The Department of Agriculture, Veterinary and Rangeland Sciences at the University of Nevada, Reno seeks to fill a 9-month, full-time, tenure-track faculty position in Water and Irrigation Management at the Assistant Professor level. This position will be an integral component of the University of Nevada, Reno, the Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station, the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources.
The successful candidate will conduct research in water and irrigation management in agricultural systems of dryland areas. Specific topic areas may include the more traditional foci of cropping systems and irrigation management, irrigation- and crop-water use efficiency in water-limited environments, and plant-soil-water relations, but may also address newer topics such as controlled-environment agriculture, remote sensing and sensor use development for agricultural applications, precision agriculture, simulation modeling, and allocation of water for competing agriculture and urban demands. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a strong, grant-funded research program that includes graduate student training and publication of research results in peer-reviewed journals as part of an interdisciplinary team of agronomists, plant breeders, horticulturists, rangeland scientists, and associated disciplines working on agricultural water issues in dryland environments. Teaching duties will include a dual level course (combined undergraduate/graduate) focused on agriculture water management within dryland ecosystems, an additional course to be identified by the interdisciplinary team and the successful candidate, and participation in student extracurricular activities. Service duties will include participation on relevant departmental, college and university committees and outreach activities with farmers, ranchers and interested public. The candidate must be able to work in a multi-cultural setting and create an environment that fosters collegiality, diversity, and teamwork.
For full consideration of applications, all materials must be submitted by March 29, 2019.
For questions, please contact: Search Chair, Melinda Yerka; firstname.lastname@example.org
The University of Nevada, Reno recognized that diversity promotes excellence in education and research. We are an inclusive and engaged community and recognize the added value that students, faculty, and staff from different backgrounds bring to the educational experience.
EEO/AA Women, under-represented groups, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.
Ph.D. in irrigation systems, soil water management, agronomy, soil physics or related discipline with a demonstrated record of achievement in research in agricultural water management in dry areas. Demonstrated publication record, excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work in an interdisciplinary team of scientists.
Demonstrated potential for effectiveness in teaching including a strong desire to work with and advise undergraduate and graduate students. Experience in obtaining extramural funding is desired. Field research experience and demonstrated ability to work with stakeholders.
About UNR - College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources
Federal government established the state Agricultural Experiment Station network through the Hatch Act of 1887. Experiment stations were established to ensure that agricultural research geared to specific geographic regions would be conducted throughout the United States. Agricultural Experiment Stations are part of a total program involving research, Cooperative Extension, and higher education at land-grant universities in every state. The University of Nevada is the State's 1888 land-grant institution and has been in continuous operation at the university since its establishment. Our research programs are an integral part of NAES.
Federal funds are appropriated under the Hatch Act to promote high-quality research activities on agriculture and natural resources issues that are important to the state, the West and the nation. McIntire-Stennis Act allocations promote research for the development, protection and efficient utilization of resources from the nation's forests and rangelands. Animal health allocations are directed toward solving and understanding the health problems of livestock.
Who benefits from NAES research? All Nevadans benefit! Advances in agricultural pr...oduction through research have contributed to an abundance of high-quality food at a relatively low cost. Agriculture is Nevada's largest single industry in 85% of the state, comprising a critical section of rural Nevada's economy. Environmental and natural resource concerns and the need to support traditional as well as emerging agricultural industries are high priorities in Nevada. All require advances in research and technology.
Research emphasis at the Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station is consistent with the themes of the University's 21st century plan. A summary of the citizens' needs assessment includes the following areas of emphasis:
1. Improving agricultural productivity through research
2. Making Nevadans healthier
3. Developing and sustaining productive youth and families
4. Developing and sustaining productive communities
5. Improving water availability, allocation and quality, and
6. Resolving natural resource issues across the state and beyond.
The majority of the faculty working with the experiment station have joint responsibility with either cooperative extension and/or resident instruction programs in the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology, and Natural Resources, College of Business, or the School of Medicine.