Assistant/Associate Professor in Plant Breeding and Genetics
Description of Work Unit
The Department of Soil and Crop Sciences is focused on education, research, and outreach to solve the world’s most pressing food production issues and crucial matters about Earth, its ecosystems, and their services. Our faculty and staff apply research-based solutions to benefit Colorado and the world. We offer academic programs to prepare students to address national and global crop production, sustainability, and environmental quality challenges such as waste management, water quality, and reclamation of drastically disturbed lands. There are numerous opportunities for students to be involved in cutting edge research related to global food production and ecosystem function and protection.
The Department of Soil and Crop Sciences at Colorado State University (CSU) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant/Associate Professor faculty position in plant breeding and genetics. This position is a 60% research, 30% teaching, and 10% service appointment on a 9-month contract.
We seek applications from dynamic and motivated scientists who have expertise in plant germplasm evaluation, enhancement, and utilization. Candidates are sought with demonstrated capacity to integrate next-generation technologies and large datasets with classical field- and laboratory-based plant improvement approaches in their research program. The successful applicant will be expected to build a nationally and internationally recognized research program that integrates modern and conventional methods to make genetic discoveries and improve germplasm for established or potential new crops in Colorado and the surrounding region. Potential research topics include, but are not limited to, genetic resources characterization and evaluation, pre-breeding, genetics of disease and insect resistance, crop quality traits, health promoting properties, and the integration of advanced breeding and genetic technologies with phenotypic selection.
Opportunities exist for collaborations with plant breeders and geneticists from CSU, local private-industry groups, and the USDA-ARS National Laboratory for Genetic Resource Preservation.
The successful candidate will teach an undergraduate level course in principles of genetics one semester each year and develop a graduate level course in the candidate’s area of expertise. Graduate student training and participation with undergraduate advising and recruiting are expected. Contributions toward outreach and service activities (e.g., interactions with commodity groups; presentations to the K-12 community; service to professional societies) are also required.
The Department of Soil and Crop Sciences at CSU is home to a distinguished group of internationally recognized faculty focused on research, teaching, and outreach in agricultural and environmental sciences. The department possesses notable strengths in environmental biogeochemistry, climate-smart agroecosystems, crop genetics, plant/soil microbiome research, and sustainability metrics, and seeks to bolster these thematic areas. Information regarding the department, programs and degrees can be viewed at http://soilcrop.agsci.colostate.edu/.
As a land grant University and as nationally recognized innovators, we are committed to the foundational principles of diversity and inclusion. We recognize that our institutional success depends on how well we welcome, value, and affirm all members of the community and how we represent diverse perspectives in our teaching, research, and service throughout all disciplines.
Colorado State University is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Background checks may include, but are not limited to, criminal history, national sex offender search and motor vehicle history.
Colorado State University, located in Fort Collins, Colorado, is situated on nearly 5,000 acres of land, including the main campus, a foothills campus, the Agricultural Research Development & Education Center, and a mountain campus. Colorado State University research and Cooperative Extension faculty also conduct programs at several off-campus research centers throughout the state. Fort Collins is an award-winning city located on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. Easy access to hiking, skiing, rafting and other outdoor sports is a great advantage to CSU students, faculty and staff. Read more about the university and community at the CSU Undergraduate Admissions Page at http://admissions.colostate.edu.
Conditions of Employment
Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)
Required Job Qualifications
- Ph.D. in field related to the study of plant breeding and genetics (completed by application deadline).
- Experience in plant germplasm enhancement or genetic resources evaluation.
- Experience with genomic technologies (including high-throughput DNA markers and large datasets) relevant to crop breeding and genetics.
- A strong record of scholarly achievement commensurate with experience.
- Effective communication skills, with an emphasis on presenting and disseminating research information.
Preferred Job Qualifications
- Demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students.
- Evidence of clear potential or previous success in obtaining competitive research grant funding.
- Post-doctoral (or equivalent) research experience.
- Evidence of capacity for successful collaboration and potential to manage multidisciplinary research and education projects.
- Desire and ability to advance the department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion through research, teaching and outreach with relevant programs, stakeholders, and activities.
Special Instructions to Applicants
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, to ensure full consideration applications should be submitted by January 1, 2018. The anticipated starting date for the position is August 16, 2018, but is negotiable.
Interested individuals must submit the following application materials on-line (1) a cover letter addressing required and preferred qualifications; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a statement of research background and interests (two pages maximum); (4) a statement of teaching experience and philosophy (two pages maximum); (5) PDF copies of up to three relevant publications; and (6) the contact information for three professional references whom we may contact at a future date by phone. References will not be contacted without prior notification to a candidate. Interested candidates may contact the Search Committee Chair Scott Haley (firstname.lastname@example.org) for questions about the position or Soil and Crop Sciences Office Manager Jeannie Roberts (email@example.com) for questions about the search process.
Background Check Policy Statement
Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.
Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.
The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.
The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Associate Vice President for Human Capital, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.
Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Search Contact Scott Haley, Scott.Haley@colostate.edu
Job Duty Category Research Duty/Responsibility
Build a nationally and internationally recognized research program that integrates modern and conventional methods to make genetic discoveries and improve germplasm for established or potential new crops in Colorado and the surrounding region.
Collaborate with other members of the department, college and university in research.
Percentage Of Time 60 Job Duty Category Teaching Duty/Responsibility
Teach an undergraduate level course in principles of genetics one semester each year and develop a graduate level course in the candidate’s area of expertise. Graduate student training and participation with undergraduate advising and recruiting are expected.
Percentage Of Time 30 Job Duty Category Service/Outreach Duty/Responsibility
Contributions toward outreach and service activities (e.g., interactions with commodity groups; presentations to the K-12 community; service to professional societies) are also required.