Share this Job
Requisition ID:  8402

Professor Assistant Agronomy

Job Summary

The Agronomy Department of the College of Agriculture, Purdue University is seeking applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist in Corn Production position. This is a full time (9 month) tenure track position with an appointment of Extension, applied research and teaching at the graduate level. Summer salary will be available to support Extension efforts.  This position will address the needs of the state's corn-growing farmers that produce 5.2 million acres of corn with a value in excess of $3.5 billion dollars. The successful candidate will provide leadership for an innovative statewide Extension curriculum and research program that addresses important issues in corn production relevant throughout Indiana and the Midwestern U.S. This person will develop and disseminate science-based information to producers, technical service providers, and government agency personnel using information delivery technologies most appropriate for the intended audience. The appointee is expected to develop a vigorous, externally funded research and Extension program that supports graduate students and publishing in peer-reviewed scientific literature. The successful candidate should also have demonstrated abilities in classroom education. Teaching responsibilities include a graduate course in crop production that might encompass digital and precision technologies, translation of research to recommendations, crop diagnostics, or other pertinent topics. Service expectations include participation in appropriate professional organizations and on departmental/college/University committees.

The Department

The Agronomy Department is a diverse department of 31 faculty, 70 graduate students, and 171 undergraduate students (https://ag.purdue.edu/Agry/Pages/default.aspx). Eight faculty in the department have significant Extension appointments and work closely with several colleagues across the College of Agriculture to conduct research and deliver Extension programming to farmers and their advisors. Purdue University offers excellent facilities for research and Extension programming, including the Agronomy Center for Research and Education (https://ag.purdue.edu/agry/acre/Pages/default.aspx), a state-wide network of Purdue Agriculture Centers (https://ag.purdue.edu/arge/pac/Pages/default.aspx), and Cooperative Extension Offices (https://extension.purdue.edu/) in most of our 92 counties.

The College

The 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 and ranked sixth in the US in the 2019 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 do.  The College has 11 academic departments and includes 300 faculty, 2841 undergraduate students, and 740 graduate students. The College's strategic plan can be accessed at https://ag.purdue.edu/plan/Pages/default.aspx.


Successful candidates must have a Ph.D. in Agronomy, Crop Science, Soil Science, or closely related discipline. A commitment to excellence in solving agronomic issues through research and encouraging adoption of solutions through communication and interaction with agricultural and community stakeholders. Excellent written and oral communication skills are essential and candidates should be able to demonstrate good teaching skills.

Application Instructions

Interested applicants must submit an application packet that outlines their Extension and research interests, professional goals, complete curriculum vitae that includes a summary of academic and other professional experiences, and the names and contact information for three references. All materials must be combined into one pdf and submitted electronically via this site https://careers.purdue.edu/go/West-Lafayette-Faculty/7721600 . Review of applications will begin on January 6, 2020 and continue until a suitable candidate is identified. Address questions to Dr. Jim Camberato at jcambera@purdue.edu. 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 their cover letter, indicating their experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion. Purdue is an ADVANCE institution - https://www.purdue.edu/advance-purdue/.

Equal Opportunity

Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.