The Mid-Columbia Agricultural Research & Extension Center (MCAREC) invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 9-month, tenure-track Assistant/Associate Professor position.
The Assistant/Associate Professor – Tree Fruit Horticulturist position is at the Mid-Columbia Agricultural Research & Extension Center (MCAREC) located in Hood River, Oregon, central to a region known for its production of pears, cherries, apples and wine grapes.
Appointment at the Assistant Professor rank is anticipated; however, higher rank may be considered depending upon the qualifications of the successful candidate.
The academic home will be the Department of Horticulture. MCAREC contributes value to Oregon State University and to the local agricultural community through high quality research programs, outreach and engagement with stakeholders, including the agricultural industry, governmental and local organizations and the public through agricultural research and educational opportunities. The person in this position is expected to develop and implement collaborative and independent research focused primarily on fresh sweet cherry and pear production systems to enhance the efficiencies and competitiveness of Mid-Columbia growers. Research emphasis is to be placed on all aspects of orchard production systems. The research discoveries and impacts are to be communicated to peers, practitioners, and citizens.
Faculty in the College of Agricultural Sciences are committed to enhancing student success by engaging students in quality academic, research, internships, global studies, and other experiential learning opportunities. Positions with primary responsibility for extension and outreach are likewise committed to learner success through programming appropriate for diverse audiences.
Oregon State University's commitment to student success includes hiring, retaining, and developing diverse faculty to mentor and educate our undergraduate and graduate students from entry through graduation. Our Strategic Plan (https://leadership.oregonstate.edu/strategic-plan) articulates the strategies we believe critical to advancing and equalizing learner success. The College of Agricultural Sciences is likewise committed to success of all learners accessed through its extension and outreach programs (https://agsci.oregonstate.edu/our-plan).
Professorial faculty with an Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) appointment of 0.20 full-time equivalent (FTE) or greater are required to be an investigator for at least one NIFA Hatch collaborative or Hatch multistate project. Assignment to a NIFA Hatch project will occur within six months of start date.
Concurrent and after the startup funds are expended, the faculty member is expected to generate funds for summer salary and research and extension operations. These funds are to be acquired from gifts, competitive grants, contracts or commodity commission support.
Typically requires PhD or terminal degree (Masters for some Extension positions and MLS for Library positions), demonstrated ability to teach in a classroom Extension, or other setting, and develop a research program in the academic discipline/unit.
Ph.D. in horticulture or other relevant discipline must be earned by start date of employment.
Demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity and inclusion.
Experience in carrying out research in horticulture or a related field.
Demonstrated ability to provide solutions to constraints to agricultural production by identifying problems; conducting field research to address a problem; and communicating results to scientific or industry audiences.
Demonstrated ability to publish articles in leading refereed journals, extension publications, and industry magazines.
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as a team member with other scientists and/or other professionals or industry partners.
Demonstrated ability to connect, relate, and communicate clearly and effectively with industry stakeholders, both verbally and in writing.
Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions.
Must have or be able to obtain an Oregon Department of Agriculture Pesticide Consultant License within six months of employment and maintain it throughout employment.
For consideration at the Associate level the candidate must demonstrate evidence of experience in the areas of university-level research and scholarly work, competitively funded grant writing, and professional service at a level of performance that meets the Oregon State University (OSU) criteria for promotion to rank of Associate Professor.
This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a criminal history check and be determined to be position qualified as per OSU Standard 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in youth programs may have additional criminal history checks every 24 months.
This position requires driving a university vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the university; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a motor vehicle history check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver’s license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions as per University Policy 05-030.
Regular work schedule but may require some overnight travel.
Duties include work under field conditions including cold, heat, wet and dust.
Operate a motor vehicle to travel to research sites.
Additional Salary Information: Commensurate with training, education, and experience
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