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Auburn University Department of Horticulture, Assistant Professor – Specialty Crop Fruit Breeder - This Job Listing Expires: 11/30/2019


Department of Horticulture

Assistant Professor – Specialty Crop Fruit Breeder

The Department of Horticulture of the College of Agriculture at Auburn University is seeking
applications for the position of Assistant Professor – Specialty Crop Fruit Breeder. This position
will be a nine-month, tenure- track faculty position with a 70% research and 30% teaching
appointment. The projected start date is August 16, 2020.

Responsibilities: Research priorities for this position will include creation of breeding
systems utilizing both traditional and novel techniques in the field, greenhouse, and laboratory
that lead to the development and commercialization of new small fruit cultivars well suited for
conventional outdoor cultivation in the diverse Alabama microclimates or also suitable for indoor
or protected cultivation. Cultivars will target the high-value fresh market and potentially be
suitable for organic production systems. They will have superb nutritional value, organoleptic
properties, reliable cropping and resistance to pest/disease. Essential to this position
will be development of collaborative relationships with scientists, extension specialists
and grower collaborators in Alabama and also partners in the Southern Region Small
Fruit Consortium ( The individual will be expected to publish regularly
in peer-reviewed journals appropriate to the discipline and to compete successfully for external
funding to support their program. They will also be expected to mentor undergraduates
in short-term research projects suitable for presenting as posters at regional and
national scientific meetings. Further, they will train future plant breeders by directly advising
M.S. and Ph.D. students. The selected individual will have responsibility in both undergraduate and
graduate instruction. In particular, they will develop a new senior level undergraduate course in
plant breeding of specialty crops. They will also teach a graduate level course in plant
biotechnology. Both courses will be offered annually. Departmental, college, and university
committee service is expected.

Qualifications: Minimum qualifications include an earned Ph.D. from an accredited
institution in plant breeding/genetics or Ph.D. in horticulture or plant science with relevance
to plant breeding/genetics by the position start date. Ideally, the selected individual should have
a strong horticultural foundation particularly in temperate fruit crops. Documented evidence
of individual and/or collaborative research and/or teaching resulting in peer-reviewed
publications is required. The selected individual should be able to demonstrate the ability to work
cooperatively with colleagues across disciplines and develop a collaborative research program. The
selected individual must possess excellent written and interpersonal communication skills to
effectively interact with diverse audiences. The selected individual must meet eligibility
requirements to be gainfully employed in the United States at the time the appointment is
scheduled to begin and to continue working legally for the term of employment. Desired
qualifications: Knowledge and experience in the development of new commercial fruit
cultivars; successful competitive grant-writing experience; experience in developing new
and/or teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in plant breeding and biotechnology;
and advising students both at the graduate and undergraduate level.

Application: Applicants must apply for the position by visiting the link: and attach the following: 1) a
cover letter that addresses the experience pertinent to all of the responsibilities of the
position, 2) current curriculum vita, 3) copies of ALL academic transcripts, 4) a two to three page
statement of research interests and accomplishments, and 5) a one page statement of teaching
philosophy. When prompted during the on-line process, please provide names, phone numbers and email
addresses of three professional references. Only complete applications will be considered. To
ensure consideration for the position, applicants are encouraged to apply prior to or by end of
business on September 30, 2019, but we will accept applications until the position is filled.
Questions about the position should be directed to: Dr. Jay Spiers, Search Committee Chair, email:

The University: Auburn University is an R1: Doctoral University and one of the nation’s premier
land, sea and space grant institutions with an enrollment of 30,000 graduate and undergraduate
students. The University is

located in the city of Auburn in east-central Alabama approximately 100 miles southwest of Atlanta,
GA and southeast of Birmingham, AL and is about 60 miles northeast of the state capital
(Montgomery). Auburn has a highly ranked public school system, a vibrant economy and an excellent
quality of life. Auburn University is ranked in the top 50 public universities for its
undergraduate programs. Interested applicants are encouraged to visit for more

The Department: The Department of Horticulture was established in 1908. It is one of eight
academic departments in the College of Agriculture and is comprised of 16 faculty members. The
Dept. of Horticulture offers four undergraduate areas of specialization: landscape horticulture,
nursery and greenhouse science, fruit and vegetable production and pre-landscape architecture. It
is also the headquarters for the new agricultural science degree program. Graduate programs
include a Certificate in Public Horticulture, M.Ag.,

M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in horticulture. For more information concerning the department, please

Auburn University is an EEO/Vet/Disability Employer

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