POSITION: Assistant/Associate Professor, Irrigation Engineer/Scientist, 12-month, tenure-track, 80% Research/20% Extension.
LOCATION: Kansas State University Southwest Research-Extension Center (SWREC), Garden City. Tenure home in appropriate academic department on Kansas State University main campus, Manhattan.
RESPONSIBILITIES: Establish an innovative applied research program with emphasis in one or more of the following topic areas: 1) design, evaluation, and management of pressurized irrigation systems such as mechanized sprinkler irrigation and subsurface drip irrigation; 2) development and management of profitable irrigated crop production systems that promote water-use efficiency, maintain groundwater quality, and optimize the use of limited water resources; 3) development and evaluation of strategies for coordinated management of irrigation water and nutrients; or 4) development and evaluation of soil-, atmospheric-, or plant-based sensor technologies to improve irrigation scheduling. Expectations include publication of results in the peer-reviewed literature and pursuit of extramural funds. Cooperate with extension irrigation, water management, crops, soils, and economics specialists as a resource in support of extension education programs. Provide oversight in the operation of irrigated field research facilities associated with the SWREC.
QUALIFICATIONS: Required: Ph.D. in agricultural/biosystems engineering, water resource engineering, irrigation science, soil physics, agronomy, agricultural micrometeorology, soil science, or a closely related discipline. Must have Ph.D. at time of appointment. Strong coursework or work experience in one or more areas of irrigation design, irrigation systems evaluation, irrigation scheduling and management, plant-soil-water relations, crop and soil sciences, and sensor-based crop management technologies. Excellent written and oral communication skills in English. Interpersonal skills that promote interaction in a multidisciplinary context. Ability to work in a multi-cultural setting and create an environment that fosters diversity, collegiality, and teamwork. Preferred: Experience with field research techniques and Great Plains or western U.S. irrigated production agriculture. Working knowledge of micrometeorology, environmental physics, soil physics, hydrology, and site-specific agriculture.
SALARY AND RANK: Commensurate with academic training and experience. Standard Kansas State University faculty benefits apply.
AVAILABLE: May 1, 2013
APPLICATION: Submit by e-mail (PDF file) a narrative summarizing goals and qualifications, a personal resume, and undergraduate and graduate transcripts. Arrange for three letters of reference to be sent directly to the search committee.
Submit application materials to:
Robert L. Gillen, Head
Western Kansas Agricultural Research Centers
Telephone: 785-625-3425 ext. 202
Address letters of reference to:
Search Committee, Irrigation Science
Kansas State University
Agricultural Research Center – Hays
1232 240th Avenue
Hays, KS 67601
Screening begins on March 20, 2013, and continues until the position is filled.
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