Assistant Research Professor
Company: Montana State University
Posted on: April 1, 2021
Assistant Research Professor - Soil Acidity Management Please
see Special Instructions for more details. Upload your CV and a
cover letter outlining how you meet each individual required and
preferred qualification, in the order in the vacancy announcement.
Cover letters that do not address each qualification will not be
considered. Please note, this posting requires contact information
for three professional references within your app profile.
Announcement Number FAC - VA - 21017 For questions regarding this
position, please contact: Working Title Assistant Research
Professor - Soil Acidity Management Brief Position Overview The
Assistant Research Professor will be expected to coordinate initial
activities with Dr. Clain Jones and other faculty members, but
eventually build an independent research program that focuses on
soil acidity. Research sites will occur across Montana. The
selected candidate will be required to have a strong soil science
and agronomic background and be able to design and conduct a wide
range of soil and crop studies. The ability to supervise seasonal
staff in data collection is also desired. Statistical analysis,
report writing, and oral presentation skills are essential. Faculty
Tenure Track No Faculty Rank Position Number 4B1347 Department Land
Resources & Environ Sci Division College of Agriculture/MAES
Appointment Type Contract Term Fiscal Year Semester If other,
specify From date If other, specify End date Union Affiliation FTE
1.0 FTE Benefits Eligible Salary Salary commensurate with
experience, education, and qualifications. Contract Type LOA If
other, please specify Recruitment Type Open General Statement
Candidates are sought for the position of Assistant Research
Professor - Soil Acidity Management in the Department of Land
Resources and Environmental Sciences ( LRES ) at Montana State
University ( MSU ). The Assistant Research Professor will initially
coordinate activities focused on soil acidification with Dr. Clain
Jones and other faculty members, but eventually build an
independent research program that focuses on management practices
that address soil acidification. Research that advances a better
mechanistic understanding of soil acidification processes (e.g.
nitrification) and plant responses to acid soils (e.g. aluminum
toxicity) is also desired. Research sites are located across
Montana. The position requires a strong soil science and agronomic
background, excellent capacity to communicate with regional
producers and stakeholders, and ability to conceive, design and
carry out a wide range of soil and crop studies. Statistical
analysis, scientific writing for a variety of audiences, and oral
presentation skills are essential. Close collaboration with soil,
plant, and pest science colleagues, and other scientific
disciplines, is expected. This includes working with MSU Extension
Specialists and Agents and other state and regional partners to
disseminate findings to producers, crop advisers, and other
stakeholders. Collaboration with producers, crop advisers,
Extension Agents, other stakeholders, and on- and off-campus
faculty members is an expectation of this position. Duties and
- Review existing research approaches and results on soil
acidification in Montana and surrounding region.
- Identify soil acidification research needs through discussions
with MSU faculty members, producers, Extension Agents, and crop
- Design scientifically rigorous studies to address above
- Travel to locations across Montana to collect soil samples and
- Operate truck-mounted soil sample probes, conduct soil analyses
in the laboratory, use global positioning system ( GPS ) units, be
proficient with computer software including statistical
- Interact with collaborators, stakeholders, and students in a
professional and respectful manner.
- Supervise students and technicians with data collection.
- Share research results with colleagues, producers, and other
- Produce peer-reviewed journal, popular press and Extension
resources based on findings. Required Qualifications - Experience,
Education, Knowledge & Skills
- Ph.D. in soils, agronomy, or related field by the screening
- Record of designing and conducting agricultural soils
- Evidence of strong oral communication skills.
- Evidence of strong written communication skills.
- Record of publication in peer-reviewed journals. Preferred
Qualifications - Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
- Evidence of strong geospatial skills. including geographic
information systems, GPS , and remote sensing.
- Experience working with, and educating, farmers.
- Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in
- Demonstrated ability to write grant proposals and secure
- Experience working with acidic soils.
- Strong analytical chemistry skills. The Successful Candidate
- Strive for excellence in research/scholarship.
- Share research results with Research Center superintendents,
farm managers, Extension Specialists and Agents, crop advisers and
- Respect and foster diversity.
- Have the ability to interact with collaborators, stakeholders,
producers, and students in a professional, positive manner. We seek
individuals who work professionally and effectively with diverse
individuals, possess effective interpersonal, written and verbal
communication skills and have the ability to contribute positively
to the academic success of the students and the mission of Montana
State University. Position Special Requirements/Additional
- Possess a valid driver's license.
- This position requires seasonal travel to on- and off-campus
- During off-campus trips to remote field locations, and/or
during planting and harvest, work hours may be more than 8 hours
per individual day. The position for which you have applied MAY BE
a Union position. Union affiliation is determined by job duties and
the collective bargaining unit.
- Non-Tenure Track Faculty - Any position that is .5 FTE or more
is represented by the Associated Faculty of Montana State
University ( AFMSU ). Faculty covered by AFMSU must begin paying
either membership dues or representation fees within thirty (30)
days of hire. This is a condition of employment. Additional
information can be found at AFMSU or by emailing AFSMU .
- Any position less than .5 FTE is not represented by the Union
and is not required to pay dues.
- If the FTE changes during employment, the representational
status of this position could be impacted.
- Exceptions: Anyone having successfully completed a PEI exam or
any faculty working in Extension are exempt from the Union This job
description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of
duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description
of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State
University's rights to assign or reassign duties and
responsibilities to this job at any time. Physical Demands
- Tolerate soil dust while wearing recommended personal
- Be able to work in inclement weather conditions.
- The person in this position must be able to safely operate
full-size pickups, hydraulic soil probes, and soil grinding
equipment. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be
able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without
reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are
representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
The Program The Department The College Number of Vacancies 1
Desired Start Date Upon successful completion of a search. Position
End Date (if temporary) Open Date Close Date Applications will be:
Screening of applications will begin on 05/01/2021; however,
applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate
applicant pool has been established. Special Instructions Upload
your CV and a cover letter outlining how you meet each individual
required and preferred qualification, in the order in the vacancy
announcement. Cover letters that do not address each qualification
will not be considered.
Please note, this posting requires contact information for three
professional references within your app profile. Diversity
Statement Montana State University values diverse perspectives and
is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an
inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes
the importance of work-life integration and strives to be
responsive to the needs of dual career couples .
Montana State University is committed to providing a working and
learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the
University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or
conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its
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uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran's
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pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information,
gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. In
support of the University's mission to be inclusive and diverse,
applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons
with disabilities are highly encouraged.
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disability that may interfere with an applicant's ability to
compete in the hiring process or an employee's ability to perform
the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the
Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University,
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