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Assistant Professor Position in Soil Chemistry

02.10.2018 - College of Agriculture, Auburn University, Alabama

The Department of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences in the College of Agriculture at Auburn University is seeking applications for the position of Assistant Professor-Soil Chemistry. This faculty position will be a nine-month, tenure-track position with a 30% teaching and 70% research appointment. The projected start date is August 16, 2019.

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will develop a nationally recognized program which advances current understanding of soil chemical processes. The incumbent’s research program should include a fundamental soil chemistry component and an applied aspect that addresses practical issues in environmental and agronomic sciences. Research areas which complement existing expertise include thermodynamics and kinetics of soil processes, soil contaminant speciation and reactivity, organo-mineral interactions in soils, redox processes, and principles of soil acidity. The candidate will apply these areas in investigation of chemical processes that govern the speciation, distribution, and transport of nutrients and inorganic and organic contaminants in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.

Teaching responsibilities are 7-8 hours of course credit per academic year including an upper level undergraduate/graduate soil chemistry course and a graduate level environmental soil chemistry course. The successful candidate will mentor undergraduate students and supervise graduate programs in soil chemistry. As a member of the College of Agriculture and the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station, this position will also participate in service and outreach activities.
The individual will collaborate with scientists in the department, college, university and Alabama Cooperative Extension System. Collaborative efforts with scientists from the USDA-ARS-National Soil Dynamics Laboratory and US Forest Service are also available.

Qualifications: Minimum qualifications include: 1) an earned Ph.D. from an accredited institution in soil chemistry, environmental chemistry, geochemistry or related discipline, at the time employment begins 2) experience, training and knowledge of traditional and advanced chemical methodologies and instrumentation, and 3) documented evidence of individual and/or collaborative research in soil chemical processes across multiple ecosystems. The successful candidate must possess excellent written and verbal skills to effectively interact with diverse audiences. The successful candidate must meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States at the time of appointment and to continue working legally for the employment term. Desirable qualifications include postdoc experience and evidence of prior extramural funding success.

Application: Applicants must apply for the position by visiting the link: and attach the following:

  1. Cover letter that addresses the experience pertinent to position responsibilities,
  2. Current curriculum vita,
  3. Copies of ALL academic transcripts,
  4. Statement of research interests and accomplishments,
  5. Statement of teaching philosophy.

When prompted during the on-line process, please provide names, email addresses and phone numbers for three (3) professional references. Only complete application materials will be considered. To ensure consideration for the position, applicants are encouraged to apply by end of business December 15, 2018. The search will continue until the position is filled. Questions about this position should be directed to Dr. Joey Shaw, Search Committee Chair, email:

The University: Auburn University is one of the nation’s premier land, sea and space grant institutions with an enrollment of more than 25,400 graduate and undergraduate students. The University is located in the city of Auburn in east-central Alabama approximately 100 miles southwest of Atlanta, GA and southeast of Birmingham, AL and about 60 miles northeast of the state capital (Montgomery). Auburn University is ranked in the top 50 public universities for undergraduate programs. Interested applicants are encouraged to visit for more information.