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Assistant Professor

Apply now Department: 3670010040 Agronomy
Job no: 512984
Employment type: Academic / Faculty - 12 month
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Categories: Agriculture, Education / Instructional, Research / Scientific / Grants, Natural / Quantitative Sciences, Agronomy, Plant Sciences
Pay Grade: 001

About This Role:

The Agronomy Department at Kansas State University is seeking an Assistant Professor to develop a strong, innovative research and teaching program in precision agriculture to increase agricultural productivity, sustainability, and profitability. Areas of innovation could include site-specific management of crop production inputs; digital and climate-smart agriculture; remote, proximal, and in-situ sensing technologies; GIS applications; geospatial statistics; simulation modeling; and advanced data analytics. Opportunities exist for cross-disciplinary collaboration as part of the university’s strategic initiative in Digital Agriculture and Advanced Analytics. The incumbent is expected to develop a strong, externally-funded research program including the training of graduate students and peer-reviewed publication of research results. Teaching responsibilities will include AGRON 202 (Intro to Precision Ag Software), AGRON 655 (Site-Specific Agriculture), development of a graduate-level course in their area of expertise, and undergraduate advising. The candidate must be able to work in a multicultural setting and create an environment that fosters collegiality, diversity, and teamwork.

Why Join Us:

Kansas State University Department of Agronomy is a national leader in agronomic research and education. The university provides strong support for research programs in Food and Agricultural Systems Innovation as well as Digital Agriculture and Advanced Analytics ( Kansas State University offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, paid time off – vacation, sick, and holidays.   To see what benefits are available, please visit:

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity and inclusion.  The university actively seeks individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers, students, and others.  The University is dedicated to promoting the Principles of Community.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in agronomy, soil science, crop science or related field
  • Proven expertise in one or more areas of innovation listed above
  • Record of innovative research commensurate with current career level and a strong potential for publication in peer-reviewed journals
  • Strong potential for securing extramural funding
  • Strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate teaching
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English
  • Strong commitment to expanding and fostering diversity in the department

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in leading or working as part of an interdisciplinary research team
  • Publications in peer-reviewed journals commensurate with current career level
  • Strong potential for instructional excellence and effective teaching, with teaching experience at the college level
  • Demonstrated ability to inspire and provide leadership development for undergraduates and demonstrated scholarship of teaching and learning
  • Experience in field research with agronomic crops and crop production systems
  • Demonstrated experience in grant writing and obtaining extramural funding commensurate with current career level
  • Demonstrated skills to effectively use electronic media to communicate technical agronomic information 

How to Apply:

Please submit the following documents:

  1. Letter of application, articulating interest in the position and experience or training relative to the qualifications for the position
  2. Statement of research interest and vision (two page limit)
  3. Statement of teaching philosophy (one page limit)
  4. Statement of diversity, equity, and inclusion (one page limit)
  5. Full curriculum vitae
  6. Undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  7. Names, e-mails, and phone numbers for three references

Inquiries about the position should be directed to the search committee chair, Nathan Nelson, Ph.D., at with subject line:  Faculty Search.

Screening of Applications Begins:

Immediately and continues until position is filled. For best consideration please apply by July 1, 2022

Anticipated Hiring Salary Range:

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or status as a protected veteran.

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.

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