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Montana State University Assistant Research Professor – Precision Agriculture Cluster Hire in Bozeman, Montana

Position Details

Announcement Number FAC - VA - 21027

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Mary Burrows at 406-994-7766 or mburrows@montana.edu

Classification Title

Working Title Assistant Research Professor – Precision Agriculture Cluster Hire

Brief Position Overview

Four Assistant Research Professor positions will be expected to coordinate activities with the Associate Director of the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station and other faculty members to build an independent research, outreach, and teaching program that focuses on precision agriculture. The selected candidate(s) will be required to have a strong background in one or more relevant areas such as agronomy, animal, engineering/technology, database development and management, decision-support, agricultural economics, on-farm research, soil, spatial, and/or weed science, and be able to design, conduct and interpret a wide range of studies relevant to their field of expertise in precision agriculture. The ability to develop and teach relevant courses, engage in outreach, and supervise students and seasonal staff is also desired. Statistical analysis, report writing, and oral presentation skills are essential. Close collaboration with agronomy, animal, decision-support, plant, and spatial science colleagues, and other scientific disciplines, is expected.

Faculty Tenure Track No

Faculty Rank Assistant Research Professor

Position Number TBD

Department Dean of Agriculture

Division College of Agriculture/MAES

Appointment Type Professional

Contract Term Fiscal Year

Semester

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Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining

FTE 1.0

Benefits Eligible Eligible

Salary Salary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications.

Contract Type LOA

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Recruitment Type Open

General Statement

Candidates are sought for the position of Assistant Research Professor – Precision Agriculture in the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station at Montana State University ( MSU ). The Assistant Research Professor positions will be expected to coordinate activities with the Associate Director of the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station ( MAES ) and advisory committees to build an independent research, outreach, and teaching program that focuses on precision agriculture relevant to Montana. The selected candidate(s) will be required to have a strong background in one or more relevant areas such as agronomy, animal, engineering/technology, database development and management, decision-support, agricultural economic, on-farm research, soil, spatial, and/or weed science, and be able to design, conduct and interpret a wide range of precision agriculture and/or on-farm studies and outreach relevant to their field of expertise. The ability to articulate a future vision, develop and teach relevant courses, engage in outreach, and supervise students and seasonal staff is also desired. Statistical analysis, report writing, and oral presentation skills are essential. Close collaboration with agronomy, animal, decision support, plant, and spatial science colleagues, and other scientific disciplines, is expected.

Position description:

Candidates are sought for the position of Assistant Research Professor – Precision Agriculture in the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station ( MAES ) at Montana State University ( MSU ) to be housed in an appropriate Department and location. We are seeking individuals with a strong precision agriculture background in engineering/technology, precision agriculture economics, soils, agronomy or animal science to: 1) Review existing research approaches and results on precision agriculture in Montana and surrounding region; 2) Identify precision agriculture research and teaching needs; 3) Design scientifically rigorous studies; 4) Develop relevant courses and outreach materials; and 5) work with MSU Extension Specialists, Field Faculty, and other state and regional partners to disseminate findings to producers, crop advisers, and other stakeholders. Collaboration with producers, crop advisers, Extension Field Faculty, other stakeholders, and on- and off-campus faculty members is an expectation of this position.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Review existing research approaches and results on precision agriculture in Montana and surrounding region.

  • Identify precision agriculture research and teaching needs through discussions with the stakeholder advisory committee, MSU faculty member advisory committee, producers, Extension Field Faculty, and crop advisers.

  • Develop a precision agriculture research program and design scientifically rigorous interdisciplinary studies to address above needs.

  • Design relevant courses and outreach materials as needed.

  • Travel to locations across Montana to conduct producer engaged research and outreach

  • Seek extramural grant funding to support a precision agriculture research program

  • Be knowledgeable and proficient with precision agriculture technologies and the data they produce.

  • Interact with collaborators, stakeholders, and students in a professional and respectful manner.

  • Supervise students and technicians with data collection, management, analysis, and simulation modeling.

  • Share research results with colleagues, producers, students, and other stakeholders.

  • Produce peer-reviewed journal, popular press and Extension resources based on findings.

    Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Ph.D. in agronomy, agricultural engineering, animal science, computer science, economics, agricultural economics, spatial sciences, or related field.

  • Demonstrated ability to design, conduct, and disseminate Precision Agriculture research.

  • Evidence of strong oral communication skills through scientific communications and producer outreach activities.

  • Evidence of strong written communication skills through scientific communications and producer outreach activities.

  • Demonstrated ability to publish in peer-reviewed journals.

    Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Evidence of strong statistical and data management skills related to agriculture, including modeling and geospatial analyses.

  • Experience working with graduate and undergraduate students, and academic course development and teaching.

  • Experience working with, and educating producers, industries, and on farm research trials.

  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in interdisciplinary teams.

  • Demonstrated ability to write grant proposals and secure funding.

    The Successful Candidate Will

  • Strive for excellence in teaching/outreach/research/scholarship.

  • Share research results with their scientific community, regions producers and allied industry members and Extension Field Faculty.

  • Respect and foster diversity.

  • Have the ability to interact with collaborators, stakeholders, producers, and students in a professional, positive manner.

  • Develop a successful and interdisciplinary precision agriculture research and education program addressing the needs in Montana.

    Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

  • Possess a valid driver’s license

  • May be located in Bozeman or at one of our seven research centers (https://agresearch.montana.edu/researchcenters.html)

  • This position requires seasonal travel to on- and off-campus field sites

  • During off-campus trips to remote field locations, and/or during planting and harvest, work hours may be more than 8 hours per individual day.

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands

  • Be able to work in inclement weather conditions.

  • The person in this position must be able to safely operate full-size pickups and drive long distances.

To perform this job successfully, individuals must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

The Program

The Department

The College

Number of Vacancies 4

Desired Start Date Upon successful completion of search

Position End Date (if temporary)

Open Date

Close Date

Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on 06/01/2021; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions

To apply:

Upload your CV and a cover letter outlining how you meet each individual required and preferred qualification, in the order in the vacancy announcement. Cover letters that do not address each qualification will not be considered.

Please note, this posting requires contact information for three professional references within your app profile.

Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples (http://www.montana.edu/hr/dualcareer.html) .

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, gender, age, political beliefs, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation or preference. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; recruitment@montana.edu .

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

MSU ’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: http://www.montana.edu/hr/affirmative_action_plan.html .

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