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Washington State University
Department of Crop and Soil Sciences (CSS)
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Posted: 02/20/2017
Endowed Chair of Tree Fruit Soil and Rhizosphere Ecology


The College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resources Sciences (CAHNRS) through the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences (CSS) seeks a current or emerging leader in soil and rhizosphere ecology to serve as a core member of our tree fruit research and extension team, contributing to an expanding college focus on soil-plant interactions. The endowed chair will build an internationally renowned, soil- and rhizosphere-focused research program that enhances the competitiveness of the Washington apple, cherry, pear and stone fruit industries. This position is supported by a $1.5 million endowment made possible by a recent and historic, $32 million investment from the state’s tree fruit growers to support tree fruit research and extension at Washington State University.
Washington State is recognized globally as a premier tree fruit production region, with more than 270,000 acres of tree fruits statewide providing an annual economic impact of more than $7.5 billion. Over a third of the state’s fruit production is exported to markets worldwide. The Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center (IAREC) is situated in one of the most agriculturally diverse regions in the U.S., where long, warm summer days, cool nights, low precipitation, and fertile soils make ideal conditions for irrigated fruit production, as well as other high-value horticultural crops.

The Endowed Chair in Tree Fruit Soil and Rhizosphere Ecology is directly responsible to the Chair of the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences and the IAREC Director.

The successful candidate will emphasize collaborative programs with state, federal, and private research and extension personnel to strengthen ties between interdisciplinary horticultural and soil science research teams. The successful candidate will acquire competitive extramural funding to support a comprehensive research program, contribute scholarly literature, and enhance the national and international scope and reputation of the WSU soil science and horticultural programs. The successful candidate will be expected to conduct a program of research consistent with the mission of the WSU Agricultural Research Center, and work effectively with other researchers, extension professionals, private crop consultants, and with the grower community and stakeholders. The successful candidate will participate in regional meetings, promote soil science in tree fruit production systems, and write for popular/grower press in addition to publishing extensively in scientific journals. Teaching responsibilities include the mentoring and supervision of graduate students, guest lectures and individual or team teaching contributions.

This position will be located at the Washington State University (WSU) Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center (IAREC), Prosser, or WSU Pullman Main Campus, Washington, United States

Anticipated Start Date: September 1, 2017 – negotiable