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Assistant Professor Positions in Weed Science

The Ohio State University
Columbus, Ohio
Not specified
Closing date
Jan 29, 2023

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Assistant Professor Positions in Weed Science


The Department of Horticulture and Crop Science at The Ohio State University is seeking applications for two tenure-track 9-month faculty positions in the discipline area of Weed Science at the Assistant Professor level. Details on both positions are outlined below. Candidates will be considered for both available positions unless a candidate specifies to be considered for only one in the cover letter or through direct communication with the chair of the search committee, Dr. Alex Lindsey ( Review of applicants will begin on January 18, 2023 and will continue until the positions are filled. The location of each position will be the Columbus or Wooster campus, depending on the preference of each successful candidate.



Assistant Professor – Extension Weed Science in Row and Pasture Crops


This position contains a 70% Extension, 30% research appointment. The successful candidate is expected to: establish a nationally recognized applied research and extension program focused on weed management within sustainable cropping systems for agronomic crops, forage, and pasture. Research areas may include but are not limited to: herbicide efficacy and development of effective weed management systems; alternative weed management tools and innovative new technologies; integrative weed management systems; herbicide resistance management and mitigation; weed ecology and seedbank management. The candidate is expected to provide statewide, regional, and national leadership that supports and strengthens the work of the Ohio State University Agronomic Crops Team ( in developing and disseminating current science-based information and technologies aimed at improving agronomic crop production systems; interact with producers, industry representatives, and producer organizations and with state and regional agencies as appropriate to facilitate technology transfer and adoption of recommended practices; mentor graduate students and acquire extramural funding to support research and extension programs.


Assistant Professor – Weed Ecology and Management


This position contains a 20% Extension, 50% research, and 30% teaching appointment. The successful candidate is expected to establish an externally funded and nationally recognized program focused on developing weed management strategies that contribute to the development of climate-resilient and diversified cropping systems, and mitigate evolving herbicide resistance issues. Research areas could include but are not limited to: development of ecological approaches to adapting cropping communities to abiotic and biotic stresses; landscape scale modeling of crop and weed performance and weed population dynamics in response to climate change; strategies that increase cropping system competitiveness with weeds; innovative non-chemical management technologies, especially as related to weed seedbank management. The successful candidate is expected contribute to the Department’s teaching program by teaching two undergraduate or graduate courses per year that contribute to the core curriculum or are in the candidate’s area of expertise. Advising and mentoring of graduate and undergraduate students is also expected. The candidate will be expected to disseminate research findings to stakeholders through OSU Extension teams and train Extension Educators in ecological approaches to cropping system and weed management and applicable technologies using appropriate contemporary methods of communication and information transfer. 



The minimum qualification for each position is an earned Ph.D. in weed science or a closely related discipline upon the start date. Desirable qualifications include knowledge of weed ecology and management in agronomic and/or pasture crop production systems; successful grant writing experience and knowledge dissemination; experience in teaching undergraduate and/or graduate courses and advising students; experience in successful collaborative efforts; experience interacting with stakeholders, farmers, and industry personnel.


Application instructions:

All applications should be submitted through Workday. Candidates only need to apply to one of the two positions formally through Workday, though they will be considered for both available positions by the committee unless otherwise specified. Please include the following documents for your application: a) cover letter with stated preference (if any) for the posted positions; b) curriculum vitae; c) copy of academic transcripts; d) statement of teaching and extension philosophy (up to two pages); e) statement on past research and future research plans (up to two pages); f) statement on philosophy of diversity and inclusion (up to one page); g) contact information for 3 professional references. Any questions can be directed to Dr. Alex Lindsey (


Review of applicants will begin on January 18, 2023 and will continue until the positions are filled. The location of each position will be the Columbus or Wooster campus, depending on the preference of each successful candidate.


About The Ohio State University

For 150 years, The Ohio State University's campus has been the stage for academic achievement and a laboratory for innovation. The university's main campus in Columbus is one of America's largest and most comprehensive. As one of the nation's top 20 public universities, Ohio State is further recognized by a top-rated academic medical center and a premier cancer hospital and research center. As a land-grant university, Ohio State has a physical presence throughout the state, with campuses and research centers located around Ohio. Ohio State faculty and staff contribute in significant ways to transform themselves and the world.


The Ohio State University is committed to establishing a culturally and intellectually diverse environment, encouraging all members of our learning community to reach their full potential. We are responsive to dual-career families and strongly promote work-life balance to support our community members through a suite of institutionalized policies. We are an NSF Advance Institution and a member of the Ohio/Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia Higher Education Recruitment Consortium. The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.

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