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Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a leading national research university and the State of New Jersey's preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher education. As one of the largest employers in the State of New Jersey, Rutgers University is committed not only to the students and the State that we serve, but also to the faculty and staff who work on our campuses. Ranked in 2022 by Forbes as a top 100 best large employer in America, Rutgers' commitment to its employees includes maintaining and fostering a safe, diverse, and respectful workplace environment, creating employment opportunities for our nation's military veterans, and ensuring accessibility and accommodation for individuals with disabilities.

The School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, located on the George H. Cook campus, is one of the largest schools of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. We pursue excellence in research, teaching, and outreach in areas of study that address the biological spectrum from molecules to ecosystems. Our emphasis is on both the fundamental sciences and the social and human dimensions of science.

Open Faculty Positions

  1. Assistant Extension Specialist - Farm Viability

    Department of Agriculture, Food, and Resource Economics

    The Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics invites qualified candidates to apply for a tenure-track faculty position as an Assistant Extension Specialist (equivalent to Assistant Professor) in Farm Viability. This is a 12-month position, housed in the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics. The Assistant Extension Specialist will hold a majority appointment in Rutgers Cooperative Extension and is expected to be an active member of the Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics. The successful candidate is expected to develop and lead externally funded research and extension programs that support and strengthen the viability of New Jersey farms, spanning different scales, commodities, and production systems. The expected outcomes are identifying needs and providing program outreach to underserved farmers and agricultural constituencies. Programmatic emphases will include sustainable agricultural production, diversified farming systems, climate resilience, feasibility analysis, farm management and business decision-making, and the development of marketing strategies. In addition, the Assistant Extension Specialist is expected to participate in undergraduate and/or graduate teaching and advisement of independent research projects in the field of expertise.

    The Assistant Extension Specialist will guide and advise professional staff (such as postdoctoral associates and graduate students) in planning, conducting, and disseminating research-based results. The Assistant Extension Specialist will work cohesively and collaboratively with faculty and staff within and across departments and centers of Rutgers and other universities and organizations.

    Major Responsibilities

    • Develop an impactful and appropriately resourced research and extension program that will enhance and expand the economic viability of agricultural enterprises in New Jersey.
    • Identify critical needs and areas of concern impacting New Jersey farm viability, including farm financial management, emerging alternative agricultural enterprises, agricultural policy, farm risk management, marketing, climate resilience, new/beginning farmer support, and business succession.
    • Employ a variety of educational delivery methods to disseminate evidence-based research to help agricultural clientele understand, evaluate, and adopt new practices, technologies, and enterprises.
    • Lead or participate in appropriate agricultural research, including programs based at New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station research and extension farms.
    • Utilize appropriate educational outreach delivery methods to reach a broad base of program beneficiaries, including field visits, newsletters, fact sheets, educational meetings, workshops, short courses, , web-based tools, and academic journals.
    • Teach undergraduate and graduate students in the field of agricultural economics, economics, or a related field.
    • Collaborate with county-based Extension faculty/staff and Extension Specialists at Rutgers and throughout the national land-grant university system, to build impactful programs in the advancement of farm viability objectives.
    • Develop working relationships with various external agencies and industry partners.
    • Document and track program impact based on stated objectives, develop effective evaluation techniques and provide timely impact reporting to the Rutgers Cooperative Extension.
    • Identify and secure external funding related to the above responsibilities.

    Requirements

    Applicants must possess a Ph.D. in either agricultural economics, economics, or a related field by August 1, 2023.

    Candidates with faculty and industry knowledge, and an understanding of the Cooperative Extension program cycle are encouraged to apply.

    The Department

    The Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics is located on the scenic George H. Cook Campus of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The members of the faculty reside in the Cook Office Building in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. The faculty and the department offer undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral education and research opportunities in agricultural economics and related fields

    Rutgers is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our priority to diversify our faculty ranks is outlined in the Rutgers DEI strategic plan. The Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics and Rutgers University are working to ensure our faculty composition reflects the diversity of our student population. We especially encourage applicants from backgrounds underrepresented in agricultural economics, including Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and LGBTQ+ scientists.

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  2. Assistant Extension Specialist - Small to Midsize Livestock Farming

    Department of Animal Sciences

    The Department of Animal Sciences and Rutgers Cooperative Extension in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS), Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, invite candidates to apply for a 12-month tenure-track faculty position as an Assistant Extension Specialist (equivalent to Assistant Professor), with an emphasis on small to midsize livestock farming.

