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Tenure-Track: Assistant Professor


Horticultural Sciences

Location
College Station, TX
Open Date
10/1/2019
Position ID
69427
Description

The Department of Horticultural Sciences at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX seeks outstanding applicants for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor faculty position in Controlled Environment Horticulture.  This is a 9-month, tenure-track faculty position with research, teaching and service responsibilities. The anticipated start date is August 1, 2020. The successful applicant will be responsible for developing a strong research program utilizing controlled-environments to develop sustainable and economically viable production systems that support the selection, culture, and marketing of selected specialty crops. The applicant will work closely with faculty at the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Dallas as part of a statewide initiative on controlled environment agriculture.

The successful candidate will develop a nationally and internationally recognized, extramurally funded research program that integrates basic and applied horticulture to develop and optimize controlled environment production systems for various horticultural specialty crops. Research should address the optimization and use of state-of–the-art controlled environments to develop and promote specialty crop production to produce economical and profitable crops that are high in nutritive value to improve the nutrition and health for growing populations of Texans and US citizens. The successful candidate will mentor undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral scientists and research technicians. The candidate will develop and teach courses at the graduate and undergraduate level, and contribute to the department by service on assigned committees.  The individual will be expected to publish regularly in peer-reviewed journals appropriate to the discipline and to compete successfully for external funding to support his or her program.

The Department of Horticulture is located in the Horticulture/Forest Science building (90,000 sq. ft.) which boasts a beautiful atrium, the Benz Gallery of Floral Art, modern research and teaching laboratories as well as a growth chamber complex. Greenhouse space is located behind the building (38,000 sq. ft) as well as at the Horticulture Teaching, Research and Extension Facility (HortTREC) located near Snook, TX. The department offers two undergraduate and three graduate degrees that prepare students for a myriad of diverse career opportunities. More information about the department is available at https://hortsciences.tamu.edu/.

Bryan-College Station is a vibrant community that offers cultural diversity, arts and entertainment, and excellent job opportunities. The community's low cost of living is advantageous to the student and general population, making it an ideal place to live.

Qualifications

Doctoral degree in Horticulture, Plant or Crop Science, or closely related discipline is required.  Successful candidates should have a strong background in horticultural crop production in controlled environments with knowledge in plant physiology, plant stress, plant breeding, environmental relations or disciplines related to the study of plant responses to controlled environments. Excellent written and oral communication skills are required, and a demonstrated ability to publish in refereed journals is desired.

Application Instructions

Applications are only accepted online at http://apply.interfolio.com/69427. Applicants must include in their application electronic copies of a cover letter, transcripts, curriculum vitae with a list of three references including contact information, as well as research and teaching vision statements. Vision statements should not only address the specific research and teaching programs the candidate would initiate at Texas A&M but should also include how these programs will contribute to the Departments goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion. The preferred format for uploaded documents include PDF, DOC or DOCX.  

Review of complete applications will begin on December 1, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. For further information contact Patricia Klein, Ph.D., Search Committee Chair, at pklein@tamu.edu or at 979.862.6308.

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.