Associate Professor/Professor of Plant Genomics and Bayer CropScience Chair

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Associate Professor/Professor of Plant Genomics and Bayer CropScience Chair

DEPARTMENT OF PLANT AND SOIL SCIENCE
COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES AND NATURAL RESOURCES
TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY
LUBBOCK, TEXAS
The Department of Plant and Soil Science, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas seeks candidates for a faculty position in plant genomics for the Bayer CropScience Chair at the Associate Professor/Professor level. This will be a nine-month, tenure-eligible position, with the possibility of summer salary support through teaching and/or research. Duties will include teaching courses in plant genomics, advising undergraduate and graduate students, and working with government and industry clientele. Candidates are expected to establish an outstanding teaching and grant-supported research program in basic and applied studies on plant genomics, as well as complement and broaden current departmental and college capabilities. Willingness to collaborate with other plant genomists at Texas Tech, Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension, and USDA-ARS is essential. The successful applicant will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses; provide service to the department, college, university and community; establish a research program with the capacity to generate external funding; and be active in professional societies. Endowment funds will be available for use at the discretion of the incumbent.
QUALIFICATIONS:
Candidates must have an earned Ph.D. in plant genomics, molecular biology, genetics, or closely related crop science discipline. Training and experience in bioinformatic programming/analysis is desirable. Qualified candidates should be motivated and innovative researchers who work well in a team-oriented, interdisciplinary research environment. Applicants must have excellent oral and written communication skills; a record of success in teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students that merits the rank of associate professor with tenure; proven ability to conduct and publish high-quality, interdisciplinary scientific research; and have established a recognized program supported by extramural grants.
SALARY:
Salary will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. See http://www.depts.ttu.edu/hr/benefits/ for benefits information.
THE DEPARTMENT:
The Department of Plant and Soil Science is a comprehensive academic unit conducting research and offering B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in several areas of plant and soil sciences. There are 26 full-time faculty members and a student body consisting of approximately 130 undergraduate and 90 graduate students. Additionally, several distance education courses and degrees and four certificate programs are offered. The department is research-intensive, while fostering strong teaching expectations and commitments. Students in the department are educated to meet the challenge of using soil, water, and plant resources for sustainable production and environmental quality.
THE COLLEGE:
The College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) is a leading college at Texas Tech University with six academic departments: Agriculture and Applied Economics, Agricultural Education and Communications, Animal and Food Sciences, Landscape Architecture, Natural Resources Management, and Plant and Soil Science, as well as multiple research centers and institutes. The CASNR Water Center coordinates faculty with water-related expertise. For the most recent academic year, the college had 90 tenured/tenure-track faculty, 1,579 undergraduates, 235 M.S. students, and 144 Ph.D. students. CASNR has an annual operating budget of more than $10M and generates approximately $15M annually in research funding.
THE UNIVERSITY:
Texas Tech University is one of four major state-supported universities in Texas. The University consists of 10 colleges, a School of Law, Graduate School. Currently, more than 35,000 students attend classes at the Lubbock campus. The Texas Tech University System also includes Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and Angelo State University. The City of Lubbock has about 230,000 residents, a moderately low cost of living, and enjoys 264 sunny days per year on the Southern High Plains.
APPLICATIONS:
Please note that all application materials must be submitted on-line through the Texas Tech University application site at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/hr/workattexastech/ and search for Requisition Number 2571BR.
Applicants should submit a current curriculum vitae, official transcripts, along with statements of research and teaching philosophies. Applicants should supply names and contact information of three (3) individuals who may be contacted for letters of reference.
Questions should be addressed to Dr. Dick Auld, Search Committee Chair, Department of Plant and Soil Science, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas 79409-2122, Phone (806) 742-5704; email: dick.auld@ttu.edu. Review of the applications will start February 15, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled.

AS AN EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER, TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY IS DEDICATED TO THE GOAL OF BUILDING A CULTURALLY DIVERSE FACULTY COMMITTED TO TEACHING AND WORKING IN A MULTICULTURAL ENVIRONMENT. WE ACTIVELY ANCOURAGE APPLICATIONS FROMALL THOSE WHO CAN CONTRIBUTE, THROUGH THEIR RESEARCH, TEACHING, AND/OR SERVICES, TO THE DIVERSITY AND EXCELLENCE OF THE ACEDIMC COMMUNITY AT TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY. THE UNIVERSITY WELCOMES APPLICATIONS FROM MINORITIES, WOMEN, VETERANS, PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES, AND DUAL-CAREER COUPLES.