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Assistant Professor of Cooperative Extension in Soil Heath

University of California, Davis
Davis, California
Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Aug 28, 2022

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Physical Sciences, Geology/Soil Science/Geography, Other Earth Science
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The Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, internationally recognized as a premier center of excellence in research, teaching, and extension, is seeking applications for a Professor in Cooperative Extension (CE) to join the faculty at the Assistant rank in the field of Soil Health. The mission of the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources is to develop and disseminate comprehensive basic and applied knowledge regarding all aspects of soil, water, and air involving managed and natural ecosystems. A Professor of CE is being recruited to conduct original applied research resulting in information that can be applied to diagnose soil health and identify sustainable and cost-effective management practices to improve soil health in diverse cropping systems, climates and soils, and to develop an extension education and outreach program that extends information to various clientele (e.g., growers, ranchers, county-based CE academics, federal and state agencies, non-governmental organizations, land managers, and technical service providers) including under-represented groups. The successful candidate will bring visibility and leadership to campus- and county-based CE academics and other researchers and educators involved in the study of soil management in agricultural (perennial and annual) and rangeland ecosystems. Research and extension outreach activities will be closely integrated with UC Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR), including county-based CE academics and clientele as well as campus-based CE and ladder rank faculty.

 ResponsibilitiesThis is a full-time, career-track appointment that includes the expectation that the appointee will conduct mission-oriented research and engage in extension education and outreach that advances the mission of the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources and ANR. The focus of this position will be on cost-effective indicators to diagnose soil health considering the wide range of soils throughout the State, and identifying practices that improve soil health in light of limitations imposed by the complexity of cropping systems in the State. Accordingly, applicants should have the professional background necessary to conduct original research in a wide range of cropping systems, and evidence of an ability to expand their work to rangeland. By developing reciprocal and mutually beneficial relationships with colleagues and with various stakeholders, the candidate should become a knowledgeable partner who can provide reliable information and build research-informed networks to address issues of regional and California-wide importance. Advising and mentoring of graduate students is expected.

 Extension TeachingA person in this position is expected to provide leadership as a liaison between campus-based researchers, CE campus and county-based academics, and clientele and colleague groups such as growers, ranchers, federal and state agencies, non-governmental organizations, land managers, and technical service providers. This will include providing information to clientele through print publications, web-based resources and in-person presentations, and serving as a resource for other CE academics.

 Applied ResearchExisting soil health guidelines are one-size-fits-all and are poorly suited to management of California's diverse cropping systems and rangelands. The successful candidate will: 1) coordinate applied research related to the diagnosis of soil health and evaluating how soil health practices can be tailored to California's agricultural systems to maintain productivity and minimize adverse effects on water and air resources. 2) conduct and publish the results of applied research or other creative activities designed to explore new technologies and tools to promote soil health and grower friendly observations to monitor soil health. Holistic assessment of management practices will be evaluated to promote strategies to increase resource use efficiency, stimulate resilience, while promoting productivity. Areas of emphasis may include the myriad of soil heath promoting practices, each having differential impacts on soils (carbon storage, fertility, erodibility, compaction, greenhouse gas emissions, plant-water relationships, and microbial biodiversity).

 Professional Competence and ActivityThe candidate will be expected to participate in professional society activities including presenting papers at national and international meetings; reviewing manuscripts and grant proposals in his/her area of expertise; and establishing productive working relationships with scientists and extension personnel in other states and countries. The goal would be to gain national and international recognition for scholarly contributions to the science and practices of soil health, as he/she advances to the higher ranks in the UC system.

 QualificationsPh.D. degree in Soil Science or other closely related discipline is required (degree must be awarded by start of position).

The successful candidate must have a record that documents productivity in research as evidenced by publications in peer-reviewed journals.

 SalaryCommensurate with experience.

 Appointment DateApplications will be reviewed with the expectation that the appointee will be available for service on or soon after December 1, 2022.

 ApplicationsApplications should be submitted on-line at The position will remain open until filled. To ensure consideration, applications should be received by August 31, 2022.

 Required application materials include:

1) curriculum vitae including publication list,

2) college transcripts (if within 5 years of Ph.D.),

3) a summary or abstract of the Ph.D. dissertation (if within 5 years of Ph.D.),

4) a statement of research and extension interests and goals,

5) copies or links to three recent relevant publications,

6) statement of contribution to diversity, equity and inclusion and

7) the contact information (name, address, e-mail, telephone number) of at least three references.

 Additional inquiries should be directed to the Search Committee Chair - Dr. Daniel Geisseler

 UC Davis is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer and is dedicated to recruiting a diverse faculty community. We welcome all qualified applicants to apply, including women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

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