Asst/Assoc Professor - Irrigation Engineering Management Specialist
University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Location: Lincoln, Nebraska
Internal Number: 77698
Requisition Number: F_220033
Department: Biological Systems Engineering-0833
Description of Work:
The selected candidate will play a key role in irrigation extension and research programs in West-Central and statewide across Nebraska, which has a large extent of irrigated acres, includes much of the irrigation industry, and is connected to the water management challenges of the Platte River. The incumbent will lead an extension and research program based out of the West Central Research, Extension, and Education Center (WCREEC) in North Platte, NE. The apportionment is 40% research and 60% extension. The program will focus on agricultural irrigation management in the context of sustainability, including water quantity for irrigation, and impact of irrigation on water quality (such as nitrates). Potential topics include sensors for irrigation management, joint management of irrigation and nutrients, new technology for irrigation (including collaboration with the Irrigation Innovation Consortium), adoption of best management practices, etc. A strong connection with stakeholders will be critical for a successful program, including producers, natural resource districts, irrigation districts, irrigation industry, and state and federal agencies. The incumbent will be expected to engage their extension and research programs with irrigation faculty as well as faculty in collaborating disciplines. Example collaborations include faculty in BSE and WCREEC, Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, the School of Natural Resources, the Department of Agricultural Economics, Water and Integrated Cropping Systems (WICS), and the Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute.
Recognizing that diversity within a context of inclusivity enhances creativity, innovation, impact, and a sense of belonging, IANR, Biological Systems Engineering and WCREEC are committed to creating learning, research, Extension programming, and work environments that are inclusive of all forms of human diversity. We actively encourage applications from and nominations of qualified individuals from underrepresented groups.
As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See http://www.unl.edu/equity/notice-nondiscrimination.
Minimum Required Qualifications:
PhD in Agricultural Engineering, Biological Systems Engineering, Irrigation Engineering, or closely related field.
Demonstrated ability to deliver interpersonal education, such as extension programming.
Documentation of research in irrigation engineering and management.
Experience developing and delivering education and training to professional audiences.
Experience securing financial support for research and/or extension programs, including grants and contracts as well as cost recovery efforts commensurate with career level.
Experience in field research involving management and operation of irrigation systems.
Record of peer-reviewed research and extension publications commensurate with career level.
Experience supervising professionals (e.g., support staff) and students.
Demonstrated ability to lead and collaborate in interdisciplinary research/extension programs.
With over 25,000 students, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is a diverse educational insitution with international stature. The intellectual center for the state of Nebraska and beyond, we are a land-grant, top tier national research-extensive insitution. Part of the Big Ten conference, Big Ten Academic Alliance, our mission includes growing relationships and resources that enable the University of Nebraska to change lives.