Assistant/Associate Professor, Controlled/Protected Environment Fruit Crop Physiology
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Location: Knoxville, TN
Internal Number: 108797
Position: Assistant/Associate Professor, Controlled/Protected Environment Fruit Crop Physiology (9- month, tenure-track)
Location: Department of Plant Sciences, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
Effective Date: Screening of applicants will begin on September 1st and continue until the position is filled. The proposed start date is January 1, 2023, or as negotiated. Both domestic and international candidates are encouraged to apply.
Job Responsibilities: This position is a 75% research and 25% teaching appointment in the Department of Plant Sciences. The successful applicant will:
Establish a nationally recognized research program in fruit crop physiology with a primary focus on fruit crop production in controlled environments
Teach courses to meet departmental needs (i.e., hydroponic production; fruit and vegetable production; graduate course related to the candidate's area of expertise) and advise undergraduate students
Actively participate in graduate student training and mentoring
Provide leadership and scholarship in their research area
Interact and work cooperatively with scientists at the University of Tennessee, other universities, government agencies, and industry
Seek extramural funding to support research, teaching, and mentoring programs
Publish in refereed journals, present research findings, and participate in relevant scientific societies
Foster an inclusive environment and contribute to enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion at the University of Tennessee and within the Department
Potential research focus areas may include, but are not limited to: fruit crop physiology, crop responses to abiotic/biotic stresses, crop sensory and nutritional quality and flavor (including primary and secondary metabolism), resource use efficiency, gene-environment interaction, or crop development and growth regulation related to controlled/protected production.
Support: The successful applicant's lab will reside in a multi-disciplinary plant biotechnology research building. Three large, state-of-the-art greenhouse facilities that support faculty research and teaching are located on the University of Tennessee campus, totaling 22,000 square feet. Additional greenhouse, high tunnel, and field research facilities are located on University of Tennessee Research and Education Centers in Knoxville, Crossville, and other locations throughout the state. Growth chamber facilities to support faculty research are located in the Phytotron on the ground floor of the Plant Biotechnology Building.
The University of Tennessee Knoxville (UTK) is the state's flagship research institution, a campus of choice for outstanding undergraduate and graduate students. As a land-grant university, it is committed to excellence in scholarship, learning, and service and aims to enrich and elevate society. Knoxville is situated in a valley between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Cumberland Plateau, areas of great beauty and among the most bio-diverse in the USA. Knoxville is a city of 200,000 offering many amenities of urban life. Knoxville has a beautiful and walkable downtown, active neighborhoods, and eclectic cultural activities, restaurants, and shopping. Trip Advisor recently named Knoxville a Top Ten Destination on the Rise. Knoxville is located within easy driving distance to Asheville, Atlanta, and Nashville. The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University.
Salary and rank (Assistant/Associate) will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Benefits available include group medical insurance, dental insurance, group and individual life insurance, long- term disability insurance, workers' compensation, retirement plan with UT contribution, sick leave, annual leave, paid holidays and administrative leave days, unemployment compensation, educational discounts, and use of University Services.
Applicants must have a doctorate degree by date of hire in Horticulture, Crop Science, Plant Science, Plant Biology, or a closely related discipline with coursework and research experience in plant physiology
Advanced knowledge of specialty crop physiology related to field or controlled environment production systems
Demonstrated ability to conduct and publish research in plant physiology at the whole plant level
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with diverse faculty, students, and clientele
Research experience in controlled environment or protected fruit crop systems
Teaching and mentoring experience at the collegiate level
Experience with grant writing
Experience with molecular plant physiology and/or analytical techniques for plant physiology
Postdoctoral research experience
Apply through: http://apply.interfolio.com/108797 by including 1) Statement of research accomplishments (2 page maximum) and interests that includes a description of a proposed research program in specialty crop physiology with a primary focus on fruit crop production in controlled/protected environments, 2) statement of teaching philosophy or approach (1 page), 3) statement of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) that includes how the applicant's research, teaching, service, and community engagement could contribute to enhancing DEI (2 page maximum) 4) a C.V., 5) unofficial copies of all college transcripts, and 6) the names, e-mail addresses and phone numbers of three to five professional references. Both domestic and international candidates are encouraged to apply. Inquiries regarding the position should be directed by e-mail to the chair of the search committee: Dr. Kellie Walters, firstname.lastname@example.org.
All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status, or any other characteristic protected by federal or state law. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the university. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), the ADA (disability), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity, 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone 865-974-2498. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.
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