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Precision Agriculture Specialist

Position Information

Position Information

Working Title: Precision Agriculture Specialist
Faculty Rank: Lecturer
Role Title: Professional Faculty
Posting Number: AP0170296
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Position Summary:

Precision Agriculture Specialist position will be located at the Tidewater Agricultural Research and Extension Center (TAREC). This is a calendar year, non-tenure track Administrative and Professional faculty (AP) position with a 50% extension and 50% research appointment.

Responsibilities and Expectations: The successful candidate will develop a nationally recognized research and Extension program in precision agriculture technologies and data management, complementing current research programs in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech. The individual will apply knowledge and expertise in data analytics, data mining, and data visualization to translate and interpret large and complex agricultural-related data sets. The Extension program will develop guidance and precision agriculture training for Virginia’s agricultural producers, industry and researchers to better manage and optimize crop production efficiencies in a sustainable manner. Integration of research and Extension programs will enhance development, adoption and utilization of precision agriculture applications and technologies to increase agricultural productivity and efficiency. Examples of applications and technologies include, but are not limited to, remote sensing, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), precision irrigation systems, smart sensor design, computer vision, robotic automation or mechanization, GPS/GIS data for site specific management, and/or wireless sensor networks in agronomic/specialty cropping systems. The successful candidate will develop and/or identify precision agriculture applications and increase utilization of some of these technologies. The overall goal is to help producers, industry and researchers better manage and optimize crop production efficiencies in a sustainable manner.

The successful individual is expected to secure extramural funds to support an integrated Extension and research program. Strong communication and interpersonal skills are required, and the candidate is expected to establish and maintain close working relationships with industry, commodity groups, state agencies, county extension agents, regional extension specialists, and other organizations as appropriate. The development of a focused and cohesive research and Extension precision agriculture program that addresses the needs of producers in Virginia and the region and supports the publication of peer-reviewed extension materials, popular press articles, and refereed scientific articles to support this program is required. The successful candidate is also expected to contribute to graduate education.

The individual selected for this position will work in an interdisciplinary environment consisting of faculty in Biological Systems Engineering, Entomology, and the School of Plant and Environmental Sciences. This position aligns with the Global Systems Science as well as the Data and Decisions Destination areas of Virginia Tech and the Agricultural profitability and environmental sustainability, and the green industry priority areas of CALS. Linkages with colleges and departments outside of CALS are highly encouraged.

Required Qualifications:

-A master’s degree in biological systems engineering, agricultural engineering, mechanical engineering, agronomy or a closely related field is required. Candidates with a PhD degree are encouraged to apply.
-Ability to effectively communicate with industry and producer stakeholders

Preferred Qualifications:

• Experience/knowledge with data processing, analytics, and visualization of GIS data sets in agriculture.
• Experience in precision agriculture research and extension
• Knowledge of current and emerging technologies in precision agriculture
• Experience in agronomic and/or horticultural cropping systems
• Demonstration of success in securing extramural funding and publication of research results
• If an engineer, maintain a license as a professional engineer or have the ability to obtain a professional engineer license

Employment Conditions: Must have an acceptable and safe driving record, Must have a driver's license check
Must have a conviction check: Yes
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How to Apply for this Job:

Qualified applicants must electronically submit online application, cover letter, resume/curriculum vitae and a list of 3 professional references to Apply to posting #AP0170296. Applicant screening will continue until the position is filled. Virginia Tech is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and strongly encourages applications from women and minorities.

Employee Category: Administrative and Professional Faculty
Appointment Type: Regular
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FLSA Status: Exempt: Not eligible for overtime
Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track
Academic Year or Calendar Year: Calendar Year
Percent Employment: Full-time
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Pay Range: Commensurate with Experience
Location: Other - Virginia
Department: Tidewater AREC
Location, if not Blacksburg: Suffolk, VA
Location Zip Code: 23437
Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday
Job Posting Date: 11/16/2017
Review Begin Date: 01/15/2018
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Restricted to university employees only? No
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement:

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by law.

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Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

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