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The Plant Science Department in the College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences at South Dakota State University is seeking a 9 month, tenure-track Assistant Professor in Agronomy (60% research/40% teaching). The Precision Ag Cropping Systems Agronomist will develop a nationally recognized, externally funded, applied research program that investigates the integration of precision technology with cultural practices, sensor-based nutrient and pesticide application, targeted placement of seed/genetic traits, and management of insect, disease, and weed pests to enhance the economic potential and sustainability of crop production systems in South Dakota. Applications demonstrating innovative research programs in site-specific management of grain crops will be given the highest priority. South Dakota State University actively seeks to increase social and intellectual diversity among its faculty and staff. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

The incumbent will be a critical member of a collaborative precision farming research team. This position includes statewide leadership for developing technology-based management strategies for problems of importance for the major agronomic crops raised in South Dakota, identification of priority needs, program development, and public dissemination of research-based management information. The successful candidate is expected to provide leadership on the coordination of small plot and whole field on-farm studies.

The successful candidate will teach introductory courses on crop production and management with the opportunity to develop and teach graduate level courses. Duties may also include, but are not limited to, advising undergraduate students and supervision of undergraduate research projects. Graduate student mentoring is expected.

Ph.D. in Agronomy or closely related field, successfully completed by the appointment date; Scholarly publications in peer-reviewed journals; Effective written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.

Experience in designing and executing field research; Ability to work well as part of a team; Experience in integrating cultural practices, soil science/soil fertility or other variable input research in Midwest cropping systems.

Commensurate with background and experience.

Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by
June 7, 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:

1.    Cover Letter.
2.     Curriculum Vitae.
3.    Official transcripts.
4.    Reference page with current contact information of a minimum of four references.
5.    Statement of research philosophy (attached as ‘other document’).
6.    Statement of teaching philosophy (attached as ‘work sample’).

Email applications will not be accepted.  Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 or if you require assistance with this electronic process.

SDSU is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to and/or coordinate course offerings that address the experiences of underrepresented minorities in organizations.

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. Sandeep Kumar, Department of Plant Science, (605) 688-4306 or email

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