Extension Specialist and Assistant Professor – Machine Systems and Automation Engineering

Department: Biosystems Engineering

Review Date: December 15, 2014

Start Date: May 1, 2015


The Department of Biosystems Engineering of the College of Agriculture, Alabama Cooperative Extension System and Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station at Auburn University is seeking applications for the position of Extension Specialist and Assistant Professor of Machine Systems and Automation Engineering. This faculty position will be a twelve-month, tenure-track position with a 75% extension and 25% research appointment. The projected start date will be May 1, 2015.

Extension responsibilities will include developing an effective educational program in precision agriculture, agricultural machine systems, biosystems automation, and agricultural data management. The extension program will have its primary focus on providing engineering support for the agronomic crop production sectors in Alabama and the southern U.S. The successful candidate will develop strong relationships with other collaborating professionals in the College of Agriculture and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.

Research responsibilities may encompass a broad array of topics in agricultural machine systems such as precision agriculture, automation, input stewardship, and data management. Candidates with experience and research interest in both fundamental and applied topics are desired. The successful candidate will be expected to function effectively on multidisciplinary teams, develop collaborative relationships with faculty in the department and across the academy, and develop and sustain a successful extramurally‐funded research and education program. Service to the department, college and university are expected.

Qualifications: Minimum qualifications include an earned Ph.D. from an accredited institution in biosystems, biological, agricultural, or closely related engineering disciplines by the expected position start date. Documented evidence of individual and/or collaborative research and extension in machine systems, precision agriculture, and related topics resulting in peer‐reviewed publications is required. Candidates should be able to demonstrate the ability to work cooperatively with colleagues across disciplines and develop a collaborative extension and research program. The successful candidate must possess excellent written and interpersonal skills to effectively interact with diverse audiences in English. The successful candidate must meet eligibility requirements for work in the United States at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the term of employment. Desirable qualifications include: previous extension and research experience in agricultural machine systems engineering, automation, and precision agriculture topics; experience in industry, extension or research institutions; and professional engineering registration or the ability to pursue licensure as a Professional Engineer. 

Application: Applicants must apply for the position by visiting the link: http://aufacultypositions.peopleadmin.com/postings/777 and attach the following: 1) cover letter that addresses the experience pertinent to the responsibilities of the position, 2) current curriculum vita, 3) copies of ALL academic transcripts, 4) statement of research interests and accomplishments, and 5) statement of extension/outreach interest and philosophy. When prompted during the on-line process, please provide names, phone numbers and email addresses of three professional references. Only complete application materials will be considered. To ensure consideration for the position, applicants are encouraged to apply by end of business on December 15, 2014.   The search will continue until the position is filled. Questions about the position should be directed to: Dr. Tim McDonald, Search Committee Chair, email: mcdontp@auburn.edu.

The University: Auburn University is one of the nation’s premier land, sea and space grant institutions with an enrollment of more than 25,400 graduate and undergraduate students. The University is located in the city of Auburn in east-central Alabama approximately 100 miles southwest of Atlanta, GA and southeast of Birmingham, AL and is about 60 miles northeast of the state capital (Montgomery). Auburn University is ranked in the top 50 public universities for its undergraduate programs and its College of Engineering is ranked 38th among public institutions offering doctoral programs. Interested applicants are encouraged to visit www.auburn.edu for more information.

The Department: The Department of Biosystems Engineering consists of 13 full‐time faculty who solve problems in biological systems through innovative engineering research, teaching and extension activities. ng doctoral programstions are desired.  The Department offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Biosystems Engineering with 155 undergraduate students and 30 graduate students. Recent construction projects have resulted in over 30,000 square feet of new laboratory space for the department. More information can be found at www.eng.auburn.edu/bio.

Auburn University is an EEO/Vet/Disability Employer.