Research Assistant Professor Agricultural Economist in Palmer, AK

University of Alaska
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Job Description

Position Summary:

An agricultural economist is needed for research in Alaska with particular reference to understanding the economics of soil health and cover crop applications in the bigger picture of overall farm profitability.

This individual will be expected to conduct and lead agricultural economics research pertinent to agriculture production in Alaska, and will deliver research results to diverse clients, including producer stakeholders. The ag economist will effectively collaborate with professionals on and off campus in research/extension and must be able to formulate researchable questions based on producer needs.


Collaborate with faculty, stakeholders, and other colleagues to evaluate and develop research strategies. Essential Should have the ability to work successfully with multidisciplinary teams in different locations both within and outside of Alaska. Should also have the capacity to effectively translate stakeholder needs into relevant research as well as delivering the research outcome to stakeholders in an understandable manner.
Develop and write interdisciplinary grant proposals that involve faculty, post-docs, graduate students, and undergraduate students. Essential Should be able to cooperate with research/extension professionals to develop competitive proposals to obtain external funding to address small grain soil-related agricultural issues in Alaska. Past success in obtaining external funding will be considered in the evaluation process.
Essential Provide service to Alaska agricultural producers by helping them develop an understanding of agricultural economics and farm management tools including, but not limited to, budgets, partial budgets and enterprise budgets, break-even measures, risk analysis and risk management, new agricultural market opportunity analysis, and economics of soil health and ecosystem services, weed control and cover cropping.This position requires outreach with industry, farmers, conservation professionals and relevant researchers/extension agents for critical research project development and implementation that responds to research topics identified by stakeholders. This includes providing technical guidance and assistance on topics related to agricultural economics in farm and enterprise management in Alaska agriculture.
Mentor undergraduate and graduate students. Essential Should be willing to mentor undergraduate and graduate students with diverse backgrounds within the University of Alaska system
Service to IANRE, UAF and Profession: Provide service to IANRE, UAF and national professional organizations related to agricultural economicsEssential
50This nine month, term funded position is based in Palmer, Alaska, with statewide responsibility in research and service. The individual should have a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics. Preference will be given to individuals with training and experience in economics applied to soil health and cover crops in cropping systems. Relevant research experience is preferred.The individual will conduct and lead an agricultural economics research program pertinent to agriculture and agricultural management in the far north, including small grain and other cold climate cropping system development, and work collaboratively with other researchers in different locations within Alaska, as well as other research organizations outside of Alaska. Experience in northern latitude agriculture is preferred.Essential
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

Experience in research, publishing in peer-reviewed scientific journals and professional publications related to agricultural economics, obtaining
competitive research funding, and conducting research in the field of agricultural economics.

  • Knowledge of soil health, cropping systems, and/or cover crops.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Knowledge of agricultural economics in northern settings.
  • Knowledge of the Land Grant system and the Land Grant mission.
  • Experience working on Extension curriculum and/or educational materials is preferred.
  • Experience managing budgets.

– Demonstrated procurement of extramural funding is preferred. – Experience working with graduate and/or undergraduate students in a research setting involving agricultural producers. – Candidates must also have a commitment to University of Alaska Fairbanks core values of excellence, diversity, global involvement, and accountability.

Required Experience:
Research and outreach experience in Agricultural Economics
Required Education or Training:

Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics
Valid drivers license or the ability to obtain one.

Salary Information:

This is a full-time, 9-month, exempt faculty position complete with both a competitive salary and full employee benefits package.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please attach a resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information (email address and phone number) for three (3) professional references with your application.

The review process for applications will be begin on April 17, 2023. To ensure consideration, please apply by 11:59pm on April 16, 2023.


At this time, all university employees are strongly encouraged to vaccinate themselves against the COVID-19 virus. While the federal government is not actively enforcing its COVID-19 vaccine mandates, including its mandate requiring vaccination of federal contractor employees, UAF remains contractually obligated as a federal contractor to comply with those requirements should federal enforcement efforts recommence. As a result, UAF may adjust its vaccination requirements for covered UAF employees (currently Troth Yeddha’ campus and employees working in connection with certain federal contracts) at any time in the future, as needed, in order to comply with its contractual obligations.


  • To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction. Applicants who now or may in the future require visa sponsorship to work in the United States are not eligible.


This position is represented by United Academics (UNAC).


This position is term-funded and is reviewed annually for contract renewal at the University’s discretion.


The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.


UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:


The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.


Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.


If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Kenna Metivier, Signers Business Office Assistant HR Manager, at [email protected] or 907-474-1847.

  • Job Number:523766
  • Classification:Research Assistant Professor (F9)
  • Grade:UNAC Grade 30
  • Work type:Faculty Full-time, On Campus
  • Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • School/Business unit:UAF Institute of Agr Nat Res & Ext
  • Location:Palmer
  • Categories: Education/Instructional

Advertised: 01 Feb 2023 Alaskan Standard Time