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Iowa State University Department of Horticulture Assistant Professor – Fruit Crops - This Job Listing Expires: 07/01/2020


Department of Horticulture

Assistant Professor – Fruit Crops

The Department of Horticulture in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State
University in Ames, Iowa is seeking applications for the position of Assistant Professor – Fruit
Crops. This position is a 12-month, tenure track faculty position with a 60% Extension/Outreach,
25% teaching, and 15% research appointment with a projected start date of July 1, 2020.

The successful candidate will lead an integrated Extension and applied research program to assist
Iowa fruit growers (primarily grape, apple, and berry crops) and their commercial businesses become
more economically viable and environmentally sensible – more sustainable. The candidate will work
and collaborate with allied food crop specialists at Iowa State University, industry partners, and
stakeholder groups and develop a strong Extension education program and an externally funded,
applied research effort that demonstrates intellectual curiosity and leadership in commercial fruit
production, management and postharvest, food safety crop considerations. The candidate should
demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills, knowledge and abilities to work with diverse
stakeholders. It is expected that the candidate will further Iowa State University’s goal of
supporting diversity and inclusion, both within and outside the university community. Additionally,
the faculty member will be responsible for advising and mentoring graduate students (M.S. and
Ph.D.) and teaching or co-teaching three undergraduate courses; HORT 276 – Grape and Wine Science
and HORT 461 – Fruit and Nut Crop Production and Management offered spring semester in alternating
years, and HORT 476 – Postharvest Technology offered fall semester in odd-numbered years. Service
to the department, college, and university is also expected.

Department Summary

The Department of Horticulture (, administered by the College of
Agriculture and Life Sciences, has a long and distinguished history of excellence in teaching,
research, and Extension/Outreach on the Iowa State University campus. In fact, the first courses
in horticulture were taught in 1869 and the first B.S. degree in horticulture was awarded in 1904.
Today, 23 faculty teach and mentor over 250 undergraduate students with majors in Horticulture and
Global Resource Systems. Our graduate program includes both M.S. and Ph.D. options in
Horticulture. Our research enterprise is aided by state-of-the-art controlled environment
facilities (growth chambers and a new (2011) greenhouse adjacent to Horticulture Hall), and a
239-acre research and demonstration farm (ISU Horticulture Research Station) with established
vineyards, orchards, and high tunnels approximately six miles north of Ames.

Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research
University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), ranked by U.S.
News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. Over 33,000 students
are enrolled and served by over

6,200 faculty and staff. Ames is a progressive community of over 60,000 residents, located 30
minutes north of Des Moines, and was recently voted second best most livable small city in the

Required Qualifications

1. Ph.D. in Horticulture or related discipline at time of hire.

2. Relevant knowledge in horticulture and experience working with commercial fruit crop

3. Demonstrated skills and ability to effectively communicate (oral, written, electronic and
visual) with private and public stakeholders.

Preferred Qualifications:

1. Demonstrated ability and experience in developing and delivering Extension programming to a
broad array of horticultural audiences, including grower groups, media outlets, plant scientists
and other researchers and lay audiences.

2. Demonstrated experience with relevant commercial and temperate fruit crops (grapes, apples,
and berry crops) and their production systems; food safety programs, postharvest handling of fruit

3. Demonstrated success with securing external grants/contracts.

4. Experience in teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students.

Salary and Special Conditions

Salary is competitive and accompanied by an excellent benefits package.

All offers of employment, oral and written, are contingent upon the university’s verification of
credentials, other information required by state and federal law, ISU policies and procedures, and
the completion of a background check.

A complete application will include:

1. Curriculum vitae

2. Letter of application that includes a statement of extension/teaching/research interests,
experience, and professional goals relevant to this position.

3. One- to two-page document describing experience with the creation and delivery of extension
programming, experience with fruit production systems, food safety programs, and postharvest
handling of fruit crops.

4. Contact information of three to five professional references (including telephone numbers and
e-mail addresses).

5. Official transcripts from all relevant universities attended.

For questions regarding this position announcement, please contact Dr. Jeff Iles, Professor and
Chair, Department of Horticulture ( or 515-294-3718.

Iowa State University is an Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive
consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation,
gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected
veteran status, and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Director
of Equal Opportunity, 3350 Beardshear Hall, (515) 294-7612.

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