Assistant Professor in Soil Ecology

Website University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Scope of Job
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) School of Earth, Environmental and Marine Sciences is expanding and seeking applicants for a tenure-track faculty position in the broad area of soil ecology with emphasis on soil fertility and health to help build a growing academic program in sustainable agriculture and resilient food systems. The successful candidate is expected to complement the strengths of current faculty in the School and at UTRGV who are working on food and agriculturally- or environmentally-important issues in the region and beyond. Several faculty are involved in collaborative research with local USDA agencies, as well as with local farmers, providing numerous opportunities for collaborative mission-oriented research. Other federally-funded faculty are involved in more fundamental research on plant molecular biology and plant pathology. Applicants with evidence of effective interdisciplinary collaboration and applied research experience will be strongly considered, especially those with expertise in semi-arid and/or subtropical regions.
Relevant research areas include, but are not limited to, soil microbiology, nematology, soil-plant interactions, soil agroecological processes relating to nutrient dynamics, or soil, water, and nutrient management techniques focused on soil health and conservation of natural resources. The successful candidate will teach advanced undergraduate and graduate courses, and mentor undergraduate and graduate students in the School of Earth, Environmental, and Marine Sciences.
UTRGV is located in a region of high biological diversity and ecological complexity: the subtropical Rio Grande Valley near the Gulf of Mexico. UTRGV is a new university composed of members and assets of the former University of Texas – Pan American ( UTRGV Edinburg Campus) and University of Texas at Brownsville ( UTRGV Brownsville Campus). UTRGV is one of the largest public universities in Texas, with expected undergraduate enrollment of over 30,000 students. Already considered one of the premier Hispanic Serving Institutions in the U.S., UTRGV is developing initiatives to become the premier research institution in South Texas and a designated Emerging Research Institution.

Minimum Qualifications
The minimum requirement is a Ph.D. from an accredited university in a soil ecology, soil science, crop science, agronomy, or other related discipline.

Discipline Specific Required Qualifications
Applicants should have the demonstrated potential to establish a vigorous research program in one or more relevant fields and to secure nationally competitive external research funding. Postdoctoral research experience is preferred. Highly qualified applicants with strong research portfolios can qualify for significant supplemental startup equipment funds through the UTRGV Science and Technology Acquisition and Retention ( STAR ) funds.

Preferred Qualifications
Postdoctoral research experience

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