Assistant Professor in Digital Agroecosystems or Agroecosystem Modeling

Job Summary

The Agronomy Department in the College of Agriculture, Purdue University, seeks applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Digital Agroecosystems/Agroecosystem Modeling. The successful candidate will have a broad contextual understanding of agroecosystems and be experienced in modeling and data synthesis/analytics and possess the ability to understand and predict responses of complex agroecosystems at scale. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a nationally and internationally recognized, extramurally funded research program that may include, but is not limited to, integration of diverse data sources such as meteorological, genetic, physiological, proximal- and remote-sensing, and soil data to predict crop growth and stress tolerance, input use efficiencies (water, radiation, nutrients), and crop responses to the environment including climate change. The candidate is expected to work across the Department, College, and University as part of a diverse community that demonstrates an ability to contribute to an inclusive environment and work culture.

This is a full-time (9 month) tenure-track position with an appointment in research and teaching. We are looking for candidates with experience in modelling to better understand genotype x environment x management interactions. The candidate is expected to use modeling and data-intensive analytics including artificial intelligence and deep learning approaches to advance our understanding of agroecosystem performance. Our ideal candidate will blend empirical research and modeling to improve predictions of agroecosystem performance, while informing selection criteria for development of better-adapted phenotypes and climate-smart management systems. Graduate student training in modeling and data analytics that address foundational or emerging issues in crop and soil sciences are expected. Demonstrated abilities in classroom education and student mentorship are preferred. Teaching responsibilities include graduate and undergraduate classes related to agroecosystem modeling and data analytics which could include online/distance teaching. Service expectations include participation in appropriate professional organizations and departmental/college/university committees and mentoring of undergraduate students.

The Department

The Agronomy Department is a diverse department of 30 faculty, 60 graduate students, and 171 undergraduate students (https://ag.purdue.edu/Agry/Pages/default.aspx). Purdue University offers excellent research facilities, including the Agronomy Center for Research and Education (https://ag.purdue.edu/agry/acre/Pages/default.aspx), a state-wide network of Purdue Agriculture Centers (https://ag.purdue.edu/arge/pac/Pages/default.aspx), and Cooperative Extension Offices (https://extension.purdue.edu/) in most of our 92 counties. Faculty and staff of the department also have access to world-class high-performance computing clusters (https://www.rcac.purdue.edu)  and advanced plant phenotyping facilities (https://ag.purdue.edu/cepf/ and https://ag.purdue.edu/icsc/) to support research efforts.

The College

The Agronomy Department is an integral part of the College of Agriculture, one of the world’s leading colleges of agricultural, food, life, and natural resource sciences. The College boasts three World Food Prize laureates and is ranked seventh in the US in the 2021 QS World University Rankings. The College is deeply committed to the three land-grant missions (teaching, research, and extension), to international activities and perspectives that span all missions, and to excellence in all we do.  The College has 11 academic departments and includes 285 faculty, 2791 undergraduate students, and 769 graduate students. The College’s current strategic plan can be accessed at https://ag.purdue.edu/plan/Pages/default.aspx


Successful candidates must have a Ph.D. in Crop Science, Crop and Plant Physiology, Soil Science, Agronomy, or a comparable discipline with experience in crop modelling. Other areas of expertise may include, but are not limited, to data science, geospatial technologies, and computation biology. Post-doctoral experience is preferred. We seek a candidate with a commitment to diversity and creating an inclusive, multi-cultural environment to educate, train, and mentor undergraduate and graduate students. Demonstrated written and oral communication skills are essential; and candidates should have a passion for teaching.

Application Instructions

Interested applicants must submit an application packet that includes: 1) an application cover letter, 2) a statement of research goals and objectives in this position (two pages maximum), 3) a statement of teaching philosophy (two pages maximum), 4) curriculum vitae that include a complete publication list, 5) a statement on how they will advance diversity and inclusion-see details below, and 6) the names and contact information for at least three professional references. All materials must be combined into one pdf and submitted electronically using this link https://careers.purdue.edu/job-invite/17520/. After creating an account upload your pdf into the box labeled *Resume. Do not upload a separate cover letter, teaching and research statements, or additional documents. The only other information you should enter is under ‘Profile Information’ and ‘Job-Specific Information’ and the required sections are marked with an *. Use ‘not applicable’ if necessary.

The application review will begin on March 28, 2022 and continue until a suitable candidate is identified. Questions may be directed to Melinda Smith (smit2732@purdue.edu). A background check will be required for employment in this position.

Purdue University’s Department of Agronomy is committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including discovery, instruction, and engagement. Candidates should address at least one of these areas in a separate Diversity and Inclusion Statement, indicating their past experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion. Purdue is an ADVANCE institution – https://www.purdue.edu/advance-purdue/.


Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.