The Ohio State University — Assistant / Associate Professor, Agricultural Hydrology and Water Quality

Position Description:
Assistant/Associate Professor in Agricultural Hydrology and Water Quality (50% research, 35% extension, 15% teaching). The successful candidate will be expected to develop a nationally recognized research program with an emphasis on hydrology and water quality in agricultural landscapes. Ideally, this scientist will utilize field observations and monitoring approaches, possibly combined with remotely sensed data, to understand vadose zone hydrological processes and hydrologic controls of water quality outcomes at the farm field to watershed scale. Specialties of particular interest include: (a) vadose zone hydrologic processes in agricultural fields and watersheds; (b) impacts of land use changes and farm management strategies (e.g., tillage, crop rotations, riparian buffers, controlled drainage, ditch design, etc.) on water flows and water quality; and (c) the ability to link physical hydrology to water quality and ecosystem function to enhance management of water resources and agroecosystems in Ohio and the region. 

Based on The Ohio State University’s Wooster Campus as part of the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, the candidate will contribute to the SENR’s research, extension, teaching and advising programs. They should complement current strengths in environmental sciences as well as cross traditional disciplinary boundaries. They will develop an externally funded research program, support and integrate with OSU extension colleagues, attract outstanding graduate students, and be committed to undergraduate education. Specific expectations and responsibilities include: Develop an independent research and extension program related to the hydrology of agricultural landscapes with appropriate interdisciplinary alliances; secure extramural funding and publish in refereed journals; work collaboratively with OSU extension educators, government agencies, NGOs, and citizen groups to advance our land grant mission; teach and advise graduate and undergraduate students; serve SENR, OSU, and professional communities.

Earned Ph.D. with a strong academic background in hydrologic science. Expertise conducting applied research on hydrologic controls on water quality in agricultural landscapes with a focus on vadose zone processes. Evidence of productivity and excellence in research, outreach education, and teaching – or evidence of potential – are required. Excellent verbal and written communication skills and a willingness and ability to work closely with other people. Preferred qualifications include experience integrating research, outreach, and teaching programs; experience or demonstrated interest working with social scientists and interdisciplinary teams; familiarity with LGU extension systems; and experience in or goals for student mentorship, including supporting historically underrepresented groups.

Application and Deadline: Please send (1) a letter of interest describing your qualifications, areas of expertise, career goals, and alignment with our desired qualifications (1-2 pp), along with (2) a current CV, (3) statement of research interests (1-2 pp), (4) statement of teaching and outreach/extension experience and philosophy (1 pg), and (5) statement of multicultural experience and commitment to diversity/inclusion (1 pg). In addition, provide contact information for three qualified references. Send application materials in a single PDF file as email attachment to Douglas Jackson-Smith at Initial consideration will be given to applications received by January 31, 2019. Review of applications continues until position has been filled.

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 gender identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status. The Ohio State University is committed to establishing a culturally and intellectually diverse environment, and 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.