Assistant Professor in Horticulture Crop Improvement in Fort Collins, CO

Colorado State University

Position Location

Fort Collins, CO

Work Location

Position is fully in-office/in-person

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Proposed Annual Salary Range

$85,000-$100,000 Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Employee Benefits

Colorado State University is not just a workplace; it’s a thriving community that’s transforming lives and improving the human condition through world-class teaching, research, and service. With a robust benefits package, collaborative atmosphere, commitment to
diversity, equity and inclusion, and focus on work-life balance, CSU is where you can thrive, grow, and make a lasting impact.

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Description of Work Unit

Founded in 1870, Colorado State University is among the nation’s leading research universities and enrolls approximately 32,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Located an hour north of the Denver metro area, Fort Collins is a vibrant community of approximately 157,000 residents that offers the convenience of a small town with all the amenities of a large city. Fort Collins is situated on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains with views of 14,000 foot peaks, and offers access to numerous cultural, recreational, and outdoor opportunities.

The Horticulture and Landscape Architecture department strives to discover, apply, and disseminate knowledge and technology while developing future leaders in the state, the nation, and the world. Through hands-on experiential learning in each of our three majors, Environmental Horticulture, Horticulture, and Landscape Architecture, we encourage human engagement with the landscape and demonstrate our focus to solve problems for people, agriculture, and the environment through scholarship and creativity fostered by teamwork and individual diversity.

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Position Summary

The successful candidate will establish an externally funded research program with global and/or national relevance on breeding, genetics, and/or biotechnology of horticulture crops (e.g. ornamentals, fruits, vegetables, etc). Focus of the research will depend on the incumbent’s expertise and interest, but should have an emphasis on plant improvement to address grand challenges such as climate resiliency, sustainability, and human health, and could lead to development of technology and biology that will enable advancements in breeding programs. This position is expected to have significant interactions with horticulture stakeholders and will contribute to student training in plant breeding, genetics, and/or biotechnology. The incumbent will work with other plant scientists at CSU to determine appropriate course contributions to the plant breeding and genetics program.

Potential research areas could include (but are not limited to) horticulture breeding, germplasm improvement, comparative genomics, quantitative genetics, propagation and tissue culture technology, plant biotechnology and gene editing, and/or high-throughput phenotyping platforms.

Conditions of Employment

Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)

Required Job Qualifications

A PhD in plant science, plant breeding, plant genetics, horticulture, agronomy, or related discipline;
A record of publications in peer reviewed journals;
Ability to communicate effectively;
Commitment to DEIJ as explained by CSU’s Principles of Community.

Preferred Job Qualifications

Expertise in plant breeding, genetics, and/or biotechnology;
Postdoctoral research experience;
Evidence of grantsmanship;
Evidence of mentoring undergraduate and/or graduate students or other mentees;
Demonstrated potential for excellence in effective and inclusive teaching and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral researchers;
Evidence of collaborations with and/or outreach to growers, commodity groups, and industry.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but for full consideration, all materials must be received by October 29, 2023. Applicants should upload the following: 1) Cover Letter, 2) Curriculum Vitae, 3) Statement of Research Philosophy, 4) Statement of Teaching Philosophy, 5) Statement of Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion and contact information for (3) professional references. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates. For inquiries about the position, contact Search Chair For additional information about Colorado State University, consult the university’s website at

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks for the finalist before a final offer. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will also be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the University, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, or pregnancy in its employment, programs, services and activities, and admissions, and, in certain circumstances, marriage to a co-worker. The University will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity and equal access institution and affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The
Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Director of the Office of Title IX Programs and Gender Equity, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-1715,

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836,

The Coordinator for any other forms of misconduct prohibited by the University’s Policy on Discrimination and Harassment is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, Co. 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836,

Any person may report sex discrimination under Title IX to the
Office of Civil Rights, Department of Education.

Diversity Statement

Personal and professional commitment to diversity and inclusion as demonstrated by involvement in teaching, research, creative activity, service to the profession and/or diversity/inclusion activities.

Search Contact

Davina Rhodes,

Essential Duties

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Teaching & Advising


Develop & teach two courses annually to cover topics such as: horticulture crop breeding, plant micropropagation and tissue culture, plant biotechnology that are complimentary to existing courses and based on departmental needs.
Graduate student advising, participation with undergraduate research and mentoring.

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Research and creative scholarship in areas such as: horticulture breeding, germplasm improvement, comparative genomics, quantitative genetics, mircopropagation and tissue culture technology, plant biotechnology and gene editing, and/or high-throughput phenotyping, which will benefit stakeholders locally, nationally and globally with industry associations and partners.

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Outreach and engagement with local, national and international industry partners
Service on HLA, CSU and professional societies committees

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