Assistant Professor of Horticultural Food Crop Physiology

University of New Hampshire

Posting Number
PF0840FY24

Quick Link to Posting
https://jobs.usnh.edu/postings/59021

Summary of Position
To complement existing strengths the Department of Agriculture, Nutrition, and Food Systems in the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Horticultural Food Crop Physiology. We seek candidates whose research addresses one or more of the following areas: plant-environment relationships, responses to abiotic and biotic stresses, nutritional quality and postharvest physiology, climate change adaptation, and/or related research.

The successful candidate is expected to establish a high-impact, externally funded research program with applied relevance to food and farming systems in New England; recruit and train graduate students; and develop and teach courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Importantly, the candidate is also expected to strengthen undergraduate education by providing directed research opportunities, an area of distinction at the University of New Hampshire (UNH). This position is one of two open assistant professor positions in the plant sciences within the department, the other being in the field of plant pathology.

The Agriculture, Nutrition, and Food Systems (ANFS) Department (http://colsa.unh.edu/anfs) currently serves 450 undergraduate majors through its Animal Science, Nutrition, and Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems programs, as well as 30 graduate students and interns through a variety of departmental and College-wide programs. We are an interdisciplinary department of colleagues committed to enhancing the sustainability of the farm-to-fork-to-human wellness continuum through teaching and engaged research activities. Current faculty research areas include animal and plant production, plant breeding and applied genomics, dairy and human nutrition (http://colsa.unh.edu/anfs). ANFS is one of five academic units within COLSA, which includes the state’s Agriculture Experiment Station. Relevant campus facilities include the Hubbard Center for Genome Studies, the Woodman and Kingman Agricultural Research Farms, the Fairchild Dairy Research Center, the Burley-Demeritt Organic Dairy Research Center, the MacFarland Greenhouses, the Equine and Therapeutic Riding Center, and the Nutrition Assessment & Simulation Laboratory.

The University of New Hampshire is a major research institution, providing comprehensive, high-quality undergraduate programs and graduate programs of distinction. UNH is located in Durham on a 188-acre campus, 60 miles north of Boston and 8 miles from the Atlantic coast, and is conveniently close to New Hampshire’s lakes and mountains. There is a student enrollment of 15,000 students, with a full-time faculty of over 600, offering 90 undergraduate and more than 70 graduate programs. Its primary purpose is learning: students collaborating with faculty in teaching, research, creative expression, and service. UNH is a Research Land, Sea, and Space Grant University recognized both nationally and internationally for research excellence and a commitment to sustainability. From its main Durham campus, its college in Manchester, and law school in Concord, the University actively creates an educational environment that fosters diversity, inclusion, and quality engagement for all by serving New Hampshire and the region through continuing education, cooperative extension, cultural outreach, economic development activities, and applied research.

Candidates should upload the following documents at the time of application: Cover letter, resume/CV, research statement, statement of teaching philosophy, statement of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and contact information for three professional references. The search committee will begin reviewing applications on Wednesday, February 14, 2024.

Questions regarding this position can be directed to the chair of the search committee, Dr. Iago Hale (iago.hale@unh.edu).

The College of Life Sciences and Agriculture at the University of New Hampshire is committed to continuously improving our learning environment, one that values and supports diversity and inclusiveness across our campus, and we encourage and value applications from qualified individuals who will help us achieve this mission.

Acceptable Minimum Qualifications
The successful candidate will: 1) Hold a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline; 2) Have a record of significant scholarly research that aligns with the position description; 3) Demonstrate excellent potential in teaching/mentoring undergraduate and graduate students; 4) Possess strong communication and interpersonal skills; 5) Demonstrate potential for securing robust extramural research funding, and 6) Understand and appreciate the integrated teaching, research, service, and extension components of our land-grant mission. Additional preferred qualifications include postdoctoral training, expertise in metabolomics, and teaching and/or mentoring experience at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Special Requirements
A background check will be required as a condition of employment.

EEO Statement
The University System of New Hampshire is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action employer. The University System is committed to creating an environment that values and supports diversity and inclusiveness across our campus communities and encourages applications from qualified individuals who will help us achieve this mission. The University System prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or marital status.

Institution Information
The University of New Hampshire is an R1 Carnegie classification research institution providing comprehensive, high-quality undergraduate and graduate programs of distinction. UNH is located in Durham on a 188-acre campus, 60 miles north of Boston and 8 miles from the Atlantic coast and is convenient to New Hampshire’s lakes and mountains. There is a student enrollment of 13,000 students, with a full-time faculty of over 600, offering 90 undergraduate and more than 70 graduate programs. The University actively promotes a dynamic learning environment in which qualified individuals of differing perspectives, life experiences, and cultural backgrounds pursue academic goals with mutual respect and shared inquiry.

The UNH Diversity Resource Guide with information and programming available in the seacoast area, New Hampshire, and the region can be found here: https://www.unh.edu/hr/diversity-resource-guide

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