Assistant Professor

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: College Station, TEXAS

Job Title

Assistant Professor

Agency

Texas A&M Agrilife Research

Department

Amarillo

Proposed Minimum Salary

Commensurate

Job Location

Amarillo, Texas

Job Type

Faculty

Job Description

General Duties and Responsibilities:  Builds and sustains a coherent research program in the management of plant diseases within crop-production systems in the Texas High Plains.  Supervises research personnel, including graduate and undergraduate students, cropland, and associated laboratories.  Works as a member of a multi-agency/multi-disciplinary faculty team in conducting research on biotic stress management in major field crops, including but not limited to grains, fiber crops, vegetables, bioenergy crops, and forages, including where appropriate the interactions with abiotic stresses.  Participates as team member in plant pathology with other faculty and scientists affiliated with regional institutions including Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, West Texas A&M University, and the USDA Agricultural Research Service.  Contributes to statewide programs in development of integrated pest management (IPM) strategies for crop diseases.  Establishes nationally recognized leadership in a well-articulated, producer-relevant research domain.  Works closely with allied Extension specialists to design and transfer effective, holistic management strategies to agricultural producers and their advisors.  Develops a research portfolio that nourishes both classroom education and extension/outreach programs by faculty and scientists in closely aligned institutional settings.

Administrative Relationships: Reports to the Center Director, Texas A&M AgriLife Research-Amarillo. Directs the work of technical personnel, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students assigned to the project.  Annual performance reviews will be conducted jointly with the Head of the Department of PLPM, Texas A&M University, and the Center Director.  Promotion in faculty rank is evaluated by the Department of PLPM in consultation with the Center Director.  Membership and active participation in the graduate faculty (student mentoring, advising and teaching participation) in the Department of PLPM are expected.

Education: (preferred/required): Ph. D. in Plant Pathology, Microbiology, Plant Sciences, or equivalent doctoral degree is required by date of appointment.  B. S. and M. S. degrees in plant pathology, entomology, or agronomy are preferred.

Required qualifications: Areas of specialization in field-crop plant pathology with or without insect vectors; demonstrated ability to write grant proposals to secure external funding; evidence of publishing in peer-reviewed journals; and active participation in professional societies.

Preferred experience: two (2) years’ experience as a postdoctoral scientist in plant pathology or microbiology as applied to field crops, pest management, or vector-pathogen relations; experience in directing field and laboratory research; demonstrated capability to perform independent research, supervise scientific support staff and graduate students, and publish results in refereed journals.  Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing for scientific and lay audiences; to cooperate as an interdisciplinary team member; and to use personal computers and appropriate software competently.  Knowledge and experience in plant-pathology research applied to cropping systems; advanced knowledge and aptitude with data-collection and -processing systems are preferred.

Agency Description: Texas A&M AgriLife Research is an agency of the Texas A&M University System and has regional research facilities and personnel at Amarillo, Vernon, Lubbock and other locations statewide.

Headquarters: Texas A&M AgriLife Research & Extension Center-Amarillo, TX.

Area Served: Primarily serves the Texas High Plains and partners with scientists at other universities, agencies, and neighboring states as appropriate.  International research is permissible and encouraged insofar as it reflects and nourishes the research program in the southern High Plains.

Facilities: Incumbent will be the research project leader responsible for plant pathology research at Texas A&M AgriLife Research-Amarillo. At Bushland, the incumbent will have a greenhouse-headhouse complex, shared laboratory and greenhouse, and access to experimental farms with approximately 400 acres of small grains, corn, cotton, potatoes, sorghum and forages.

The successful candidate must attach a CV.

All positions are security-sensitive. Applicants are subject to a criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent upon the institution’s verification of credentials and/or other information required by the institution’s procedures, including the completion of the criminal history check.

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