Open date: September 29, 2023
Most recent review date: Friday, Nov 17, 2023 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: Saturday, Sep 28, 2024 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.
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 Horticulture with a preferred emphasis in horticulture in nursery, greenhouse, or controlled environment crop production systems. This is an academic year (9-month), tenure track Assistant Professor position that includes an appointment in the California Agricultural Experiment Station (AES). Faculty members who hold an Agricultural Experiment Station appointment have a responsibility to conduct research and outreach relevant to the mission of the California Agricultural Experiment Station. Participation in outreach programs and performance of university service are also expected.
The appointee is expected to establish a competitively funded research program in any aspect of the rapidly emerging technologies around protected cultivation to ‘complete control’ and optimization of crop production and quality for food crops, ornamentals, and flowers. Novel horticultural research may include nursery, greenhouse or indoor crop production (CEA), floriculture, water, nutrient and light management, soilless and hydroponic production, and application of cellular, genomic, physiological and ecophysiological approaches to understand, manage and improve crop production in these systems. These crops include vegetable transplants, young orchard fruit, nut and citrus trees, berries, floricultural and landscape plants, and as such, this hire is open to a wide pool of horticultural scholars who will be able to develop a program within their own expertise of high relevance to California industry. The appointee will be responsible for teaching two undergraduate courses per year in horticulture, for example, ENH125 ‘Greenhouse and nursery crop production’, ENH120, ‘Management of container media’ and PLS006, ‘Flower Power', depending on the expertise of the candidate. This hire will also contribute to graduate advising and graduate student team teaching which includes teaching a protected cultivation module in the core graduate course HRT 200B ‘Introduction to horticultural and agronomic cropping systems. Participation in and development of public outreach and/or community engagement programs and performance of departmental and university service is expected. This position is expected to collaborate with Cooperative Extension specialists and advisors, partners in allied industries or other appropriate public stakeholders, such as the California Center for Urban Horticulture, Foundation Plant Services and University of California Nursery and Floriculture Alliance. Candidates bringing a complementary skillset to UCD researchers are particularly welcome.
This recruitment is conducted at the assistant rank. The resulting hire will be at the assistant rank, regardless of the proposed appointee's qualifications.
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A. Ph.D. or equivalent degree in Plant Sciences, Horticulture or a related discipline at time of appointment.
B. Post doctoral experience preferred.
C. Evidence of leadership and organizational skills relevant to the development of a successful research, teaching and outreach program in the discipline of protected cropping horticulture.
D. Evidence of original scholarship during graduate and post-graduate activities.
E. Demonstrated ability or potential to obtain extramural support for research activities.
F. Interest, understanding, and commitment to contributing to diversity. Demonstrated ability to contribute to diversity and inclusion of groups that are underrepresented in the academy through extension education, research, and/or service would be a plus.
Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will be assessed by their general quality and the candidates’ awareness, contributions, and plans for future efforts related to diversity and inclusion.
G. Demonstrated ability or potential to develop and instruct undergraduate and graduate courses and to present information to scientific audiences.
H. Willingness and interest to advise undergraduates.
I. Demonstrated ability or potential and interest to mentor M.S. and Ph.D. students.
J. Evidence of communication skills and collegiality consistent with effective departmental, campus and professional citizenship.
K. Interest, understanding, and commitment to the objectives of a land-grant university and the Agricultural Experiment Station including mission-oriented research and a substantive outreach engagement programming.
Initial review of applications will be conducted using anonymized versions of the Statement of Research Accomplishments and Interests and the Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Applications demonstrating sufficient potential based on this review will be advanced to full review.
Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
Statement of research accomplishments and future research plans relevant to Protected Horticulture - Past accomplishments and future plans relevant to protected horticulture
Statement of teaching accomplishments and philosophy
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.
Transcripts - If the applicant is within five years of Ph.D. degree
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Publication #2 (Optional)
Publication #3 (Optional)
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