Position available: Assistant Professor of Row Crop and Forage Entomology

The Division of Plant Sciences in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) at the University of Missouri (MU) seeks an Assistant Professor and State Extension Specialist in the area of row crop and forage entomology. This is a 12-month, tenure-track faculty position, with an appointment of 70% extension and 30% research, and located on the MU campus in Columbia, MO.

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will be the primary contact for extension education information, technology transfer and programming regarding row crop and forage pest problems in Missouri. The faculty member will be expected to develop or collaborate on innovative and nationally recognized extension programs focused on integrated pest management (IPM) strategies for corn, soybean, small grains and forages. Extension responsibilities will include statewide program leadership with the expectation of collaborative work with other state specialists, regional extension specialists, and producers. Additionally, the candidate will generate and disseminate row crop pest IPM information at workshops and short courses, and contribute educational material to industry publications, newsletters, websites and other electronic communication outlets as well as participate in the Pesticide Applicator Training program. The candidate is expected to develop an externally funded research program that generates new knowledge to solve important insect pest issues that impact row and/or forage crops. Consequently, there is an explicit expectation of excellence in grantsmanship and timely communication of scholarship and research findings via peer-reviewed journal articles and professional meetings. The candidate will also be expected to recruit and mentor graduate students. Service to the division, college and university are expected.

Qualifications: PhD in entomology. Candidates should have demonstrated skills in verbal and written communication, and demonstrated ability to publish in refereed scientific journals. Candidates must be supportive of the mission of the Land-Grant system and have interest and ability to work in a collaborative interdisciplinary environment. Previous experience working with stakeholders and disseminating information, experience with crop production and pest management, securing extramural funding, and experience conducting applied research are preferred.

Salary and Benefits: Salary will be commensurate with education and experience. This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at http://www.umsystem.edu/totalrewards/benefits

Application Deadline: Candidate screening will begin March 15, 2017, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Application Procedure:
Apply online (http://hrs.missouri.edu/find-a-job/academic/index.php) for JobID 22053. Be prepared to upload: 1) cover letter addressing the candidate’s experience pertinent to the responsibilities of the position, description of qualifications, and career goals; 2) copies of all graduate level transcripts; 3) contact information for four letters of reference and 4) curriculum vitae, which should include a biographical sketch, service, and a complete list of publications and grants.

Questions regarding the application process should be directed to Human Resource Services at (573) 882-7976 or muhrs@missouri.edu. Questions regarding the position should be directed to Bruce Barrett (Search Committee Chair) at (573) 882-3446 or BarrettB@missouri.edu.

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