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Oregon State University Seeks Assistant Professor of Weed Science

December 01, 2021

Position Title                                                                                                                         
Assistant Professor of Weed Science 
Position Summary
The Department of Crop and Soil Science at Oregon State University is seeking an Assistant Professor of Weed Science to conduct applied research addressing improved management of weed populations in integrated systems, complemented with research on site-specific, precision weed management methodologies. Teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in weed science is expected. This is a tenure-track 1.0 FTE, 9-month position at the Corvallis campus with the following duty distribution 45% research, 25% scholarship, 20% teaching, 5% service, and 5% supervision.
Evolved resistance of weeds to herbicides is a significant management problem in Oregon crops, necessitating identification of systems approaches to reducing the selection for and spread of herbicide resistant weed populations, and development of novel methods of weed management. Furthermore, site-specific weed management technology shows considerable promise to reduce the heavy reliance on chemical weed control common in contemporary crop production systems, and may reduce the cost and difficulty of controlling these important pests. Continued advances in unmanned aerial vehicles, robotics, artificial intelligence and machine learning, and other such smart technologies offer enormous potential to advance site-specific weed management in the near future, and to develop more sustainable approaches to weed management.
The incumbent will work independently and in multi-disciplinary teams to: i.) conduct applied, field-based research to improve management of herbicide resistant weed populations with both chemical and non-chemical means applied in integrated systems in Oregon crops, and ii) develop and advance site-specific and precision weed management approaches. The successful candidate is also expected to have a commitment to and an understanding of the importance of enhancing diversity.
For more information:
Thomas Chastain, Department Head

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