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Assistant Professor - Soil Health & Nutrient Management

Agriculture / Life Science


Assistant Professor - Soil Health & Nutrient Management

  • 522990
  • Blacksburg, Virginia, United States
  • School of Plant & Environmental Sci
  • Agriculture / Life Science
  • Teaching & Research Faculty
  • Virginia Tech University

Job Description

The School of Plant and Environmental Sciences (SPES) in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) at Virginia Tech seeks to fill an academic year (AY, 9-month) tenure-track faculty position in soil health and nutrient management with an emphasis on agronomic crops. The incumbent will be expected to develop an internationally-recognized and externally-funded research program focused on areas that may include, but are not limited to, implementing precision fertility applications based on variability in soil properties or crop traits; research on interactions between soil management, soil health, and crop system resilience; or developing site-specific agriculture management recommendations that take advantage of emerging technologies. The incumbent will maintain an active Hatch project and will collaborate with other faculty in SPES, across Virginia Tech and at other universities. The incumbent will teach two classes including Soil Fertility and Management and an additional course to be determined in conjunction with the SPES Director. The incumbent will serve on SPES and CALS committees, participate in SPES and CALS collegial community activities and be a good citizen of SPES, CALS, and the University and to contribute to the overall institutional mission of service to Virginia stakeholders.

Appointment: 60% research, 30% teaching and 10% service. This incumbent will conduct research on soil health and nutrient management and will teach two courses, including Soil Fertility and Management and an additional course to be determined in conjunction with the SPES Director. Service will include serving on committees, service to professional organizations and participation in SPES and CALS collegial community activities.

Required Qualifications

• Ph.D. in soil science, agronomy, ecology, or closely related field.
• Background in soil health and nutrient management related to agricultural production.
• Demonstrated strong communication skills
• A commitment to mentoring students, diversity and inclusion

Preferred Qualifications

• Experience in undergraduate or graduate teaching
• Experience in publishing
• Experience in grant writing and submission

Appointment Type


Salary Information

Commensurate with Experience

Review Date


Additional Information

Applications: Required application materials include: 1) complete curriculum vitae; 2) official or unofficial transcript of all graduate work; 3) statement of current research and future research interests as relevant to this position; 4) statement of teaching experience, interests, and philosophy; 5) statement regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion; and 6) names, addresses, and email of three professional references who may be contacted. All inquiries should be directed to Dr. Ryan Stewart, Search Committee Chair, at rds@vt.edu. To apply for this position please go to https://www.jobs.vt.edu and Job Card #522990. Review of applications will begin on January 9, 2023 and all applications received by this date will be reviewed and considered.

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.


About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Dr. Ryan Stewart at sryan3@vt.edu during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.


Each agency within the Commonwealth of Virginia is dedicated to recruiting, supporting, and maintaining a competent and diverse work force. Equal Opportunity Employer

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