Associate/Professor of Soil or Environmental Science at NMSU

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 14:45

Associate/Professor of Soil or Environmental Science

Position Summary:  The candidate will join plant, soil and environmental scientists in a multidisciplinary department that teaches courses in support of BS, MS, and PhD degree programs. Teaching and advising at the graduate level must be viewed as a vital career component. Teaching a course in field research methods and an additional course in the candidate’s specialty will be part of the responsibility for the successful candidate. Research conducted in arid and semiarid ecosystems should include interdisciplinary approaches to study the current, past, and future links between soils and life in the critical zone with applications to land and water resources. The successful candidate is expected to collaborate with researchers in- and outside the department and college to achieve teaching and research goals as well as contribute to guiding the Jornada Basin Long Term Ecological Research Program funded by the National Science Foundation. The successful candidate must develop an externally funded research program and effectively communicate research findings by publishing in refereed journals.

Required Qualifications:  Ph.D. in Soil Science, Ecology, Geoscience, Agronomy or closely related discipline is required. Evidence of obtaining external funding for and conducting landscape-scale research in arid and semiarid ecosystems is required. Research on the role of plants, soil processes, water, and geomorphology in ecosystem dynamics is desirable. The desire and ability to collaborate with other scientists in a multidisciplinary setting is necessary.

General Information of Campus and Unit: 

The Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences consists of 30 faculty members, and supports undergraduate majors in Environmental Science, Soil Science, Genetics, Horticulture, Agronomy, and Turfgrass Science and Management. The department has approximately 150 undergraduate and 50 graduate students (MS and PhD). Areas of research emphasis within the department include agronomy, climate science, horticulture, plant genetic improvement, plant molecular biology, plant physiology, environmental science, soil science, and renewable energy.

Research opportunities exist at 10 Agriculture Science Centers located around the state. Access is available to core facilities for electron and atomic force microscopy. Opportunities exist to participate in NIH-, NSF- and HHMI-sponsored student training programs. Additionally, faculty at NMSU actively collaborate with colleagues at Los Alamos National Laboratories, Sandia National Laboratories, White Sands Missile Range, Texas A & M Research and Extension Center in El Paso, TX, USDA-ARS Jornada Experimental Range, and numerous other federal and state agencies.

The NSF-funded Jornada LTER program is an interdisciplinary team of investigators from seven major universities and three federal agencies conducting research at the USDA Jornada Experimental Range and the NMSU Chihuahuan Desert Rangeland Research Center near Las Cruces, NM. The goals of the Jornada LTER are to understand and quantify the mechanisms that generate alternative natural and human-dominated states in dryland ecosystems, and to predict future states and their consequences for the provisioning of ecosystem services.

New Mexico State University is a comprehensive land-grant institution of higher learning accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Universities. An active research university, NMSU anchors the southern end of New Mexico’s Rio Grande Research Corridor, exceeding $140 million in research and public service expenditures. NMSU is classified as a Hispanic-serving institution by the federal government with a total minority enrollment over 48%. Home to the state’s NASA Space Grant Program, NMSU is located in Las Cruces, which features desert mesas, the farmlands of the Rio Grande Valley, and the Organ Mountains, an extension of the Rocky Mountain chain. The University is committed to building a cultural diverse educational environment.

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New Mexico State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer; Minorities, Females, Veterans, and those with a Disability are encouraged to apply.

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