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Assistant Professor (Weed Science)
College of Agricultural Sciences & College of Science
SIU Carbondale

Title: Assistant Professor nine-month academic appointment with opportunities for summer research support, joint appointment in the College of Agricultural Sciences and the College of Science at SIU Carbondale. Tenure home will be determined at time of hire by the expertise and interests of the selected individual, with an academic appointment in each college.

Date Available: August 16, 2014

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will lead a Weed Science program and bring synergy between the colleges and programs such as plant physiology, plant pathology and herbicide chemistry. The research, teaching and outreach assignments will align with the candidate's interests and academic background. The candidate will establish a competitively funded research program relevant to the area of weed and plant-related sciences and teach undergraduate and graduate courses. The position will also mentor graduate and undergraduate students, participate in and develop outreach programs, engage in curricular development, and perform departmental and university service. The candidate will also be expected to interact with weed scientists at other state universities, with departmental crop production agronomists, other pest management faculty, and with industry professionals. The successful candidate will have access to a wide range of resources and opportunities for collaboration within and among the departments and colleges.

Qualifications: An earned doctorate in weed science, agronomy, plant science, or a closely related field with an emphasis on weed management in production agriculture. Preference will be given to those candidates who demonstrate a strong connection between the colleges and focus on interdisciplinary research through excellence in weed and plant-related sciences. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively within the crop production industry, and experience in conducting applied research to solve weed management challenges in the major grain crops of Illinois is preferred. Evidence of research excellence is required. The candidate should have the ability to develop and instruct undergraduate and graduate courses and the ability to develop a vibrant externally-funded research program.

Salary: Commensurate with experience

Application Deadline: May 15, 2014, or until filled.

Application Procedure: Submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of interest in creating synergy between the two colleges in the area of weed and plant sciences, statement of teaching accomplishments and philosophy, statement of research interests related to this position, and contact information for three references to:

Susan Graham
Assistant Professor (Weed Science) Search
College of Agricultural Sciences
MC 4416
1205 Lincoln Drive
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Carbondale, IL 62901

Phone: 618.453.2469

SIU Carbondale is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of
individuals with disabilities and protected veterans that strives to enhance its
ability to develop a diverse faculty and staff and to increase its potential to
serve a diverse student population. All applications are welcomed
and encouraged and will receive consideration.


To Whom it May Concern;
Forwarded on Behalf of Bryan Young:

I appreciated working with all of you in 2013 and the past several years in my capacity to support your research objectives at SIU. I value our ability to bridge our common goals to deliver the information necessary for retailers and growers to implement improved weed management programs. Thus, it's with mixed feelings that I must inform you that I will be leaving SIU for a similar position at Purdue. Last week my pending employment became official and I will be transitioning to Purdue during the month of December.

Please note that I will not be abandoning any ongoing efforts for research at SIU as I have some projects that will continue for the next several years in which I plan to provide some oversight in an adjunct appointment with SIU. Ron Krausz and Joe Matthews provided their expertise and experience in weed science research at SIU when I started in 1998 and I'm comforted to know that both of them will be here to see that the next weed science faculty member will benefit from their presence. In addition, the weed science program at SIU will have two other research staff and a couple graduate students continuing after my departure. I'm confident the remaining personnel in weed science will provide an effective bridge to the next faculty member in weed science. The process to begin the search to hire the next weed science faculty member at SIU has been set in motion and we hope to fill this position as soon as possible to allow for a seamless transition. In the meantime, Ron Krausz will assume the lead for coordinating any field research in the coming year and Joe Matthews will continue to serve as the primary liaison for developing the field trial protocols, data management, and report completion.

At Purdue I will have similar responsibilities in weed science with a teaching role and an applied research program encompassing greenhouse, lab, and field components. More specifically, my research foci will include integrated weed management systems, herbicide-resistant weeds, herbicide optimization, herbicide application systems, and related herbicide-physiology aspects. I will be taking one researcher from SIU, Julie Young, with me to Purdue where she will assume that same researcher responsibilities in my program there.

Our primary goal is to sustain the status of the SIU Weed Science program as an excellent resource for weed management research, teaching, and outreach. Should you have any questions or concerns regarding the SIU Weed Science program or my role at Purdue please contact me, Ron Krausz (618-566-4761;, or Joe Matthews (618-453-4817; Again, I have greatly appreciated your collaboration and look forward to continued success and new opportunities in the future.



Bryan Young

Professor of Weed Science/Agronomy
Forwarded on Behalf of Dean Latour:

The purpose of this note is to communicate our next steps in the open Weed Science position at SIU. The Chancellor recognizes the importance of Weed Science and the value it brings to the industry/region. The Colleges of Agricultural Sciences and Sciences are jointly moving the position forward as a new tenure track hire focused primarily on Weed Science and we aspire to have this secured by August 2014. In order to meet this deadline, I will work with Dean Achenbach and Professor Jones on the next steps.


Mickey A. Latour, Ph.D.

Professor and Dean, College of Agriculture

1205 Lincoln Drive

Carbondale, IL 62901-4416

Phone: (618) 453-2469
Bryan's NCWSS Fellow Award

Thank you!!!!! As I mentioned at NCWSS, this fellow award is a team award, not an individual.

SIU Weed Science Team - 2013

SIU Weed Science Team - 2013


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