Superintendent & Associate/Full Professor of Agronomy
Please see Special Instructions for more details.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.
|Announcement Number||FAC - VA - 17055|
|Quick Link for Internal Postings||http://jobs.montana.edu/postings/7798|
|For questions regarding this position, please contact:||
Dr. Bob Stougaard
|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|
|Department||MAES Western Triangle Agricultural Research Center|
|Division||College of Agriculture/MAES|
|Contract Term||Fiscal Year|
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|Union Affiliation||Exempt from Collective Bargaining|
|Salary||Salary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications.|
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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 agresearch.montana.edu/documents/Superintendent%20Roles%20and%20Responsibilities.pdf.
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||
|Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills||
|The Successful Candidate Will||
|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.
With or without reasonable accommodation; the person in this position must be able to:
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.
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)|
|Applications will be:||
Screening of applications will begin on May 1, 2017; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.
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.
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.
- Curriculum Vitae
- Cover Letter addressing Each of the Required and Preferred Qualifications
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