Extension Assistant Professor - Cranberry Agricultural Scientist (NTT)
UMass Cranberry Station
March 26, 2018
East Wareham, Massachusetts
Full Time - Professional
Environmental Science, Other
The UMass Cranberry Station invites applications for a full-time, 12 month, non-tenure track appointment as Extension Assistant Professor - Cranberry Agricultural Scientist. The successful candidate will develop and lead a research and extension program in a systems-based approach to cranberry production, with emphasis on integrating with and complementing the disciplines currently represented at the Cranberry Station. Earliest appointment date is May 1, 2018.
Responsibilities include: Conducting original applied research on integrated approaches to cranberry production and transferring research-based information to the MA cranberry industry; securing extramural funding and publishing results; engaging with cranberry researchers throughout North America to increase knowledge on issues that limit identified industry production goals; and responding to real time critical industry needs related to maximizing production efficiency.
A Ph.D. in Horticulture, Plant Science or related discipline is required. Professional experience in systems-based agriculture, climatology, precision agriculture, decision processing, ecology, production techniques and/or nutrition is highly desirable. Expertise in fruit crops is preferred. Individuals with skills that can complement and integrate with the disciplines represented by current Station personnel are highly desirable. The candidate must have the ability to conduct applied research and educational programs, the ability to integrate research findings into the development of educational and training materials to solve problems, and the ability to work collaboratively as well as the flexibility to communicate with individuals of diverse backgrounds ranging from academic to the general public. The candidate must have the aptitude for both leadership and team membership roles and effective communication and interpersonal skills. Demonstrated skills with computer use, data analysis, and electronic communication and demonstrated success in the development and writing of grant proposals are required.
Additional Salary Information: Competitive and based on qualifications.
About UMass Cranberry Station
Located in East Wareham, the Cranberry Experiment Station, a part of the UMASS Amherst Campus, is an outreach and research center charged with the mission of maintaining and enhancing the economic viability of the Massachusetts Cranberry Industry through research and outreach and serving the public welfare by supporting economic development and the protection of the environment.
The Cranberry Station programs are focused on the cranberry production system in the areas of systems ecology (including crop protection and sustainability) and the interaction of cranberry growing and the environment (abiotic factors and management). In our programs we emphasize efficiency, environmental protection, and profitability.
The UMass Cranberry Station staff is responsible for:
Advancing knowledge of cranberry related sciences including entomology, plant pathology, weed science, and basic and applied plant sciences, including plant nutrition and plant physiology; Researching and developing environmentally compatible technologies for cranberry production; Providing outreach programs regarding cranberry production for cranberry growers and the citizens of Massachusetts; Providing diagn...ostic services (disease, insect, plant nutrition, weeds) relating to cranberry production; Developing and implementing and IPM program for cranberries; and Formulating and disseminating insecticide, fungicide, herbicide, fertilizer, and other management recommendations for cranberry production.