Department Profile: The Department of Agricultural & Biological Engineering has 16 on-campus faculty and several adjunct/affiliate faculty off-campus within research centers and government agencies, engaged in teaching, research, and Extension. The department is academically co-administered by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the Bagley College of Engineering and offers undergraduate (B.S.) and graduate (M.S. and Ph.D.) degrees in three distinct program areas: Biological Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Agricultural Engineering Technology and Business. Within these programs, the department has approximately 450 undergraduates and 40 graduate students. The J. Charles Lee Agricultural and Biological Engineering Building includes more than 6,000 square feet of state-of-the-art instructional and research facilities, and includes separate labs for sterile tissue culture, biomechanical testing, environmental and agricultural simulation or modeling studies, electronic/robotic design fabrication and testing, fiber processing, GPS/GIS, renewable bioenergy, and student computing resources. More information about the department can be found at http://www.abe.msstate.edu/.
Position Function: The Department of Agricultural & Biological Engineering at Mississippi State University invites applications for a tenure track, 12-month, assistant/associate professor position in agricultural and biological engineering focused on “precision technologies” and their application to confined animal production and cropping systems. This Position will have a 100% Extension appointment. Applicants should be committed to excellence in Extension programming and informal teaching and be able to articulate a prospective applied research program that meets the needs of associated agricultural industries in Mississippi and the United States. Candidates with experience and expertise in all areas of agricultural and biosystems engineering and technology will be considered, but those with strengths in “precision technologies” including electronics, programming, artificial intelligence, sensing, control systems, and robotics, as well as in controlled environment animal production systems (particularly poultry) and/or crop production are preferred. Women, minorities, and other under-represented groups are highly encouraged to apply.
Essential duties and responsibilities: Candidates will be expected to develop and execute Extension programming in “precision technologies” related to commercial animal and crop-production, as well as to advise graduate students. They must establish a strong record of applied research, Extension programming and informal teaching, and service.
Minimum Qualifications: Applicants must have a Ph.D. by time of appointment in either (1) Agricultural, Biological, or Biosystems Engineering, or equivalent in a closely related engineering discipline, or (2) Agricultural Technology Management, Agricultural Systems Management, or Agricultural Engineering Technology and Business, or equivalent in a closely related engineering technology discipline. Applicants must also have excellent verbal and writing skills as well as a strong commitment to teaching excellence, scholarly production, and grantsmanship and should have the ability to conduct multi-disciplinary collaborative research.
Preferred Qualifications: Experience in commercial animal production operations, facilities, and environmental control systems (particularly poultry) towards improving production and resource use efficiency, and crop-processing machinery and systems.
Instructions for Applying: Qualified applicants must apply online at www.msujobs.msstate.edu and attach (1) cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, including a list of three professional references complete with current contact information, (3) statement of past, present and future research, including commonly employed technologies, equipment and funding sources (4) statement of non-formal teaching philosophy, and (5) official transcripts (any social security numbers included on requested transcripts should be redacted prior to submitting online). Review of applications will begin February 1, with an anticipated appointment date of May 16, 2022, or as soon as a qualified candidate is identified.
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