Assistant Professor Extension Specialist in Corn Production Systems
| University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Agronomy
We seek to hire a 9-month tenure track Extension Specialist in Corn Production Systems (Department of Plant and Agroecosystem Sciences, College of Agricultural & Life Sciences (CALS), University of Wisconsin-Madison) to provide leadership in developing and delivering corn grain and silage outreach and research in Wisconsin. This position will address the needs of the state's corn-growing farmers that produce nearly 4.0 million acres of corn yearly with a value of more than $3.4 billion dollars. Wisconsin is an agriculturally and ecologically diverse state thus an integrative approach to Extension and research is needed in the development, evaluation, and implications of novel corn management systems (e.g., cropping systems diversification and intensification, ecological approaches to mitigate carbon and nutrient loss, precision agriculture, forage production, etc.).
The incumbent will design novel corn grain and silage production systems that enhance benefits and reduce risks to agriculture and the environment while addressing the challenges of a changing climate and more extreme weather. Research will also document the efficacy and suitability of novel corn management approaches and estimate their impact on agroecosystem services such as crop productivity, biodiversity, climate regulation, and water quality. The incumbent will have the opportunity to work on a broad range of corn cropping systems important to Wisconsin producers including rotational grain, forage, specialty, and organic systems. Research efforts will form the foundation for a strong mentoring program across departments and colleges at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as the incumbent will be expected to recruit and mentor graduate students and provide research opportunities for undergraduates. The incumbent will be expected to develop and lead a regionally and nationally recognized Extension program supported by a strong research program. The incumbent will interact with the members of the Wisconsin Corn Promotion Board, regional Extension agronomists, WAPAC (Wisconsin Association of Professional Agricultural Consultants) and other key clientele.
The position carries a commitment to Extension and research, as well as professional and university service as appropriate to the faculty rank. The incumbent will be expected to develop and grow a collaborative and extramurally funded Extension and research program recognized at state, regional, national, and international levels. The Department of Plant and Agroecosystem Sciences is committed to inclusivity and diversity; therefore, we strongly encourage applications from candidates who foster and promote these values.
The candidate will be expected to:
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Candidate must have a strong foundation and research experience in the principles and concepts of crop production systems, demonstrated ability to communicate (oral and written) and publish, and have a solid understanding, potential, and/or experience securing competitive funding.
Successful candidates will have a record of or demonstrate potential for:
All requirements must be met by the start date.