Assistant Professor - Grain Crops Extension

Job Description

The School of Plant and Environmental Sciences (SPES) in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) at Virginia Tech seeks to fill a 9-month tenure-track faculty position in Grain Crops Extension, located on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, Virginia. The focus of this position will be production and management of corn, small grains, and other potential crops for grain and silage to increase overall productivity, resiliency, sustainability, and economic value of food, agriculture production systems, and natural resources. The successful candidate is expected to secure extramural funds to support an integrated extension and research program. The successful candidate must demonstrate strong communication and interpersonal skills, and the ability and willingness to participate in extension and research teams across related disciplines, and is expected to work closely with Virginia Cooperative Extension Agents, the Agriculture Research and Extension Centers, the Virginia Grain Producers Association and other associations in the development and delivery of educational programs. International activities are encouraged. The successful candidate is also to work collaboratively and to be a good citizen of SPES, CALS, and the University to benefit the overall institutional mission of service to stakeholders.

Appointment: Assistant Professor; Extension and research. Conduct research on corn, small grain, and other crops for grain and silage. Conduct state-wide grain trials. Develop a state-wide extension program focused on corn and small grains to meet stakeholder needs.

Required Qualifications

● Ph.D. in agronomy, plant and/or crop sciences, or closely related field.
● Demonstrated strong foundation in agronomic principles and concepts.
● Demonstrated effectiveness in verbal and written communications.
● Demonstrated ability to conduct and present original research results related to grain management in peer-reviewed and internationally-recognized journals as well as extension publications.
● Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Preferred Qualifications

● Demonstrated experience in corn and small grain production systems.
● Experience in extension programming.

Appointment Type


Salary Information

Commensurate with Experience

Review Date


Additional Information

Required application materials include: 1) complete curriculum vitae, 2) official or unofficial transcripts of all graduate course work, 3) statement of current research and future research interests as relevant to this position as well as experience in extension and commitment to diversity, and 4) names, addresses and email of five professional references. All inquiries should be directed to Dr. Bo Zhang, Search Committee Chair at and questions directed to the same email address or by phone at 540-231-1731.

To apply for this position, go to Review of applications will begin on January 3, 2023 and all applications received by this date will be reviewed and considered. Search will continue until a suitable candidate is identified.

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges , a school of medicine , a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School , and Honors College . The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers . A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Dr. Bo Zhang at during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

Advertised: November 29, 2022
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