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Faculty Position: Extension Soil Water Quality Scientist

THE POSITION: The Department of Crop and Soil Science, Oregon State University, seeks to fill a tenure-track faculty position in Extension Soil Water Quality Science.

This position is part of a 5 position coordinated hire to augment the capabilities and leadership of the College of Agricultural Sciences (CAS) in the field of water resources, and specifically in water quality. This position will directly strengthen Oregon’s agricultural competitiveness by innovative solutions to current water quality problems in both managed and natural systems.

The successful candidate will develop a nationally recognized extension and applied research program, with measurable impacts, to assist agricultural producers in sustaining or enhancing crop productivity while maintaining or increasing groundwater and surface water quality associated with agricultural practices.

DEPARTMENT OF CROP AND SOIL SCIENCE: The Department of Crop and Soil Science (CSS) is devoted to the application of science to solve problems related to natural and agricultural ecosystems, field crop agriculture, rural and urban economies, and natural resource management. Our faculty and staff are involved in basic and applied research, studying topics related to a safe, stable food system, promoting sustainability in agriculture, and understanding and protecting our water and soil resources.

Our faculty are ardent supporters of student success in quality academic, research, internships, global studies, and other experiential learning opportunities.

Oregon State University and the Department of Crop and Soil Science (CSS) is in compliance with state and federal laws and regulations and is an equal opportunity employer.

For more information, contact Jolene Bunce, CSS Administrative Manager

Jolene.Bunce@oregonstate.edu; 541-737-5854

To review posting and apply, go to https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/90405 - Extension Soil Water Quality Scientist

Position closes May 8, 2020 with a “for full consideration” deadline of April 30, 2020.

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