The Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Science Department in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences at South Dakota State University is seeking a 9-month, full-time, benefits-eligible, tenure-track Assistant Professor in Precision Agriculture (100% Extension appointment). This position is supervised by the department head of Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Science. Candidates are sought that can link precision agriculture technologies, data management and data analytics to best practices in crop and soil management. Integration of the Extension program with research programs will enhance delivery of precision agriculture applications and technologies to increase agricultural productivity and efficiency.
SDSU is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to and/or coordinate Extension programming that addresses the experiences of underrepresented minorities in organizations, and actively seeks to increase social and intellectual diversity among its faculty and staff. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.
The successful candidate will develop a nationally recognized Extension program in precision agriculture technologies to complement current research programs in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences. The incumbent will apply knowledge and expertise in data collection using precision technologies, data analytics, data mining and data visualization to translate data into decision aids that support crop, soil, and land use recommendations. The Extension program will develop precision agriculture technologies training for South Dakota’s agricultural producers, industry, and researchers to better manage and optimize crop production efficiencies in a sustainable and profitable manner.
Securing extramural funds is expected to support a highly effective and team-oriented Extension program which includes field demonstration of precision tools. The successful applicant is expected to establish and maintain close working relationships with university, industry, commodity groups, state, and federal agencies (esp. USDA-NRCS), and other organizations as appropriate. Publication of peer reviewed extension materials, popular press articles and refereed scholarly works is required. The successful candidate is also expected to contribute to graduate student training.
Must be authorized to work in the United States. Sponsorship is not available for this position.
Ph.D. in Agronomy, Crop Science, Soil Science, Agriculture Engineering, or closely related field successfully completed by the appointment start date.
The successful candidate must be able to interact and communicate effectively (both verbally and in writing).
Must have valid driver’s license, or ability to obtain one within 30 days of hire and be willing to travel.
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Internal Number: 19437
About South Dakota State University
SDSU is a land grant institution and the state’s largest institution of higher education. Ranked as the Number 2 best place to work in South Dakota by Forbes, South Dakota State University is the state’s largest, most comprehensive university with more than 200 programs and an enrollment of approximately 12,000 students.
SDSU offers a rich academic experience in an environment of inclusion and access through inspired, student-centered education, creative activities and research, innovation and engagement that improve the quality of life in South Dakota, the region, the nation, and the world. Its employees embrace the university’s core values of being people-centered, expanding knowledge through creativity, embracing organizational and personal integrity, commitment to diversity, and excellence through continuous improvement.
As the state’s 1862 Morrill Act land-grant institution, the work of the university is carried out on its main resident campus in Brookings, at sites in Sioux Falls, Pierre, Rapid City, Aberdeen and through Extension offices and Agricultural Experiment Station research sites across South Dakota.
SDSU was recognized as one of 54 institutions in the United Stat...es as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities in 2014. The university’s total research expenditures are greater than $60 million. SDSU is the state’s first High Research Activity institution as classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
Jackrabbits Athletics competes as a NCAA Division I member, with membership in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, the Summit League and the Big XII for wrestling.
The Department of Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Science includes over 37 faculty whose expertise spans the fields of agronomy, entomology, genetics/breeding, horticulture, plant pathology, plant physiology, precision agriculture, seed science, soil science, and weed science. The department has a robust research program that consistently ranks at or near the top of departments at SDSU. Dissemination of science-based knowledge is a core mission of the department. Our faculty Extension Specialists and Field Specialists provide an effective structure for meeting this mission. In Academic Programs, the department provides nationally competitive training for undergraduate students leading to B.S. degrees in Agronomy, Horticulture and Precision Agriculture. The department also offers a strong graduate training environment leading to M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Plant Science and Biological Sciences.
Pierre, SD is a community of approximately 14,000 located in the geographic center of the state. The city has an excellent K-12 education system, is accessible to major medical facilities, has an active cultural and social environment, and has numerous lakes and parks within driving distance. The seat of Hughes County as well as the state capital, it is a friendly community whose tree-lined streets, historic downtown and lush green parks give way to rolling hills and steep bluffs as the county spreads east into the state’s expansive plains.