Assistant Professor - Organic and Sustainable Vegetable Crops Production

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 an academic year (AY, 9-month) tenure-track faculty position focused on organic and sustainable vegetable crops production. The incumbent will develop an internationally-respected and externally-funded research program to promote organic and sustainable practices for vegetable crops production. Potential areas of research may include nutrient management, soil health, cultivar evaluation, cultural practices, diversified and novel cropping systems, and weed and pest control. The incumbent is expected to work and coordinate with other faculty including those in soil science, weed science, entomology, and plant pathology. The incumbent should also work in collaboration with the staff of Homefield Farms at Virginia Tech, faculty members at Virginia Tech Agricultural Research and Extension Centers (ARECs) and colleagues at other universities. Research may focus on large or medium-scale vegetable production as well as small-scale producers catering to farmers’ markets and agritourism. The incumbent will also teach two classes including a class in organic and sustainable vegetable crops production and the Sustainable Agriculture Practicum class. The incumbent will serve on SPES and CALS committees, participate in SPES and CALS community activities and be a good citizen of SPES, CALS, and the University and contribute to the overall institutional mission of service to Virginia stakeholders. International engagement and recognition are encouraged and expected as your career advances.

Appointment: Assistant Professor; 60% research, 30% teaching and 10% service. Conducting research in organic and sustainable vegetable crops production and teaching two classes related to sustainable vegetable and organic vegetable crops. Service will include serving on committees, service to professional organizations and participation in SPES and CALS collegial community activities.

Required Qualifications

● Ph.D. in horticulture, crop science, plant science, or a closely aligned discipline
● Demonstrated strong communication skills
● A commitment to mentoring students, diversity and inclusion

Preferred Qualifications

● Organic vegetable crop research experience
● Teaching experience
● Experience in publishing research
● Experience in grant writing and submission

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Salary Information

Commensurate with Experience

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Additional Information

Applications: 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 teaching and commitment to diversity, and 4) names, addresses and email of five professional references. All inquiries should be directed to Dr. Steve Rideout, Search Committee Chair at and questions directed to the same email address or by phone at 757-694-7128. To apply for this position, go to and select Job Card #522989. Review of applications will begin on January 9, 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. Steven Rideout at during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

Advertised: December 9, 2022
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