The Plant Science Department is seeking applications for an Assistant or Associate Professor for the Potato Variety Program, 70% Research / 30% Extension, Tenure track
The successful applicant will lead the Potato Variety Development Program at the University of Idaho at the Aberdeen Research & Extension Center. This program is part of the Northwest Potato Variety Development Program, which is a collaborative research effort among the USDA-ARS, Washington State University and Oregon State University. While this position will work in close collaboration with the USDA-ARS Potato Breeding and Genetics Program located at Aberdeen, the focus is on agronomic research and development of management guidelines for new potato varieties, not breeding. Excellent opportunities also exist for collaboration with faculty in the department and at other universities. The successful applicant will develop an innovative, internationally recognized, industry-responsive research program focused on completing agronomic studies as a part of developing and commercializing new potato varieties that will directly benefit all segments of the potato industry in Idaho, nationally and internationally.
Scholarship & Creative Activities: • Conduct agronomic research designed to develop management guidelines that will facilitate industry adoption of new cultivars. • Conduct field trials to determine the agronomic performance of advanced clones, as well as nutritional, phytochemical, and processing and culinary quality characteristics. • Contribute to the development of improved potato varieties that will be successfully adopted by the processing and fresh-pack industries. • Additional research may include but is not limited to determining agronomic and physiological responses of advanced potato clones to environmental conditions and cultural variables and other aspects of genotype-by-environment/management interactions. • Secure extramural grant funding to support the research program and participate in graduate student research. • Publish findings in high-quality refereed journals and present findings at professional research meetings.
Outreach & Extension: • Summarize results of research trials into management guidelines and presenting those to clientele in presentations at educational meetings, publication of popular press articles and development of extension bulletins. • Work directly with industry adopters of newly released varieties to ensure knowledge of management recommendations. • Work with industry advisory committees and document priorities and impacts of extension programming through annual reporting to the plan of work.
Minimum Qualifications • A Ph.D. in agronomy, horticulture, crop science, plant physiology, plant science, or closely related field. • Demonstrated experience with agronomy, physiology, pest management or cultivar development. • Track record of initiating, completing and publishing research findings. • Track record of securing external grant funding to support the research program • Demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively with colleagues and industry personnel as part of a team. • Demonstrated excellent written and verbal communication skills. • Must meet the eligibility requirements for rank of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor upon hire.
Preferred Qualifications • Experience developing and implementing Extension programs. • Demonstrated experience working on an agronomically important crop or experience in potato production systems. • Demonstrated qualifications to meet tenure at the rank of associate professor in an academic unit with the College if hired at that rank.
Internal Number: F000743P
About University of Idaho -- Department of Plant Sciences
The Department of Plant Sciences works to advance research and address many local, regional and global challenges such as breeding plants to tolerate drought-stress, developing sustainable cropping practices and conserving plant species for future generations. Our department prepares students for careers in the rapidly changing fields of applied and basic plant sciences and in modern production agriculture.
Since 1889, the University of Idaho has provided motivated students with a transformative higher education experience that prepares them to solve real-world problems and achieve success in their lives and careers. Beginning with our beautiful residential campus in Moscow, the university’s reach extends throughout Idaho, serving over 12,000 students with educational centers in Coeur d’Alene, Boise and Idaho Falls, a research and extension center in Twin Falls, plus Extension offices in 42 counties. One of the nation’s land-grant research universities, U of I is a noted national leader in student-centered learning and interdisciplinary research that promotes public service. Our work serves businesses and communities, advancing the pursuit of diversity, citizenship and global outreach.