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Research Faculty - Controlled Environmental Agriculture
University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho
Date Posted 05/15/2022
Faculty-Medicine-Medical Researcher
Employment Type FullTime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Posting Details
Position Information

Posting Number F001027P
Internal Posting?
Recruitment Title Research Faculty - Controlled Environmental Agriculture
Advertising Pay Range Commensurate with Experience
Location Moscow
Primary Division/College Col of Agricultural & Life Sciences
Primary Unit Plant Sciences
Employee Category Faculty
Classification Group Title Research Faculty
Position Control Number 1960
Suffix 00
Contract Basis Academic Year
Anticipated Contract Start Date 08/15/2022
FLSA Status Overtime Exempt
Tenure Tracking Tenure Track
Rank Assistant Professor
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Extension Type Not Applicable
Administrative Appointment Type Not applicable
Administrative Appointment End Date (if applicable)

Position Responsibilities

Position Summary
The University of Idaho, College of Agricultural & Life Sciences, Plant Sciences department, is seeking a Research Faculty, Assistant Professor, to develop an extramurally funded, nationally and internationally recognized research program to address sustainable production in controlled environment systems. This candidate is expected to work independently and collaboratively with other faculty members in research and to engage industry as appropriate as partners and in outreach. Specific areas of research may include plant nutrition and disease, irrigation systems, hydroponics, vertical farming and organic production within controlled environments. Potential collaborations include Plant Science faculty on campus and at Research & Extension Centers and Soil and Water Systems faculty that have an emphasis on precision agriculture and the engineering aspects of controlled environment production. The successful candidate is expected to publish in high quality refereed journals, garner nationally competitive grants funded to support the research, be active in regional and national disciplinary societies in presentation of research, and successfully mentor graduate student thesis and postdoctoral research. The candidate will develop and teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels in controlled environment food crop production, teaching courses to support programs in both horticulture and plant science programs as well as the sustainable food systems program in the Department of Soil and Water Systems. Participation in undergraduate advising and graduate student thesis mentoring is expected. The candidate is expected to contribute to the department, college, and university with appropriate involvement in service.
Unit/Department Summary
Plant Sciences:
The Department of Plant Sciences works to advance research and address many local, regional and global challenges such as breeding plants to tolerate drought-stress, developing sustainable cropping practices and conserving plant species for future generations. The department offers undergraduate majors in crop science, horticulture and urban agriculture, biotechnology and plant genomics and crop management. Minors in crop science and horticulture and advanced degrees in plant science are also offered.
Plant sciences delivers statewide programs of teaching, research and extension about crops, horticulture and genomics.
Our faculty and support personnel are located on the main Moscow campus and at research and extension centers in Aberdeen, Idaho Falls, Kimberly, Parma and Twin Falls.
Soil & Water Systems:
The Department of Soil and Water Systems combines faculty in soil science, agronomy, hydrology, sediment transport, irrigation engineering, waste management and precision agriculture to address resource issues related to soil, water quality and quantity and sustainable food, energy and waste systems.
The department has a statewide presence and is committed to excellence in teaching, research and extension. We prepare students to take up careers in soil, plant and environmentally related disciplines to discover new scientific knowledge and develop technologies to sustain production systems, extend technological developments to the public and promote the wise use, management and stewardship of soil, plant and water resources.
Our faculty and support personnel are located on the main Moscow campus and at research and extension centers in Aberdeen, Idaho Falls, Kimberly, Parma and Twin Falls.
Teaching & Advising 40%
Scholarship & Creative Activity 50%
Outreach & Extension 5%
University Service & Leadership 5%


Minimum Education/Degree Required Listed degree qualification is required at time of application.
Required Qualifications
  • A Ph.D. in plant sciences, botany, horticulture, or closely related scientific discipline
  • Evidence of the ability to plan, conduct, and report research results.
  • Demonstrated research experience with fruit, floral or vegetable crop production in controlled environments.
  • Demonstrated experience with formal classroom teaching or Extension/outreach teaching.
  • Experience in delivering oral presentations at scientific meetings.
  • Demonstrated evidence of excellent written and oral communications skills.
  • Record of publications in academic journals.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Evidence of ability to conduct research independently and collaboratively in interdisciplinary teams.
  • Experience as a postdoctoral researcher in an area related to controlled environment agriculture.
  • Track record of successful grant awards in support of research program.
  • Evidence of effective teaching at the college or university level.
  • Experience with plant physiology research.
Physical Requirements & Working Conditions
  • May lift, carry and/or otherwise move items weighing up to 20 pounds on an intermittent basis.
  • Ability to conduct field research trials.
  • Ability to work in a greenhouse environment.

Posting Information

Posting Date 05/11/2022
Closing Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants
Applications received by June 12, 2022 will receive first consideration.
Along with your on-line application, write a letter of qualification addressing how you meet the required and preferred qualifications listed.
In addition, your application materials must include a CV, names & contact information for at least three (3) professional references, and unofficial transcripts.
For questions, please contact:
Tim Prather
Plant Sciences
Background Check Statement
Applicants who are selected as final possible candidates must be able to pass a criminal background check.
EEO Statement

The University of Idaho (U of I) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, U of I does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, genetic information or status as any protected veteran or military status in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions and educational programs.

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