• This position requires a focus on the production of row crops, field crops, non-traditional crops, and cover crops (which are planted on over 200,000 hectares in Maryland).
• The candidate will lead an extramurally funded research program focused on practical solutions to production issues facing the major crops grown in Maryland, while improving the provisioning of ecosystem services.
• The research generated should be used to develop the production recommendations for farmers and distributed as part of the Department’s and the College’s extension education mission.
• The candidate will establish a regionally and nationally recognized Extension program supported by a research program focused on the production of the primary agronomic crops grown in Maryland – corn, soybeans, wheat, barley, and cover crops.
• The candidate will interact with the members of the agronomic crop commodity organizations (i.e. Maryland Grain Producers Association, Maryland Soybean Board, and the Maryland Crop Improvement Association) as well as agents of the Maryland Department of Agriculture.
• The candidate will serve as an expert resource for agronomic crop production issues recognized by the University of Maryland’s agricultural extension educators. This individual will also interact regularly with the state extension educators as part of the University of Maryland Ag Extension crop production team.
• This individual will be a member of the Plant Science and Landscape Architecture graduate teaching faculty and thus will be expected to mentor and train graduate students. Candidates with experience teaching and mentoring women and underrepresented minority students are encouraged to note their experience in these areas.
• Faculty members are expected to serve the professional community through review of publications and participation on competitive grant panels, and in national and international professional meetings. • It is expected that this individual will participate in other duties and committees as required by the department, college, and university, as well as interacting with organizations representing their field in the state and region.
• The candidate must hold a Ph.D. in agronomy, crop sciences, agroecology or a related field
• The candidate will have experience in extension education.
• The candidate will have a demonstrated ability to publish original research in peer-reviewed journals.
• The candidate will have demonstrated the ability to work effectively as a team member and have possession of excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• The candidate will show evidence for or and an interest in interdisciplinary work.
• Experience in writing grant proposals and strong leadership skills
• The candidate will have a commitment to contribute to the diversity mission of the department and the University.
Applications: Candidates must apply online at ejobs.umd.edu (Position # 122807). Application packets should include 1) a cover letter that addresses each required and preferred qualification, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) a detailed statement of research interests, teaching philosophy, and extension strategy relevant to the level of activity specified herein, 4) at least three references with addresses and email contact information.
Closing Date: The position is open until filled. For best consideration, application should be received by March 15, 2017.