Western Kansas Agricultural Research Centers
WKARC Employment Opportunities



POSITION: Research Assistant Professor, Millet Breeding, 12-month, non-tenure track, 100% Research. Term position with funding commitment for five years.

LOCATION: Kansas State University Agricultural Research Center, Hays, Kansas.

RESPONSIBILITIES:  Lead an applied millet breeding program to explore and evaluate germplasm, and to develop and release elite pearl millet parent lines. Breeding will focus on adaptation to dryland conditions, tolerance to biotic and abiotic stresses, and improved grain and forage yield using conventional and molecular approaches. This individual will be expected to develop active collaborations with other plant science disciplines at KSU. In particular, the successful candidate will forge strong ties with the USAID Feed the Future Sorghum and Millet Innovation Lab at KSU and will establish partnerships with national and international programs in Africa and Asia. Expectations also include publication of research results in peer-reviewed literature in a timely manner and success in securing extramural funds for research and capacity building activities.

QUALIFICATIONS: Required: Ph.D. in plant breeding, genetics, agronomy or related field with a strong background in applied plant breeding. Ability to conceive, plan, and implement research in plant breeding and genetics. Ability to interpret and report results to the scientific community and industry clientele. Ability to complete research projects as evidenced by publication of the applicant’s graduate research and presentation of scholarly work. Excellent communication skills in written and oral 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 in applied plant breeding in pearl millet or other dryland cereal crops. Demonstrated record of scientific publication and competitive grant writing commensurate with current career development.

SALARY: Commensurate with academic training and experience. Standard Kansas State University faculty benefits.

AVAILABLE: July 1, 2014.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES: Submit by e-mail (PDF files) a narrative summarizing goals and qualifications, a personal resume, and copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts.  Arrange for three letters of reference to be sent directly to the search committee by e-mail (PDF files). Application deadline: June 2, 2014.


Submit application materials to:

Robert L. Gillen, Head
Western Kansas Agricultural Research Centers
e-mail:  gillen@ksu.edu
Telephone: 785-625-3425 ext. 202

Address letters of reference to:

Search Committee, Position 4880
Kansas State University
Agricultural Research Center – Hays
1232 240th Avenue
Hays, KS 67601
e-mail: gillen@ksu.edu

For additional information, access:

Western Kansas Agricultural Research Centers http://www.wkarc.org/
Sorghum and Millet Innovation Lab   http://www.k-state.edu/smil/
Department of Agronomy    http://www.agronomy.ksu.edu

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans.  Background check required.




Additional Information

 For additional opportunities check the K-State employment office website and/or the College of Agriculture job postings.