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Soils Extension Specialist

Purdue University, Agronomy Department

Job Title: Soils Extension Specialist
Reference Code: 003652-2017
Job Location: West Lafayette, IN
United States
Status: Full-Time
Job Category: Agriculture & horticulture
Sciences and technology: other
Biology/biotechnology/life sciences
Application Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Soils Extension Specialist

Agronomy Department
Purdue University


The Department of Agronomy invites applications for a full-time, academic year, tenure-track assistant professor and Extension specialist in soil science. This position will have primary responsibilities in Extension built on a strong applied research program.


Establish an externally funded, nationally and internationally recognized Extension and research program that provides leadership and scholarship in the areas of pedology, geospatial technologies and analysis, including remote sensing, soil geography, and data analytics.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop a rigorous, inventive program that evaluates interconnections among soils, people, and the environment across agricultural lands and the urban-suburban interface, and that utilizes innovative approaches to deliver timely, evidence-based solutions for soils-related issues to diverse clientele. Possible areas of focus could include, but are not limited to, interactions of soils and hydrologic processes across agricultural landscapes; use of soils and landscape information to inform land use decisions and policies; analysis and delivery of soils information to optimize nutrient use, soil health, water quality, onsite wastewater disposal practices, or storm water management.

It is expected that the individual will establish partnerships with appropriate county, state, federal organizations, and other stakeholders.

Job Requirements



  • A Ph.D. in Soil Science or related field and demonstrated potential for excellence in Extension education and research.
  • Experience working with soils in the field and experience with GIS are essential.
  • Applicants must have excellent written and oral communication skills.

Information and Application Process Instructions

Applications: Candidates should submit a letter of application, statement of Extension and research philosophy, curriculum vita and three references.

A background check is required for employment in this position.

Preferred starting date is August 14, 2017.

Purdue will accept electronic submissions, send as attachments to Dr. Darrell G. Schulze (c/o Jenny Kelly

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To obtain more information or to submit your resume you can contact Dr. Darrell Schulze (c/o Jenny Kelly) as shown below. If you apply for this position, please say you saw it first on Thank you.

Dr. Darrell Schulze (c/o Jenny Kelly)
Purdue University
915 W. State Street
West Lafayette , IN 47907-1150
Phone: 765-494-4774

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