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The Department of Crop Sciences seeks to fill a position for an Assistant Professor of Agronomy and Data Analytics. This position is part of an initiative at the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences to contribute to the improvement of global human and environmental health via the food system. We intend to dramatically strengthen and expand our capacity in this arena through a seven-position cluster hire focused on Food and Agricultural Systems for Global Health. Faculty hired into these positions will lead college wide efforts in food security and global health, and participate in related campus priorities, including the Nutrition and Food Security theme of the campus strategic plan (https://blogs.illinois.edu/view/7831/601847), the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute, Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, and Carle-Illinois College of Medicine, among others.
The Department of Crop Sciences seeks an outstanding scientist for an Assistant Professor of Agronomy and Data Analytics position with a research, teaching, and outreach emphasis on data-driven agriculture. This position will develop a nationally recognized research program in applied agronomy that addresses stakeholders’ needs in the areas of digital or precision agriculture while still maintaining a presence in the traditional agronomy space. The successful candidate will focus on current trends that rely on collection and interpretation of dense datasets for decision-making using an innovative combination of advanced sensors, geospatial technologies, and quantitative methods (e.g. artificial intelligence, machine learning). This position will become a leader in transforming agronomic data into knowledge that can be applied to improve the economic and environmental sustainability of global food, feed, fuel, and fiber production systems. The successful candidate will be able to effectively engage a variety of academic cultures to advance data analytics in agriculture. Their primary affiliation will be the Department of Crop Sciences, however they will also have the opportunity to closely interact with faculty across the campus through the Center for Digital Agriculture. The Digital Agriculture initiative is a campus wide initiative focused on a joint College of Agriculture, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences (ACES) – College of Engineering effort and a Crop Science + Computer Science degree program. The candidate will be expected to deliver innovative research and educational programs at the interface of agriculture and computer science.
RESPONSIBILITIES • Develop an advanced technology-based research and outreach program in digital agriculture and sustainable cropping systems • Contribute to undergraduate and graduate teaching programs through teaching and student advising in the Department of Crop Sciences • Collaborate with colleagues to address scientific problems that requires complex, multidisciplinary approaches in food and agricultural systems
PROPOSED START DATE The anticipated starting date for the position is August 16, 2019.
APPLICATION PROCESS To ensure full consideration, candidates should apply by November 30, 2018. To apply, please create a candidate profile at http://jobs.illinois.edu and upload a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of research, teaching, and outreach goals and contact information for three professional references. Letters of recommendation and transcripts may be requested at a later date. Candidates may be interviewed prior to the closing date, but no hiring decision will be made until the closing date. All requested information must be submitted for your application to be given full consideration.
The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. All tenured appointments require Board of Trustees approval.
For further information, please contact search chair Dr. D.K. Lee, via e-mail (email@example.com). For technical assistance with the online application process, call 217-333-6747 or email jobs@ illinois.edu. For further information regarding the application procedure, you may also contact Linda Kemplin, firstname.lastname@example.org. More information on the Department of Crop Sciences is available at https://cropsciences.illinois.edu.
All candidates must hold a Ph.D. in plant or crop sciences, agronomy, soil science, engineering, computer science, or a closely related field. Post-doctoral experience demonstrating leadership of independent and team-based research is desired. The candidate should have the ability to develop and instruct undergraduate and graduate courses using innovative teaching methods. The candidate must demonstrate excellent communication skills and an ability to engage professionally with a diverse population from industry, farmers, faculty, staff, and students.
Internal Number: 95683
About University of Illinois, Department of Crop Sciences
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