Assistant Professor Controlled Environmental Horticulture

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)

Urbana, IL, United States

We seek an outstanding scientist who will advance food production systems in Illinois through the use of controlled environments and protected culture in specialty crop food production. This position will develop a nationally recognized research program focusing on the use, adaptation, and modification of high tunnels, automated greenhouses, container farming, vertical farming, hydroponics, aeroponics, or aquaponics to promote high-value food production. The successful candidate for this applied research and teaching position will have a strong background in intensive horticultural production in protected environments, with specialized knowledge in plant physiology, physiological ecology, plant breeding, or other related discipline in the quantitative study of plant responses to protected environments. With the dependence of protected culture on sensors, environmental monitoring, lighting, and resource conservation, the incumbent will benefit from the strong technical collaborations with engineering disciplines across campus. The selected candidate will be expected to develop courses in horticultural topics related to controlled environments and protected culture and participate in student training and education at both the undergraduate and graduate level. In the college of ACES at the University of Illinois, we believe that scientific communication through classroom and online teaching complements Extension messaging. The incumbent will be encouraged to contribute to stakeholder education and outreach as part of their scientific communication program.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit

A Ph.D in horticulture, plant or crop sciences, plant breeding, or related discipline is required. Post-doctoral experience demonstrating experience in independent or team-focused research is desirable. The successful applicant must also demonstrate excellent interpersonal communication skills, ability to collaborate with diverse colleagues across and beyond our campus, and a willingness to work with industry stakeholders and the general public.

The Department of Crop Sciences within the College of Consumer, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences offers world-class laboratory, greenhouse, and field research facilities as well as state of the art teaching facilities. The University of Illinois also offers outstanding facilities in computing, data science, and genomic analysis as well as many other areas of potential support.

The position is a 9-month, 100% time academic, tenure-track position with the opportunity for summer appointment.  The University of Illinois offers a competitive salary program along with a comprehensive benefits package. The position will be available August 16, 2020.

Please create your candidate profile at and upload a cover letter, statements of research, teaching, and outreach goals, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for three professional references. Letters of recommendation and transcripts may be requested at a later date. The closing date for receiving applications is September 2, 2019, or until a suitable candidate is identified. All applications received by the closing date will receive full consideration. For further information, regarding application procedures, please contact Linda Kemplin, For additional information regarding the position, you may contact Dr. Bruce Branham, Search Committee Chair, Department of Crop Sciences, 1201 S. Dorner Drive, Urbana, IL 61801, (217) 333-7848, email:

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