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Senior Faculty Specialist (Research Program Specialist – Agricultural Systems & Climate)

University of Maryland

Job Description

Position Number:

102982

Title:

Senior Faculty Specialist

Functional Title:

Senior Faculty Specialist (Research Program Specialist – Agricultural Systems & Climate)

Category Status:

15-Fac.Non-Tenured,Continuing Con

Applicant Search Category:

Faculty

University Authorized FTE:

1.0

Unit:

AGNR-AES-Agriculture Experiment Station-Associate Dir.

Campus/College Information:

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the state’s flagship institution. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

Background Checks

Offers of employment are contingent on completion of a background check. Information reported by the background check will not automatically disqualify you from employment.

Vaccine Protocol

The University of Maryland has made the safety of our students, faculty and staff, and our surrounding communities a top priority. As part of that commitment, the University System of Maryland (USM) recently announced that students, faculty, and staff on USM campuses this fall, including UMD, are required to be vaccinated against COVID. As a prospective and/or a new employee at UMD, you will be required to comply with the University’s vaccination protocol. Proof of full vaccination will be required before the start of employment in order to work at any University of Maryland location. Prospective or new employees may seek a medical or religious exemption to the vaccination requirement at return.umd.edu and must have an approved exemption prior to the start of their employment. Failure to provide proof of vaccination or to obtain approval for a medical or religious exemption will result in the offer of employment being rescinded.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

This position has two specific functions:

(1)
Under general supervision, provide moderately complex technical and administrative support to the programs housed in or initiated by the Office of Associate Dean for Research and Associate Director of Maryland Agricultural Experiment Station (MAES) in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (AGNR). 
  • Technical tasks include compiling/writing research proposal materials (e.g., postdoc mentoring plans, project management plans, logic model, etc.) and pieces of proposals, conducting literature reviews for research proposals, compiling and writing project progress and final reports, assisting with strategic planning of MAES operations, occasionally developing print and digital research marketing material, promoting faculty research on social media (Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook) feeds, and developing text and graphics related to research reporting.
  • Administrative tasks include scheduling multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional team meetings, arranging meeting logistics as appropriate, team information management, helping the Associate Dean in connecting with other units in MAES, AGNR, and UMD, assisting AGNR faculty with post-award management of large projects (examples include, helping them organize meetings, collect project progress reports, submit progress and final reports, etc.), and assisting the Associate Dean with special projects as required.

(2) Under the supervision of the Associate Dean for Research and Associate Director of Maryland Agricultural Experiment Station (MAES) conduct climate change impact research, broadly construed, and extend climate expertise to the entire College. Tasks include:
  • Collaborating with AGNR faculty to make climate data products available to them; quantifying climate risks to agricultural commodities (e.g. corn, wheat, soybeans, etc.), plants diseases and insects, and water resources/environment;
  • Developing approaches and tools for climate risk management;
  • Conducting climate change-related independent research;
  • Participating on grant proposals in the College that require climate expertise.

A degree of confidentiality is needed for this position, as decisions on employment in the various Research Centers of MAES, personnel evaluation, and funding decisions are made in this Unit.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education:
  • Master’s degree in a relevant field (e.g. atmospheric science, geography, geosciences, engineering (biosystems or civil), computer science, environmental science, etc.) by the effective date of employment.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Proficiency in one or more relevant programming languages (e.g. R, Python, NCL (NCAR Command Language), Julia, Fortran, etc.) is essential;
  • Evidence of effective scholarly communication (both written and oral) is also essential for this position.

Preferences:

Preferred Education:
  • Ph.D. degree in a relevant field.

Preferred Experience:
  • Experience working in a high-performance computing environment is desirable.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Strong computational and quantitative skills;
  • Familiarity with climate datasets;
  • A clear orientation toward transdisciplinary research and collaboration. 

Posting Date:

08/29/2022

Open Until Filled

Yes

Best Consideration Date

10/07/2022

Physical Demands

Work is performed in a normal office environment, which includes operating standard office equipment (e.g., computer, keyboard, printer, fax machine, telephone, etc.). Minimal travel to assist with, attend or manage meetings off-campus.

Diversity Statement:

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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