Assistant Professor of Plant Resilience

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Department of Horticulture, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI
Salary commensurate with experience.
July 19 2019
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Full Time
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The Department of Horticulture is accepting applications for a new tenure track position at the Assistant Professor level in Plant Resilience. We are looking for a dynamic individual to develop innovative solutions to current and emerging challenges that constrain horticultural crop production. The successful candidate will be expected to develop an internationally-recognized research program that serves as a bridge between basic science and production agriculture, with an emphasis on horticultural crops such as fruits, vegetables, and ornamentals. We expect that this research will draw upon the fundamental principles of plant physiology to address challenges related to environmental stress. Research on the application of whole plant physiology to production settings is expected.

The incumbent will be expected to develop and teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate level, as well as contribute to other courses in their area of expertise. Collaboration with peers in disciplines such as horticulture, agronomy, plant pathology, biochemistry, and botany is expected. The incumbent will successfully compete for external funding on a state, regional, and national basis. Additional responsibilities include mentoring undergraduate and graduate students as well as service at the department, university, and community levels.

A PhD in plant physiology, a plant science discipline, or a related field is required. Candidates must have a strong disciplinary foundation in plant physiology; effective oral and written communication skills; demonstrated ability to design and conduct innovative research supporting advances in crop production and environmental stress tolerance; and a strong record of publishing in peer-reviewed journals. Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated success in attracting extramural funding and documented teaching experience. A minimum of one year post-doctoral experience is required.

Wisconsin has a diverse agricultural industry representing fruit, vegetable, ornamental and grain crops. The University of Wisconsin-Madison has broad strength in a wide range of disciplines related to plant biology, including plant breeding, molecular and cellular biology, plant pathology, plant physiology, agroecology, and production agriculture. In addition to state-of-the art greenhouses, the campus has an advanced controlled-environment facility, the Biotron, available for controlled environment and physiological research. The recently opened Wisconsin Crop Innovation Center is a one of a kind public biotechnology service and research center that has the capacity to generate and grow thousands of transformed and gene edited plants per year. The University of Wisconsin-Madison also has a number of research stations with excellent land for field-based research.

The UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences is committed to maintaining and growing a culture that embraces diversity, inclusion, and equity, believing that these values are foundational elements of our excellence and fundamental components of a positive and enriching learning and working environment for all students, faculty, and staff. Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinions enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals. The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world. UW-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

Application materials should include the following: 1) Cover letter; 2) a Curriculum vitae; and 3) one PDF document that includes statements of research and teaching interests. In addition, applicants will be asked to provide the names and contact information of three references who will be asked to provide a letter of recommendation. Applications received by September 15, 2019, will be assured full consideration. Applicants should apply to PVL #98901 via Jobs@UW (  See full job announcement and application instructions at

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