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New Pecan and Fruit Production Physiology position at OSU

The Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture at Oklahoma State University invites applications for a full-time, eleven-month, tenure-track position (75% research and 25% teaching) at the rank of Assistant Professor in Pecan and Fruit Production Physiology. Preferred start date is August 2018. This position is endowed by the J.D. “Scotty” Scott Professorship.

Pecan and fruit research is conducted within the framework of the Oklahoma Agricultural Experiment Station (OAES) and the teaching program is part of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR). Both the OAES and CASNR are in OSU’s Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. The Horticulture and Landscape Architecture Department (HLA) offers B.S. degrees in Horticulture and Landscape Management, and a BLA degree in Landscape Architecture. The HLA graduate program offers a M.S. degree in Horticulture. Ph.D. students advised by a HLA faculty member matriculate through the Crop Science program or interdisciplinary Plant Science, Environmental Science or Food Science programs.


The successful candidate will conduct scholarly research to support Oklahoma’s pecan and fruit industry. The incumbent is expected to develop a nationally recognized program of research excellence and to actively participate as a member of the multidisciplinary pecan and horticulture food crops teams. Publishing refereed articles, securing extramural funding from public and private sources, and interacting with the State’s industry are required. Participation in departmental public service efforts and collaboration with other institutions and state and national agencies is expected. Developing and sustaining a positive relationship with Oklahoma’s pecan industry is required. The incumbent’s research should focus on sustainable, economically viable pecan and fruit management systems for Oklahoma and the U.S. Potential emphasis areas could include but are not limited to developing and improving sustainable management practices, drought and temperature (hot and cold) tolerance, fertility management, mitigation of pesticide and nutrient runoff, weed management, as well as development of products and technologies useful in pecan and fruit management systems.

The incumbent will contribute to both the undergraduate and graduate curricula in HLA. Courses will include an undergraduate course covering Fruit and Nut Production will be taught in alternate years. Other new and/or existing courses will be identified to reflect departmental needs and the incumbent’s expertise. The faculty member will actively participate in graduate education by recruiting and advising graduate students, serving on graduate committees, and supervising thesis and dissertation efforts. Additional responsibilities include academic advising for undergraduate students, student recruiting, and perhaps student club advising. Embedded in CASNR’s philosophy is a strong commitment to teaching, mentoring, and building student leadership skills.

The OSU Horticulture program is housed in Agricultural Hall and includes research laboratories, teaching and extension facilities and office space. The Division has research stations equipped with greenhouses, irrigation systems, established pecan orchards, and related facilities for research use. Both analytical laboratories and field preparatory laboratories are available.


Applicants must have the following: a Ph.D. (by the time of hire) in Horticulture or a related field with an emphasis on fruits or nuts; a passion for scholarly research, classroom teaching, and student mentoring; an appreciation for teamwork and interdisciplinary collaboration; and excellent interpersonal, communication, and computer skills. Previous involvement with the pecan, fruit or nut industry and experience in teaching are considered beneficial.

Application Procedures:

Applications must be submitted online at: https://jobs.okstate.edu (search by keyword req 4136)

Applicants should submit: 1) a cover letter, 2) statement of research interests and philosophy, 3) statement of teaching interests and philosophy, 4) curriculum vitae, 5) official academic transcripts, 6) contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin on February 1, 2018, and will continue until a suitable applicant is identified. The position will be filled by August 1, 2018, or as soon thereafter as a qualified candidate is available. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Questions concerning this position should be directed to: Dr. Niels Maness, Chair

Search and Screen Committee – Pecan and Fruit Production Physiology

Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture Oklahoma State University

337 Agricultural Hall

Stillwater Oklahoma 74078

(405) 744-5423

E-mail: niels.maness@okstate.edu

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