Virginia Tech

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Asst Professor AY

Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA Full-time
Posted on October 19, 2019

Job Description

The School of Plant and Environmental Sciences (School) in Virginia Tech's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is inviting applications for an academic year (9 month), tenuretrack faculty appointment as Assistant Professor of Small Grain Breeding in Blacksburg, Va. This position will have a primary appointment in research with a secondary appointment in teaching.||The successful applicant will develop an internationally recognized small grain breeding and variety development program, an internationally recognized research program in small grain breeding and genomics, will teach a graduate course in Advanced Plant Breeding, and will contribute to mentoring graduate and undergraduate students. The individual will lead the Virginia Tech small grain breeding program by: 1) developing and releasing superior cultivars of wheat and barley for the MidAtlantic and surrounding regions; 2) developing an extramurallyfunded program focused on sustainable small grain production via increased understanding of genomic factors for valuable traits in both crops; 3) collaborating with the existing breeding and genomics team at Virginia Tech and industry to improve agronomic and enduse quality of small grains; 4) delivering high quality graduate instruction in plant breeding and genetics; and 5) disseminating information to stakeholders by contributing to extension efforts consistent with program goals, through peerreviewed publications, and industry interactions and collaboration. ||The successful candidate will be expected to develop a regionallyfocused program in applied and basic small grain breeding genomics by incorporating conventional and modern plant breeding methods. The individual will lead a large statewide program for improvement of traditional soft red winter wheat and feed barley as well as new opportunities in hulless and malting barley, hard red winter and durum wheat, and other specialty small grain crops. The successful candidate will be expected to exhibit a strong commitment to undergraduate mentoring and graduate education and training, including the supervision of graduate student thesis and dissertation research as well as to School, College and University service. Teaching responsibilities will include instruction of a graduate level course in plant genetics and breeding and related subjects to be determined by the successful candidate and the School Director. The successful candidate is expected to establish and maintain close working relationships with industry, commodity groups, state and federal agencies, and other organizations as appropriate. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values at Virginia Tech in the School of Plant and Environmental Sciences. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and staff who share our commitment to these values. Successful candidates for our faculty positions will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to advancing equity and inclusion.

Required Qualifications

Ph.D. degree with experience in plant breeding, quantitative genetics, genetics, or a closelyrelated field |Record of accomplishments demonstrating potential for productivity, including publications and plant breeding activities |Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with technical and nontechnical audiences in oral and written forms|Strong communication and interpersonal skills

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications|Preference will be given to candidates who have multiple years of independent, postgraduate experience in variety development and release |Record of germplasm development and release|Strong record of peerreviewed publications|Skill in applied breeding equipped with molecular tools such as gene discovery, marker assisted selection, and genomic selection |Commitment to mentoring, diversity and inclusion|Teaching experience|Demonstrated success in obtaining extramural funding and grantsmanship

Pay Band


Salary Information

Commensurate with Experience

Review Date

September 15, 2019

Additional Information

The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check

About Virginia Tech

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