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Assistant/Associate Professor – Soil Fertility

The Department of Plant and Soil Sciences in the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at Oklahoma State University invites applications for the position of Assistant/Associate Professor of Soil Fertility. This position is an 11-month, tenure-track position located on the main campus in Stillwater and includes 75% Research and 25% Teaching responsibilities. The successful candidate is expected to establish an externally funded, nationally and internationally recognized research and teaching program in the area of soil fertility. Interdisciplinary research and collaboration are expected.

Potential research emphasis areas include soil-plant nutrient cycling and environmental quality in cropland ecosystems; development of methods that help improve nutrient use efficiency, economic returns for stakeholders, and long-term agronomic sustainability of cropping systems; development and use of non-destructive technologies to determine crop nutrient requirements; strategies to support soil health and function in cropland. Research expectations include oversight of long-term soil fertility trials and data sets. Long terms studies include the Magruder Plots (established 1892), four continuous winter wheat N-P-K studies established between 1965 and 1971, and a N-P-K cotton study established in 1971.  Opportunities exist to collaborate and explore long-term data through new Division-wide efforts focused on precision agriculture and data sciences. The successful applicant would be expected to work in winter wheat cropping systems along with efforts in crops such as corn, cotton, grain sorghum, soybean, and forages.

Teaching responsibilities include two courses at the undergraduate or graduate level in the fields of soil nutrient cycling and environmental quality, soil nutrient management, or other topics such as soil health. Teaching responsibilities may be adjusted based on faculty expertise and departmental priorities as identified in the program curriculum map. Advising and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students is expected.

The Department of Plant and Soil Sciences includes a diverse group of 25 faculty along with support staff, postdocs, and graduate and undergraduate students who are dedicated to the Land Grant mission through research, teaching, and extension. Our faculty pride themselves on collegiality and are focused on ensuring the success of our students, faculty, and stakeholders. More information can be found on our website, Twitter: @OSUplantsoilsci or Facebook: @osu.pass


* Minimum qualifications include:
* PhD in soil science or closely related field at the time of appointment with major emphasis on soil fertility
* Effective communication skills with the ability to effectively communicate to scientific and non-scientific audiences orally and in writing
* Commitment to working effectively and collaboratively with faculty in Plant and Soil Sciences and across the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
* Ability to identify and aggressively pursue external funding for research and teaching efforts
* Dedication to undergraduate and graduate education and a commitment to quality instruction
* Demonstrated ability to publish research findings in peer-reviewed journals

Preferred qualifications include:
* Previous experience and evidence of skill in teaching and student mentoring
* Evidence of ability to secure external funding from competitive national funding sources

Commensurate with qualifications.


This is an 11-month tenure track faculty position. The position will be filled July 2023, or as soon thereafter as an acceptable applicant is available. While applications will be accepted until a successful candidate has been identified, interested parties are encouraged to submit their information by December 16, 2022.

For more information about this position, contact Dr. Wade Thomason Department Head at 405.744.6130, or Dr. Brian Arnall, Professor and Search and Screen Committee Chair, at 405.744.1722, 

Submit application materials to: (Search by keyword: req12467).
* A letter of application that includes qualifications, associated research and teaching activities, and vision for the position.
* A separate statement of research interests and philosophy
* A separate teaching philosophy statement
* A copy of transcripts
* A listing of three references, with telephone number and e-mail address, for those who may be contacted for additional information.

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