University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)

Assistant Professor

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)

Urbana, IL, United States

We seek an outstanding scientist to advance specialty crop food production systems in Illinois. This position will develop a nationally recognized research program focusing on innovative food production systems in urban environments, controlled environments, or the use of advanced technology to produce food crops. The position will develop a nationally recognized research program focusing on innovative specialty crop production systems for urban food production (roof tops, urban farms, or peri-urban farms), production using controlled environments (greenhouses, plant factories, hydroponics, or vertical farming) and/or protected culture (high tunnels, low tunnels, specialized growing environments). The successful candidate for this applied research and teaching position will have a strong background in horticultural food production systems and have specialized knowledge in plant physiology, physiological ecology, soils, or other related discipline in the quantitative study of food crop responses to environmental, cultural, or mechanical variables. The selected candidate will be expected to develop courses in horticultural topics related to urban food production, plant propagation, controlled environments, or other subject matter as needed by our department. The candidate will train and educate students at both the graduate and undergraduate levels and be expected to contribute to a vibrant campus learning environment. The successful candidate will benefit from the breadth of disciplinary strengths across our campus including engineering, computer sciences, and life sciences. 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.

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 3/31/2020 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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