University of Delaware Newark, DE, USA
Jul 17, 2019Full time
Tenure Track Assistant / Associate Professor in Controlled Environment Horticulture / Urban Agriculture The University of Delaware Newark, Delaware The University of Delawares (UD) Plant and Soil Sciences Department (PLSC) seeks applications for an Assistant/Associate Professor of Controlled Environment Horticulture/Urban Agriculture starting in 2020. This is a 9-month, tenure-track (non-tenure) faculty position with a 55% research, 40% teaching, and 5% service responsibility. This position will serve as the primary academic advisor for students in a new Sustainable Food Systems major being offered in PLSC in conjunction with the Center for Food Systems and Sustainability. Responsibilities: The candidate will be expected to develop an extramurally funded research program that integrates basic and applied horticulture with crops grown in urban agriculture settings such as greenhouses, vertical and rooftop farms, high tunnels, and other controlled environments utilizing hydroponic and other soil-less technologies. While the position requires a focus on plant production in controlled environments, the best candidates will also contribute to our understanding of technological and energy-budget issues in this emerging field. Examples of potential funding sources include: USDA Specialty Crop Research Initiative, Organic Agriculture Program, Horticulture Programs, and Sustainable Agriculture Program; NSF Innovations at the nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems, NASA Controlled Environment Agriculture program and Specialty Crop Block grants. Grant support from commercial sources and growers associations would also be possible. Additional Institutional information: The Department of Plant and Soil Sciences (http://canr.udel.edu/plsc/) is one of four departments in UDs College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR), with 27 full-time faculty focused in the areas of agriculture, plant biology, and landscape horticulture/architecture that are located in Newark, DE or the Carvel Research and Education Center near Georgetown, DE. The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources is located on South Campus, which includes our 350-acre agricultural experiment station, Fischer Greenhouse Laboratory and growth chamber facility, the Fresh2U organic-certified vegetable enterprise (with 4 high-tunnels), and newly-renovated laboratory building (Worrilow). Department faculty are world-renowned and include two National Academy of Science Fellows, three endowed professors, and several members who have received high honors from professional societies. The department is highly collaborative across college and institutional lines and has strong interactions with Cooperative Extension personnel, as well as with faculty and staff in other departments and colleges. The University of Delaware is committed to excellence and is a preeminent learner-centered research university. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifies UD as a highest research activity institution, a designation achieved by only 3% of U.S. academic institutions. University of Delawares attractive main campus is located in Newark, DE, which is within two hours of New York and Washington, D.C., and within one hour of Philadelphia and Baltimore. The University is a Land Grant, Sea Grant, Space Grant, and Carnegie Research University. The University of Delaware is a well-endowed, state-assisted institution with selective admissions and a student body of more than 17,000 undergraduate and 3,500 graduate students.