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Montana State University Assistant Research Professor – Soil Acidity Management in Bozeman, Montana

Position Details

Announcement Number FAC - VA - 21017

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Clain Jones at 406-994-6076 or clainj@montana.edu

Classification Title Research Faculty

Working Title Assistant Research Professor – Soil Acidity Management

Brief Position Overview

The Assistant Research Professor will be expected to coordinate initial activities with Dr. Clain Jones and other faculty members, but eventually build an independent research program that focuses on soil acidity. Research sites will occur across Montana. The selected candidate will be required to have a strong soil science and agronomic background and be able to design and conduct a wide range of soil and crop studies. The ability to supervise seasonal staff in data collection is also desired. Statistical analysis, report writing, and oral presentation skills are essential.

Faculty Tenure Track No

Faculty Rank Non-Tenure Track

Position Number 4B1347

Department Land Resources & Environ Sci

Division College of Agriculture/MAES

Appointment Type Non-Tenure Track

Contract Term Fiscal Year

Semester

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Union Affiliation Contact HR for Determination

FTE 1.0 FTE

Benefits Eligible Eligible

Salary Salary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications.

Contract Type LOA

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Recruitment Type Open

General Statement

Candidates are sought for the position of Assistant Research Professor – Soil Acidity Management in the Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences ( LRES ) at Montana State University ( MSU ). The Assistant Research Professor will initially coordinate activities focused on soil acidification with Dr. Clain Jones and other faculty members, but eventually build an independent research program that focuses on management practices that address soil acidification. Research that advances a better mechanistic understanding of soil acidification processes (e.g. nitrification) and plant responses to acid soils (e.g. aluminum toxicity) is also desired. Research sites are located across Montana. The position requires a strong soil science and agronomic background, excellent capacity to communicate with regional producers and stakeholders, and ability to conceive, design and carry out a wide range of soil and crop studies. Statistical analysis, scientific writing for a variety of audiences, and oral presentation skills are essential. Close collaboration with soil, plant, and pest science colleagues, and other scientific disciplines, is expected. This includes working with MSU Extension Specialists and Agents and other state and regional partners to disseminate findings to producers, crop advisers, and other stakeholders. Collaboration with producers, crop advisers, Extension Agents, other stakeholders, and on- and off-campus faculty members is an expectation of this position.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Review existing research approaches and results on soil acidification in Montana and surrounding region.

  • Identify soil acidification research needs through discussions with MSU faculty members, producers, Extension Agents, and crop advisers.

  • Design scientifically rigorous studies to address above needs.

  • Travel to locations across Montana to collect soil samples and conduct studies.

  • Operate truck-mounted soil sample probes, conduct soil analyses in the laboratory, use global positioning system ( GPS ) units, be proficient with computer software including statistical software.

  • Interact with collaborators, stakeholders, and students in a professional and respectful manner.

  • Supervise students and technicians with data collection.

  • Share research results with colleagues, producers, and other stakeholders.

  • Produce peer-reviewed journal, popular press and Extension resources based on findings.

    Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Ph.D. in soils, agronomy, or related field by the screening date.

  • Record of designing and conducting agricultural soils research.

  • Evidence of strong oral communication skills.

  • Evidence of strong written communication skills.

  • Record of publication in peer-reviewed journals.

    Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Evidence of strong geospatial skills. including geographic information systems, GPS , and remote sensing.

  • Experience working with, and educating, farmers.

  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in interdisciplinary teams.

  • Demonstrated ability to write grant proposals and secure funding.

  • Experience working with acidic soils.

  • Strong analytical chemistry skills.

    The Successful Candidate Will

  • Strive for excellence in research/scholarship.

  • Share research results with Research Center superintendents, farm managers, Extension Specialists and Agents, crop advisers and farmers.

  • Respect and foster diversity.

  • Have the ability to interact with collaborators, stakeholders, producers, and students in a professional, positive manner.

We seek individuals who work professionally and effectively with diverse individuals, possess effective interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills and have the ability to contribute positively to the academic success of the students and the mission of Montana State University.

Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

  • Possess a valid driver’s license.

  • This position requires seasonal travel to on- and off-campus field sites.

  • During off-campus trips to remote field locations, and/or during planting and harvest, work hours may be more than 8 hours per individual day.

The position for which you have applied MAY BE a Union position. Union affiliation is determined by job duties and the collective bargaining unit.

  • Non-Tenure Track Faculty – Any position that is .5 FTE or more is represented by the Associated Faculty of Montana State University ( AFMSU ). Faculty covered by AFMSU must begin paying either membership dues or representation fees within thirty (30) days of hire. This is a condition of employment. Additional information can be found at AFMSU (http://afmsu4ntt.org) or by emailing AFSMU (afmsu4ntt@gmail.com) .

  • Any position less than .5 FTE is not represented by the Union and is not required to pay dues.

  • If the FTE changes during employment, the representational status of this position could be impacted.

  • Exceptions: Anyone having successfully completed a PEI exam or any faculty working in Extension are exempt from the Union

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands

  • Tolerate soil dust while wearing recommended personal protective equipment.

  • Be able to maneuver 50 lbs.

  • Be able to work in inclement weather conditions.

  • The person in this position must be able to safely operate full-size pickups, hydraulic soil probes, and soil grinding equipment.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

The Program

The Department

The College

Number of Vacancies 1

Desired Start Date Upon successful completion of a search.

Position End Date (if temporary)

Open Date

Close Date

Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on 05/07/2021; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions

Upload your CV and a cover letter outlining how you meet each individual required and preferred qualification, in the order in the vacancy announcement. Cover letters that do not address each qualification will not be considered.

Please note, this posting requires contact information for three professional references within your app profile.

Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples (http://www.montana.edu/hr/dualcareer.html) .

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, national origin, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran’s status, sex, age, political ideas, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; recruitment@montana.edu .

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

MSU ’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: http://www.montana.edu/hr/disability_accommodation/complaints_grievances.html (http://www.montana.edu/hr/disability_accommodation/complaints_grievances.html%20) .

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