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Plant Pathology related positions posted here regularly.

Mississippi State University

Assistant Professor of Plant Pathology

The Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology, and Plant Pathology (BCH-EPP) at Mississippi State University seeks to fill a tenure-track, assistant professor position in plant pathology based at the main campus in Starkville. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a multidisciplinary, internationally recognized, and extramurally funded research program that uses innovative approaches to address basic and applied research topics that synergize with existing departmental strengths. Research areas of particular interest include but are not limited to epidemiology, phytonematology, host-pathogen interactions, and microbiome studies. Collaboration with other researchers and Extension Service colleagues both on- and off-campus is expected. The successful applicant will have a strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate education, teaching foundation courses in plant pathology as well as advanced courses relevant to their area of expertise, and serving on graduate student committees. The development of on-line courses is encouraged. The successful candidate is expected to be an interactive member of the faculty, as well as contribute to relevant scientific/professional societies.

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Posted November 5, 2018

Washington State University

Agricultural Research Technologist

Under direction of a PI, performs senior level research and investigative research relating to the management of diseases of ornamental bulb and cut flower crops, Christmas trees, and ornamental and conifer nursery crops. Positions are responsible for planning, implementing and evaluating assigned experiments under minimal direction; developing and testing investigative procedures; managing personnel; analyzing complex statistical data; and preparing rough manuscript drafts for technical papers.

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Posted October 23, 2018

Penn State University

Asst. Professor of Soilborne Disease Dynamics and Management

Tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor with a 75% research and 25% teaching appointment. The successful applicant is expected to develop an externally funded, high impact research program on the dynamics of soilborne diseases, at the population and community levels, and its influence on plant health and productivity. We are seeking applicants that utilize modern technological and analytical approaches to predict, detect, and survey pathogens (including nematodes) and other plant-associated organisms and microbial functions in the soil, rhizosphere and/or plant, with the goal of providing inferences that lead to a better understanding of disease biology and inform management strategies. The successful applicant is expected to interact with other faculty in one or more key areas of emphasis that include the Phytobiome, Biological Control, and Plant Disease Epidemiology. The successful candidate may have the opportunity to interact with internationally renowned Penn State programs that include root biology, food safety, disease dynamics, and microbiomes. In addition, applied research opportunities exist serving a variety of crop industries in the state, including vegetables, other horticultural crops, and field crops including potatoes. Teaching responsibilities will include teaching the plant pathology sections of an advanced course in integrated pest management. Qualifications to include a Ph.D. in the fields of Plant Pathology, Soil Ecology or Microbiology, or a related field is required at the time of appointment. Applicants should provide evidence of strong potential for conducting and publishing innovative research, competitive for external research funding, excellence in communication with clientele from diverse populations, and keen interest and skills to mentor and advise students. Strong interest in and ability to engage in interdisciplinary research collaborations in one or more areas central to the College of Agricultural Sciences strategic plan, including sustainability, advanced agricultural systems, integrated health solutions, entrepreneurship, and environmental resilience, is critical. An ability to engage professionally with a diverse population of faculty, staff, and students across the university is required. Candidates will be evaluated on their potential for excellent teaching and publishing high impact work, obtaining extramural funding, excellence in instruction, and collaboration in research and instruction within and outside the Department. 

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Posted October 16, 2018

USDA-ARS - Salinas, California

Research Plant Pathologist

The USDA-ARS lab in Salinas, California has a permanent scientist positions open to work Macrophomina phaseolina and Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. fragariae.  The position will support regional agricultural production, which in the Salinas Valley alone has a value in excess of $4.8 billion per year.  Historically researchers at our location have enjoyed strong support from our regional agricultural producers.  Our location is 2 hours south of San Francisco and 40 minutes away from the Monterey Peninsula and Big Sur area.  Hiring level is at a GS-12 or GS-13 (Salary range of $88,582 to $136,969 per year)

 As a Research Plant Pathologist the incumbent will be responsible for, but not limited to: 

  • Develop and test biological and/or chemical control measures for the soilborne fungal pathogens affecting strawberry production with emphasis on Fusarium oxysporum and Macrophomina phaseolina;
  • Apply metagenomic approaches based on next generation sequencing to characterize soil microbial communities associated with infected and healthy strawberries;
  • Conduct population analyses of Fusarium oxysporum and Macrophomina phaseolina affecting strawberry through molecular and microbiology based studies;
  • Screen and evaluate plant genetic resistance against Fusarium oxysporum and Macrophomina phaseolina; and

Develop or improve diagnostic tests for both Fusarium oxysporum and Macrophomina phaseolina.

