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Assistant Professor of Agroecology

Purdue University
Lafayette, Indiana, US
Closing date
Jan 17, 2022

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
Salary Type
Employment Type
Full time
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J ob Summary
The Agronomy Department of the College of Agriculture, Purdue
University, seeks applications for a tenure-track Assistant

This is a full-time
(9 month), tenure-track position with an appointment in research
and teaching.

We are looking for candidates with strong
quantitative skills to provide campus-wide leadership in addressing
system-level knowledge gaps in: regenerative/sustainable
agriculture, agriculture's role in climate change mitigation and
adaptation, and interactions between genetic traits, management,
and the environment that impact agricultural resilience and
sustainability. Disciplinary knowledge of ecology is required. We
expect the candidate to build a nationally and internationally
recognized research program at the nexus of soil, crop, ecological,
geospatial, data, and/or computational sciences. The successful
candidate will have foundational skills in manipulating large,
spatio-temporal datasets and in measurement and monitoring
techniques and technologies for ecosystem service quantification.
Program products are expected to generate new knowledge in support
of Extension efforts to develop and disseminate educational
materials on agronomic aspects of natural capital markets (e.g.,
carbon markets) and, in collaboration with other disciplines,
support decision-making on ecosystem service valuation at
field-to-landscape scales.
Demonstrated experience or
documentation illustrating potential and interest in working with
diverse, multi-disciplinary teams is required.

The successful candidate should also have demonstrated
capabilities in teaching and learning using modern modalities.
Teaching responsibilities include an intermediate undergraduate and
a graduate course
on: advanced concepts and theory in
agroecology, applications of ecological theory to
agro-environmental systems, and/or using data-intensive approaches
to assessment or monitoring of agro-ecological phenomenon linked to
the practice of agriculture at-scale.
Service expectations
include participation in appropriate professional organizations and
departmental/college/university committees.

The Department
The Agronomy Department is a diverse department of 30 faculty,
60 graduate students, and 160 undergraduate students (
Purdue University offers excellent research facilities, including
the Agronomy Center for Research and Education (,
a state-wide network of Purdue Agriculture Centers (,
and Cooperative Extension Offices (
in most of our 92 counties.
Faculty and staff of the
department also have access to world-class high-performance
clusters at Purdue to support research efforts (
The College
The Agronomy Department
is an integral part of the College
of Agriculture, one of the world's leading colleges of
agricultural, food, life, and natural resource sciences. The
College boasts 3 World Food Prize laureates and is ranked seventh
in the US in the 2021 QS World University Rankings. The College is
deeply committed to the three land-grant missions (teaching,
research, and extension), to international activities and
perspectives that span all missions, and to excellence in all we

The College has 11 academic departments and includes
285 faculty, 2791 undergraduate students, and 769 graduate
students. The College's current strategic plan can be accessed
Successful candidates must have a Ph.D. in Ecology, Agroecology,
Ecophysiology, Agronomy, Soil or Crop Sciences or a closely related
discipline; post-doctoral experience is preferred. Other areas of
expertise may include but are not limited to statistics,
computer/data sciences, climatology, bio-geochemical cycling,
microbiology, biodiversity and soil health.
We seek a
candidate with a commitment to diversity and creating an inclusive,
multi-cultural environment to educate and mentor undergraduate and
graduate students.
Demonstrated written and oral communication
skills are essential. Previous teaching experience is
Application Instructions
Interested applicants must submit an application packet that
includes: 1) an application cover letter, 2) a statement of
research goals and objectives in this position (two pages maximum),
3) a statement of teaching philosophy (two pages maximum), 4)
curriculum vitae that include a complete publication list, 5) a
statement on how they will advance diversity and inclusion (two
pages maximum,
see details below), and 6) the names and
contact information for at least three professional
All materials must be combined into one pdf and
submitted electronically. The application review will begin on
February 7, 2022, and continue until a suitable candidate is
Questions may be directed to Melinda Smith
( A background check will be required for
employment in this position.

Purdue University's Department of Agronomy is committed to
advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including
discovery, instruction, and engagement. Candidates should address
at least one of these areas in a separate Diversity and Inclusion
Statement, indicating their past experiences, current interests or
activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values
diversity and inclusion. Purdue is an ADVANCE institution
Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals,
including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and
veterans are encouraged to apply. The Chronicle of Higher Education. Keywords: Assistant Professor, Location: West Lafayette, IN - 47907
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