Assistant Professor, Manure Management & Water Quality Specialist

Job ID: 314369 

The Department of Soil, Water, and Climate at the University of Minnesota seeks a dynamic extension specialist and innovative researcher in the area of manure management with a focus on protecting water quality. The Department of Soil, Water, and Climate is one of 12 academic departments within College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences. There are currently 19 faculty located on the St. Paul Campus and three located at Research and Outreach stations as well as five USDA-ARS scientists with adjunct appointments. The Department provides undergraduate and graduate teaching, conducts extensive research, and has significant extension outreach responsibilities.

Appointment and Position Description

This is a nine-month (B-term) tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor with duties divided between Extension (60%) and Research (40%). The position is in the Department of Soil, Water and Climate, on the flagship Twin Cities campus of the University of Minnesota. The appointee will be expected to develop a nationally recognized research and extension program related to the study of manure management. The focus of this position is to provide expertise and educational programming on manure use for various cropping systems in Minnesota. It is expected that the research and education will focus primarily on identification and implementation of manure management practices that will interface with environmental quality and soil health. The successful candidate will be expected to develop research-based extension programming that supports Minnesota agriculture and protects natural resources. In addition, the appointee will be expected to secure extramural research funding from state and national competitive grant programs; recruit and advise graduate students; participate in faculty governance; participate in, and as appropriate, provide leadership to Extension education activities of the department and College statewide and nationally. To develop as a leader of a successful program, this person is expected to work closely and cooperatively with other faculty and educators in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resources Sciences, University of Minnesota Extension, commodity organizations, as well as local state and federal agency personnel.



  • A Ph.D. in soil science, agronomy, environmental science, animal science, biosystems engineering, or closely related discipline by date of appointment.
  • Demonstrated excellence in written communication and presentation skills.
  • Experience in conducting innovative field research with contemporary design, measurement, and analysis techniques.
  • Evidence of peer-reviewed publishing.


  • Experience working effectively in interdisciplinary teams and serving traditionally underrepresented and culturally diverse groups.
  • Exhibits an understanding of the roles of industry, agency, producer and stakeholder groups in manure management operations and issues; and experience with these groups.
  • Demonstrated excellence in oral communication.
  • Experience in extension program development and delivery.
  • Experience in manure management as related to water quality and crop production.
  • Demonstrated success in securing extramural research and education funding.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. Benefits include: University retirement; group life, medical, and dental insurance plans; and sabbatical and semester leave opportunities. The position is available March 1, 2017. Detailed benefits information is available at:

Application Process:

Apply on line via the Employment System at The system job number for this position is 314369.

Applications must include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae with list of publications, statements of research and teaching interests, and names and contact information for at least three referees. Review of applications will begin January 20th, 2017 and continue until the position is filled. Direct inquiries and applications to:

Dr. Mark Seeley, Chair, Search Committee
Department of Soil, Water, and Climate
College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
University of Minnesota
1991 Upper Buford Circle
St. Paul, MN 55108 612/625-4724 FAX: 612/625 2208

During the interview process, applicants will be asked to describe their commitment, experience and approach to teaching and working with students, colleagues and constituents from diverse populations.

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.

Information on the department and its programs may be found at The University of Minnesota, located in the heart of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area (, is one of the largest universities in the country and offers a rich academic and research infrastructure.

The University of Minnesota is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, national origin, handicap, age, veteran status, or sexual orientation. The University is committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, and other underrepresented groups.