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Plant Pathology related positions posted here regularly.

Postdoc - Corvallis, Oregon

USDA - Agriculture Research Service
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    Corvallis, OR


    The Grunwald lab is looking for an ambitious postdoc to conduct cutting edge, challenging research on the high-profile sudden oak death (SOD) pathogen Phytophthora ramorum. We have a large, global culture collection, de novo sequenced genomes using long-read PacBio, and hundreds of resequenced genomes using short-read Illumina. 

    The postdoc will use comparative genomic, population genomic and/or transcriptomic approaches. The successful candidate will characterize global and Oregon populations using a range of next-generation sequencing technologies (PacBio and Illumina), as well as bioinformatic and evolutionary tools and approaches. 

    This is a unique opportunity for postdocs wanting to challenge themselves. The extensive collaboration with the LeBoldus Lab at Oregon State University and resources available at the Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing CGRB. Our lab has extensive capabilities embedded in the CGRB to conduct genomic research as well as a containment growth chamber.

    Expectations: Publish in peer-reviewed journals and present results at scientific meetings. Develop original lines of research potentially including novel computational approaches. Work with a research team that conducts basic and applied research on epidemiology, microbiomes, transcriptomes, genomes, and populations of Phytophthora pathogens.

    Postdocs are GS11 USDA positions. Applicants need to be US citizens or permanent residents.

    TO APPLY: Send CV and 3 references to

    Questions: Write

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Posted October 8, 2019

Assistant Professor - Auburn, AL

Auburn University - Department of Plant Virology
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    Auburn, AL


    Open Until Filled


    The Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology at Auburn University seek exceptional applicants for the position of Assistant Professor in plant virology. Expected start date is August 16, 2020.

    This is a 9-month tenure-track position with 75% research and 25% instruction responsibilities. The successful candidate selected for this position will lead a research program based on understanding the biology of viral pathogens associated with native plants and/or crops of agricultural importance for Alabama and the U.S. The research program may encompass a broad range of areas using current technologies and innovative experimental approaches including advanced microscopy, metagenomics, population genetics and/or phylogenetic analyses that will ultimately aid in developing disease management strategies to eliminate or reduce the impact of these plant pathogens. Thus, candidates will be expected to conduct research that spans the continuum from fundamental to applied aspects of viruses in plants. The successful candidate will be expected to secure extramural funding to support programs and summer salary, publish technical and refereed articles, and collaborate effectively with departmental faculty and colleagues in other disciplines. Instructional responsibilities will include teaching undergraduate and graduate classes in the department curriculum. In addition, the candidate will be expected to direct and advise graduate students. Service to the department, college, and university is also expected.

    Minimum Qualifications

    An earned doctoral degree in Plant Pathology or a related scientific discipline at the time of hire; evidence of research productivity (publications, grants, etc.) commensurate with career level; ability to develop an original research program on fundamental and/or applied aspects of plant virology; and evidence of effective teamwork and capability to teach undergraduate and graduate level courses. In addition, the candidate must possess excellent organizational and interpersonal oral, written and communication skills. The candidate must also demonstrate subject matter knowledge and the ability to communicate effectively in English. The candidate selected for the position must meet eligibility requirements for work in the United States at the time of appointment.

    Application Instructions

    Complete applications must include: 1) a letter of application that addresses the candidate’s research experience, and includes a statement of future research plans or interests (limited to 3 pages); 2) teaching philosophy and experience (limited to 2 pages), 3) curriculum vitae, 4) copies of all transcripts, and 5) a list of three references with all contact information. All materials should be uploaded online at , and any questions should be send to:

    Dr. Leonardo De La Fuente, Search Committee Chair
    Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology
    Auburn University

    Only complete application materials will be considered. Active review of applications will begin on November 1, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled. The expected start date is August 16, 2020.

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Posted August 14, 2019

Assistant Professor of Teaching in Disease Biology - Davis, California

UC Davis - Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Plant Pathology
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    Davis, CA


    Commensurate with experience within the Assistant Professor of Teaching rank at the University of California.

