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POSITION # 18-07: Assistant Professor of Soil-Plant-Environment Interactions

Recruitment Period

Open date: September 12th, 2019
Last review date: Friday, Nov 15, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: Tuesday, Jun 30, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
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.

Description

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT
Assistant Professor of Soil-Plant-Environment Interactions
Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, University of California, Davis

Title: Assistant Professor of Soil-Plant Relations. The Department of Land, Air and Water Resources in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Davis is recruiting an Assistant Professor of Soil-Plant-Environment Interactions. 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 (http://www.caes.ucdavis.edu/research/aes).

Responsibilities: The Department of Land, Air and Water Resources is seeking applicants in the area of soil-plant-environment interactions with an emphasis on how soil interacts with plants at different scales in response to environmental perturbations, such as moisture and temperature extremes, fire, erosion. The appointee is expected to establish a competitively funded research program to address critical or emerging issues that focus on mechanisms of soil-plant interactions and may practices that optimize plant response to drought; plant characteristics best suited to reclaim degraded soils; effects of changing precipitation regimes on soil-plant relationships, carbon cycling and greenhouse gas emissions; impacts of increasing atmospheric CO2 and N deposition on plant productivity and soil carbon sequestration; and, temperature effects on plant- water use efficiency. The person hired is expected to teach 2.5 courses per year, which will include a high enrollment undergraduate class (e.g. Principles of Soil Science SSC 100), an upper division class in the area of soil-plant-environmental relations (e.g., Plant-Water-Soil Relationships HYD 124) and a graduate course (e.g., Soil-Plant Interrelationships SSC 208). The appointee will also participate in the training of graduate students in appropriate graduate groups. Participation in and development of outreach/engagement programs, and performance of departmental and university service is expected. This position is expected to collaborate with extension educators and partners in allied industries.

Qualifications: PhD. In Soil Science, Agroecology, Ecohydrology, or related field. 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 related to the position and the ability to develop and conduct extramurally funded research in soil-plant-environment interactions.

Salary:
Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Applications:
Application materials must be submitted via the following website: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF03152. The position will remain open until filled. To ensure consideration, applications should be received by 11/15/2019

Required application materials include:
1) curriculum vitae including publication list,
2) up to three publications,
3) college transcripts (if within 5 years of Ph.D.),
4) one page statement of research accomplishments,
5) one page statement of teaching accomplishments and philosophy,
6) one page statement of future research plans relevant to the application of knowledge of soil-plant-environmental interactions to ecosystem management and climate change mitigation/adaptation.
7) Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion*, and
8) the names, addresses, including e-mail, of four professional references.

*Diversity contributions documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit http://academicaffairs.ucdavis.edu/diversity/equity_inclusion/index.html for guidelines about writing a diversity statement and why one is requested. *initial screening will be based on this document

Additional inquiries should be directed to Dr. Kate Scow kmscow@ucdavis.edu.

UC Davis is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer and is dedicated to recruiting a diverse faculty community. We welcome all qualified applicants to apply, including women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

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Job location

Davis, CA

Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V. (including complete publication list)

  • Publication #1

  • Publication #2 (Optional)

  • Publication #3 (Optional)

  • Transcripts (required if within 5 years of Ph.D.) - IF you are within 5 years of your Ph.D., you must arrange for undergraduate and graduate program transcripts to be uploaded as an entire PDF document here.
    (Optional)

  • Statement of Research - description and highlight of Research Accomplishments

  • Statement of Teaching - Statement of Teaching Accomplishments and Philosophy

  • Statement of Future Research Plans relevant to the position: - a one page statement of future research plans relevant to the application of pedology and soil-landscape relationships in Earth system processes

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion* - Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit https://academicaffairs.ucdavis.edu/faculty-equity-and-inclusion for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.

    *IMPORTANT: the initial screening will be based on this document

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 4-5 required (contact information only)