West Lafayette, IN United States

Assistant Professor of Agronomy in Soil Microbiome

Purdue University, Agronomy Department

Job Title: Assistant Professor of Agronomy in Soil Microbiome
Job Location: West Lafayette , IN
United States
Status: Full-Time
Job Category: Agriculture & horticulture
Application Closing Date: Open Until Filled
Date Posted: 2021-01-28
Industry: Academic/Education

Job Description


Job Summary

The Agronomy Department of the College of Agriculture, Purdue University, seeks applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in soil microbiomes.  This is a full-time (9 month) tenure track position with an appointment in research and teaching.  A microbiome is defined as a community of microorganisms (e.g., bacteria, archaea, viruses, fungi, and other microeukaryotes) inhabiting and influencing an environment.  We expect the candidate to build a nationally and internationally recognized research program focused on understanding how the soil microbiome influences the development and functioning of critical soil processes. The successful applicant will have an interest in mechanistic understanding of soil microbiome function.  Our ideal candidate will use molecular and computational techniques to explore environmental microbiology and soil microhabitats to address i) the impact of diverse microbiomes and their function on soil and plant physiology, ii) the roles of microorganisms across various ecosystems, and/or iii) mechanisms of rhizosphere plant microbiome interactions. Research areas may include but are not limited to soil carbon and nutrient cycling, soil health, crop performance, soil biodiversity, including soil eukaryotes, fungi, Bacteria, Archaea, and/or viruses. The successful candidate should also have demonstrated abilities in classroom education. Teaching responsibilities include a graduate course in some aspects of soil microbiomes and undergraduate teaching responsibilities. Service expectations include participation in appropriate professional organizations and on departmental/college/University committees.



The Agronomy Department is a diverse department of 30 faculty, 60 graduate students, and 171 undergraduate students (https://ag.purdue.edu/Agry/Pages/default.aspx). Purdue University offers excellent research facilities, including the Agronomy Center for Research and Education (https://ag.purdue.edu/agry/acre/Pages/default.aspx), a state-wide network of Purdue Agriculture Centers (https://ag.purdue.edu/arge/pac/Pages/default.aspx), and Cooperative Extension Offices (https://extension.purdue.edu/) in most of our 92 counties.

The College

The Agronomy Department is an integral part of the College of Agriculture, one of the world's leading colleges of agricultural, food, life, and natural resource sciences. The College boasts 3 World Food Prize laureates and ranked seventh in the U.S. in the 2020 QS World University Rankings. The College has 11 academic departments and currently includes 300 faculty, 740 graduate students, and 2,841 undergraduate students. The College is deeply committed to the three land-grant missions (teaching, research, and extension), international activities and perspectives that span all missions, and supporting a diverse and inclusive environment focused on excellence in all that we do. The College's current strategic plan can be accessed at https://ag.purdue.edu/plan/Pages/default.aspx.

Job Requirements


Successful candidates must have a Ph.D. in Microbiology, Soil Science, Agronomy, or a closely related discipline; post-doctoral experience is preferred. Other areas of expertise may include but are not limited to state-of-the-art genomics, proteomics, transcriptomics, and/or metabolomics to understand microbiome functions.  Excellent written and oral communication skills are essential, and candidates should demonstrate good teaching skills.

Information and Application Process Instructions

Application Instructions

Interested applicants must submit an application packet that includes: 1) an application cover letter with a statement on how they will advance diversity, 2) a statement of research goals and objectives in this position (two pages maximum), 3) a statement of teaching philosophy (two pages maximum), 4) curriculum vitae that include a complete publication list, and 5) the names and contact information for at least three professional references. All materials must be combined into one pdf and submitted electronically via this site https://career8.successfactors.com/sfcareer/jobreqcareer?jobId=12704&company=purdueuniv. The application review will begin on March 1, 2021, and continue until a suitable candidate is identified. Questions may be directed to the Search Committee Chair: Dr. Cliff Johnston (cliffjohnston@purdue.edu). A background check will be required for employment in this position.

Purdue University's Department of Agronomy is committed to advancing diversity in all faculty effort areas, including discovery, instruction, and engagement. Candidates should address at least one of these areas in a separate Diversity and Inclusion Statement, indicating their past experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion. Purdue is an ADVANCE institution – https://www.purdue.edu/advance-purdue/.


Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities,
women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.



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