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Assistant Professor of Agronomy and Agroecosystems

Recruitment Period

Open date: October 18th, 2018
Last review date: December 12th, 2018
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: March 31st, 2019
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The Department of Plant Sciences in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Davis is recruiting an Assistant Professor of Agronomy and Agroecosystems with a preferred emphasis on improving resource use efficiency in crop production systems while reducing adverse environmental effects. This is an academic year (9-month), Assistant Professor tenure-track position with teaching, research, outreach/engagement and service responsibilities and includes the expectation that the appointee will conduct mission-oriented research and outreach/engagement of relevance to the California Agricultural Experiment Station

The Department is seeking applicants that will focus on agronomic and horticultural crop production in California and more broadly. Diverse crops, production practices and farm sizes characterize the state’s agriculture and include intensive and organic practices. The need to use novel basic and applied research approaches to study crops, soils, air and water and the interactions among them across diverse temporal and spatial scales is anticipated. The successful applicant will develop a research program to demonstrate how cropping system design and crop management can optimize resource use efficiency, enhance economic returns, mitigate adverse off-farm impacts, and provide environmental services, consistent with evolving regulations and a changing climate.

The appointee is expected to establish a competitively funded nationally and internationally recognized research program in cropping systems agronomy to address critical or emerging societal issues in the sustainable management of agricultural landscapes. Departmental and college research encompasses the full spectrum of scholarship in the land-grant university tradition, covering integrated solutions to agricultural and environmental problems and translating this into practice. The successful candidate will have excellent opportunities to collaborate with a broad range of colleagues who have expertise in breeding/genetics, soil science, plant physiology, ecology, weed science, modeling, and economics to help address these challenges. In addition, this position is expected to work with Cooperative Extension specialists and advisors, partners in allied industries or other appropriate public stakeholders (including policy makers and legislators).

The appointee will be responsible for establishing a dynamic and innovative teaching teach program. The typical teaching expectation is two to three courses per year. Instructional teaching responsibilities will include teaching the undergraduate upper division PLS101, (Agriculture and the Environment) and the International Agricultural Development graduate core course, IAD202N (Cropping Systems Analysis). In addition, the candidate can teach at the graduate level within their area of research expertise and contribute to graduate programs in the Ecology, International Agricultural Development, Horticulture and Agronomy, Soils and Biogeochemistry graduate groups, and/or other graduate programs of interest to the individual. Participation in departmental and university service and development of public outreach and/or community engagement programs is expected.

Ph.D. or equivalent degree in agronomy, agroecosystems, plant sciences or related fields. Post-doctoral experience is preferred. Evidence of research excellence is expected. The candidate should have the ability to develop and instruct undergraduate and graduate courses and the ability to develop and conduct extramurally funded research in agronomy and agroecosystems.

Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The position will remain open until filled. To ensure consideration, applications should be received by December 1, 2018.

Required application materials include: 1) curriculum vitae including publication list, 2) up to three publications, 3) transcripts if the applicant is within five years of Ph.D. degree completion, 4) statement of research accomplishments, 5) statement of teaching accomplishments and philosophy, 6) statement of future research plans relevant to this position, 7) statement of contributions to diversity, and 8) the names, addresses, including e-mail, of four professional references. Inquiries should be directed to Bruce Linquist, (Search Chair) or Gail Taylor, (Department Chair)

UC Davis supports family-friendly recruitments. UC Davis covers travel expenses for a second person to accompany an invited faculty recruitment candidate who is a mother (or single parent of either gender) of a breast or bottle-feeding child less than two years of age.

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The University of California is committed to creating and maintaining a community dedicated to the advancement, application, and transmission of knowledge and creative endeavors through academic excellence, where all individuals who participate in University programs and activities can work and learn together in a safe and secure environment, free of violence, harassment, discrimination, exploitation, or intimidation. With this commitment, UC Davis conducts a reference check on all finalists for tenured positions. The reference check involves contacting the administration of the applicant’s previous institution(s) to ask whether there have been substantiated findings of misconduct that would violate the University’s Faculty Code of Conduct. To implement this process, UC Davis requires all applicants for any open search for assistant/associate/full professor to complete, sign, and upload the form entitled “Authorization to Release Information” into RECRUIT as part of their application. If an applicant does not include the signed authorization with the application materials, the application will be considered incomplete, and as with any incomplete application, will not receive further consideration. Although all applicants for faculty recruitments must complete the entire application, only finalists considered for positions with tenure or security of employment will be subject to reference checks.

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Job location

Davis, CA


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae including Publication List - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Statement of Research Accomplishments

  • Statement of Teaching Accomplishments and Philosophy

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Diversity contributions documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a diversity statement and why one is requested.

  • Statement of future research plans relevant to this position.

  • Publication #1

  • Publication #2 (Optional)

  • Publication #3 (Optional)

  • Transcripts (if within five years of Ph.D. degree completion) (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 4-10 required (contact information only)

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