The Department of Plant of Plant and Soil Sciences in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Mississippi State University is seeking applicants for an Assistant Research Professor in plant stress physiology. This position will be a 12-month non-tenure track, 100% research appointment. The incumbent will work in concert with faculty and staff from the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences as well as others to develop advanced data management systems and bioinformatic tools using unmanned aerial systems/vehicles (UAS/UAV) to enhance crop production.
Essential duties and responsibilities:
The overarching goal of this position is to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team to develop advanced UAS/UAV systems for data management and bioinformatics that integrate genetics by environment by management data into precision crop management. Specific goals of this position are as follows: 1) develop best practices for collecting imagery and data using UAS/UAV to detect plant stress and/or soil health; 2) develop algorithms that automate UAV image processing to detect plant stress and/or soil health; and 3) develop decision support tools that incorporate imagery in order to optimize productivity and sustainability within Mid-South agricultural production systems. The successful candidate will work closely with faculty and staff in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, the United States Department of Agriculture – Agriculture Research Service, and the Geosystems Research Institute at Mississippi State University as well as others to meet these objectives. Regional and multi-state collaboration on research projects is expected as well as the ability to garner extramural funding to support research efforts. Instructional responsibilities include active participation in supervising and training graduate students. Demonstrated publication experience in refereed journals is critical. Service to the department, college, university as well as professional societies is expected.
Earned Ph.D. in plant physiology or closely related field (ABD’s will be considered). A strong row crop background and familiarity with modern agricultural production practices is preferred. Knowledge of UAS/UAV’s is very desirable. Applicant must have excellent written and oral communication skills. Demonstrated ability of organizational and leadership skills are important as well as the willingness to address issues in a team environment.
About Mississippi State University
Mississippi State University is Mississippi's senior comprehensive land-grant institution and has the largest on-campus enrollment (>22,000) of the eight state institutions of higher learning. All components of the university have a strong commitment to teaching, research, and service. The Department of Plant and Soil Sciences has 31 on- and 26 off-campus faculty members engaged in teaching, research, and extension and/or service programs, most of who carry joint appointments. The programs are supported by state-of-the-art laboratories, equipment, and trained support and professional staff. The department offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Agronomy, Horticulture, or Environmental Sciences in Agricultural Systems, with Master's or Doctoral graduate students concentrating in Agronomy, Horticulture, or Weed Science.