    Open date: 

    July 10th, 2019

    Next review date:

    Monday, Sep 30, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
    Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

    Final date: 

    Tuesday, Dec 31, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
    Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

    Job Duties

    An academic year (9-month) Assistant Professor of Teaching (formerly known as Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment, or LPSOE) position is available in the Department of Plant Pathology, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences with a focus on epidemiology and disease ecology. Expertise in plant pathology or a related discipline is required. Competitive applicants will also have interest and competency to support teaching and research in the broader context of One Health, including plant, animal and human systems. The appointee will be expected to carry out high quality and innovative teaching in these areas and consistent with the broad goals of the department. The appointee will be required to teach up to five undergraduate courses per year in departmental undergraduate curricula as assigned by the department chair. Teaching assignments will be based on enrollment, scope (classroom, field, laboratory), and needs of the unit as well as career stage of the appointee.

    The appointee will be responsible for teaching at the undergraduate level in courses supporting the Department of Plant Pathology ( and the Global Disease Biology major ( Specifically, the appointee will play a key role in the Global Disease Biology (GDB) major through instruction in the core classes GDB 101, Epidemiology (4 units), and GDB/VME 158, Disease Ecology (3 units), as well as the elective course PLP 120, Introduction to Plant Pathology (4 units). Additional courses will be assigned based on the candidate’s area of expertise and departmental need, and include: GDB 90, Introduction to Global Disease Biology (1 unit); GDB 102, Disease Intervention and Policy (4 units); GDB 103, The Microbiome of People, Animals and Plants (3 units); GDB 187, Global Disease Biology Seminar (3 units); SAS 2/2V, Feeding the Planet (3 units); and SAS 13, Disease and Society (3 units). The appointee will also work with individual students as part of the GDB research practicum (GDB 189), which provides research experience for undergraduates outside of the classroom (including field, laboratory, and/or computational analyses).

    The appointee will develop a post-secondary educational or pedagogical research program as it relates to disease biology, epidemiology, plant pathology, phytobiomics, or a related discipline. They will have a leadership role in the scholarship of teaching and learning, working with Plant Pathology, Global Disease Biology and other faculty at UC Davis to develop, implement and assess new pedagogical initiatives. Examples of activities within such a research program include, but are not limited to, assessing and improving existing PLP and GDB courses and identifying needs for new courses or new types of course material delivery; mentoring students to enhance their communication and public engagement skills; formulating and evaluating learning outcomes; advancing health literacy; quantifying the efficacy of cross-disciplinary majors such as GDB in guiding students towards health- and disease-related fields and careers, including plant pathology. The appointee will also be expected to demonstrate continued professional growth and contribute to the university mission through service activities including student advising.

    Basic Qualifications

    • Ph.D. or equivalent in the field of plant pathology, epidemiology, ecology, microbiology, phytobiomics, or related fields. Must have Ph.D. at time of appointment.
    • Post-graduate experience preferred but not required.
    • Background in disease biology and a record of effective and innovative teaching in epidemiology, plant pathology, disease ecology, microbiology, phytobiomics, or related fields.
    • Experience in interdisciplinary research or teaching.
    • Strong oral and written communication skills.
    • Experience and/or interest in developing new educational programs and initiatives.
    • Interest in pedagogical and program development research, with potential for or experience in conducting scholarly evaluation of teaching and learning and pedagogical research in disease biology.
    • Experience and/or interest in mentoring undergraduates and teaching assistant training and mentoring.
    • Evidence of appropriate professional achievement and activities, including traditional or electronic publications and/or other creative activities appropriate to the discipline.
    • Evidence of securing or of the potential to secure competitive funding (federal, state, other).
    • Evidence of engagement and participation in organizations or other activities to demonstrate professional competence.
    • Demonstrated interest in building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment. Interest, understanding, and commitment to contributing to diversity and inclusion of groups that are underrepresented in the academy through teaching, research, and/or service. Statements of Contributions to Diversity will be assessed by their general quality and the candidates’ awareness of, contributions toward, and plans for future efforts related to diversity and inclusion.

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Posted July 15, 2019