The Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Science Department at South Dakota State University is seeking a 9-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor in Soil Science. We are seeking candidates that can link South Dakota’s soil formation, morphology, classification and distribution to soil/crop management and ecosystem services.
South Dakota State University actively seeks to increase social and intellectual diversity among its faculty and staff. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
RESPONSIBILITIES: The successful applicant will be a critical member of a collaborative precision agriculture research team. The incumbent is expected to establish an externally funded, nationally recognized teaching and research program that provides leadership and scholarship in the areas of digital soil morphometrics, pedology, geospatial technologies and analysis, including remote sensing, soil geography, and data analytics. The successful applicant will be encouraged to work in the areas of interactions of soils and hydrologic processes across agricultural landscapes; use of soils and landscape information to inform land use decisions and policies; analysis and delivery of soils information to optimize nutrient use, precision conservation, water quality and soil health. The incumbent will teach undergraduate courses in Soil Geography and coach the soil judging team. Graduate student mentoring is expected.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: •Ph.D. in Soil Science, Agronomy, or closely related field successfully completed by the appointment date. •The successful candidate must be able to communicate effectively (both verbally and in writing).
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
About South Dakota State University
South Dakota State University, the state's land grant institution, is in Brookings, a city of approximately 22,000 people located in eastern South Dakota. The institution enrolls 12,500 undergraduate and graduate students. The Department of Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Science includes 364 undergraduate and 58 graduate students, 76 professional staff, and 46 faculty whose expertise spans the fields of Agronomy, Entomology, Genetics/Breeding, Genomics, Horticulture, Plant Pathology, Plant Physiology, Soil Science, and Weed Science. Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Science has a robust research program with grant fund generation that consistently ranks at or near the top of departments at SDSU. Dissemination of science-based knowledge is a core mission of the Department of Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Science. The department provides nationally competitive training for undergraduate students leading to B.S. degrees in Agronomy and Horticulture. Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Science offers a strong graduate training environment leading to M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Plant Science and Biological Sciences.
Brookings has an excellent K-12 education system, is accessible ...to major medical facilities, has an active cultural and social environment, and has numerous lakes and parks within driving distance. It is 50 miles north of Sioux Falls, a city of 160,000.