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Tenure-Track: Assistant Professor

Soil and Crop Sciences

College Station
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The Department of Soil & Crop Sciences, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University seeks an Assistant Professor of Soil Science with experience in surface and soil hydrology and its relationship to healthy and secure soil resources. The successful candidate is expected to provide vision and leadership for an internationally recognized research and teaching program that will address management and ecosystem service contributions of hydrologically healthy and secure soil systems. The incumbent will develop a research program addressing critical challenges to soil health and security using technically innovative, field-based methods at the intersection of soil physics, hydrology, and pedology. Specific areas of emphasis may include evaluating and modeling the spatial and temporal changes to dynamic soil physical properties; quantifying changes to field-scale hydrology associated with land use change and management practices; and/or assessing the impacts of on-farm soil health practices on off-site ecosystem services. Key stakeholders in soil hydropedology include, but are not limited to, USDA, NRCS, water management agencies, agronomists, plant breeders, agricultural engineers, land surface modelers, hydrologists, ecologists, agricultural and environmental educators, sociologists, economists, and policy makers. The incumbent will have a commitment to teaching, the ability to secure extramural funding sufficient to sustain a vibrant research program that includes the training of undergraduate and graduate students,  publish in top-tier journals in his or her field, and the ability to meet expectations of a land grant institution. Teaching responsibilities will include two undergraduate courses, Soil Judging (SCSC 489) and Soil Morphology (SCSC 310) and one graduate course, Pedology (SCSC 605) and other courses as appropriate. Additional responsibilities include advising graduate students and participating in the Departmental, College and University service. The successful candidate must have demonstrated effectiveness in research, written and oral communication, and must be able to interact productively with scientists from other disciplines. An interest and ability to work in an interdisciplinary team research and instructional endeavors is essential.  The position is a full-time, tenure track, 9-month appointment; 70% research; 30% teaching. This faculty position will require an educational and research background in soil science. Information about the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences is available at http://soilcrop.tamu.edu/.


A Ph.D. in soil science or a closely related discipline with training/industry experience in soil science is required. The successful candidate must have demonstrated effectiveness in research, written and oral communication, and must be able to interact productively with scientists from other disciplines. Experience in soil science, research grant development, and the use of multi-disciplinary systems approaches to solve soil health: hydropedology.

Application Instructions

Applicants must submit the following, preferably in PDF format:  1) Cover Letter (up to 2 pages) that explicitly addresses qualifications for each required/desired criterion; 2) a current curriculum vitae; 3) a two-page statement on teaching and research relative to the position and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; and 4) three reference letters.

For questions, email inquiries to: Dr. Paul Schwab, Search Committee Chair, Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, Texas A&M University, College Station at pschwab@tamu.edu.

Initial deadline for receipt of complete applications is January 15, 2020 but review will continue until the position is filled.

Texas A&M University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability employer committed to building a culturally diverse educational environment. Applications from veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, minorities, and members of other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged.

The University is aware that attracting and retaining exceptional faculty often depends on meeting the needs of two careers and therefore has a Dual Career Program and implements policies that contribute to work-life balance.