The Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Mississippi State University (MSU), is seeking applications for a full time, 9- or 12-month tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant/Associate Professor rank. This person will be involved in research, teaching, and service.
This position is on the MSU campus, located in Starkville, Mississippi. A description of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, and the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering can be found at https://www.abe.msstate.edu/.
Area of Specialization: Areas of specialization in Agricultural and Biological Engineering, which may include but are not limited to precision agriculture sensors, controllers and instrumentation; aquaculture, Irrigation/Water resource management; controlled environment systems for plant/animal production; irrigation engineering, post-harvest technology, controllers, and sensors. Responsibilities: The incumbent will develop a nationally recognized, extramurally funded, scholarly research program that enhances productivity, profitability, resilience, and sustainability of plant and animal production systems. The incumbent will work as part of a multidisciplinary faculty team performing regionally and nationally relevant research, teaching, and outreach activities. Service to the Department, College, University and to the Professional Society is expected from the faculty member.
Research Expectations: Research focus of the candidate should be in areas related to agricultural and biological systems engineering including: precision agriculture sensors, controllers and instrumentation; optimization of controlled environment system for plants/animal production; harvest/post-harvest handling, management, and storage; and/or irrigation engineering. The incumbent will work closely with faculty in Agricultural and Biological Engineering and other faculty across the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the Bagley College of Engineering. The incumbent will be expected to secure extramural funding to support research activities, publish in peer-reviewed or other appropriate professional research journals, make presentations at professional meetings, and actively participate in professional societies (membership, presentations, committee involvement, officer roles, etc.).
Teaching Expectations: The incumbent will be expected to support undergraduate and graduate student training and contribute to collaborative teaching. The successful candidate will teach 2-3 courses/year in their areas of expertise in support of the Agricultural Engineering Technology and Business, Biological Engineering, and Biomedical Engineering undergraduate programs. Additionally, the incumbent will develop a graduate course in their area of expertise.
This is a 9-month, tenure-track position in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at the Assistant/Associate Professor level (commensurate with qualifications and experience). Anticipated appointment would be approximately 60% Research and 40% Teaching.
Minimum Qualifications: An earned Ph.D. in Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Agricultural Engineering Technology, or a closely related field from an accredited institution of higher learning is required. The acceptable candidate must have outstanding communication skills, ability to teach at undergraduate and graduate level classes offered by the department. The candidate is expected to have research experiences with one or more of the fields identified in the Areas of Specialization.
Preferred Qualifications: Preference will be given to candidates with an established teaching, research, and outreach record in agricultural and biological engineering curriculum particularly on biological systems, agricultural engineering technologies, and mechanical systems.
How to Apply: Qualified applicants must apply online at www.msujobs.msstate.edu and attach (1) cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) statement of teaching philosophy, (4) statement of research, (5) list of four references with contact information, (6) official transcripts (any social security numbers included on requested transcripts should be redacted prior to submitting online). Applicants will be notified before references are contacted. Anticipated appointment date is January - August 2020, or until a qualified candidate is identified. Screening will begin November 29, 2019.
EEO/AA Policy: MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, disability status, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.
Mississippi State holds the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s designation as a Doctoral/Extensive institution. Representative of the American land-grant tradition and distinctive in its own character and spirit, it is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, masters, specialist and doctoral degrees. A body of energetic researchers, both faculty and other, are assisted by an effective research administration to place Mississippi State among the top 100 universities in the nation in research and development in the sciences and engineering. MSU is ranked 9th nationally in agricultural and natural resources research, and has been ranked in the Top 10 in agriculture for the better part of two decades. Starkville holds the title of Mississippi’s college town and is an excellent mix of town and gown. It boasts a vibrant business community, attractive and safe neighborhoods, good public and private schools, concerts, and plays. Starkville is a great place to raise a family due to its low cost of living and diverse blends of races, ethnicities, and cultures. There are major metropolitan areas within a c...ouple hours’ drive and a regional airport only 25 minutes away. There are also abundant opportunities to watch nationally competitive MSU sports teams at world-class venues.