Utah State University

Assistant Professor – Weed Science

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 4 months ago(6/30/2021 11:32 PM)
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Benefited Full-Time
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College of Agriculture & Applied Sc
Plants Soils & Climate
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


Utah State University's Department of Plants, Soils and Climate seeks applications for a full-time 9-month tenure-track faculty position in Weed Science at the Assistant Professor level. Responsibilities of this position are 65% research, 30% teaching and 5% service. The successful candidate is expected to teach integrated weed management at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and build an externally funded nationally and internationally recognized research program relevant to the management of weeds in agronomic crops, horticultural crops, and natural landscapes.


The applicant selected to fill this position is expected to successfully compete for internal and extramural funding to support their research, successfully recruit, train and mentor graduate students, communicate research results at professional meetings, and publish research in refereed journals. Engagement with colleagues within the Department of Plants, Soils and Climate and other departments at Utah State University and with weed scientists within the state and region is expected.


The successful candidate is expected to teach an undergraduate course focused on the principles of weed biology, ecology, and management in agricultural and horticultural ecosystems and a graduate course in the candidate's field of expertise.


Estimated Start date is January 1, 2022.  Review of applications begins on September 15, 2021 with the position open until filled.  


Minimum Qualifications:

  • An earned Ph.D. in weed management or a closely related discipline such as agronomy, horticulture or plant science.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct and publish research in weed management.
  • Aptitude and passion for classroom and laboratory instruction
  • Demonstrated willingness to support diversity and inclusion in academic settings
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience in classroom and laboratory instruction.
  • Experience in attracting extramural funding for research.
  • Evidence of collaborative research.

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

1) Resume/CV

2) Cover Letter - Please address qualifications for the position, articulate a vision of how the you will contribute to ongoing Department and University research and teaching efforts. Please upload into "Other Documents 1-10"

3) Three professional references with contact information.


**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


Employees typically work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  

College/Department Highlights

The Plants, Soils and Climate Department (http://psc.usu.edu/) is inclusive of a diverse, multidisciplinary group of scientists and instructors engaged in understanding the physical, chemical, and biological mechanisms critical to the management of agricultural and natural systems. The department offers undergraduate majors in Plant Science; Soils & Sustainable Land Systems; Climate Science; Residential Landscape Design & Construction as well as an associate of applied science and certificate in Ornamental Horticulture. Graduate majors in the department are Plant Science, Soil Science, Climate Science, Ecology, and a Masters of Professional Studies in Horticulture. The Plants, Soils and Climate Department is in the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences (http://caas.usu.edu/). The Agriculture Sciences building, opened in 2012, contains teaching and laboratory facilities and there are research and teaching greenhouses nearby, along with a statewide network of Agricultural Experiment Station Farms. Many opportunities for collaboration exist within the department, college and across campus, including the Ecology Center, the Quinney College of Natural Resources, and researchers in entomology and plant pathology housed in the Biology Department. Several USDA Laboratories (Poisonous Plant Research Laboratory, Forage and Range Research Laboratory, and the Pollinating Insect Research Laboratory) are located on campus and offer much potential for collaboration.

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 27,700 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,040 graduate students) on the Logan main campus. Utah State’s statewide system features eight campuses and 23 education centers and serves all counties in the state with Extension programs. USU offers 114 undergraduate majors, 132 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. Washington Monthly ranked USU 14th in their national university rankings in 2019 and the 5th best public national university in the nation in 2018. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found here.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Alison Adams-Perlac, alison.adams-perlac@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, titleix@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266.

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov


USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.


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