Faculty Position in Urban Food Production

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Assistant Professor of Urban Food Production 
Crop Sciences 
College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences 
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 
We encourage application of candidates for a tenure-track faculty position with emphasis on conceiving and implementing sustainable and profitable local and regional food production systems in urban and periurban environments. 
The successful candidate will establish a vigorous, externally funded and nationally recognized applied research program focused on local and space-intensive production of food crops for Midwestern regional metropolitan areas (especially Chicago). Preference will be given to candidates who can improve the economic sustainability of these production systems and address environmental factors likely to constrain production of food crops. The successful candidate is expected to use interdisciplinary methods in research that might emphasize diversifying production systems, production in built or controlled environments, production approaches that reduce carbon footprints and foster energy conservation, environmental interchanges with urban and periurban agriculture, and improving regional food cropping systems and food security. Preferred areas of disciplinary expertise could include integrated pest management, plant stress and post-harvest physiology, plant nutrition, food science and human nutrition, soil science, organic and reduced input production systems, agroecology or life-cycle analysis of urban cropping systems. 
The successful candidate will teach a new undergraduate course in urban agriculture as well as an introductory course in horticulture and a graduate course in their area of specialization. Communication and teaching skills will be an important component in the selection of the successful candidate. 
State-of-the-art laboratory, greenhouse, and field facilities are available within the Department of Crop Sciences and the College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences. An excellent horticulture field research facility is available in St. Charles, Illinois, a rapidly growing suburban community in the Chicago metropolitan area. The successful candidate would compliment green, sustainability, and local green industry initiatives on campus and in Chicago and the State of Illinois. Collaboration at the state, regional, national, and international levels is strongly encouraged. 
A PhD degree in horticulture, crop sciences, agronomy, plant science, soil science, food science and human nutrition, ecology, or a related field is required. Post-doctoral experience is desired. Excellent oral and written communication skills are essential. Experience working with diverse stakeholders is desirable. Ability to work as a member of multi-disciplinary teams including stakeholders is important.
This is a 9-month, 100% time academic, tenure-track position with opportunity for summer employment. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience with a comprehensive benefits package for eligible employees. The position is available as soon as feasible after the closing date. 
For additional information contact: Dr. Jack Juvik, Search Committee Chair, Department of Crop Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 307 Edgar R. Madigan Laboratory, 102 West Gregory Drive, Urbana, Illinois 61801, email: juvik@illinois.edu
Please create your candidate profile at http://jobs.illinois.edu and upload a cover letter including a detailed statement of research and teaching goals, curriculum vitae, certified undergraduate and graduate transcripts and contact information for three professional references by the close date of December 15, 2011. All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered. For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact Linda Kemplin, kemplin@illinois.edu
More information on the Department of Crop Sciences is available at http://cropsci.illinois.edu/
Illinois is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. (www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu).

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