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Department of Plant Science

College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences

South Dakota State University


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.



The incumbent will be a critical member of a collaborative precision farming research team. The successful candidate is expected to provide leadership on the coordination of small plot and whole field on-farm studies. This 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 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.



  • D. in Agronomy or closely related field successfully completed by the appointment date.
  • Scholarly publications in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Demonstrated success in obtaining competitive grant funding.
  • Effective written communication skills.
  • Effective verbal communication and interpersonal skills.



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



Commensurate with background and experience.


Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by February 24, 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; statements of research and teaching philosophy (combined and attached as “other document”); 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 electronic application process. Email applications will not be accepted.


SDSU actively seeks to increase social and intellectual diversity among its faculty and staff. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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 position should be referred to the search chair, Dr. Sandeep Kumar at (605) 688-4306 or by email

South Dakota State University is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its faculty, staff and students. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by emailing SDSU prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, gender, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran’s status or any other protected class in the offering of all educational programs and employment opportunities. Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact: Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Administration 100, SDSU, Brookings, SD 57007. Phone: (605) 688-4128.

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