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Superintendent & Associate/Full Professor of Agronomy

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Position Details

Position Information

Announcement Number FAC - VA - 17055
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Dr. Bob Stougaard

Classification Title
Working Title Superintendent & Associate/Full Professor of Agronomy
Brief Position Overview

This is a 12-month tenure track position with a 25% administrative appointment as Superintendent of the Western Triangle Agricultural Research Center (WTARC) and 75% faculty appointment.

Faculty Tenure Track Yes
Faculty Rank Associate/Full Professor
Position Number 4B3748
Department MAES Western Triangle Agricultural Research Center
Division College of Agriculture/MAES
Appointment Type Faculty
Contract Term Fiscal Year
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FLSA Exempt
Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining
FTE 1.0
Benefits Eligible Eligible
Salary Salary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications.
Contract Type MUS
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Recruitment Type Open

Position Details

General Statement

This position is located at the Western Triangle Agricultural Research Center (WTARC), 10 miles north of Conrad (pop. 2800) and 70 miles north of Great Falls in the agricultural production area known as the “Golden Triangle”. The Center is comprised of 75 acres of rain-fed and irrigated crop land. Off-station research investigations are a priority for WTARC researchers and are conducted within seven surrounding counties. Rain-fed crops in the region include winter and spring wheat, durum, malt barley, cool-season oilseeds, and cool-season pulses. Malt barley, wheat, canola and perennial forages are the primary crops produced on the 300,000+ irrigated acres in this region. Current research projects at WTARC involve soil nutrient management for area crops, reduced tillage cereal production systems, cereal grain, oilseed and pulse crop variety evaluations, and integrated wireworm, orange blossom wheat midge and wheat-stem sawfly control methods. The WTARC has research laboratories, facilities for processing research plot samples and a full set of modern field plot research equipment for planting and harvesting in traditional and reduced tillage systems. With this position, the WTARC will be staffed by an Agronomist and an Entomologist plus support personnel. An advisory board made up of area producers and industry representatives provides guidance on establishing WTARC research priorities. The WTARC is one of seven Montana Agricultural Experiment Station Research Centers strategically located throughout Montana.

The Department strives to maintain a rich and diverse faculty group, and women and underrepresented minorities are encouraged to apply.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Superintendent functions as the primary contact and administrator of the Western Triangle Agricultural Research Center. As a member of the Department of Research Centers, the Superintendent serves as the primary representative and advocate for WTARC, provide leadership toward the WTARC’s mission, empower and enable WTARC staff and faculty to fulfill their roles, and are responsible for developing policies and procedures for the operation and function of WTARC within the mission of the Department of Research Centers. The duties of the Superintendent must reflect current challenges and opportunities. Consequently, duties are dynamic over time. For more information on Superintendent duties, please visit

The research Agronomist portion of this position would ideally focus on crop nutrient management strategies that can be integrated into agronomic packages that optimize economic and environmental sustainability of agricultural cropping systems, with an emphasis on small grain-centered production systems, but not excluding other crops including oil seeds and pulse crops. Research in cropping systems, precision agriculture or other specialized areas of agronomy that address researchable problems of the “Golden Triangle” region are also acceptable.

Opportunities exist to participate in graduate student education. Securing extramural funds from state, regional and national grant programs as well as the agricultural industry will be expected. Although this is a research position, it is expected that approximately 10% of the scientist’s time will be spent in disseminating research results to growers and 10% to providing service to the Department of Research Centers, The Montana Agricultural Experiment Station, The College of Agriculture, and Montana State University and to professional society or editorial work.

Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  1. An earned Ph.D. degree in Agronomy, Crop Science, Soil Science, or related discipline at time of hire.
  2. Demonstrated experience and expertise in personnel management.
  3. Documented experience in effective administration of budgets and research programs.
  4. Demonstrated experience in agronomic research, including the planning, designing and implementing of field research, and interpreting the research results using accepted scientific methodology.
  5. Demonstrated experience writing and submitting peer-reviewed manuscripts.
  6. Demonstrated experience in communicating research results to producers, media and others.
Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  1. Experience in nutrient management research.
  2. Documented grant writing skills and success in securing extramural funds.
  3. Post-doctoral experience.
  4. Commercial crop production experience.
  5. Experience with small grains and crop production in a Western USA semi-arid environment.
  6. Proficiency in evaluating and adopting new research and agricultural production technology.
  7. Demonstrated commitment to work with and engage diverse students, staff, and colleagues within and outside the department and a commitment to fostering the principles of inclusiveness and diversity.
The Successful Candidate Will
  • Demonstrate the ability to manage a Research Center and build an innovative agronomy field research program focusing on crops important to the Western Triangle region.
  • Have effective interpersonal skills including the ability to collaborate successfully with diverse groups.
  • Possess excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Maintain effective attention to detail, meeting deadlines, and prioritizing multiple projects.
  • Have fiscal management skills.
  • Have the proven ability to develop and maintain a research team.
  • Have dedication to supporting and enhancing Montana State University’s initiative for diversity, equity and inclusiveness.
Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

Must possess currently or be eligible to obtain a valid State of Montana Driver’s license and have an acceptable driving record (less than 12 points), as both in-and-out-of-state travel will be required.

Must possess or have the ability to obtain a Montana Research and Demonstration Pesticide Applicator License within six months of hire.

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

With or without reasonable accommodation; the person in this position must be able to:

  1. Work in the field.
  2. Navigate uneven terrain on foot, work in inclement weather, and move up to 60 pounds on occasion.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

The Program
The Department
The College

As the foundational component of Montana’s land grant university at Montana State University, the College of Agriculture (COA) and the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station (MAES) provide instruction in dynamic degree programs and conduct research relevant to the challenges in Montana’s agricultural and natural resource communities. We create opportunities for students, staff and faculty to excel through hands-on learning, to serve through campus and community engagement, to explore unique solutions to distinct and interesting questions and to connect Montanans with the global community through research discoveries and outreach. The COA offers eleven baccalaureate, nine masters, and four doctoral degree programs from five departments and one division. MAES conducts research through the Department of Research Centers (Corvallis, Conrad, Creston, Havre, Huntley, Moccasin, Sidney), in collaboration with other academic departments, near Bozeman, and throughout Montana.

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies 1
Desired Start Date July 2017
Position End Date (if temporary)
Open Date
Close Date
Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on May 31, 2017; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions

To apply, please upload your current CV and a letter of application addressing each individual required and preferred qualification. Please note, three professional references will be required as part of your applicant profile.
Finalists may be asked to provide official transcripts.

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.

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; .

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter addressing Each of the Required and Preferred Qualifications
Optional Documents

Supplemental Questions

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