Extension Specialist - Weed Scientist

Belle Mina, Alabama
Benefits include retirement, medical, dental, vision insurance, sick leave and more
October 10 2018
Other, Other
Position Type
Full Time
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Job Type

The Department of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences in the College of Agriculture at Auburn University is seeking applications for the position of Extension Specialist – Weed Scientist.  This position will be a twelve-month, non-tenure-track Extension Specialist based at the Tennessee Valley Research and Extension Center (TVREC) in Belle Mina, AL and will have a 75% extension and 25% research appointment.  The projected start date is February 1, 2019.

Responsibilities:  The successful candidate will be expected to develop and deliver a dynamic, impactful and innovative Extension program that focuses on weed management systems in soybean, corn, wheat, forages/pasture systems and rights-of-way.  This position will have state-wide responsibilities and will be based at the Tennessee Valley Research and Extension Center in Belle Mina, AL.  The successful candidate in this position would be expected to work closely and cooperatively with other weed scientists in the Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences, and agronomic Regional Extension Agents, as well as other scientists, and Extension Specialists.  The successful candidate will also be expected to be an active member of the Alabama Cooperative Extension Systems Agronomic Crops and Animal Science and Forages Program Priority Teams (PPT). This program will be proactive in regards to the science behind weed management systems and their impact on the clientele the individual in this position serves.  The candidates’ Extension program should focus on the economic and natural resources sustainability of weed management systems. 


Qualifications:  Minimum qualifications include an earned Ph.D. from an accredited institution in agronomy, crop science, soil science, plant physiology, or similar related fields at the time employment begins.  Documented evidence of individual and/or collaborative research in weed management resulting in peer-reviewed publications is required.  Candidates should be able to demonstrate the ability to work cooperatively with colleagues across disciplines and develop a collaborative research and Extension program.  The successful candidate must possess excellent written and interpersonal skills to effectively interact with diverse audiences.  The successful candidate must meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin and to continue working legally for the term of employment.  Desirable qualifications:  post graduate experience in cropping systems.

Application:  Applicants must apply for the position by visiting the link: http://aufacultypositions.peopleadmin.com/postings/3144  and attach the following:

  1.  Cover letter that addresses the experience pertinent to the responsibilities of the position
  2. Current curriculum vita
  3. Copies of ALL academic transcripts
  4. Statement of research interests and accomplishments
  5. Statement of Extension philosophy and/or accomplishments

    When prompted during the on-line process, please provide names, email addresses and phone numbers for three (3) professional references.  Only complete applications materials will be considered.  To ensure consideration for the position, applicants are encouraged to apply by end of business on November 30, 2018.  The search will continue until the position is filled.  Questions about this position should be directed to:  Dr. Dennis Delaney, Search Committee Chair, email:  delandp@auburn.edu

The University:  Auburn University is one of the nation’s premier public land-grant institutions. In 2019, it was ranked 52nd among public universities by U.S. News and World Report. Auburn maintains high levels of research activity and high standards for teaching excellence and impactful Extension programs.  Auburn University offers Bachelor’s, Master’s, Educational Specialist, and Doctor’s degrees in agriculture and engineering, the professions, and the arts and sciences. Its 2018 enrollment of 30,440 students includes 24,628 undergraduates and 5,812 graduate and professional students. Organized into twelve academic colleges and schools, Auburn’s 1,450 faculty members offer more than 200 educational programs. The University is nationally recognized for its commitment to academic excellence, its positive work environment, its student engagement, and its beautiful campus.

The Tennessee Valley research and Extension Center (TVREC) is located in Belle Mina, just north of the Tennessee River, a stone’s throw from Interstate 6.  The TVREC has the state’s highest concentration of corn and soybean production.