TITLE: Assistant Professor of Plant and Soil Sciences, Regular Title Series
RESPONSIBILITIES: This is a tenure eligible position with a 12-month appointment and approximately 70% research, 25% teaching, and 5% service responsibilities. The annual DOE will be aligned with this colleague’s strengths and college/department needs. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2023.
Research: Our new colleague will develop an interdisciplinary, innovative research program in soil microbiology/microbial ecology. Scholars whose interests include the following are encouraged to apply: the importance of soil microbes in providing ecosystem/critical zone services, the microbiome and soil health, microbial biodiversity-function relationships, plant-soil-microbe relationships, impact of climate change on soil microbial communities, coupling microbial and biogeochemical models, soil microbial impact on the hydrologic cycle, and/or the role of microbes in remediation of contaminated soils. Scientists whose skillset incorporates state-of-the art approaches, such as molecular, spectroscopic, genomics, bioinformatics, and/or high-resolution imagery, as well as more traditional soil microbial and nutrient cycling techniques (especially those related to soil nitrogen cycling and soil health assessment) are encouraged to apply.
Teaching: This faculty member will contribute to the growing Agricultural Ecosystem Sciences and Natural Resources and Environmental Science undergraduate degree programs. Teaching will include a course in soil microbiology plus courses in other soil microbiome-related topics. The incumbent will also mentor MS and PhD students in the Integrated Plant & Soil Sciences graduate degree program.
Service: As a land-grant university, service to department, college, university, professional society, and/or society at large is expected.
QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must have an earned doctorate in microbiology, ecology, soil science, biogeochemistry, or a related field, with a focus on soil microbiology/microbial ecology. Post-doctoral experience is desirable. Evidence of strong written and oral communication skills is required. It is expected that the incumbent will obtain extramural funding to support a vigorous research program.
RANK AND SALARY: The rank of this position is at the Assistant Professor level. Salary is negotiable and is commensurate with training and experience. Employment at UK is subject to fund availability and comes with diverse rewards, focusing on total well-being and career development, with leadership striving to provide a strong work-life integration. The university generously contributes to employees’ retirement plans, medical coverage, and life insurance. In addition, UK offers optional benefits such as dental and vision insurance, additional retirement plans and much more. Further information about benefits provided to faculty by the University of Kentucky is posted on the following website www.uky.edu/HR/benefits/.
THE ENVIRONMENT: The College of Agriculture, Food and Environment (CAFE) is fulfilling the land-grant promise of educational excellence, civic leadership, transformational research, and shared knowledge serving the common good. We serve the people of the Commonwealth and across the world through education, outreach, service, and research by finding solutions to improve lives today and create a sustainable future. We integrate teaching, research, and extension in our work. We recruit, retain, and graduate students who are competent, responsible, and workforce ready. For more than 130 years, CAFE has provided research results to the community. From traditional labs and research farms to high-tech diagnostic and research centers, we offer science-based, practical solutions that affect the everyday lives of Kentuckians and people around the world. Our Cooperative Extension programs are engaged in Kentucky’s 120 counties, identifying and addressing needs not only in agriculture and natural resources, but also 4-H and youth development, family and consumer sciences, as well as community & economic development. We create a welcoming and inclusive environment that allows our faculty, staff, and students to reach their highest potential. We recognize people with diverse backgrounds and experiences are essential to decision making, problem solving, and innovation each and every day.
The University of Kentucky is a university with approximately 23,000 undergraduate and 7,000 graduate students. UK is Kentucky’s flagship university and a land grant institution. We have a university commitment to improve the lives of Kentuckians and beyond and that is why environmental stewardship and sustainability are core parts of our institution’s legacy. We are recognized as a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, a Gold level Bicycle Friendly University by The League of American Bicyclists, and are recognized as a STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System) Silver Rating by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. The university is geographically near downtown Lexington, which offers the vibrancy of an urban location while being in close proximity to working landscapes and recognized wilderness areas. It is a thriving community of 300,000+ with a strong commitment to quality of life, education, and the arts. Lexington is in the Bluegrass Region, an internationally acclaimed cultural landscape and agricultural region.
QUESTIONS AND/OR NOMINATIONS TO:
Dr. Dave McNear, Jr.
Chair, Search Committee
N-122S Ag. Science North
1100 Nicholasville Rd.
University of Kentucky
Lexington KY 40546-0091
APPLICATION: Completed applications should include the following: a cover letter, resume, statements of research and teaching interests, and a diversity, equity, and inclusion statement. In addition, names and contact information of three individuals from whom letters may be requested should be included in the application packet. Applications should be submitted by November 18, 2022, for full consideration while the position will remain open until filled. Please use the University of Kentucky’s electronic application process to apply. In your uploaded document please begin with a cover letter that outlines your approach to the position’s qualifications, responsibilities, and vision for innovative and impactful programs that address existing and emerging issues for a diverse and inclusive community, followed by the name, address, email, and phone number for three references, and conclude with career curriculum vita and relevant statements.
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