A competitive salary and excellent benefits package available.
Internal Number: 516194
The Eastern Kansas Research and Extension Centers at Kansas State University is seeking an Assistant Professor/Extension Agronomist to lead an active and innovative extension education and applied research program to support counties in the Northeast region of Kansas, focusing on agronomic crop production and collaborating with an interdisciplinary team of Extension specialists and research scientists. Tenure home for this position will be in the Department of Agronomy. The successful applicant will be expected to reside in the NE Kansas region.
The deployed Extension and applied research program should be responsive to the issues and needs of the people of Northeast Kansas and Kansas State Research and Extension (KSRE) Agriculture Extension Agents. The successful candidate will investigate cropping systems for the region, collaborate with other subject matter disciplines at the regional and state level, and meet expectations of extension-related scholarship and applied research.
The candidate filling this position is responsible for providing leadership for Extension educational programs in field crops, precision agriculture tools/techniques, soils, and weed management in Northeast Kansas. The Extension role includes an ability to plan, design, implement, evaluate, and market Extension educational programs. The primary crops produced in the area include corn, soybean, sorghum (grain and forage), and wheat. The person selected for the position will provide leadership for Extension agents in Northeast Kansas providing programming in agronomy and cropping systems. Additionally, the successful candidate will provide mentorship and in-service training opportunities for local unit Extension agents across this region that includes 31 counties.
Extension scholarship includes development of traditional extension publications and bulletins; interaction with Extension and research colleagues; and communication with clientele via public meetings/conferences, web sites, social media, and other electronic means. Development of a nationally recognized and extramurally funded Extension and applied research program that complements the Extension educational goals and objectives of KSRE is an expectation of the position. While the emphasis of the program should be on issues relevant to Northeast Kansas, there is an expectation that some of the programming will have a state, regional, national and/or international impact and will provide an innovative vision for agriculture in Kansas.
Ph.D. in agronomy, forages, weed science, crops, soils, or closely related field with a strong background in applied agronomy.
Ability to plan, design, implement, and deliver extension educational programs to producers, industry personnel, and county extension agents.
Ability to conceive, plan, implement, and publish applied field-based research in production agriculture.
Excellent communication skills and demonstrated proficiency in written and spoken English.
Interpersonal skills that promote interaction in a multidisciplinary context. Commitment to work in a multi-cultural setting and create an environment that fosters diversity, collegiality, and teamwork.
Documented experience with cropping systems and management practices relevant to the Northeast and Eastern Kansas region.
Proven ability to conceive, plan, implement, and publish applied research.
Documented evidence of planning and delivering extension programming.
Demonstrated record of extension and scientific publication and grant writing appropriate for current career development.
Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States and have a valid driver's license at the time of employment