Soil Biogeochemistry and Ecological Sustainability Assistant Professor - UM

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Soil Biogeochemistry and Ecological Sustainability Assistant Professor - UM

Assistant Professor of Soil Biogeochemistry and Ecological Sustainability - University of Missouri
University of Missouri
College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
Columbia, Missouri
Responsibilities: This is a joint tenure-track position in the School of Natural Resources ( in partnership with College of Engineering (Department of Biomedical, Biological & Chemical Engineering) at the University of Missouri (MU). The successful candidate will develop an exciting and high-impact, nationally/internationally recognized, externally-funded research program that complements institutional strengths in soil biogeochemistry and ecological sustainability.Thisposition will allow MU to betteroccupy a place among a select group of universities that boast a truly integrated and multidisciplinary approach to teaching, research, and actionable scholarship in the fields of sustainable agriculture and environmental quality.  The position will strengthen growing education programs, collaborate with other established MU research centers to garner major grants, form innovative new partnerships with private and public partners, and contribute greatly toward improving grant and publication metrics considered in the Association of American Universities’ (AAU) rankings. Teaching may include undergraduate courses in introduction to environmental science, soil biogeochemistry, ecosystem ecology, and pollutant fate and transport in collaboration with the College of Engineering. This position will complement and collaborate with faculty in: the School of Natural Resources; the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) (e.g., Plant Sciences, Biochemistry); Collegeof Engineering (Bioengineering,Civil and Environmental Engineering) and other colleges and departments across the MU campus (e.g., Biology, Geology, Veterinary Pathology).  Collaborative efforts will also be developed with the MU Soil Health Assessment Center,the CAFNR Center for Watershed Management and Water Quality, MU Water Center, MU Metagenomics Center, MU Center for Agroforestry, the Interdisciplinary Plant Group (IPG) and with federal scientists employed by the USDA-Agricultural Research Service’s Cropping Systems and Water Quality Research Unit and U.S. Forest Service Unit housed on the MU campus.
Qualifications: Soil Science or a closely related discipline. Preferred qualifications include:a strong background in soil healthand measurement of soil health indicators;demonstrated ability to integrate soil biological, chemical, and physical indicators of soil health with landscape properties;experience with analytical procedures;experience using metagenomic, metatranscriptomic, and/or metabolomic approaches for studying soil microbiota; postdoctoral experience;a strong record of impactful peer-reviewed publications;teaching experience and training; and a level of grantsmanship that reflects high productivity relative to theapplicant’s career stage. The area of expertise should complement existing institutional strengths in contemporary soil and environmental sciences. The candidate should have a demonstrated interest in working with state and federal agenciesand other private and public stakeholders. Female and minority applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.
Application: To apply for this position, please visit the MU web site at Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, narrative of teaching philosophy(approximately 2 pages), narrative of current and future research interests(approximately 2 pages), and the names and contact information of three references.  Review of applications will begin on May1, 2019and will continue until the position is filled. For additional information about theposition, please contact Dr. Stephen Anderson, Chair of the Search Committee( AndersonS [-at-] ).
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Posted: April 8, 2019.