Assistant Professor – Enology

Virginia Tech - College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is seeking applicants for a tenure-track position in enology to be located at the Alson H. Smith Jr. Agricultural Research and Extension Center ( near Winchester, Virginia. This is an Assistant Professor position with equal appointments in research (50%) and extension (50%) and a tenure home in the Food Science and Technology Department at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA. The position is an academic year (9-month) appointment. The successful candidate will develop a nationally recognized, externally funded research and extension program principally focused on wine grapes and wine production, but with opportunities to conduct apple cider and small fruit research as funding and partnerships are developed. The successful candidate will be expected to recruit and mentor graduate students and engage with Virginia Cooperative Extension Agents and other Extension Specialists to deliver research-based, broadly accessible, inclusive extension materials that address the relevant needs of Virginia’s grape and wine industries. The Enologist position is one of six full-time faculty at the AREC; other positions include a viticulturist, a tree fruit horticulturist, a tree fruit pathologist, a grape pathologist, and an entomologist. The AREC has modern labs for physiological, molecular, and fruit analyses, greenhouses, controlled environment chambers, and a 120-acre research farm including a vineyard.

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