College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) Department: Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Job posting number: #7062370
Posted: November 15, 2019
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled
Job DescriptionAbout us: The Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus is highly ranked, with nineteen tenure-track faculty members, approximately 370 undergraduate students in two majors, and 78 graduate students. ABE is one of 7 departments in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES), and all ABE undergraduates obtain their degrees through the College of Engineering. The ABE Department has an annual budget of approximately $3.5M from recurring sources and another $2.2M in grants, contracts, and gifts. The University has over 40,000 students and nearly 2,000 faculty members. Located about 120 miles south of Chicago, the twin cities of Urbana and Champaign are vibrant and diverse, with a population of more than 110,000.
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Statement of Duties and Responsibilities: This position is a 9-month, tenure-track appointment with approximately 50% extension and 50% teaching and applied research responsibilities. The successful candidate will provide leadership in the area of agricultural and industrial occupational safety and health, with emphasis on eliminating safety hazards, reducing injuries and fatalities, and improving worker health across the spectrum of production agriculture. This can include machinery, animal, and plant systems; processing facilities, and human capital and management systems. The extension and research programs will focus on the integration of applications of engineering and technology solutions to workplace hazards and risks, theory-based educational approaches to safety education, and the promotion of safety and health best management practices to reduce exposure to hazards and risk in agricultural and related industries. Teaching responsibilities include delivery of at least two of the following courses: TSM 421 Ag Safety – Injury Prevention, TSM 422 AG Health–Illnesses Prevention, and TSM 425 Managing Ag Safety Risk. The successful candidate will manage the agricultural safety and health traineeship program for graduate students and the minor for undergraduates. The successful candidate will be expected to build on existing internationally recognized extension and research programs in agricultural safety and health. Currently, this program generates over half-million dollars in programmatic support annually.
The candidate will collaborate with the other Safety & Health faculty member involved in the program, will assist in maintaining the long-standing program relationship with the University of Illinois at Chicago NIOSH funded Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety Education and Research Center, and will be involved with the Center’s funded programs in Agricultural Safety Academic and Continuing Education. Strong extension and research collaborations within the department and with faculty in other departments and colleges, as well as nationally and internationally, are expected. Securing external grant support for collaborative projects is imperative.
Qualifications: Candidate must have a Ph.D. in agricultural or mechanical engineering, agricultural technology, agricultural education, occupational safety and health, or a related safety or health field. Candidate must have a solid core knowledge of agricultural safety, agricultural production, agribusiness, and agricultural supporting services. The ability to communicate effectively, to provide creative leadership, and to work cooperatively with students, faculty, staff, and industry and agency groups is paramount. Demonstrated abilities to engage with a diverse population of faculty, staff, and students across the university, as well as the public served by the extension programs, is required.