Assistant/Associate Professor of Soil Health

Columbia, Missouri
Dec 17, 2018
Feb 15, 2019
Organization Type
University and College

Position Description: Assistant/Associate Professor of Soil Health

Starting Date: August 2019, or as negotiated

Responsibilities: This is a tenure-track position in the School of Natural Resources ( at the University of Missouri (MU). The successful candidate will develop an exciting and high-impact, nationally/internationally recognized, externally-funded research program that complements institutional strengths in soil health and microbiology. The selected candidate will also serve as Director of the MU Soil Health Assessment Center, a leading national soil health testing service and research laboratory employing several staff members. With this position, MU will better occupy a place among a select group of universities that boast a truly integrated and multidisciplinary approach to teaching, research, and actionable scholarship in the fields of sustainable agriculture and environmental quality. The position will strengthen growing education programs, collaborate with other established MU research centers to garner major grants, form innovative new partnerships with private and public partners, and contribute greatly toward improving grant and publication metrics considered in the Association of American Universities' (AAU) rankings. Teaching may include undergraduate courses in land management for soil health, environmental soil microbiology, and graduate courses related to the individual's expertise (total of 3-4 courses per year). This position will complement and collaborate with faculty in: the School of Natural Resources; the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) (e.g., Plant Sciences, Bioengineering, Biochemistry); and other colleges and departments across the MU campus (e.g., Biology, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Geology, Veterinary Pathology). Collaborative efforts will also develop through oversight of the MU Soil Health Assessment Center and participation in the CAFNR Center for Watershed Management and Water Quality, MU Metagenomics Center, MU Center for Agroforestry, the Interdisciplinary Plant Group (IPG) and with federal scientists employed by the USDA-Agricultural Research Service's Cropping Systems and Water Quality Research Unit and U.S. Forest Service Unit housed on the MU campus.

Qualifications: Ph.D. in Soil Science or a closely related discipline. Preferred qualifications include: a strong background in soil health and measurement of soil health indicators; demonstrated ability to integrate soil biological, chemical, and physical indicators of soil health with landscape properties to provide clients with science-based recommendations; experience with analytical procedures and the daily operations of a soil analytical laboratory; experience using metagenomic, metatranscriptomic, and/or metabolomic approaches for studying soil microbiota; postdoctoral experience; a strong record of impactful peer-reviewed publications; teaching experience and training; and a level of grantsmanship that reflects high productivity relative to the applicant's career stage.

Application: To apply for this position, please visit the MU web site at Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, narrative of teaching philosophy (approximately 2 pages), narrative of current and future research interests (approximately 2 pages), and the names and contact information of three references. Review of applications will begin on March 18, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. For additional information about the position, please contact Dr. Peter Motavalli, Chair of Search Committee (

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