Assistant Professor - Applied Soil Physics & Hydrology

North Dakota State University   Fargo, ND   Full-time     Education
Posted on July 3, 2024
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Description & Details:

The School of Natural Resource Sciences (SNRS) at North Dakota State University is seeking an outstanding individual for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level, in the area of applied soil physics. The successful candidate will join SNRS faculty whose areas of focus include soil science, range science, entomology, and natural resources management and share the common goal of improving the livelihoods of North Dakota citizens while contributing to the scientific community. Duties of the successful candidate include: conducting laboratory and field research in the area of applied soil physics and hydrology; mentoring graduate and undergraduate students; developing a nationally recognized research program; securing funding through external sources; teaching a course related to the discipline; and serving on School, College, and University committees.

Currently, SNRS has 23 full-time faculty members with diverse expertise. We also have 19 research staff and strong administrative support. Facilities available to this position include a state-of-the-art greenhouse complex, laboratory space, and access to field research locations throughout North Dakota, including possible collaborations with seven Research Extension Centers.

Work Schedule:

12-month tenure-track position

Advertised Salary:

Commensurate with experience

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Ph.D. in soil science or related field at the time of appointment
  • Research experience in the area of soil hydrology and/or physics
  • Experience generating field and laboratory research data
  • Demonstrated publication record
  • Evidence of teaching experience
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Desire to assist farmers and land managers of North Dakota:
    • Maintain or improve soil resources
    • Manage water in times of drought and excess precipitation with conservation practices in mind
    • Investigate the fate and transport of nitrogen and/or phosphorus
    • Investigate other water quality parameters, in natural and agricultural systems.
  • Strong desire to work collaboratively on these issues with both outside stakeholders and current NDSU researchers.
  • Expertise in the area of water, gas, and heat transfer and chemical transport in field and laboratory soils
  • Desire to solve practical issues such as ameliorating soil salinity
  • Evidence of successful grant writing
  • Experience working directly with farmers and land managers
Applicant Materials Required:

Review of applications will begin July 24, 2024, but the position will remain open until a suitable applicant is hired.

Applications must be made online at and should include:
  1. Letter of application outlining interest and qualifications for this position (1-page maximum)
  2. A statement of research interests and philosophy (2-page maximum)
  3. A statement of teaching interests and philosophy (2-page maximum)
  4. Curriculum vitae
  5. Official transcripts from each University where degrees were earned
  6. The names and contact information for at least three professional references.

Please direct questions to Drs. Lindsay Malone ( and/or Kelsey Griesheim (, search committee co-chairs, by email.


NDSU offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes single or family health insurance coverage with premiums paid for by the university - with an effective date for new employees the first of the month following date of hire. Other benefits include: wellness benefits, basic life insurance, retirement plan, tuition waiver, annual leave, EAP, sick leave and holiday pay. Optional benefits include: supplemental life, dental, vision, long-term care insurance, flexible spending account, and supplemental retirement plans.

About Us:

North Dakota State University is distinctive as a student focused, land-grant, research university. We educate leaders who solve national and global challenges by providing affordable access to an excellent education that combines teaching and research in a rich learning environment.

NDSU is in the highest Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, R1, granted to the top research institutions in the country.

NDSU has offices across the state of North Dakota, and the main campus is in Fargo, on the Minnesota border. Along with Moorhead, Minnesota, Fargo forms one of the largest metropolitan centers between Minneapolis and Seattle. The community is consistently ranked as one of the best places to live.

No Smoking Notice :

As an employer, the State of North Dakota prohibits smoking in all places of state employment in accordance with N.D.C.C. § 23-12-10.

EO/AA Statement:

North Dakota State University is an Equal Opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, gender expression/identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, participation in lawful off-campus activity, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, public assistance status, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, spousal relationship to current employee, or veteran status, as applicable.

Diversity Statement:

NDSU strives to be a community of belonging, recognizing unique differences as strengths of our university. We seek to recruit and retain a diverse workforce that supports a community in which diverse populations and perspectives will know and learn from one another. NDSU values candidates who are committed to our core values of respect, inclusivity, community, creativity, excellence, impact, innovation, integrity, resilience, responsiveness, and transformation. Successful candidates will be committed to and help advance our strategic goal to create and maintain an open and respectful environment to promote inclusivity and diversity as a cornerstone of education, research, and outreach.

Veteran's Preference Notice:

This position is subject to North Dakota Veteran's Preference requirements.

Reasonable Accommodation Information

North Dakota State University is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education, and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, please contact Human Resources at 701-231-8961 or .

Land Acknowledgement

We collectively acknowledge that NDSU, a land grant institution, on the traditional lands of the Oceti Sakowin (Dakota, Lakota, Nakoda) and Anishinaabe Peoples in addition to many diverse Indigenous Peoples still connected to these lands. We honor with gratitude Mother Earth and the Indigenous Peoples who have walked with her throughout generations. We will continue to learn how to live in unity with Mother Earth and build strong, mutually beneficial, trusting relationships with Indigenous Peoples of our region. (see ).