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Weed Science position in horticulture, Purdue University

Weed Science Position in Horticulture Assistant Professor (tenure track)

Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture Purdue University

West Lafayette, Indiana

Description: The Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture announces an academic year, tenure-track Assistant Professor position in specialty crop weed science. The successful candidate will develop an internationally recognized, competitively-funded, and integrated Extension and research program in weed science that focuses on the ecology and management of weeds in horticultural specialty crops (vegetables, fruits, ornamentals). Responsibilities include conducting relevant and responsive translational research to solve weed management problems for the specialty crops industry, and creating and delivering science-based educational materials and programs that address critical and emerging issues. In addition, the candidate should advance weed science through the development of a robust and extramurally funded research program in areas that may include, but are not limited to: ecological and evolutionary processes affecting weed growth and seed and propagule longevity; weed-crop interactions; alternative strategies to herbicides; manipulation of the weed seedbank; identification and management of herbicide-resistant weed species; and cultural, biological, mechanical, chemical, organic or conventional practices that lead to effective weed management strategies in specialty crops.

The state of Indiana hosts a diverse assortment of specialty crop operations supplying national as well as local markets. In particular, the state ranks among the top ten in the U.S. in production of processing tomatoes (2nd), peppermint (4th), spearmint (5th), cantaloupe (5th) and watermelon (6th). The number of small, diversified farms located in rural and urban areas producing specialty crops destined for local markets is growing rapidly. Facilities for conducting field- scale research are available at several strategically located Purdue Agricultural Centers (PAC’s) across the state, and land is available at the Purdue Student Farm in West Lafayette to conduct research and demonstrate weed control strategies for small farms. Further information about the position, Indiana’s specialty crop industry and resources at Purdue may be obtained from the search committee chair: Dr. Lori Hoagland (Email: lhoaglan@purdue.edu).

The College: The Department is an integral part of the College of Agriculture, one of the world’s leading colleges of agricultural, food, life, and natural resource sciences and ranked ninth globally in the 2018 QS World University Rankings. The College is deeply committed to the three land-grant missions (teaching, research, and extension), to international activities and perspectives that span all missions, and to excellence in all we do. The College has 11 academic departments and includes 313 faculty, 2803 undergraduate students, and 672 graduate students. The College’s strategic plan can be accessed at: https://ag.purdue.edu/plan/Pages/default.aspx.

Qualifications: A PhD in Weed Science, Plant Biology, Ecology, Horticulture, Agronomy or a closely related field is required at the time of appointment. Applicants should have a demonstrated capacity to conduct and publish independent research and must have excellent oral and written communication skills appropriate to both scientific peers and stakeholder groups. Evidence of multidisciplinary collaborations will be viewed favorably.

Application: Screening of applicants will begin November 2, 2018, though applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The target for filling the position is August, 2019 or as early as June 2019. To apply, applicants should submit (i) a cover letter, (ii) a one-page summary of research accomplishments and future objectives (iii) a one- page description of Extension philosophy and approach, and (iv) a current curriculum vitae. In addition, candidates should arrange to have three letters of reference submitted by the time of review. The Department and College of Agriculture are committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort. Candidates should address how their past experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals will promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion. A background check is required for employment in this position.

All application material should be sent electronically as .pdf files to:

Ms. Colleen Flynn, Department of Horticulture & Landscape Architecture, Purdue University 625 Agriculture Mall Drive, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2010

Email: flynnck@purdue.edu, Phone: 1-765-494-1306, Fax: 1-765-494-0391

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