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Assistant Professor Precision Agriculture

Apply now Department: 3670010040 Agronomy
Job no: 516712
Employment type: Academic / Faculty - 12 month
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Worksite: On-site requirement
Categories: Agriculture, Research / Scientific / Grants, Extension Agent / Educator, Crop Production, Agronomy
Pay Grade: 001

About This Role:

The Agronomy Department at Kansas State University is seeking an Assistant Professor (tenure track, 80% extension, 20% research) to develop a strong, innovative extension and research program in precision agriculture to increase agricultural productivity, sustainability, and profitability.

The successful candidate will work with and through research and extension colleagues and industry partners to implement and coordinate a comprehensive precision agriculture program. They will interact with commodity and industry partners to identify, develop, and implement critical extension and applied research programs. Collaboration with research and extension faculty across Kansas and participation in multi-disciplinary, regional, or national initiatives are expected. Training and supporting professional development of extension agents in precision agriculture are expected. The successful candidate will work with agents, producers, consultants, and other industry experts to identify client needs and disseminate Kansas State University Research and Extension recommendations.  Applicants will have the opportunity to affiliate with the newly established Institute for Digital Agriculture and Advanced Analytics (ID3A) and participate in new university initiatives across campus.

Why Join Us:

Kansas State University Department of Agronomy is a national leader in agronomic extension and research. The university provides strong support for extension and 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.

Worksite Options:

This position is required to be performed on-site. Work is performed on employer premises or designated assignment location.

Visit this link for K-State’s guidance and policies on remote work and flexible work arrangements.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in agronomy, weed science, soil science, crop science, or related field
  • Proven expertise in one or more areas of precision agriculture applied to agronomic management
  • Record of or evidence of potential for effective extension programming
  • Experience in field research with agronomic crops and crop production systems
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English
  • Strong potential for securing extramural funding
  • Strong commitment to expanding and fostering diversity in the department

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Documented experience with cropping systems and management practices relevant to Kansas
  • Experience in leading or working as part of an interdisciplinary extension and research team
  • Record of applied research commensurate with current career level and a strong record or potential for publication in peer-reviewed journals
  • 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

Other Requirements:

  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment.

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 extension and applied research vision and philosophy (two page limit)
  3. Full curriculum vitae
  4. Undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  5. Names, e-mails, and phone numbers for three references
  6. Inquiries about the position should be directed to the search committee chair, Kraig Roozeboom, 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 March 15, 2024.

Anticipated Hiring Pay 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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