    The Department of Animal Sciences, with strong roots in the land-grant tradition, has as its mission to improve the health and well-being of animals, including humans, through integration of teaching, research, and outreach. Our department aspires to be a global leader in training the next generation of scholars in the areas of comparative endocrinology and integrative physiology, equine science, the sustainability of animal production systems, and companion and laboratory animal science.

    The Assistant Extension Specialist will lead outreach efforts to small and midsize farms and businesses in the state. The USDA defines small farms as those with annual gross cash farm income, a measure of the farm's revenue (before deducting expenses), as less than $350,000. This growing segment of small animal farms in New Jersey is the primary outreach focus for this position. Successful farm management involves optimizing animal growth, production, and economics, while minimizing environmental impact. A foundation for long-term livestock farm sustainability is dependent on balancing the behavioral and physiological well-being of agricultural animals with farm economics. The Assistant Extension Specialist hired in this area will amplify our efforts in outreach, research, and teaching to small livestock farms and businesses. Their outreach program may include support for one or more of the following: animal production, economics, forage management, and environmental management, including a focus on climate resiliency. Outreach to underserved and urban farmers may also be a component of these programs. The successful candidate is expected to develop and maintain an externally funded research program that focuses on a core discipline of animal science (nutrition, reproduction, forage management, animal well-being, etc.). There is also an expectation to contribute to the Department of Animal Sciences' teaching programs, which will include an emphasis on existing and new Animal Sciences graduate and undergraduate course offerings in sustainable animal agriculture.

    Minimum Qualifications

    • Candidates must have a Ph.D. in an appropriate Animal Science or Agricultural Science discipline.
    • Research areas of interest include, but are not limited to, nutrition, reproduction, forage management, animal production, and animal well-being.

    Appointment Term

    This is a 12-month tenure-track faculty position. The anticipated start date is September 1, 2023. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with education and experience.

    Terms and Conditions of Appointment

    All offers are contingent upon successful completion of pre-employment background screenings. Rutgers University requires all prospective employees to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated and have received a booster (where eligible) against COVID-19 prior to commencement of employment unless the university has granted the individual a medical or religious exemption.

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  3. Assistant Professor - Urban Ecology

    Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources

    The Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of urban ecology.

    We anticipate this individual will bolster the department's contribution to the Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences initiative in Human-Environment Engagement. We welcome applicants who have an independent and active research program in any area of urban ecology. We are especially interested in candidates interested in urban restoration, conservation, and/or management. We welcome candidates whose research is interdisciplinary in nature, integrating the social, cultural, ecological, environmental, and/or natural resources components of urban ecology scholarship and practice. There are many opportunities for collaboration across a broad group of partners on and off campus, including within landscape architecture, human ecology, and public planning and policy.

    As a tenure-track assistant professor, the successful candidate will be expected to develop a vigorous and externally funded research program. The candidate will also be expected to teach undergraduate courses in ecology and contribute to the curriculum and mentoring of graduate students within the Graduate Program in Ecology and Evolution. Service to the university, department, and profession is an expectation of this appointment. We encourage applications from women, minorities, and, as a campus with a continually growing diverse student body, individuals with a commitment to mentoring underrepresented demographics in the sciences.

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  4. Assistant Professor - Evolutionary Entomology/Vector-borne Pathogen Biology and Evolution

    Department of Entomology

    Applications for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Entomology at Rutgers University are invited. It is anticipated that the successful applicant will be a molecular and genome biologist, broadly defined. Research focusing on the application of cutting-edge genomic methodologies and bioinformatic techniques to further understand and ultimately control human and enzootic vector/pathogen systems.

    We encourage applications by candidates whose research and teaching aims align with the Department of Entomology's commitment to One Health, a transdisciplinary approach founded on the recognition that human health is ultimately connected to that of animals by virtue of our shared environment. Furthermore, we strive to increase the diversity of our faculty body and encourage applications from women, minorities, and individuals with a commitment to mentoring underrepresented demographics in the sciences.

    A critical pillar of the Rutgers Academic Master Plan is student success. Instructors must create a welcoming, equitable, and supportive learning environment for all students and instructors must provide high-impact learning opportunities that will prepare students for a successful career. The successful candidate will develop courses in insect diversity, molecular evolution, and biotechnology. Participation in departmental and university committees and in curriculum development is expected.

