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The Plant Science Department in the College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences at South Dakota State University is seeking a tenure-track, 9-month Assistant Professor in Soil Fertility (60% research and 40% Extension). The successful candidate will be expected to develop an externally-funded, applied field research program that investigates the integration of cultural practices, nutrient management, and input variables to enhance the economic potential and sustainability of crop production systems in South Dakota. The incumbent is expected to develop and conduct an Extension Education program utilizing both traditional and precision-farming management practices that assist in developing soil fertility management recommendations to increase crop yield. SDSU actively seeks to increase social and intellectual diversity among its faculty. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

    Ph.D. in Agronomy or closely related field, successfully completed by the appointment date, with an emphasis in Soil Fertility.
    Knowledge of effective on-farm research techniques.
    Ability to communicate (both verbally and in writing) effectively.
    Ability to work well as part of a team.

    Extension experience.
    Demonstrated peer-reviewed publication record.

Commensurate with background and experience.

Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by July 1, 2016.

SDSU accepts applications through an on-line employment site. To apply, visit:, search by the position title, view the job announcement, and click on “apply for this posting.”  The system will guide you through the electronic application form. The employment site will also require the attachment of a cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement; curriculum vitae; official transcripts; and a reference page with a minimum of four current references. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 or if you require assistance with this process.

Any offer of employment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, a criminal background check.

Questions on this opening should be referred to:  Dr. Howard Woodard, Professor, Department of Plant Science, SDSU, Box 2107, SAG 244, Berg Agricultural Hall, Brookings, SD 57007, (605) 688-4774 or by email at

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