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University of Missouri Position Available

Assistant Professor of Soil Health

School of Natural Resources

College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

University of Missouri

Position Description: Assistant Professor of Soil Health

Starting Date: September 2020, or as negotiated

Responsibilities: This is a tenure-track position in the School of Natural Resources (http://www.snr.missouri.edu) at the University of Missouri (MU). The successful candidate will develop an exciting and high-impact, nationally/internationally recognized, externally-funded research program that complements institutional strengths in soil health and microbiology. The selected candidate will also serve as Director of the MU Soil Health Assessment Center, a leading national soil health testing service and research laboratory employing several staff members. With this position, MU will better occupy a place among a select group of universities that boast a truly integrated and multidisciplinary approach to teaching, research, and actionable scholarship in the fields of sustainable agriculture and environmental quality.  The position will strengthen growing education programs, collaborate with other established MU research centers to garner major grants, form innovative new partnerships with private and public partners, and contribute greatly toward improving grant and publication metrics considered in the Association of American Universities’ (AAU) rankings. Teaching may include undergraduate courses in land management for soil health, environmental soil microbiology, and graduate courses related to the individual’s expertise (total of 3-4 courses per year). This position will complement and collaborate with faculty in: the School of Natural Resources; the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) (e.g., Plant Sciences, Bioengineering, Biochemistry); and other colleges and departments across the MU campus (e.g., Biology, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Geology, Veterinary Pathology).  Collaborative efforts will also develop through oversight of the MU Soil Health Assessment Center and participation in the CAFNR Center for Watershed Management and Water Quality, MU Metagenomics Center, MU Center for Agroforestry, the Interdisciplinary Plant Group (IPG) and with federal scientists employed by the USDA-Agricultural Research Service’s Cropping Systems and Water Quality Research Unit and U.S. Forest Service Unit housed on the MU campus.

Qualifications: Ph.D. in Soil Science or a closely related discipline. Preferred qualifications include: a strong background in soil health and measurement and development of soil health indicators; demonstrated ability to integrate soil biological, chemical, and physical indicators of soil health with landscape properties to provide clients with science-based recommendations; experience with analytical procedures and the daily operations of a soil analytical laboratory; experience using metagenomic, metatranscriptomic, and/or metabolomic approaches for studying the soil microbiome; postdoctoral experience; a strong record of impactful peer-reviewed publications; teaching experience; and a level of grantsmanship that reflects high productivity relative to the applicant’s career stage. The area of expertise should complement existing institutional strengths in contemporary soil and environmental sciences. The candidate should have a demonstrated interest in working with state and federal agencies and other private and public stakeholders. Female and minority applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.

About MU: MU, the flagship institution in the University of Missouri System, has nearly 31,000 undergraduate and graduate students. It is a land grant institution and a member of the Association of American Universities.  Located midway between St. Louis and Kansas City, Columbia is a vibrant small city that is consistently ranked among the top such places to live in across America. The School of Natural Resources awards Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Natural Resources with emphases in multiple sub-disciplines and three B.S. degrees (Environmental Sciences; Natural Resources Science and Management; and Parks, Recreation and Sport). Detailed information about the programs and faculty is available at http://snr.missouri.edu. The School operates many laboratory and greenhouse facilities and has access to extensive field areas available within CAFNR’s Farms and Centers Network ( http://cafnr.org/ ). The School has robust collaborative ties to state and federal agencies charged with managing natural resources and numerous opportunities are available to access and conduct research on the extensive and diverse public lands surrounding Columbia.

Application: To apply for this position, please visit the MU web site at http://hrs.missouri.edu/find-a-job/academic/. Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, narrative of teaching philosophy (approximately 2 pages), narrative of current and future research interests (approximately 2 pages), and the names and contact information of three references.  Review of applications will begin on April 15, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled. For additional information about the position, please contact Dr. Stephen Anderson , Chair of Search Committee ( andersons@missouri.edu ).

Benefit Eligibility: 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.

Equal Employment Opportunity:  The University of Missouri is an equal access, equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that is fully committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff (equal opportunity/access/affirmative action/pro-disabled and veteran employer). For more information, call the Associate Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action officer at 573-882-4256.

The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

To request ADA accommodations, please call Human Resource Services at 573-882-7976. TTY users, please call through Relay Missouri, 1-800-RELAY (735-2966) or en Español at 1-800-520-7309.

MU makes available to applicants a security report of crimes that occurred on campus over the previous three years.  For a copy of this report, contact the University Police Department at (573) 882-5923 or access their web site at: http://www.mupolice.com/.

Project Manager


Term: 1-2 years

The Soil Health Institute (SHI), a non-profit organization created to safeguard and enhance the vitality and productivity of soil through scientific research and advancement, is seeking a Project Manager for an initial 1-year appointment, with the possibility of extension.  The individual selected will be responsible for managing a project whose goal is to provide quantitative evaluation of the economics of soil health systems in both experimental and on-farm settings.  Accordingly, the incumbent will work closely and effectively with SHI’s Agricultural Economist and many partners in selecting, scheduling, and interviewing farmers about their agricultural production and farm management practices; will personally perform those interviews and collect/compile the associated production methods and data, as needed; will assist with writing reports; and will work closely and effectively with communications teams across SHI and our partnering organizations for implementing a communications plan that includes participating in social media and producing videos, fact sheets, webinars, newsletters, and others.

Residence at SHI headquarters in Morrisville, North Carolina is preferred, but other locations may be considered.  Salary is projected to range from $75,000 to $100,000 per year, commensurate with experience.  This is a full-time position with attractive benefits.  Frequent travel, primarily to Midwestern farming communities, will be required.

Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree is required, preferably in Agronomy, Soil Science, Crop Science, or an associated area. A Master’s degree is preferred.
  • Demonstration of excellent verbal and written communication skills involving agricultural production is required.
  • Background in or experience with field crop production and associated farming considerations is required.
  • Experience in project leadership and management is highly preferred.
  • Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States.

To Apply:

Email a resume/C.V., college transcripts, application letter addressing the above responsibilities and qualifications, and the contact information of 3 references to:

Byron Rath, brath@soilhealthinstitute.org.  Indicate “Project Manager Position” in the subject line.

First review of applications will begin by July 1, 2019, and the position will remain open until filled.

 

Communications & Administrative Specialist


The Soil Health Institute (SHI), a non-profit organization created to safeguard and enhance the vitality and productivity of soil through scientific research and advancement, located adjacent to Research Triangle Park (RTP), North Carolina is seeking a Communications & Administrative Specialist.  The individual selected will be responsible for creating and delivering written content and story ideas for publication and posting; developing and supporting media and public relations activities, social media, and website content; assisting with event management; coordinating with contracted communications firms and partnering organizations; and providing a range of administrative, accounting, and office support activities to facilitate organizational effectiveness and efficiency.  The candidate selected will be staffed at SHI headquarters in Morrisville, North Carolina.  Salary will be commensurate with experience.  This is a full-time position with attractive benefits.

Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree is required, preferably in Communications.
  • Two years of Communications experience is preferred.
  • Experience with administrative and accounting procedures is preferred.
  • Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States.

To Apply:

Email a resume/C.V., college transcripts, application letter addressing the above responsibilities and qualifications, and the contact information of 3 references to:

Byron Rath, brath@soilhealthinstitute.org.  Indicate “Communications & Administrative Specialist” in the subject line.

First review of applications will begin by July 1, 2019, and the position will remain open until filled.