Assistant Professor, Agronomy and Crop Science - Plant Sciences

University of Wyoming
Laramie, WY
United States
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Job Description


The University of Wyoming invites diverse applicants to consider our employment opportunities.  We are also especially interested in candidates who have experience working with diverse populations and/or diverse initiatives. 


JOB TITLE:


Assistant Professor, Extension Specialist - Agronomy and Crop Science


JOB PURPOSE:


The Department of Plant Sciences in the College of Agriculture, Life Sciences, and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming is seeking applicants for an assistant professor, Extension Specialist position in agronomy or crop science specializing in agricultural technology. This is an 11-month, tenure-track faculty position with appointments in Extension, research, and teaching. The successful applicant will have the option of being located on the main campus in Laramie, or at one of the University of Wyoming Research and Extension Centers in Sheridan, Powell, or Lingle, WY.


Agriculture is currently undergoing a digital revolution. Autonomous robotics, aerial scouting with satellites and UAVs, and ever-increasing applications of precision agriculture are becoming commonplace on farms across the country. Vast amounts of data are being collected and analyzed to improve crop production efficiency and to lower the environmental footprint of agriculture. The successful candidate for this position will understand the current landscape of how technology impacts the plant protection and crop science industries and will provide extension support and teach in at least one of the following areas of current and future ag technology development:



  • Aerial scouting methods, image processing and interpretation

  • Data science and management - programming and dealing with large agronomic data sets, which are often variable and spatial in nature

  • Precision agriculture - incorporating spatial and climate variability into planning and real-time decision making for sustainable production


The successful candidate will be expected to develop an extension and research program in an area of agronomy or crop science which incorporates modern and novel technologies. This faculty member will help extend UW’s focus on data science and computing to relevant stakeholders and may interact closely with faculty in the School of Computing, WyGISC (Wyoming Geographical Information Sciences), and others, in addition to collaborations with Plant Sciences faculty and collaborators at community colleges. Coursework (1 to 2 courses per year, in consultation with the Department Head) will be offered online or through hybrid online/on-site labs in collaboration with colleagues at the UW R&E Centers.


To learn more about UW Plant Sciences faculty and degree programs, visit www.uwyo.edu/plantsciences


Resources available to this position include four research and extension centers located across the state.


Laramie :         http://www.uwyo.edu/uwexpstn/centers/laramie


Lingle:             http://www.uwyo.edu/uwexpstn/centers/sarec


Powell:            http://www.uwyo.edu/uwexpstn/centers/powell


Sheridan:         http://www.uwyo.edu/uwexpstn/centers/sheridan


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:



  • Develop a robust Extension program which assesses the needs of Wyoming crop producers and delivers programming, with measureable outcomes, to meet those needs.

  • Secure extramural funding to support an innovative and sustainable extension and research program in agronomy or crop science.

  • Identify and develop new technologies that can be adopted by producers and land managers in Wyoming and the surrounding region.

  • Teach 1 to 2 courses per year in an area related to agricultural technology.

  • Publish in appropriate peer-reviewed journals.

  • Have a strong commitment to the mission of a land-grant institution, including stakeholder engagement and undergraduate student education.


Remote Work Eligibility:


This position requires the successful candidate to be available to work on-site, but the candidate will be able to select from the main Laramie campus or one of three R&E Centers for their duty location.


Minimum Qualifications:



  • Earned PhD in agronomy, crop science, or closely related field at the time of appointment. Consideration will be given to applicants that are currently pursuing their doctoral degree and will complete the degree prior to starting work.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of current trends in novel agricultural technologies and expertise in at least one area of agricultural technology.

  • Effective communication skills, with an emphasis on presenting and disseminating research information to diverse audiences.

  • Evidence of ability to conduct independent and collaborative research.

  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus, experiment stations, and in surrounding communities.


Desired Qualifications:



  • Experience with Extension presentations/programming, and aptitude for working with crop producers and supportive industry partners.



  • A record of peer-reviewed publications and scholarly accomplishments related to technology application commensurate with experience.

  • Evidence of ability to teach coursework related to agricultural technologies.

  • Demonstrated ability to secure extramural funding from competitive and other sources to support novel research and extension programming.

  • Experience using novel technologies in agronomy or crop science research.

  • Experience teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students.

  • Evidence of an understanding of, and commitment to, the land grant mission.

  • Experience leading and working with diverse and interdisciplinary teams.

  • Valid US or international driver’s license with a motor vehicle record (MVR) that is compliant with the University Vehicle Use Policy.



Complete the online application and upload the following for a complete application:



  • Cover letter that explains:

    • Your interest in the position

    • How your education and training have prepared you to successfully address the duties and responsibilities of this position

    • Your vision for the position

    • Your previous relevant experiences

    • Your work with diverse audiences


  • Current CV or resume

  • Names and contact information of four professional references (include name, title, address, phone, and email)

  • Copies of all transcripts (originals will be requested later if chosen for an on-campus interview)


This position will remain open until filled. Complete applications received by April 16, 2023 will receive full consideration.


Hiring Statement:


UW is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Educator and Employer. We are committed to a multicultural environment and strongly encourage applications from women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities.   


jobapps@uwyo.edu.


Employee Benefits:


The University of Wyoming offers excellent retirement and health benefits. To learn more about these benefits, visit www.uwyo.edu/hr.


ABOUT LARAMIE:


The University of Wyoming is located in Laramie, a town of 30,000 in the heart of the Rocky Mountain West. The state of Wyoming continues to invest in its university, helping to make it a leader in academics, research and outreach. The university has state-of-the-art facilities in many areas and the community provides the advantages of a major university.


Located in a high mountain valley near the Colorado border, Laramie offers both outstanding recreational opportunities and close proximity to Colorado’s Front Range, a bustling group of metropolitan cities including Denver, Boulder, and Fort Collins. This beautiful mountain landscape offers outdoor enjoyment in all seasons, with over 300 days of sunshine annually. For more information about the region, please visit http://visitlaramie.org/