Assistant Professor of Protected Agricultural Systems Design (Tenure-Track) - USA

Assistant Professor of Protected Agricultural Systems Design (Tenure-Track)

Commitment to diversity: We seek applicants with lived experiences and/or professional service informed by worldviews and/or perspectives about minority group status including race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion, and disability and who are committed to work in and foster a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment at UNH.

Description of Position: The successful candidate will conduct research in the broad area of protected agricultural systems design, specifically those committed to developing and optimizing protected plant production to address the environmental, biotic, and market challenges faced by our region’s food producers. The successful candidate will take a systems design approach to enhancing protected agriculture strategies (e.g. high tunnels, greenhouses, windbreaks, thermal reservoirs, pest exclusion enclosures, etc.). Such systems are often highly technical in their implementation and require adaptive fine-tuning and optimization to enhance their practical value. Expertise in the areas of biosystems engineering, alternative agricultural energy systems, controlled environments, architecture and building science, nutrient and energy control systems, decision support systems, and/or distributed sensor networks is highly desirable. Research should have direct, relevant, and beneficial impact on regional stakeholders producing a wide variety of horticultural crops.

The successful candidate will be expected to establish a high-impact, externally funded research program; recruit and train graduate students; and develop and teach vibrant, high-quality courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Undergraduate education, including provision of directed research opportunities, is an area of distinction at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) that will be further strengthened with this position.

About the Department: The Department of Agriculture, Nutrition, and Food Systems (ANFS) ( currently serves undergraduate majors through its Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems, Animal Science, Nutrition, and Equine Studies programs, as well as graduate students and dietetic interns through a variety of departmental and college-wide programs. Current ANFS faculty research areas include agroecology, animal and plant production, plant breeding and applied genomics, plant pathology, dairy cattle nutrition, food systems analysis, nutritional epidemiology, human nutrition, and disease prevention. We are a vibrant, interdisciplinary department committed to engaging in cross-disciplinary research and teaching at the interface of our food system, human health, and the environment.

All questions regarding this position may be directed to Dr. Becky Sideman ( chair of the search committee.

Acceptable Minimum Qualifications

• Hold a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline
• A record of research that demonstrates a trajectory of successful scholarship and that aligns with the position description.
• Demonstrated excellent potential in teaching and mentoring of our graduate and undergraduate students
• Possess strong communication and interpersonal skills
• Demonstrate strong potential to develop effective research collaborations with COLSAfaculty, UNH Cooperative Extension, and other relevant stakeholders
• Understand and appreciate the integrated teaching, research, and service component of our land-grant mission.

Additional Preferred Qualifications

• Postdoctoral training
• Teaching and/or advising experience at the undergraduate and/or graduate level

Additional Job Information

To receive full consideration, applications must be received by January 20, 2021. The search committee will begin reviewing applications on February 1, 2021.

All applicants will be required to apply online at  The following documents are required: Cover letter, resume/CV, research statement, diversity statement, statement of teaching philosophy, and contact information for three professional references. 

The University of New Hampshire
We are New Hampshire’s flagship public research institution, located just minutes from the ocean and within reach of everything from the mountains to the major metropolitan hub of Boston. For more than 150 years, UNH has delivered hands-on learning, research and work experiences that bring together students, faculty and private and public partners to create life-changing opportunities and innovative solutions in our neighborhoods and across the world. In addition to a dynamic group of researchers and teachers in the Department and the College, facilities such as the University Instrumentation Center, Hubbard Genome Center, and the Center of Integrated Biomedical and Bioengineering Research are available to support research interests. 

EEO Statement
The University System of New Hampshire is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action employer. The University System is committed to creating an environment that values and supports diversity and inclusiveness across our campus communities and encourages applications from qualified individuals who will help us achieve this mission. The University System prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or marital status, genetic information, and political orientation. Application by members of all underrepresented groups is encouraged. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the U.S.



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