Additional details about the position (ARS-D18W-0156) may be found at the website

Posted October 11, 2018

Montana State University

Asst. Professor of Plant Pathology

Montana State University seeks an Assistant Professor of Plant Pathology (80% research 20% teaching).  This position, formerly held by John Sherwood, is an excellent career opportunity for a well-trained plant pathologist with interest in fundamental questions of plant pathology.   The successful candidate will have the freedom to conduct research on areas of their own interest with an emphasis on disease systems relevant to Montana and/or the Pacific Northwest.

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Posted October 11, 2018

The Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Assistant Professor

The Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is searching for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Plant Pathology. Applications are invited from individuals with expertise in any area of plant pathology. This faculty position is an academic nine-month appointment.

Degree and area of specialization: Ph.D. in plant pathology, plant biology, microbiology, entomology, or related discipline required.

Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience: Candidates with a strong foundation in the principles and concepts of plant pathology and relevant research experience; effective oral and written communication skills; and a positive attitude for teamwork, including the ability to lead and motivate others, will be sought for this position.

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Posted October 10, 2018

University of Florida: Department of Plant Pathology

Biological Scientist II

- Conduct training sessions for current and new scientists on environmental health and safety policies, biosafety regulations, and best laboratory, greenhouse, and growth chamber research practices. Be a helpful resource for scientists regarding best practices for meeting regulatory policies. Develop and implement new policies and practices as necessary to improve efficiency or compliance. Intervene in cases where safety practices are not being adhered to, with the assistance of the chair. Be conversant on current relevant regulations, and create a network of resources within and outside of UF to answer questions.  Keep records as necessary for compliance and use monitoring. Prepare for and participate in facility inspections by internal and external regulators, and respond to inspection reports.

- Take responsibility for shared equipment maintenance and repair. Train scientists on the use of autoclaves and other selected equipment. Monitor equipment function and compliance with best practices.  Assist the chair in monitoring the cost of service contracts and repairs.

- Assist individual research programs in equipment purchases and installation. Assist scientists and staff in developing or updating research SOPS, permits for importation of microbes, or identifying needed resources. Other tasks as assigned.

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Posted Oct. 2, 2018

NC State University

Postdoctoral Researcher – Evolution of downy mildew pathogens

The Quesada Lab at North Carolina State University invites applications for a Postdoctoral Researcher position. The
Postdoc will be responsible for performing evolutionary genomics research with downy mildew plant pathogens
affecting specialty crops. The project will focus on studying host adaptation in downy mildew pathogens and shifts in
pathogen populations that have resulted in failure of control methods such as host resistance and fungicides. Next
generation sequencing and multi-locus sequencing will be used for isolate genotyping. Phenotyping assays to
characterize pathogen virulence and sensitivity to fungicides will be performed in growth chambers and in the field.
The candidate will be responsible for collecting and analyzing data, writing scientific publications, giving oral and
poster presentations, and assisting with grant writing and reports. The Postdoc will also assist with activities related to
lab management, training and supervision of other lab staff and stakeholders, and field trials.

