Montana State University

Tenure Track Faculty Position
Vacancy Announcement
May 12, 2014

Assistant Professor of Cropping Systems
Northern Agricultural Research Center

Search Number     14-396
Start Date July 1, 2014 or upon successful completion of search process
Appointment Full-time (1.0 FTE) 12-month tenure-track research position

Competitive salary commensurate with education, qualifications, and experience

Benefits Eligible
Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Founded in 1893 as a Land Grant University, Montana State University (MSU) in Bozeman is composed of nine academic colleges and a graduate school and boasts a friendly, supportive faculty and campus environment. Currently, the University hosts an enrollment of over 15,000 students, including approximately 2,000 graduate students. MSU is classified as one of 108 U.S. Research Universities (very high research activity) by the Carnegie Foundation.

The Department of Research Centers represents the 17 faculty, 14 professional technicians and 28 support staff that conduct research and outreach programs at seven off-campus research centers located throughout Montana. The Northern Agricultural Research Center (NARC) is a diversified crop and livestock research facility located seven miles southwest of Havre (pop. 10,000); see Google Earth 29’42.06” N and 47’58.07” W. Located on the rolling plains of north-central Montana along the Milk River, Havre resides in the northeast corner of the Golden Triangle, a major semi-arid crop production area for small grain, annual pulse, oilseed and forage crops. Nearly 30 percent of Montana’s wheat and barley production comes from the five counties surrounding Havre. Havre serves as a regional agricultural center, as well as a center for other commercial wholesale/retail-related business activities among the smaller communities within 100 to 150 miles. Montana State University – Northern, one of the four MSU campuses, also is located at Havre and a joint teaching appointment (10-15%) with MSU-Northern is a possibility. Havre offers year-round recreational and cultural opportunities in close proximity to historic Fort Assinniboine, Glacier National Park, Fort Peck Reservoir, the Missouri River and the Bear Paw Mountains.


The Northern Agricultural Research Center consists of 3,000 acres at the main facility with an additional 3,960 acres of grazing land located in the nearby Bear Paw Mountains. The 3,000 acres on the main facility supports both crop and livestock research activities which is distinctly unique to MSU. The research center has recently completed $2.8 million of construction and renovation, including a new $2.1 million office/laboratory complex. In the spring of 2014, two center pivots suitable for research will be installed. The current research center staff consists of three faculty, two operations managers, two master’s level technicians, and eight support personnel. A master’s level technician fully paid by MAES for three years and 50% thereafter will support this position. A local advisory board made up of area producers and industry representatives from the five surrounding counties, provides guidance on NARC research priorities. Additional information about MAES, the Department of Research Centers and NARC may be found by accessing MSU's College of Agriculture web page at

Duties and

Develop an applied field research program that investigates the integration of cultural practices, soil science/nutrient management, and input variables to enhance the economic potential and sustainability of crop production systems in north-central Montana and throughout the region, with an emphasis on small grain cropping systems. This research program will work in collaboration with the existing variety development and variety test program currently managed by a full-time professional scientist. The incumbent is expected to cooperate with this program, other public-sector scientists, extension personnel, farmers, private industry, advisory groups and commodity organizations to develop research priorities and assist in developing management recommendations. Expectations for scholarship include publication in refereed journals and reviewed materials, presentation at scientific and producer meetings, development of extension-related materials, and teaching of discipline-related topics to accommodate student demand. Securing extramural funds from state, regional and national sources, as well as the agricultural industry, is required. Should the candidate desire, there may be an opportunity for a joint 10-15% teaching appointment with MSU – Northern in their Food Systems/Agriculture curriculum.

1.   Earned Doctorate in Agronomy, Crop Science or related discipline.
2.   Documented experience in applied small grain-centered cropping systems research.
3.   Demonstrated experience in planning, designing, and implementing field research, and interpreting research results using accepted, innovative, and strategic scientific methodology.
4.   Experience effectively communicating, both verbally and in writing, with clientele including students, agricultural producers, extension personnel, industry representatives, and scientists.
1.   Documented successful grant writing experience.
2.   Post-doctoral experience in cropping systems research.
3.   Experience with small grain production systems under semi-arid conditions typical of the Northern Great Plains region of North America.
4.   Established scientific publication record commensurate with training and experience.
5.   Experience in integrating cultural practices, soil science/soil fertility, and other variable input research in small grains-centered cropping systems.
The Successful
Candidate Will

Demonstrate the ability to build an innovative, externally-funded small grains field research program; have effective interpersonal skills including the ability to collaborate successfully with diverse groups; possess excellent written and oral communication skills; and maintain effective attention to detail, meeting deadlines, and prioritizing multiple projects.

1.   In accordance with MSU policy, hiring will be conditional upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check.
2.   Must possess or have the ability to obtain a valid Montana driver's license.
3.   Must possess or have the ability to obtain a Montana Government Applicator License.
4.   This position will work in the field. The successful candidate must have the ability to navigate uneven terrain on foot, work in inclement weather, and lift up to 60 pounds on occasion.

Screening of applications will begin on June 13, 2014 and will continue to be accepted until an adequate pool is established.


To apply, submit the following:

  • (1) a letter of application addressing all of the above required and preferred qualifications (how your training, expertise, and talents uniquely qualify you to fulfill the required and preferred qualifications for this position,
  • (2) a current resume or vitae,
  • (3) unofficial transcripts of all university academic work (official transcripts will be required of the top candidate(s), and
  • (4) the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of four professional references.

    Electronic submissions in PDF format to are preferred, and must have the applicant's signature on the letter of application. For electronic submittals, please indicate "Applicant - Search #14-396" in the subject line of the email.

    • Submit application materials to:

    • Dr. Barry J Jacobsen, Interim Head, Department of Research Centers
    • c/o Shana Wold, Administrative Assistant
    • Cropping Systems Agronomist Search Committee
    • Montana State University
    • PO Box 172860
    • Bozeman, MT 59717-2860
    • ph (406)994-7289
    • fax (406)994-6579

      In order to receive Veterans Preference during the application review process, it is highly recommended that the required forms are included at the time you submit your application materials. Click here for the forms and information regarding Veterans Preference. Important note: Your preference form is submitted to a different location than your application materials. A DD214 is not a required document.

Posted (5/12/14 bbclark)