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Assistant Professor and Extension Agronomist

Washington State University, Crop and Soil Sciences Department

Job Title: Assistant Professor and Extension Agronomist
Reference Code: 128375
Job Location: Pullman , WA
United States
Status: Full-Time
Job Category: Agriculture & horticulture
Sciences and technology: other
Biology/biotechnology/life sciences
Application Closing Date: Open Until Filled
Date Posted: 2018-10-22
Industry: Academic/Education

Job Description

Assistant Professor and Extension Agronomist
Washington State University

Washington State University (WSU) Extension Agronomy with the rank of Assistant Professor.

The Department of Crop and Soil Sciences (CSS) in the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resources Sciences (CAHNRS) at Washington State University (WSU) seeks a dynamic, motivated, problem-solving leader to join an extraordinary team of research and extension faculty members in dryland crop agronomy for eastern Washington State.

We are seeking to fill a 12-month, tenure-track (assistant professor rank) position beginning on or about February 1, 2019.

The incumbent will lead an integrated and collaborative research program in dryland crop agronomy, participate as a member of the Extension Dryland Cropping Systems Team (smallgrains.wsu.edu/meet-the-team), teach one course per year in plant science and/or cropping systems, and train graduate students in CSS graduate degree programs.

A primary position responsibility is to lead an extensive and historically well-supported, field-based variety testing program for cereal grains and other relevant crops appropriate for the dryland cropping systems of eastern Washington.

The Assistant Professor/Extension Agronomist will develop a nationally recognized, integrated research and extension program in the area of cropping systems improvement and crop performance assessment.

The successful candidate must acquire competitive extramural funding from state, regional, and national agencies and agricultural industry stakeholders to support this comprehensive program.

The incumbent will disseminate information by publishing results in appropriate peer-reviewed journals and extension media, delivering presentations at scientific conferences and grower meetings, and using other modern communication platforms. This person is expected to work collaboratively with other researchers, the grower community, plant breeders, extension professionals, crop consultants, and other stakeholders.

Teaching responsibilities will include courses in basic plant science and cropping systems and the mentoring and supervision of graduate students. Other duties include serving on CSS, CAHNRS and WSU committees.

The Extension Agronomist will participate in the successful integration of cereal varieties into cropping systems of eastern Washington through membership in the interdisciplinary Extension Dryland Cropping Systems Team.

Applied research and extension emphases for the team include, but are not limited to: high-throughput phenotyping; development and/or application of novel crop health phenotyping techniques; experimental design; varietal response to variable management practices; cropping systems; improved management practices related to weeds, pests, diseases, or abiotic stresses; modeling/prediction of environmental effects on crop performance and/or traits of economic importance; physiological adaptation to variable environments, or; applied quantitative genetics.

Information about WSU CSS can be found at http://css.wsu.edu and CAHNRS at http://cahnrs.wsu.edu

Job Requirements


  • Earned Ph.D. degree in an applied plant science (Agronomy,Weed Science, Plant Pathology, Horticulture, or Plant Breeding) with sufficient depth in the discipline to understand and address dryland crop performance;
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with technical and nontechnical audiences using oral and written forms;
  • Experience in field research with a variety of crops, includingability to perform efficient field research (plot establishment, maintenance, data collection, and analysis);


  • Demonstrated ability to organize and lead interdisciplinaryextension programs;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of plant breeding or varietyevaluation programs;
  • Record of competitive grant success commensurate withcareer level;
  • Demonstrated ability to participate/collaborate ininterdisciplinary applied research programs;
  • Ability to supervise support staff and students;
  • Demonstrated evidence of teaching and student mentoring;
  • Demonstrated knowledge and ability to work effectivelywith individuals and groups of diverse cultures,backgrounds, and ideologies.

Information and Application Process Instructions

See full details and apply at http://www.wsujobs.com with a detailed cover letter, a current curriculum vitae, a list of four (4) references with contact information, and a scanned copy of official transcripts.

For questions about the position contact: Dr. Mike Pumphrey, Search Committee Chair, at (509) 335-0509 or m.pumphrey@wsu.edu

Screening of application materials begins December 7, 2018.


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Dr. Mike Pumphrey, Search Committee Chair
Please apply online

Phone: 509-335-0509

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