    We seek an innovative scientist whose interests complement those of current Entomology faculty and may explore the many opportunities for collaboration across a broad group of partners in other departments and research centers, on and off campus. Competition for external funding—including NSF, NIH, and USDA-NIFA—to support his or her program is expected. Evidence of effective teaching and productive research is required.

    Requires a Ph.D. degree preferably in Entomology or other relevant area. Previous research experience and teaching experience with demonstrated productivity is required. Requires excellent oral and written communication skills and a high level of computer literacy.

    The successful candidate is expected to develop a nationally and internationally recognized program. It is anticipated that the successful applicant will be a molecular and genome biologist, broadly defined. Research focusing on the application of cutting-edge genomic methodologies and bioinformatic techniques to further understand and ultimately control human and enzootic vector/pathogen systems.

    Required Documents

    1. Resume/CV
    2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
    3. Teaching Philosophy
    4. Curriculum Vitae

    Optional Documents

    1. Personal Statement
    2. Teaching Evaluations
    3. Diversity Statement

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  5. Assistant Professor - Environmental Informatics (AY)

    Department of Environmental Sciences

    The Department of Environmental Sciences at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ, invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor as part of the new faculty cluster: Advancing STEM Diversity in Environmental Engineering – Urban Environments, Health, Climate Change, and Environmental Justice. The cluster is supported by the Faculty Diversity Hiring Initiative from the Office of the President.

    As part of this initiative, an Assistant Professor is sought in the general area of Environmental Informatics with a focus on the use of sensor-enabled systems and/or the overlap in environmental health and justice impacts from shifts in the urban environment caused by climate change.

    This is an academic year appointment. Applicants are sought to (1) develop an innovative, vigorous, and externally-funded research program, (2) teach courses in Environmental Fate and Transport, Environmental Modeling, Engineered Soils, Urban Subsurface Ecology, Environmental Informatics, Circular Economy or other courses in our ABET-accredited Environmental Engineering program and Environmental Science program, and graduate courses relevant to their research interests; and (3) engage with environmental justice community groups. Rutgers-New Brunswick hosts one of the most diverse student bodies in the United States. Our institutional commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), including our priority of diversifying our faculty ranks, is outlined in the Rutgers DEI strategic plan. We especially encourage applications from individuals with backgrounds underrepresented in environmental science and engineering including Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and LGBTQ+ scientists or engineers.

    We seek outstanding applicants with a B.S. in an engineering or science discipline and a Ph.D. in environmental engineering, civil engineering, environmental science, soil science, geoscience, or related science/engineering disciplines, and who have demonstrated the ability to conduct research, engage in grantsmanship, teach at the graduate and undergraduate levels, and mentor students.

    The successful applicants will be expected to develop an innovative, independent, and externally funded research programs that addresses topics such as those identified in the recent National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report titled, "Environmental Engineering for the 21st Century: Addressing Grand Challenges," and those which particularly focus on highly populated cities and urban systems. Teaching expectations include courses such as Engineered Soils, Urban Subsurface Ecology, Environmental Informatics, Environmental Fate and Transport, Environmental Modeling, Circular Economy, or other courses in our ABET-accredited Environmental Engineering program and our Environmental Science program, and graduate courses relevant to their research interests. The successful applicant will also be expected to meaningfully engage with environmental justice community groups. Applicants possessing or having the background necessary to obtain a Professional Engineering license are especially desired.

    We desire to hire faculty who seek to develop an interdisciplinary research program that connects with faculty from other programs, departments, and units at Rutgers, including the Departments of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Chemical & Biochemical Engineering, Marine and Coastal Sciences, or the School of Public Health. The successful applicants will be eligible for membership in a variety of university-wide institutes that foster collaboration, including the Institute of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, the Rutgers Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute, and the Center for Green Building. Applicants should also have an interest in networking with professional societies and connecting students with professional networks.

    Interested candidates should submit (1) a cover letter, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) statement of research interests, (4) statement of teaching philosophy/experience and (5) statement of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) that outlines the candidate's past efforts and future commitment to DEI as a faculty member (see Rutgers diversity initiatives); and (6) names and contact information for three professional references. Expected position start date of September 1, 2023.

