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


Department of Horticulture

Assistant Professor – Specialty Crop Physiologist

The College of Agriculture’s Department of Horticulture at Auburn University is seeking
applications for the position of Assistant Professor – Specialty Crop Physiologist. This position
will be a nine-month, tenure-track faculty position with a 75% research and 25% teaching
appointment. The projected start date is August 16, 2020.

Responsibilities: Research priorities for this position will focus on the challenges and
opportunities for production of fruit crops in protected environments (e.g., indoor, greenhouse,
high-tunnel, etc.) but can also support out-of-door production systems as time and resources
permit. Essential to this position will be development of collaborative relationships
with scientists, extension specialists and grower collaborators in Alabama, partners in the
Southern Region Small Fruit Consortium ( and across the nation. The
successful candidate 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. The candidate will also be expected to mentor undergraduates in short-term research
projects suitable for presenting as posters at regional and national scientific meetings.
Further, the candidate will train future crop physiologists by directly advising M.S. and Ph.D.
students. The selected individual will have responsibility in both undergraduate and graduate
instruction. Annually, they will teach an undergraduate course in plant growth and development. In
alternating years, the candidate will teach one of two graduate courses in advanced growth and
development and environmental stress physiology, respectively. Departmental, college, and
university committee service is expected.

Qualifications: Minimum qualifications include an earned Ph.D. from an accredited institution in
Horticulture or closely related plant science discipline with an emphasis on plant physiology by
the position start date. Ideally, the selected individual should have a strong horticultural
foundation with knowledge and background in specialty crops (e.g., temperate fruits).
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 candidate 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 growth, development and physiology of
specialty crops; Successful competitive grant-writing experience; Experience in developing new
and/or teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in plant growth, development and
physiology; 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, accomplishments, and future research ideas, 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 the search will continue until the position is
filled. Questions concerning the advertised position should be directed to: Dr. Elina Coneva,
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 information.

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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