Candidates are sought to provide aggressive leadership in the
development and implementation of a nationally recognized research
and Extension program addressing Mississippi’s row crop industry.
The successful candidate is expected to secure research funding,
conduct research, publish results, actively participate in graduate
education, and maintain regional and national visibility in the
academic profession. The goal is to provide producers, professional
farm managers, agribusiness professionals, and others with
objective, research-based information on row crop production.
Development of and continued attention to productive interactions
with stakeholders including growers and allied industry
representatives is an essential function of this position.
The successful candidate is expected to develop an applied,
multidisciplinary research and Extension program for row crops
related to new and existing production practices and systems.
Research and Extension focus on precision agriculture, cover crops,
and tillage system influences on yield, net returns, soil health
and sustainable production practices is needed. The incumbent will
serve the educational needs in row crop agronomy of clientele in
Northeast Mississippi. Northeast Mississippi has an economically
important row crop industry requiring innovative and effective
education and technical assistance.
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The North Mississippi Research and Extension Center (NMREC) seeks
an Assistant Professor to lead the agronomic crops research and
Extension program at the Northeast Branch Experiment Station in
Verona, Mississippi. This 12-month tenure-track appointment (75%
research, 25% Extension) will be housed at the North Mississippi
Research and Extension Center in Verona, Mississippi with an
academic home in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences at
Mississippi State University. This is a faculty position with the
Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station (MAFES)
and Mississippi State University Extension.
The NMREC is one of four Research and Extension Centers in the MSU
System. The Agronomy Unit is located on the Northeast Branch
Experiment Station in Verona, MS approximately 1 hour driving time
from the main MSU campus in Starkville, MS. The NMREC is one of the
largest of MSU’s 16 branch experiment stations and research units
located throughout the state, having a staff of approximately 50
employees, and consisting of approximately 4,500 acres.
Area of Specialization:
Row Crop Agronomy Research and Extension
Anticipated Appointment Date:
July 1, 2022.
Tenure Track Status:
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
The successful candidate is expected to conduct collaborative
research with other faculty at the North Mississippi Research and
Extension Center and with research scientists from other locations,
as appropriate, to develop an effective, nationally-recognized
Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station (MAFES)
research program. Several additional research facilities within the
North Mississippi Research and Extension Center provide
opportunities to expand agronomic research efforts beyond the
Verona site, and numerous collaborative research opportunities
exist with scientists at other MAFES research locations throughout
the state. The incumbent will also develop and teach educational
programs to the appropriate clientele and county Extension Agents
based on national, state, and county needs assessments. These
documented Program Plans will include documented curricula that can
be delivered and evaluated by the successful candidate and/or
county Extension Agents resulting in measured impacts.
Specifically, the successful candidate will:
1. Provide leadership to row crop agronomy research and Extension
programming in Northeast Mississippi and serve as a resource to
County Extension Agents.
• Develop a robust research program in row crop agronomy based on
needs assessments and funding opportunities
• As a MAFES appointed faculty, the incumbent must submit a Current
Research Information System (CRIS) project outlining their research
effort within the first four months of employment.
• Provide strategic and operational oversight to staff on a
• Effectively manage agronomy unit resources at the Northeast
Branch Experiment Station
• Productively contribute to the MAFES Official Variety Trials and
foundation rice programs
• Ensure that row crop agronomy education is appropriately
represented in the statewide Extension Plan of Work. This includes
timely needs-based program planning, development, implementation,
evaluation, and reporting.
• Develop and implement in-service training to Extension Agents on
row crop educational programs
• Work cooperatively and collaboratively with other faculty in
implementing row crop research and educational programs
2. Provide leadership for a comprehensive row crop agronomy program
serving industry in the Northeast Mississippi
• As a agronomy team member, provide row crop agronomy subject
matter expertise and provide programmatic training for Extension
• Develop program curriculum and serve as a resource person in all
areas of row crop agronomy, emphasizing the needs of Northeast
• Provide educational support to 4-H agronomy programming
• Perform other duties to support research and Extension
programming as assigned
3. Serve as a productive research and Extension faculty
• Participate in the Plant Systems Extension program planning
• Secure extramural funding to support research and Extension
programming in row crop agronomy
• Demonstrate scholarly activity via publication in appropriate
• Demonstrate a commitment to service through activities such as
participation on department, college, and university committees and
via service to appropriate professional associations
• Contribute to a collegial work environment and foster productive
working relationships with scientists, Extension Agents, faculty,
staff, and external stakeholders
• Build a nationally-recognized research and extension
A Ph.D. in Plant Science, Soil Science, or closely related
discipline is required. The successful candidate will have a
practical knowledge of agriculture, enabling him/her to work with
public and private entities and agricultural producers in
Mississippi to develop system solutions to practical agronomic crop
ABDs or degree pending considered (all but DISS):
Candidates with a minimum of five years research and Extension
experience in row crop production with a working knowledge of corn,
soybean, cotton, and rice production are preferred. Candidates with
experience with row crop farm management, and with professional
experience effectively managing a research and Extension team are
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Excellent interpersonal skills and verbal and written communication
skills are required for the position.
Instructions for Applying:
Link to apply: http://explore.msujobs.msstate.edu/
All applicants MUST apply online at explore.msujobs.msstate.edu and
attach a letter of interest, current curriculum vitae, transcripts
of all college and university work, and the names and complete
contact information of three professional references.
Inquires can be emailed to Dr. Jane Parish at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, contact Jane Parish at 662-566-2201. A review
of applications will begin May 15, 2022, however, applications will
be accepted until the position is filled.
Please note that any social security numbers included on requested
transcripts should be redacted prior to submitting online and that
official transcripts will be requested of finalists.
April 22, 2022 until filled.
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