Assistant Professor of Protected Agriculture

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Assistant Professor of Protected Agriculture

Summary of Position

The Department of Agriculture, Nutrition, and Food Systems (ANFS) in the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture at the University of New Hampshire seeks candidates for a full-time (9 month) tenure track assistant professor of protected agriculture. The successful candidate will conduct research in the broad area of protected crop production systems that address the environmental, biotic, and market challenges faced by our region’s food producers. Many protected agriculture strategies are employed in the region, including high and low tunnels, greenhouses, pest exclusion structures, etc. The successful candidate will take a systems approach to enhancing protected agriculture strategies. Such systems are often highly technical in their implementation and require adaptive fine-tuning and optimization to enhance their practical value. Research areas could include the development of techniques that increase the efficiency and/or quality of production of specialty horticultural crops in controlled environments by optimizing plant performance and efficiency of energy, nutrient, and water use. The successful candidate will have expertise in some combination of the following fields: plant ecophysiology, horticulture, plant nutrition, agricultural engineering. They are expected to develop a productive, internationally recognized, and externally funded research program that works collaboratively across disciplines with direct, relevant, and beneficial impact on regional stakeholders producing a wide variety of horticultural crops. They will provide vibrant, high-quality instruction for undergraduate and graduate courses in topics related to their expertise and the needs of the department and the Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems major. In addition, the candidate will provide excellent training and research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students in the ANFS department.

The Department of Agriculture, Nutrition, and Food Systems (ANFS) ( 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.

Applicants should prepare the following documents for submission: CV, teaching philosophy, research statement, and a diversity statement that articulates how your efforts or experience would help the department and campus foster a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment. Also, please provide contact information for 3 professional references. Review of applications will begin 10 January 2023.

Questions regarding this position can be directed to Dr. Becky Sideman (, Chair of the Search Committee.

Additional Job Information

UNH is a federal contractor within the meaning of the Executive Order on Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors. This position may require that you be vaccinated against COVID-19 in the future, unless you apply for and receive a religious or medical exemption. You may not test out of this requirement.

Acceptable Minimum Qualifications

1. Hold a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline

2. Have a record of significant scholarly research that aligns with the position description

3. Demonstrate excellent potential in teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students

4. Possess strong communication and interpersonal skills

5. Demonstrate strong potential to develop effective research collaborations with COLSA faculty, UNH Cooperative Extension, and other relevant stakeholders

6. Understand and appreciate the integrated teaching, research, and service components of our land-grant mission.

Additional Preferred Qualifications

1. Postdoctoral training

2. Teaching and/or advising experience at the undergraduate or graduate level.

Salary Information

Salary is complemented by a comprehensive benefits package which includes medical, dental, retirement, tuition, and paid time off.

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A background check will be required as a condition of employment.

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, genetic information, veteran status, or marital status.

Institution Information

The University of New Hampshire is an R1 Carnegie classification research institution providing comprehensive, high-quality undergraduate and graduate programs of distinction. UNH is located in Durham on a 188-acre campus, 60 miles north of Boston and 8 miles from the Atlantic coast and is convenient to New Hampshire’s lakes and mountains. There is a student enrollment of 13,000 students, with a full-time faculty of over 600, offering 90 undergraduate and more than 70 graduate programs. The University actively promotes a dynamic learning environment in which qualified individuals of differing perspectives, life experiences, and cultural backgrounds pursue academic goals with mutual respect and shared inquiry.

The UNH Diversity Resource Guide with information and programming available in the seacoast area, New Hampshire, and the region can be found here: