Forage/Crop Residue Systems Specialist
University of Nebraska - Lincoln, NE

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This is a 12-month, tenured or tenure-leading position at the Assistant/Associate Professor rank in the Agronomy and Horticulture Department. This position will be part of an interdisciplinary team focused on enhancing and developing forage-based beef production systems. The incumbent is expected to collaborate with faculty in Agronomy and Horticulture, Animal Science, Agricultural Economics, School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Research and Extension Centers, and USDA - ARS as part of a state-wide initiative in Beef Cattle/Forage Production Systems.

Extension 60% – Must be strongly committed to extension and technology transfer to both crop and livestock producers. Specific extension responsibilities include developing a statewide program to guide sustainable utilization of forage crops (including cover crops) and crop residue, and integrate these products into beef cattle production systems on rangeland and pastureland. These integrated programs will be conducted in collaboration with faculty in Agricultural Economics, Animal Science, and Agronomy and Horticulture to address the trans-disciplinary requirements of production systems. Development of extension publications, webinars, in-service training, and other scholarly outputs is expected.

Research 40% – Research responsibilities involve use of applied, on-farm and on-station research approaches to study the sustainable production and utilization of forage crops (including annual forages and cover crops), crop residues, and pasturelands in beef cattle production systems. Research areas of focus include forage production systems (e.g., identifying forages capable of producing high rates of gain on yearling cattle of various sizes during each month of the year), grazing and harvest management of crop residue and cover crop systems, and soil health and water use of forage crop/crop residue systems. Collaborative research must be located throughout the state to meet the needs of producers on a regional basis. Research responsibilities include development of a successful interdisciplinary research program, publications in refereed journals, presentations at scientific conferences, extramural grant funding, and supervision of graduate students.

Administrative Relationships – Responsibility for scholarly activity, academic citizenship, professional development, annual reviews, and tenure and promotion are within the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture.

Minimum Required Qualifications

Requires Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. in place by date of hire in Agronomy, Plant Sciences, or closely related field.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience conducting integrated research, strong oral and written communication skills, a strong publication record, ability to secure extramural funding, experience with grazing livestock, ability to develop extension programs, and desire to work in a team environment to further strengthen collaborative links with multiple departments and colleges at UNL is preferred.

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