Assistant Professor of Horticulture Department of Plant Sciences, University of California, Davis
As part of UC Davis' commitment to hire leading research faculty with an outstanding commitment to teaching, research and service that will promote the success of historically underrepresented and marginalized student communities and address the needs of our increasingly diverse state and student population, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, at the University of California announces an Assistant Professor faculty position (9-month) in the department of Plant Sciences. Applications are encouraged from candidates with a strong background in any current or emerging area that will fit within our department's disciplinary focus in Horticulture, with a preferred emphasis in horticulture in nursery, greenhouse or controlled environment crop production systems.
As one of the country's leading R1 institutions, UC Davis seeks candidates with exceptional potential for research, teaching, and inclusive excellence. In addition, the successful candidate will demonstrate an understanding of the barriers preventing full participation of members from historically underrepresented and marginalized student communities in higher education, such as (but not limited to) women, underrepresented minorities, individuals self-identifying as LGBTQIA+, veterans, individuals with disabilities, economically disadvantaged groups, first-generation, undocumented students, or students with any intersections in between. Successful candidates will help advance UC Davis' strategic goal of improving access and building an inclusive community for all marginalized populations. The successful candidate also will have an accomplished track record (calibrated to career stage) of teaching, research, or service activities addressing the needs of underrepresented minorities, and a clearly articulated vision of how their work at UC Davis will continue to contribute to the University's mission of serving the needs of our diverse state and student population. Applicants' track record of engagement and activity related to diversity, equal opportunity, and inclusion as well as their plans for future engagement will be a significant part of the overall evaluation of the candidate's qualifications for a faculty appointment.
This is an academic year (9-month), Assistant Professor tenure-track position with teaching, research, outreach/engagement and service responsibilities and includes the expectation that the appointee will conduct mission-oriented research and outreach/engagement of relevance to the California Agricultural Experiment Station (https://caes.ucdavis.edu/research/aes).
Responsibilities: The Department of Plant Sciences is seeking applicants that focus on Horticulture, with a preferred emphasis in horticulture in nurseries, greenhouses or controlled environment crop production systems. The appointee is expected to establish a competitively funded research program to address critical or emerging issues in any aspect of the rapidly emerging technologies around protected cultivation. Novel approaches in horticultural research may include nursery, greenhouse or indoor crop production (CEA), floriculture, water, nutrient and light management, soilless and hydroponic production, application of cellular, genomic, physiological and ecophysiological approaches to understand, manage and improve crop production in these systems. These crops include vegetable transplants, young orchard fruit, nut, and citrus trees, berries, floricultural and landscape plants. The appointee will be responsible for teaching horticulture with two undergraduate courses per year from ENH125 Greenhouse and nursery crop production', ENH120, Management of container media' and PLS006, Flower Power' depending on the expertise of the candidate. This hire will also contribute to graduate advising and teaching a protected horticulture section in the core course HRT 200B Introduction to horticultural and agronomic cropping systems' and contribute to graduate student team teaching. Participation in and development of outreach/engagement programs, and performance of departmental and university service is expected. This position is expected to collaborate with extension educators and partners in allied industries, such as the California Center for Urban Horticulture, Foundation Plant Services and University of California Nursery and Floriculture Alliance.
Qualifications: A. Ph.D. or equivalent degree in Plant Sciences, Horticulture or a related discipline at time of appointment. B. Evidence of research excellence is expected. C. Post-doctoral experience is preferred. D. The candidate should have the ability to develop and instruct undergraduate and graduate courses. E. Ability to develop and conduct extramurally funded research in protected horticulture. F. Evidence of potential to contribute to the mission of the Agricultural Experiment Station, through applied research and engagement https://caes.ucdavis.edu/research/aes.
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