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Tenure Track Assistant Professor, Agroecology/Sustainable Crop Production Systems

University of Delaware
Newark, Delaware
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Dec 17, 2022

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The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer which encourages applications from Minority Group Members, Women, Individuals with Disabilities and Veterans. The University's Notice of Non-Discrimination can be found at

Job No: 499202
Work Type: Faculty
Location: Newark
Categories: Plant & Soil Sciences, Full Time

Appointment: The University of Delaware (UD) Department of Plant and Soil Sciences is pleased to invite applicants for an Assistant Professor of Agroecology and Sustainable Cropping Systems position. This is a full-time, 9-month tenure-track position with 60% research and 40% teaching appointment.

Position Description: The successful candidate will be expected to develop an extramurally funded, internationally recognized research program that pairs plant and soil science or agronomy with ecology and/or climate science. The incumbent would contribute to the generation and transfer of knowledge through systems-based research and departmental teaching. Examples of research focus include, but are not limited to: 1) improving the sustainability of agroecological or cropping systems through climate change mitigation/adaptation or enhancement of soil health/soil carbon sequestration; 2) forecasting changes in agroecological and cropping system dynamics under various management or climate scenarios; or 3) investigating interactions between agriculture and ecosystems across scales. Experience with large spatio-temporal datasets and cross-disciplinary research is preferred and could include backgrounds in either precision/predictive agriculture or agroecosystem management.

We seek individuals that incorporate diversity, equity, and inclusion into their research, teaching, and mentoring at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. The successful candidate will be expected to teach core courses in Crop Science/Agroecology within our major programs and develop new courses based on their area of expertise.

General Information: The University of Delaware is a Land, Sea, and Space Grant, and Carnegie Research University with externally sponsored activities exceeding $200 million and an enrollment of approximately 21,000 students.The Department of Plant and Soil Sciences has 31 full-time faculty and is one of four departments in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. The University maintains two large research farms in Newark and Georgetown, DE to support agroecological and cropping systems research.

Additional information related to the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Plant and Soil Sciences, Cooperative Extension, and the Carvel Research and Education Center at the University of Delaware can be found at the following web sites: College of Agriculture (; Plant and Soil Science Department (; Cooperative Extension (; Carvel Research and Education Center (

Qualifications: A Ph.D. in soil science, agronomy, ecology or closely related discipline with a thorough understanding of agroecological and cropping systems. A strong commitment to a team-oriented approach to research and an ability to engage diverse student groups (especially underrepresented students in STEM) through teaching are also essential.

Salary: Commensurate with experience and training. The University of Delaware provides an excellent employee benefit package including health, dental, and vision insurance, retirement contributions, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, and complete tuition remission for family members. Tenure-track professors receive a third-year sabbatical leave.

Deadline: Review of applications will begin immediately, and applicants will be reviewed until the position is filled."

Application: To apply, submit a letter of application, a current curriculum vitae, statements of research (two pages maximum) and teaching (two pages maximum), a statement describing previous efforts and future plans to foster a diverse and inclusive research and learning environment (one page maximum), and the contact information of at least three professional references. Submitted documents will be shared with departmental faculty. For further information, contact the search committee co-chairs: Dr. Jarrod Miller ( or Dr. Rodrigo Vargas (

Equal Employment Opportunity: Employment offers will be conditioned upon successful completion of a criminal background check. A conviction will not necessarily exclude you from employment.

The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer which encourages applications from Minority Group Members and Women. The University's Notice of Non-Discrimination can be found at

Notice of Non-Discrimination, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
The University of Delaware does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, disability, religion, age, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law in its employment, educational programs and activities, admissions policies, and scholarship and loan programs as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and University policies. The University of Delaware also prohibits unlawful harassment including sexual harassment and sexual violence.

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