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Irrigation Engineer
Assistant Professor, Tenure-track Faculty Appointment


Nature of Position: This position is an 11-month,tenure-track appointment in Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering (BAE), with Research (75%) and Teaching (25%) responsibilities in irrigation systems and water management and is expected to begin on or before June 30th, 2023.

The faculty member will be expected to develop and sustain a nationally recognized, externally funded, research program in irrigation design and technology development. Areas of research may include precision irrigation, remote sensing, water balance of soil-crop systems, and integrated water management that helps mitigate challenges in surface and groundwater availability, water quality, and use of wastewater. Other areas of research emphasis can include smart irrigation systems and systems analysis, simulation and modeling to promote water use, sensor development and application, and energy efficiency.

Close collaboration is also expected with faculty in BAE and other departments in the Ferguson College of Agriculture and the College of Engineering, Architecture & Technology, the Oklahoma Water Resources Center, OSU Extension, and other units of the University, as well as regional, state, and federal organizations such as the Oklahoma USDA-NRCS, USDA-ARS Grazinglands Research Laboratory, Oklahoma Water Resources Board, Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, and Oklahoma Conservation Commission.

Teaching responsibilities include graduate and undergraduate courses within the Biosystems Engineering (ABET accredited) and the Agricultural Systems Technology degree curricula in the areas of agricultural water management, irrigation and drainage, and precision irrigation. Updating and implementing innovative teaching methods/materials and advising and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students are also expected.

Qualifications: Required: Earned PhD degree in Biosystems Engineering, Agricultural Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, or a closely related discipline. Demonstrated ability to attract external funding, publish peer- reviewed materials, and provide instruction to a wide variety of audiences. Candidates must be proficient in English, possessing effective verbal, written, and multimedia communication skills. Willingness to travel and a demonstrated ability to work collaboratively on interdisciplinary teams.
Preferred: Current, or the ability to obtain, Professional Engineering registration.

Conditions: Full-time, 11-month, tenure-track appointment at the title of Assistant Professor. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications. This position is contingent on the availability of funding.

Application Process: Application packets should contain the following documents: a cover letter (2-page max), current CV, statement of research interests (2-page max), teaching philosophy (1 page), collegiate transcripts, and a list of at least four professional references with contact information. To view the full job ad and apply, applications must be submitted online at: and search for req12670. To learn more about the department visit:

Inquiries or questions only regarding this position may be directed to Dr. Mari Chinn, Professor and Head ( or Dr. Randy Taylor, Search Committee Chair, ( at (405) 744-5431.

Application Deadline: Screening of applications will begin December1st, 2022; and accepted until position is filled.

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