission of Montana State University.

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Duties and Responsibilities
Develop a nationally recognized field research program addressing biotic factors that limit the economic potential and environmental sustainability of crop and forage-based production systems in northwestern Montana. Potential research could include investigating northwestern Montana cropping systems; applying an integrated pest management approach to weeds and other biotic stressors in cropping systems. This research program will include annual variety development field trials in collaboration with plant breeding programs at MSU. The incumbent is expected to cooperate with all programs at NWARC, other public-sector scientists, extension personnel, farmers, private industry, advisory groups, and commodity organizations to develop research priorities and assist in developing management recommendations. Expectations for scholarship include publication in refereed journals and reviewed materials and presentation at scientific and producer meetings. Development of popular press materials, and teaching of discipline-related topics to accommodate student demand are encouraged. Securing extramural funds from state, regional and national sources, as well as the agricultural industry, is required. Conduct of research expectations include: on-station, off-station, and “field” scale research trials in cooperation with scientists, producers, and extension agents of counties served by the NWARC.

This is a 12-month tenure-track position with 80% research, 10% outreach, and 10% service responsibilities. Opportunities exist to participate in graduate student education. In supporting these endeavors, the individual is expected to secure extramural funds from state, regional, and/or national sources.

Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Ph.D. degree in agronomy, crop science, weed science, range science or closely related field.
  • Demonstrated experience in agronomic field crops and biotic stress field research.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated experience in planning, designing, and implementing field research.

Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Experience in weed control/integrated pest management.
  • Demonstrated record of publications in refereed journals commensurate with training and experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to acquire grants.
  • Postdoctoral experience.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of crops and production practices associated with the Pacific Northwest and Northern Great Plains regions of the United States.
  • Ability to cooperate with researchers and others in the agricultural community.

The Successful Candidate Will

  • Be a dynamic scientist and educator who will help MSU continue to provide outstanding research, teaching, and service.
  • Have effective interpersonal skills including the ability to collaborate successfully with research and extension personnel, faculty, students, stakeholders.
  • Have excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Work cooperatively with people of diverse backgrounds.
  • Position Special Requirements/Additional Information
  • Must possess or have the ability to obtain a valid Montana driver’s license and have an acceptable driving record as both in-and-out-of-state travels will be required.
  • Must possess or have the ability to obtain a Montana Government Pesticide Applicator License.
  • Both licenses must be acquired within 12 months of hire.
  • With or without reasonable accommodation, the person in this position must be able to:

Work in the field.
Navigate uneven terrain on foot, work in inclement weather, and move up to 60 pounds on occasion.
This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.


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