Summary of Duties: The Assistant Professor/Extension Agronomist will develop a nationally recognized, integrated research and extension program in the area of cropping systems improvement and crop performance assessment. The successful candidate must acquire competitive extramural funding from state, regional, and national agencies and agricultural industry stakeholders to support this comprehensive program. The incumbent will disseminate information by publishing results in appropriate peer-reviewed journals and extension media, delivering presentations at scientific conferences and grower meetings, and using other modern communication platforms. This person is expected to work collaboratively with other researchers, the grower community, plant breeders, extension professionals, crop consultants, and other stakeholders. Teaching responsibilities will include courses in basic plant science and cropping systems and the mentoring and supervision of graduate students. Other duties include serving on CSS, CAHNRS and WSU committees. The Extension Agronomist will participate in the successful integration of cereal varieties into cropping systems of eastern Washington through membership in the interdisciplinary Extension Dryland Cropping Systems Team. Applied research and extension emphases for the team include, but are not limited to: high-throughput phenotyping; development and/or application of novel crop health phenotyping techniques; experimental design; varietal response to variable management practices; cropping systems; improved management practices related to weeds, pests, diseases, or abiotic stresses; modeling/prediction of environmental effects on crop performance and/or traits of economic importance; physiological adaptation to variable environments, or; applied quantitative genetics.
Required Qualifications: ~Earned Ph.D. degree in an applied plant science (Agronomy, Weed Science, Plant Pathology, Horticulture, or Plant Breeding) with sufficient depth in the discipline to understand and address dryland crop performance; ~Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with technical and nontechnical audiences using oral and written forms; ~Experience in field research with a variety of crops, including ability to perform efficient field research (plot establishment, maintenance, data collection, and analysis).
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