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Assistant Professor and Extension Weed Science Specialist

Iowa State University
Job Location:
Plant and Soil Science

Assistant Professor and Extension Weed Science Specialist

Appointment Type: Faculty

Job Description:
Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:

The Department of Agronomy at Iowa State University is pleased to invite applications for a tenure-track assistant professor and extension weed science specialist. We seek a candidate with weed management expertise and outstanding communication skills to develop and lead a dynamic, farmer-centered extension program focused on current and emerging weed management challenges in Iowa. This position is a 12-month, tenure-eligible appointment and has primary responsibilities in extension (55%), with secondary responsibilities in research and teaching. The successful applicant must be creative, resourceful, and possess excellent written and verbal communication skills. Relevant research areas include improving understanding of crop-weed interactions, herbicide resistance evolution, and other factors influencing weed population dynamics. An integrated research and extension program should focus on weed management systems that protect crop productivity and environmental quality. The position will oversee an active herbicide evaluation program with strong ties to industry. Teaching will include instruction of Principles of Weed Science (AGRON 317) an undergraduate course taught one semester each year.

Required Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in weed science, crop science, agronomy, or closely related field.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with current weed management challenges, strategies, and technologies
  • Experience in extension, research and/or teaching related to weed and herbicide science
  • Experience in conducting field days, workshops, or talks to stakeholders such as students, farmers, and agribusiness audiences
  • Demonstrated ability to publish research applicable to the scientific community and extension clientele
  • Evidence of collaboration and interdisciplinary teamwork

If you are passionate about weed science but do not satisfy all of the preferred qualifications, please apply. We would appreciate the opportunity to consider your application.

Department/Program & College Description:
Iowa State Extension has a forward-looking and responsive Integrated Crop Management team that addresses issues in Iowa crop production. The team is composed of extension faculty and field-specialists in agronomy, weed science, plant pathology, entomology, economics, sociology, and agricultural engineering. Thus, there are excellent opportunities for collaboration and the successful candidate will be expected to develop strong interdisciplinary relationships across the institution. There are also significant opportunities for collaboration with allied research organizations such as USDA-ARS National Laboratory for Agricultural and the Environment, private industry, commodity organizations, and other state and national partners.

Iowa State University ( is a comprehensive, Land Grant, Carnegie Doctoral/Research Extensive University and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. Iowa State University is in Ames, Iowa, a community of over 66,000, recently ranked as one of the most livable small cities in the nation. The university enrolls over 30,000 students and is committed to achieving inclusive excellence through a diverse workforce.

The Department of Agronomy at Iowa State University is a premier agronomy department offering BS and MS degrees in Agronomy, and MS and PhD degrees in Agricultural Meteorology, Crop Production and Physiology (with and without weed science option), Plant Breeding, and Soil Science. We embrace the Land Grant mission and take pride in teaching, research, and extension missions. Importantly, we believe that a diversity of thoughts, ideas, and people enrich our culture and enhances our ability to achieve the Land Grant mission. To that end, we strongly encourage candidates from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds to apply.

Department Unit/Website:
Proposed Start Date: July 1, 2024

Number of Months Employed Per Year: 12 Month Work Period
Time Type: Full time

Application Instructions:
Please apply online at https ://

To apply for this position, please click on “Apply” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:

  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of Application/Cover Letter
  • Statement of Extension Philosophy
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  • Statement of Research Interests
  • Contact information for three references

For guaranteed consideration, all application materials must be received by January 12, 2024.

If you have questions regarding this vacancy, please email Dr. Mary Wiedenhoeft at or call 515-294-3274.

If you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or toll free: 1-877-477-7485.

Why Choose ISU?
Iowa State University is committed to fostering a workplace of belonging, where diversity is celebrated and equity is a core value. Our Iowa State Employees enjoy comprehensive health and work-life benefits, including medical and dental; as well as:

  • Retirement benefits, including defined benefit and defined contribution plans;
  • Generous leave plans;
  • Onsite childcare (Ames, Iowa);
  • Life insurance and long-term disability;
  • Flexible Spending Accounts;
  • Various voluntary benefits and discounts;
  • Employee Assistance Program;
  • Wellbeing program.

Job Requisition Number: R13482

About Us
By focusing on the future and providing the best student experience possible, Iowa State attracts students and faculty who want to make a difference. With a comprehensive land-grant mission of education, research, extension and outreach, we produce scholars whose ideas change the world. And through Innovate at Iowa State, we provide innovative and entrepreneurial opportunities for students of all backgrounds. Located just 30 minutes north of Des Moines, the city of Ames was recently named one of the Top 10 cities in the U.S. for campus life and career opportunities.

Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. We know that diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University's Principles of Community.

All offers of employment, oral and written, are contingent upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by federal and state law, ISU policies/procedures, and may include the completion of a background check and/or a consumer credit check.

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email

If you have questions about the application process please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll-Free at 1-877-477-7485. Iowa State University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should email or call (515) 294-4800 or Toll-Free: (877) 477-7485. TTY users are welcome to use the Iowa Relay Service number by dialing 7-1-1 or (800) 735-2942.

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