Sustainable Vegetable Production and Nutrition Systems
Department of Horticulture, Michigan State University

Assistant Professor
AN/12 month, tenure-track position
50% research/50% extension 

The Department of Horticulture (
) in the College of Agriculture and 
Natural Resources at Michigan State University (MSU) invites applications for an Assistant 
Professor, twelve-month tenure-track position (50% research, 50% extension) to conduct 
research and extension/outreach programs that promote production of vegetables while 
maintaining or enhancing environmental quality in Michigan and beyond. The incumbent will 
develop a nationally and internationally recognized program in vegetable crop nutrition and 
soil fertility management that builds collaboratively on MSU’s strengths in vegetable 
production and sustainable cropping systems. Research should utilize both basic science and 
applied approaches while addressing the issues and opportunities facing the Michigan and 
Midwest vegetable industry.  Other potential areas of research focus include development of 
integrative systems to optimize plant nutrition and soil health; efficient nutrient and water 
delivery systems tailored to precision agriculture, drip irrigation, microclimate modification or 
extended season cropping systems; rhizosphere dynamics; or interactions between cropping 
systems and food quality/human nutrition.  
The successful candidate will establish innovative research and outreach programs, secure 
competitive/extramural funding, publish in high quality refereed journals, advise and mentor 
students, provide leadership in state-wide vegetable extension programming (including 
development of educational materials and other outreach tools), establish strong ties with 
industry leaders and grower groups; and contribute to the on-going programs of MSU’s 
Vegetable Extension Team. The salary is competitive and commensurate with the candidate’s 
experience. A health, dental and retirement benefits program is included.


PhD in horticulture, plant science, plant physiology, soil science or a related field
Demonstrated capacity to conduct independent research
Ability to work collaboratively with research and Extension teams
Excellent oral and written communication skills

Postdoctoral experience in plant nutrition, physiology and vegetable production
Teaching, Extension, and team management experience
Three or more years of vegetable production and research experience

Plant Sciences at MSU: MSU is a global leader in basic and applied plant sciences, with over 
150 faculty members engaged in research on nearly all aspects of crop production and plant 
science. MSU offers state-of-the-art field, greenhouse, growth chamber, and laboratory 
facilities to support diverse research and outreach interests. 

Application Procedure: Qualified applicants should submit a letter of application, a summary 
of research accomplishments and future research objectives, and a description of 
Extension/outreach interests and philosophy, a current CV, and contact information for at 
least three references online at Select Faculty/Academic Staff and 
apply to posting 0099 before February 28, 2015. Review of applications will begin March 1, 
2015 and will continue until the position is filled.  Questions can be directed to Dr. Eric 
Hanson, Search Committee Chair (
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MSU is an affirmative action, equal-opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving 
excellence through a diverse workforce and inclusive culture that encourages all people to 
reach their full potential. The University actively encourages applications and/or nominations 
of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.

Julie Cotton, M.S.

Academic Specialist
Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems
Michigan State University
A264 Plant and Soil Science Building
East Lansing, MI 48824

517-355-0271 ext. 1156