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South Dakota State University
Agronomy, Horticulture & Plant Science
South Dakota
Posted: 08/27/2019
Research Manager/Assistant Professor

The Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Science Department in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences at South Dakota State University is seeking a 12-month, Research Manager of the Dakota Lakes Research Farm (DLRF) in Pierre, South Dakota. This position will carry the rank of Assistant Professor. Must be authorized to work in the U.S. Sponsorship is not available for this position.

The Manager provides the vision, leadership and oversight to ensure that the research farm meets the South Dakota Agriculture Experiment Station and SDSU Extension objectives of conducting locally relevant agricultural research and transferring that new knowledge to South Dakota users. The successful candidate is expected to maintain a nationally recognized research program that identifies new knowledge of cropping systems and soil management techniques that assist growers to build soil health and agroecosystem resiliency (40% research/60% managerial appointment).

The Manager further works in cooperation and close communication with the Board of Directors of the DLRF to ensure that the farm's scientific and outreach program responds to the needs and objectives of area stakeholders. A substantial part of the Manager’s responsibility includes executing the vision and mission of the DLRF, the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (CAFES), and SDSU. Stationed at the DLRF, the Manager shall work in collaboration with SDSU Extension personnel to plan appropriate outreach activities that engage/showcase the unit’s research.

SDSU is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to and/or coordinate course offerings that address the experiences of underrepresented minorities in organizations.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The Manager sets the tone and direction for the work of all DLRF employees and shall work with the Director of the SDSU Agricultural Experiment Station to ensure that conditions are appropriate to enable optimal service to scientists using the facilities and to public stakeholders. The Manager is the liaison between the DLRF, CAFES researchers, and SDSU Extension. The incumbent will develop science-based, region specific, information for agricultural producers, crop specialists, and natural resource managers that enables climate-smart decision-making that supports optimum crop yields, soil health, and environmental stewardship. Publication of scholarly work in peer-reviewed journals and graduate student mentoring is expected of the successful candidate.

QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. in Soil Science, Agronomy, Environmental Science, Animal Science or related discipline is required and must be completed by the appointment date. The successful candidate must be able to interact and communicate effectively (both verbally and in writing). A valid driver’s license is required.

SALARY: Commensurate with background and experience.

BENEFITS: South Dakota State University offers a wide range of benefits including medical, dental, and flexible benefits, retirement plans, compensation packages, paid holidays, and vacation leave. Employees also have access to internal and state-sponsored training as well as reduced tuition for state-supported courses at all State of South Dakota academic institutions.

UNIVERSITY/COMMUNITY: Ranked as the No. 2 best place to work in South Dakota by Forbes, South Dakota State University is the state’s largest, most comprehensive university with more than 200 programs and an enrollment of approximately 12,000 students.

SDSU offers a rich academic experience in an environment of inclusion and access through inspired, student-centered education, creative activities and research, innovation and engagement that improve the quality of life in South Dakota, the region, the nation and the world. Its employees embrace the university’s core values of being people-centered, expanding knowledge through creativity, embracing organizational and personal integrity, commitment to diversity, and excellence through continuous improvement.

As the state’s 1862 Morrill Act land-grant institution, the work of the university is carried out on its main resident campus in Brookings, at sites in Sioux Falls, Pierre, Rapid City, Aberdeen and through Extension offices and Agricultural Experiment Station research sites across South Dakota.

SDSU was recognized as one of 54 institutions in the United States as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities in 2014. The university’s total research expenditures are greater than $60 million. SDSU is the state’s first High Research Activity institution as classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Jackrabbits Athletics competes as a NCAA Division I member, with membership in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, the Summit League and the Big XII for wrestling.

Brookings is home to approximately 24,000 residents and is located 60 miles north of Sioux Falls and 200 miles west of Minneapolis. rates Brookings as an ideal community for families, students, young professionals and retirees. It considers Brookings among the safest and most vibrant cities in South Dakota.

The Brookings Public School District educates approximately 3,300 K-12 students and ranks among the state’s highest academic achieving school districts. The district includes three elementary schools, an intermediate school for fourth and fifth grade, one middle school and a high school.

The city also boasts an abundance of attractions and activities, including the Children’s Museum of South Dakota, Dakota Nature Park, South Dakota Art Museum, McCrory Gardens, South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum, Outdoor Adventure Center and the Brookings Summer Arts Festival.

DEADLINE: Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by October 1, 2019.

APPLICATION PROCESS: SDSU accepts applications through an on-line employment site. To apply, visit:, search by the position title, view the job announcement, and click on “apply for this job.” This system will guide you through the electronic application form. This employment site will also require the attachment of a cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement, official transcripts, Curriculum Vitae, and a reference page with the contact information for four professional references. Email applications will not be accepted. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with this process.

Any offer of employment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, successful completion of a criminal background check.

South Dakota State University is a tobacco free environment.

Questions on this position should be referred to: Dr. Peter Sexton, Department Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Science, SDSU, Box 2207A, Brookings, SD 57007, (605) 688-4600 or

South Dakota State University is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its faculty, staff and students. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by emailing SDSU prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, gender, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran’s status or any other protected class in the offering of all educational programs and employment opportunities. Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact: Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Morrill Hall 100, SDSU, Brookings, SD 57007. Phone: (605) 688-4128.