The Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska is accepting applications for a Research Assistant Professor with a 100% research appointment. This will be a twelve-month, non-tenure leading faculty position in the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture in Lincoln, Nebraska. Research responsibilities will include providing research leadership on benchmarking productivity and input-use efficiency in crop production systems in USA and globally. Outputs from this work will be used to help develop and coordinate strategies to close the existing yield gap in collaboration with researchers from other research institutions. Research will also include identifying and quantifying limits on yields from water, nutrients, and climate based on empirical relationships and crop simulation models in a geospatial context. Defining extrapolation domains for technology transfer and ex-ante and ex-post impact assessment is another research focus. Use of aggregate data from state, national, and global databases such as FAOSTAT and USDA-NASS combined with geographic information systems represent important tools to support this research. Preparation of grant proposals for funding to support research projects, presentation of research results at scientific meetings, and publication of research results in peer-reviewed scientific journals are core duties for this position. The incumbent may also provide guest lectures in undergraduate and graduate courses and contribute to extension educational programs as time permits. Contributions to supervision of graduate student research is another role expected of this position. In addition to the above-described duties, the individual will be expected to accept committee assignments, reporting responsibilities, follow safety regulations, and other special ad hoc assignments as requested at the administrative unit, college/division, institute, and or university level. Candidate must have a Ph.D. degree in place by date of hire in Agronomy, Agricultural Engineering or Soil Science. Proficiency in the use of crop simulation models, the use of GIS, and R programming language required. Previous experience in field research and demonstrated publication record in peer-reviewed journals also required. Preferred qualifications include flexibility to travel nationally and internationally. Additionally, excellent communication skills; experience working in multi-disciplinary teams; and potential for growth into a leadership role are preferred qualifications for this position. How to Apply: To view details of the position and make application, go to http://employment.unl.edu. Search for position F_170023. Click on “Apply to this job” and complete the faculty form. Attach a letter of interest and curriculum vitae. Arrange to have three professional reference letters sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Review of applications will begin on 4/7/2017 and continue until the position is filled or the search is closed. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is committed to a pluralistic campus community through affirmative action, equal opportunity, work-life balance, and dual . See http://www.unl.edu/equity/notice-nondiscrimination.
PhD degree in agronomy, agricultural engineering, soil science; Proficiency in the use of crop simulation models; Proficiency in the use of GIS; Proficiency in R programming language; Previous experience on field research; Demonstrated ability to published in international peer-review journals.