Assistant/Associate Professor in Applied Precision Agriculture

University of Arkansas

Fayetteville, Arkansas

Job Type Full Time

About the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture
The Division of Agriculture is a state wide campus, with faculty based on University campuses, at Research and Extension Centers and in every Arkansas County. It consists of the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station (AAES) and the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service (CES), and is home to more than 1400 employees. The Division was established in 1959 and is headed by the Vice-President for Agriculture. The Division headquarters is located in Little Rock with the rest of the University of Arkansas System Administration.

As an employer, the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance. The benefits package includes university contributions to health, dental, life and disability insurance, tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate leave accrual, and a choice of retirement programs with university contributions ranging from 5 to 10% of employee salary.

About the College/Department
The Department of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences is one of nine academic departments in DBCAFLS, along with the School of Human Environmental Sciences.
Resident Instruction is provided by 15 faculty members at the Fayetteville campus with approximately 140 undergraduate majors and 60 graduate students. An additional 16 research and Extension faculty serve clientele at various Research and Extension Centers strategically located around the state. The Department offers Bachelor’s degrees in Crop Science and Environmental, Soil, and Water Sciences along with Master’s and Doctoral degrees.

Summary of Job Duties
The successful candidate will provide exemplary leadership in establishing innovative research, extension, and teaching programs on applied precision agriculture. The individual will also be expected to collaborate with research and teaching efforts in AECT, BAEG, and other departments. The individual will develop and teach an undergraduate class related to the practical use of precision agriculture and remote sensing for crop management and improvement, a course in cotton production, and a graduate-level course in an area of interest/expertise. The successful candidate will develop a comprehensive, extramurally-funded research program integrating GPS information with crop-management and remote-sensing information as well as direct student research and training in these areas. Remote-sensing technology may include ground-based measurements and aerial platforms (e.g., UASs). The applied research program will focus on agronomic precision agriculture such as precision nutrient management, plant responses to biotic and abiotic stresses, herbicide injury, irrigation, variable rate seeding, pest management, and high-throughput phenotypic characterization. The successful candidate will proactively lead continuing efforts to build strong, multidisciplinary research and extension programs in applied research and provide leadership in teaching programs.

Minimum Qualifications: Please ensure that all relevant application materials include details addressing the minimum qualifications. Applicants not meeting the minimum qualifications will be disqualified from consideration.

PhD in Agronomy, Crop Science, Crop Physiology, or a closely-related discipline with demonstrated expertise in precision agriculture and remote sensing. The candidate must have a strong record of academic achievement including peer-reviewed publications, extension programming, demonstrated ability to obtain extramural funding, an interest in teaching, and ability to communicate effectively with diverse groups, including students, colleagues, and external stakeholders.

Physical activities associated with this position

The following physical activities are associated with the position and will be performed with or without an accommodation. All individuals are encouraged to apply.

Frequently: Manipulate items with fingers, including keyboarding, Hearing, Sitting.

Occasionally: Balancing, Climbing, Crawling, Crouching, Driving, Feeling, Grasping, Kneeling, Lifting, Pulling, Pushing, Reaching, Repetitive Motion, Standing, Stooping, Talking, Walking.


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