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Posted Oct 1, 2018

USDA - ARS   Aberdeen, ID

Interdisciplinary Research Molecular Biologist/Plant Pathologist/Geneticist (Plants)

The USDA-ARS Potato Breeding and Pathology program at Aberdeen, ID is seeking a Research Molecular Biologist/Plant Pathologist/Geneticist (Plants) GS11 ($61,218-79,5867) salary commensurate with experience.  Research conducted in this position would be used to speed potato varietal development and germplasm enhancement.  Emphasis would be on developing molecular markers associated with disease and pest resistance for use in marker-assisted selection to facilitate incorporation of resistance into potato germplasm.  The person in this position would work with a Research Geneticist and a Research Plant Pathologist and collaborate with other ARS and university scientists.  Advanced knowledge of traditional and molecular plant breeding and genetics, statistics, and experimental design are desirable, with experience in molecular technologies that can be applied to meeting the research objectives previously described being highly desirable. Facilities and equipment at Aberdeen are contemporary and very amenable to providing the necessary resources for the success of this position.  Additional information regarding the Small Grains and Potato Germplasm Research Unit can be found at  A PhD in one of the following disciplines: Molecular Biology, Plant Pathology, Plant Genetics or a related field of study is required. Citizenship requirements may apply.  For information on the position or to submit an application contact Jonathan Whitworth, Research Plant Pathologist at 208-397-4181 Ext. 112 or For full text of the vacancy announcement, which includes application materials visit the ARS vacancy website at Search the announcement number RA-18-032-L. Applications will be accepted until 09/20/2019 or until position is filled.  USDA-ARS is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer. 

Agricultural Research Service - West Lafayette, Indiana

Research Plant Pathologist - Crop Production and Pest Control Research Unit

The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) of the US Department of Agriculture has a postdoctoral Plant Pathologist position available in the area of corn pathology.  The specific research area is open, but should involve using genetics and/or genomics approaches to analyze host-pathogen interactions between corn and one or more of the fungal pathogens that cause gray leaf spot, stalk rot, or northern leaf blight.  Focus could be on resistance in the host, pathogenicity in the fungus or on understanding their interaction.

 The position requires a Ph.D in plant pathology, genetics or a related field and experience with fungal diseases of crop plants.  Experience in molecular biology techniques, familiarity with corn diseases, and knowledge of genetics, plant breeding, and plant disease resistance is desirable.  Citizenship restrictions apply (


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posted 8-29-2018

Glades Crop Care, Jupiter, FL

Crop Management Specialist

We are an award-winning TEAM of exceptional professionals who are rightfully privileged working
with some of the nation’s most progressive grower/farmers in high value, fresh market fruit and
vegetables. Our TEAM has delivered valuable, science- based information to growers for more than 40
years and is nationally recognized for advocating innovative, sustainable solutions for our grower
clients. Yes, we are proud of our TEAM members and our mutual accomplishments over the years.

Our specialists advise grower clients on many different crops including tomato, pepper, potato,
sweet corn, lettuce, cucurbits, citrus, rice, and sugarcane. In addition to IPM consulting, our
Research Division conducts varied trials at Glades Crop Care’s local Field Research facilities and
at cooperating growers’ farms for major-multi-dimensional clients.

Your responsibilities could include:
• Integrated Pest Management (IPM) scouting and consultations on multiple fresh-market vegetable
and fruit crops;
• Identification and resolution of production problems;
• Assisting in the performance of research projects and related areas of expertise.
Our requirements include:
• Adherence to our corporate culture requiring science based, service oriented, dedicated TEAM players functioning in an environment of professionalism, loyalty and honesty;
• Self-starter, with high motivation toward personal achievement, and strong work ethic;
• Accomplished verbal & written communication skills;
• A desire to improve economic and crop performance of grower clients;
• Ability to learn new professional skills and adapt positively to both growth and change;
• A desire to work outdoors in a diversified climate;
• B.S. or M.S. in related agricultural or environmental science disciplines;
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office software and related electronic communication skills.

Position offers:
• Excellent support staff, training programs, and Ag-related Certification Programs
• Excellent career advancement opportunities are a given in our environment. These may include, but
not be limited to,
supervisory management, consulting, and/or multi-divisional management.

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Posted August 13, 2018.

Clemson University, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences

Assistant Professor: Plant Virology

The Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences in the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences at Clemson University is seeking to fill a 12-month, tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level (70% research and 30% teaching) to work on virus diseases of plants. The position is located on the main campus in Clemson, South Carolina.  Clemson University is an R1 Land Grant University located on the shores of Lake Hartwell within view of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the upper piedmont region of South Carolina, USA. The 1,400-acre campus is part of the 18,000 acres of University Farms and Forests devoted to teaching and research. Clemson University is recognized as a Top 25 public university by U.S. News and World Report. 

