Associate Professor or Professor of Agrohydrology & Irrigation Management

New Mexico State University

Artesia, NM, USA 🇺🇸

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Department Contact NameDr. Owen Burney
Department Contact TitleSearch Committee Chair
Department Contact Phone505-522-1759
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Posting Details

Requisition Number2200224F
Internal or External SearchExternal – Open to all applicants
General Information of Campus and UnitAbout New Mexico State University’s Agricultural Experiment Station and College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences: New Mexico State University is the state’s land-grant university, serving the educational needs of New Mexico’s diverse population through comprehensive programs of education, research, extension, and public service. Recognized as a top-tier university by U.S. News & World Report, NMSU is a welcoming community of talented faculty, staff, and students who are working together to make a difference. As a NASA Space Grant College, a Hispanic-serving institution, and home to the first Honors College in New Mexico, NMSU offers an accessible education that shapes bright futures. The Agriculture Science Center at Artesia is one of 12 science and research centers of the New Mexico Agricultural Experiment Station system supporting fundamental and applied science and technology research to benefit New Mexico citizens in the economic, social, and cultural aspects of agriculture, natural resource management, and family issues.

Founded in 1955, the Agricultural Science Center at Artesia is in the Pecos Valley Artesian Conservancy District. The 150 acres of land at the center has diverse soil types and utilizes Artesian water rights making it suitable for growing a variety of perennial and annual crops. Pecan production is expanding the Southeastern part of New Mexico and there are currently 5 acres of Western Schley and 5 acres of Pawnee pecan trees to support pecan research at the center.

NewArtesia was founded after the discovery of artesian well water that supplied farming and ranching. The area is home to vibrant dairy, agriculture, and oil and gas industries. Located in the Pecos Valley Artesian Conservancy District, Artesia has a long history of irrigated agriculture.

New Mexico State University invites you to apply to be a part of a diverse, dynamic and welcoming learning and working environment . NMSU seeks employees who are creative and flexible in developing and evaluating new ideas and ways to evolve NMSU into the future. Located in the borderlands and adjacent to the mighty Rio Grande, NMSU is a proud Hispanic-serving institution in the minority-majority state of New Mexico. NMSU is committed to sustainability through improving and maintaining the quality of human life while preserving the integrity, stability, and beauty of ecological systems for the future. We are looking for student-centered employees with a passion for success. NMSU invites you to take the first step to your successful and rewarding career by applying today..
Position Number716335
Position Job TitleAssociate Professor or Professor of Agrohydrology & Irrigation Management
RankAssociate Professor, Professor
Tenure StatusTenure Track
Position SummaryPosition is located at the Agricultural Science Center in Artesia, New Mexico.
Appointment is 100% research with potential administrative responsibilities.

New Mexico State University is searching for a dynamic scientist to serve as an innovative and collaborative leader with administrative responsibilities as Superintendent of the Artesia Agricultural Science Center. Currently, scientists at the Center conduct research in soil, water, crop, and entomological sciences to enhance the agricultural, economic, environmental, and social well­being of stakeholders in southeastern New Mexico. A goal of the center is to expand research efforts to include efficient agricultural irrigation and management of critical water resources.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: The successful candidate will conduct research, and provide administrative leadership, in cropping and water management systems that serve New Mexico and the US southwest. The incumbent will be based at the Agricultural Research Center at Artesia and is expected to interact with scientists and researchers at NMSU and throughout the state to develop and enhance production practices that New Mexico farmers could successfully implement. Research opportunities at the Center include assessing drought-, heat-, and salt-­tolerant crops that will thrive in arid- and semi-arid environments, and alternative water resources and practices. She/he will have the opportunity to provide leadership and effective research programming on issues related to irrigation design, water conservation, water management, and/or irrigation system management. The incumbent is expected to have a broad understanding of irrigation effects on crop performance and the impacts of irrigation on hydrology as well as on soil and groundwater processes and contamination. Research and program expectations could include development of irrigation technology to improve water use efficiency and enhance protection of water resources, development of irrigation best management practices related to irrigation methods, assisting growers and producers with irrigation system design and management, and determining irrigation scheduling techniques that will optimize water use while minimizing ground water contamination. The successful candidate is expected to have experience in educational programming and documented effectiveness in conducting research. The Center provides opportunities for collaboration across many disciplines and the individual is expected to work effectively on interdisciplinary research teams and with diverse clientele groups, including private, state, tribal and federal stakeholders.
Required QualificationsEarned Ph.D. in irrigation engineering, agricultural engineering, biosystems engineering, civil engineering, hydrology, water resources science, soil science, horticulture, crop science, agronomy, or related discipline. Desirable skills and experience include, but would not be limited to, irrigation system design and management, crop irrigation scheduling, and soil water/hydrological processes. A solid understanding of drip, surface, and sprinkler irrigation in a semiarid/arid environment and a basic understanding of plant­ water relationships are also desired. The candidate must qualify for tenure and promotion at the rank of associate professor or professor in the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences. The incumbent must have demonstrated evidence of successful grantsmanship. Ability to conduct research and supervise administrative and research support staff and graduate students. Ability to provide strategic leadership for the Center.
Preferred Qualifications (optional)
Special Requirements of the Position
Special Instructions to Applicants-Candidate should include concise statement of Research interests, goals, and objectives for this position (2 page maximum).

Reference Instructions:
Names, contact information, and addresses of 3 persons who will submit written recommendation letters and can be contacted for telephone references. Applicants should arrange to have 3 persons who agree to provide written and verbal references submit reference letters (2-page limit preferred). References should indicate the duration and nature of their professional relationship with the applicant in the first paragraph. It is recommended that letters specifically address the accomplishments of the candidate that will enable them to meet the specified responsibilities of the position.
Campus/Work SiteArtesia, NM
Appointment StatusRegular, Full-time
Appointment Full-time Equivalency1.0
Appointment BaseAnnual
Posting Date10/31/2022
Closing Date01/17/2023
Target Salary Rate
Position funded by grant or other form of temporary fundingNo
Anticipated Job Begin Date (optional)
Anticipated Job End Date, if applicable (optional)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  1. Resume/CV
  2. Letter of Interest/Cover Letter
  3. Unofficial Transcripts (Undergraduate and Graduate Combined)
  4. Faculty Research Statement

Optional Documents

Supplemental Questions

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  1. * Where did you become aware of this position opening?
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    • Las Cruces Sun News/El Paso Times
    • Albuquerque Journal
    • Chronicle of Higher Ed
    • New Mexico Department of Labor
    • Other (If other please answer next question)
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