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  6. Assistant Professor - Geoenvironmental Engineering or Geoscience of Urban Systems (AY)

    Department of Environmental Sciences

    The Department of Environmental Sciences at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ, invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor as part of the new faculty cluster: Advancing STEM Diversity in Environmental Engineering – Urban Environments, Health, Climate Change, and Environmental Justice. The cluster is supported by the Faculty Diversity Hiring Initiative from the Office of the President.

    As part of this initiative, an Assistant Professor is sought in the general area of Geoenvironmental Engineering or Geoscience of Urban Systems with a focus on interactions among ecosystem functions of soil, water, and natural or anthropogenic materials or structures in the subsurface of urban environments, and on resilient, sustainable urban systems in the face of climate change.

    This is an academic year appointment. Applicants are sought to (1) develop an innovative, vigorous, and externally-funded research program, (2) teach courses in Environmental Fate and Transport, Environmental Modeling, Engineered Soils, Urban Subsurface Ecology, Environmental Informatics, Circular Economy or other courses in our ABET-accredited Environmental Engineering program and Environmental Science program, and graduate courses relevant to their research interests; and (3) engage with environmental justice community groups. Rutgers-New Brunswick hosts one of the most diverse student bodies in the United States. Our institutional commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), including our priority of diversifying our faculty ranks, is outlined in the Rutgers DEI strategic plan. We especially encourage applications from individuals with backgrounds underrepresented in environmental science and engineering including Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and LGBTQ+ scientists or engineers.

    We seek outstanding applicants with a B.S. in an engineering or science discipline and a Ph.D. in environmental engineering, civil engineering, environmental science, soil science, geoscience, or related science/engineering disciplines, and who have demonstrated the ability to conduct research, engage in grantsmanship, teach at the graduate and undergraduate levels, and mentor students.

    The successful applicant will be expected to develop an innovative, independent, and externally funded research programs that address topics such as those identified in the recent National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report titled, "Environmental Engineering for the 21st Century: Addressing Grand Challenges," and those which particularly focus on highly populated cities and urban systems. Teaching expectations include courses such as Engineered Soils, Urban Subsurface Ecology, Environmental Informatics, Environmental Fate and Transport, Environmental Modeling, Circular Economy, or other courses in our ABET-accredited Environmental Engineering program and our Environmental Science program, and graduate courses relevant to their research interests. The successful applicants will also be expected to meaningfully engage with environmental justice community groups. Applicants possessing or having the background necessary to obtain a Professional Engineering license are especially desired.

    Interested candidates should submit (1) a cover letter, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) statement of research interests, (4) statement of teaching philosophy/experience and (5) statement of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) that outlines the candidate's past efforts and future commitment to DEI as a faculty member (see Rutgers diversity initiatives); and (6) names and contact information for three professional references. Expecteded position start date of September 1, 2023.

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  7. Assistant Professor - Earth-Oceans Feedback (AY)

    Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences

    The Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences is seeking to hire a full-time Academic Year, Tenure-Track Assistant Professor with an interest in building a research and teaching program focused on evolutionary processes in the ocean and their feedbacks on Earth systems.

    Candidates should be using innovative methods to study the molecular, biochemical, and biodiversity in the ocean and their role in shaping oceanic food webs and evolutionary processes on Earth. This hire is part of a cluster of excellence of faculty in the Earth systems and the responses to climate change spanning geological, ecological, and evolutionary sciences.

    The successful candidate is expected to: 1) Develop a cutting-edge, externally funded research program; 2) Contribute to graduate/undergraduate courses in Biological Oceanography, Evolution of the Earth System, Environmental Bioinformatics, and/or Theoretical Ecology and Evolution; and 3) Engage with outreach efforts aligned with Rutgers University-wide efforts to address climate-induced changes and consequences for the trajectory of coastal ecosystems.

    Competitive candidates are required to have a Ph.D. in Oceanography, Molecular Evolution, Geoscience, or a related science/engineering discipline, as well as demonstrated ability to conduct research, prepare competitive grant proposals, teach at graduate and undergraduate levels, and mentor students.

    Applicants should submit single PDF files containing the following:

    1. Cover letter
    2. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
    3. Statement of research interests
    4. Teaching philosophy
    5. Names and contact information of three references
    6. Diversity Statement (see below)

    We ask all applicants to describe, in a separate statement, or in the cover letter, how their research, teaching, service, and community engagement could contribute to enhancing DEI at Rutgers and the department.