The successful candidate is expected to develop a vigorous and innovative program in fundamental and applied Plant Virology, focused on viruses and viroids of economically important plants in South Carolina and the southeastern United States. The incumbent is expected to develop an extramurally supported research program that gains regional and national recognition. The position is currently linked to and financially supported in part by the National Clean Plant Network to provide virus-indexed scions of commercial significance to peach growers. This responsibility requires routine testing of peach leaf samples in the spring.  In addition, the incumbent is expected to test plants with unusual symptoms that might be caused by viruses or viroids—including host range studies and purification of causal agents. While the preferred technical skillset for these responsibilities includes Quantitative PCR, RT-PCR, cloning, and Next Generation Sequencing, research interests at any biological scale, from molecular to ecological, are welcome. Individuals with interests in virus-arthropod vector interactions are especially encouraged to apply. The successful candidate is expected to collaborate with other faculty in the department and college and with scientists across the nation. S/he also is expected to interact with stakeholders and to participate in and provide leadership to Clemson University commodity teams and other groups of like-minded colleagues in the region and around the country. There is an expectation of excellence in grantsmanship, timely communication of research findings through publication of peer-reviewed journal articles, and active participation in training and mentoring of graduate students and postdocs. Teaching responsibilities include a graduate course in Plant Virology and an undergraduate course based on the incumbent’s interests and the needs of the department.  Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Application Procedure: Please submit: (1) a letter of interest with applicant’s contact information; (2) a complete CV; (3) an unofficial transcript from all degree-granting institutions (BS, MS, Ph.D.); (4) contact information for five references; (5) a one-page research plan; (6) a one-page statement on teaching experience and philosophy; and (7) a one-page statement on commitment to diversity. Applicants may request their candidacy remain confidential during the initial review process.

Application-Interview Timeline: This position will remain open until filled.  Review of applications will begin on or around 01 September 2018. We anticipate Skype interviews taking place the week of 10 September 2018, and on-campus interviews will occur the week of 01 October 2018.
If you have any question regarding the position or search process, please contact:
Guido Schnabel, Ph.D.
Chair, Plant Virology Search Committee
Posted July 30, 2018

Clemson University, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences

Assistant/Associate Professor – Plant Pathology/Nematology

The Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences (PES) at Clemson University is seeking to fill a 12-month, tenure-track position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level in Plant Pathology and Nematology. The appointment will include responsibilities in extension (70%) and research (30%). The position will be located at the Pee Dee Research and Education Center (PDREC) in Florence, SC. The successful candidate will be an integral part of PES’s research, teaching and extension programs.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop a nationally recognized, externally funded extension and research program on turf pathology and nematology and grain crop pathology. Basic and applied research should generate outputs (including peer-reviewed publications) and enhance disease management on warm- and cool-season turfgrass in the Carolinas and around the country. Extension activities will include, but not be limited to, the development of effective and impactful disease diagnosis, education materials and programming, and disease management recommendations and guides for a broad range of stakeholders in commercial turf. The successful candidate will also serve as the state extension specialist who will assist extension personnel and the campus diagnostic laboratory in identifying and recommending management approaches for diseases of monocot agronomic crops such as corn, sorghum, wheat and hay. The successful candidate will be required to mentor graduate students, as well as participate in departmental, college and university committees. The successful candidate must have a strong interest and commitment to educate and work with students and stakeholders of all racial and cultural backgrounds.

To insure full consideration, applications should be submitted via Interfolio by 1 October 2018. The position will remain open until filled. Please submit (1) a letter of interest; (2) curriculum vitae; (3) contact information for three references; (4) a research plan (one page); (5) a statement of extension experience and philosophy (one page); (6) a statement on commitment to diversity (one page); and (7) unofficial transcripts from all degree-granting institutions. Applicants may request their candidacy remain confidential during the initial review process.
Questions related to this position may be directed to:
Juang Horng “JC” Chong, Ph.D.

Posted July 30, 2018