Assistant Professor

Mississippi State University
Mississippi, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Sep 13, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Agriculture & Animal Sciences, Biology & Life Sciences, Geology & Earth Sciences, Other Science & Technology, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Political Science & International Relations
Employment Type
Full Time

Position Function:

The Department of Plant and Soil Sciences in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Mississippi State University is seeking applicants for a Research (65%)/Teaching (35%) Assistant Professor. This position will be a 9- or 12-month tenure track appointment with a starting date on or after January 1, 2022. The incumbent will work in concert with faculty and staff from the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences at Mississippi State University and other departments across campus and other institutions.

Salary Grade : UC

Please see Staff Compensation Structure or Skilled Crafts and Service Maintenance Compensation Schedule for salary ranges. For salary grade UC, these positions are "Unclassified" and salary ranges are determined by the hiring department.

Department Profile:

Mississippi State University is Mississippi's senior comprehensive land-grant institution and has the largest on-campus enrollment (>22,000) of the eight state institutions of higher learning. All components of the university have a strong commitment to teaching, research, and service. The Department of Plant and Soil Sciences has 31 on- and 26 off-campus faculty members engaged in teaching, research, and extension and/or service programs, most of who carry joint appointments. The programs are supported by state-of-the-art laboratories, equipment, and trained support and professional staff. The department offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Agronomy, Horticulture, or Environmental Sciences in Agricultural Systems, with Master's or Doctoral graduate students concentrating in Agronomy, Horticulture, or Weed Science.

Area of Specialization:

Weed Science

Tenure Track Status:

Tenure Track

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The goal of this position is to develop a nationally recognized research program in weed science. The successful candidate will conduct applied weed science research on economically important Mississippi crops, including corn, cotton, soybean, peanut, etc. Desirable areas of expertise include methodologies, tools, techniques, and/or concepts of weed science and these concepts as they pertain to precision agriculture. Regional and multi-state collaboration on research projects is expected as well as the ability to garner extramural funding to support research efforts. The successful candidate will work closely with faculty and staff with multiple departments at Mississippi State University. Teaching responsibilities will include an undergraduate junior-level introduction to weed science course and a split-level weed biology and ecology course. Other courses may be assigned in consultation with the Department Head. Active participation in supervising and training graduate students is expected. The successful candidate should possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills, demonstrated experience in design, execution, and statistical analyses of field and laboratory research. Demonstrated publication experience in refereed journals is critical. Service to the department, college, university as well as professional societies is expected.

Minimum Qualifications:

Earned Ph.D. in weed science, agronomy, plant physiology/ecology, or a closely related field from an accredited institution of higher learning is required. Students who are ABD will be considered. A strong familiarity of row crop production with modern agricultural practices (e.g. precision systems) is preferred. Teaching experience is highly desirable. Applicants must have excellent written and oral communication skills. Demonstrated organizational and leadership skills are important and the willingness to address issues in a team environment.

ABDs or degree pending considered (all but DISS):


Instructions for Applying:

Link to apply:

Applicants must apply online at Additionally, a letter of application, personal C.V., and names/addresses/emails of at least four (4) professional references should be forwarded to: Dr. Darrin Dodds, Department Head, Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, Mississippi State University, Box 9555, Mississippi State, MS 37962. Nominations are encouraged and should be sent to the same address. Review of applications will start October 15,2021.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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