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  8. Assistant Professor - Plant Biotechnology (Plant-Gene Editing)

    Department of Plant Biology

    The Department of Plant Biology, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, invites qualified candidates to apply for a tenure-track faculty position in Plant Biotechnology, focusing on plant gene editing and related technologies, for molecular genetic improvement of crops at the assistant professor level. This is an Academic Year (AY) tenure-track position. Eligible candidates should have a strong background in plant science, molecular biology, plant biotechnology, plant tissue culture and plant pathology. Candidates should have expertise and a record of accomplishments in plant genetic engineering utilizing techniques including, but not limited to: plant tissue culture, plant embryo rescue and micropropagation, transgene delivery and expression, CRISPR-gene editing and related methods for modulating gene activity. These technologies will be directed towards improving plant disease resistance, stress tolerance and other important agronomic traits. The successful candidate is expected to develop an externally funded, nationally recognized research program focused on the applied genetic improvement of important agronomic and horticultural crops relevant to the state of New Jersey and the nation, including basil, cranberry, dogwood, grape, hazelnut, and turfgrass. The ideal candidate will demonstrate the capacity to collaborate with others in the Department of Plant Biology, the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS), and the university to develop collaborative research programs.

    The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate a commitment to teaching within departmental undergraduate and graduate programs, in courses related to plant biotechnology, plant tissue culture and engineering, plant breeding and plant pathology.

    The successful candidate is also expected to lead the newly established Rutgers Plant Tissue Culture Core Facility, which provides plant tissue culture services and expertise and consultation on plant genetic engineering, gene editing and micro-propagation, embryo-rescue and related tissue culture methods to both Rutgers faculty and to external requests from other academic institutions and from commercial entities.

    Requirements

    Graduation from an accredited institution with a doctorate in plant biotechnology or related biological discipline, and a track record (publications, grants, etc.) demonstrating the potential for success. Previous faculty, industry, or postdoctoral experience is preferred. Evidence of experience teaching undergraduate and/or graduate students, and an ability to function effectively in classroom, laboratory, and field environments. Additionally, demonstrable knowledge of the theory and practice of plant biotechnology and research methods in the field of expertise, including plant tissue culture, plant genetic engineering and plant pathology. A record of incorporating evidence-based pedagogy, such as active-learning techniques, and innovative use of instructional technology in the classroom. The ability, desire, and skills to mentor undergraduate and graduate student research. The candidate is expected to complement existing faculty in the Department of Plant Biology and SEBS, demonstrating a willingness to collaborate with faculty, staff, and students to promote the university's mission and values, and serve on department, school, and university committees as fitting a tenure-track position.

    The Department of Plant Biology within SEBS is located on the scenic G. H. Cook Campus of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey in New Brunswick, NJ. The majority of the faculty reside in Foran Hall, which houses state-of-the-art research laboratories and office facilities. The faculty offers undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral educational and research opportunities in molecular biology/biotechnology, plant breeding and genetic improvement, plant diversity and natural products, plant management and plant pathology. Research and teaching greenhouse space and plant growth facilities are widely accessible.

    Rutgers is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including our priority of diversifying our faculty ranks as outlined in the Rutgers DEI strategic plan. The Department of Plant Biology and Rutgers University are working to ensure our faculty composition reflects the diversity of our student population. We especially encourage applicants from backgrounds underrepresented in plant sciences, including Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and LGBTQ+ scientists.

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Additional Conditions/Requirements

Pre-employment Screenings

All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of all pre-employment screenings.

Infection Control and Safety

This position is subject to all Rutgers University policies, including TB surveillance and other infection control and safety policies. Please review the Tuberculosis Surveillance Policy for additional information.

Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

It is university policy to provide equal employment opportunity to all its employees and applicants for employment regardless of their race, creed, color, national origin, age, ancestry, nationality, marital or domestic partnership or civil union status, sex, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, disability status, liability for military service, protected veteran status, affectional or sexual orientation, atypical cellular or blood trait, genetic information (including the refusal to submit to genetic testing), or any other category protected by law. As an institution, we value diversity of background and opinion, and prohibit discrimination or harassment on the basis of any legally protected class in the areas of hiring, recruitment, promotion, transfer, demotion, training, compensation, pay, fringe benefits, layoff, termination, or any other terms and conditions of employment. For additional information please see the Non-Discrimination Statement at the following web address: uhr.rutgers.edu/non-discrimination-statement.