Plant Pathology related positions posted here regularly.
Plant Pathologist - Shanhua, Tainan, Taiwan
World Vegetable Center
Shanhua, Tainan, Taiwan
January 15, 2021
The World Vegetable Center (WorldVeg) is a non-profit, autonomous international agricultural research center with headquarters in Taiwan and five regional offices around the globe. WorldVeg conducts research and development programs that contribute to realize the potential of vegetables for healthier lives and more resilient livelihoods. For more information please visit our website: worldveg.org
WorldVeg, with its treasure of the world’s largest vegetable germplasm collection in the public domain and with breeding and plant protection research programs in different parts of the world, is well-placed to develop improved cultivars with traits for tolerance to biotic and abiotic stresses, enhanced shelf life, and improved nutrient content and health promoting qualities.
WorldVeg is in the midst of modernizing its research infrastructure and evolving into an ‘Open Science Center’ that will enable strengthened collaboration with advanced research institutions, universities and private sector. As part of this development, the Center has an ambitious plan to research, develop and introduce sustainable disease management approaches for ecological intensification of smallholder vegetable production systems.
WorldVeg seeks a Plant Pathologist to join its on-going research for developing and implementing disease management strategies, that are economical, environmentally safe and sustainable. The position will be based at WorldVeg headquarters in Shanhua, Tainan, Taiwan and within the Safe and Sustainable Value Chains Program.
Key job Responsibilities:
- Provide scientific leadership and build partnerships in Vegetable Pathology, with an emphasis on integrated disease management programs in tropical Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.
- Lead, collaborate and conduct laboratory, greenhouse and field experiments on screening of germplasm and breeding populations for resistance/tolerance in vegetables and legumes to virus diseases.
- Carry out research and development activities in biological control, induced resistance and molecular approaches in the management of virus diseases in vegetables and legumes.
- Develop seed health testing methods and conduct Pest Risk Assessments.
- Supervise a team of dedicated staff, students and co-workers at WorldVeg regional centers and at headquarters.
- Enhance the capacity of partners in developing and promoting integrated disease management approaches.
- Actively interact and collaborate with other research programs (internally and externally) to develop, implement and lead innovative Vegetable Pathology R&D activities. ● Contribute to project management, reporting and resource mobilization.
- Perform any other duties as required by the needs of the Center.
Qualifications and Experience:
- PhD degree in plant pathology, or plant protection with specialization in virology and with 5 – 10 years of demonstrated relevant experience in working with vegetable and/or legume diseases as well as seed pathogens, especially viruses.
- Experience in molecular diagnostics and characterization of virus and viroid pathogens.
- Familiarity with phytosanitary requirements and pest risk assessment will be an advantage.
- Experience in initiating experiments, experimental design, execution of experimental plans and analyzing results.
- Strong track record of proposal writing, project management and publishing in peer-reviewed journals.
- Fluency in spoken and written English, with good and effective communication skills.
- Team player, able to work in a multicultural environment and able to interact effectively with partners.
The Reward: This is an Internationally Recruited Staff (IRS) position with competitive pay and benefits. The appointment is for three years. The position will be available after July 2021.
Posted November 30, 2020
Applied Research Scientist II: Crop Protection - Guadalajara, Mexico
General research concepts and phytosanitary management practices to obtain improvements in the performance (return/performance/quality) of the four cropss at the Mexico level; as well as ensuring the proper functioning of plant health practices throughout the internal and external production chain.
Posted October 14, 2020
Postdoc Associate - Lincoln, NE
University of Nebraska - Sydney Everhart, Department of Plant Pathology
A full-time Postdoctoral Associate position is available in the lab of Sydney Everhart (lab website) in the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. This position is for a Postdoctoral Associate to utilize genomics, population genetics, and/or fungicide resistance profiling to characterize population structure and develop diagnostic tool(s) for identification of Alternaria sp. causing disease of broccoli in the eastern United States.
This project is part of a multi-state collaborative project funded by the USDA. A Ph.D. in plant pathology, biology, genetics, microbiology or related field is required. This is a 12-month, 100% research, non-tenure leading position established for a period of one year, with potential for renewal up to four years. Review of applications will begin on November 2, 2020 and continue until the position is filled or the search is closed. Preferred starting date is January 2021 and postdoc annual salary starts at $47.5k plus benefits
Posted October 7, 2020
Postdoctoral Associate - Gainesville, FL
UF/IFAS - Plant Pathology Department, Folimonova Lab
A postdoctoral position is available immediately in Folimonova Lab at the University of Florida, Department of Plant Pathology, Gainesville, FL to conduct research in the area of molecular biology and molecular genetics of one of the most complex RNA viruses. Specifically, our laboratory is examining the involvement of viral and host factors in the interaction of Citrus tristeza virus with its host as well as the interactions between different virus strains. Our research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, USA. The project will involve examining the interaction between a Citrus tristeza virus non-coding RNA with one of the viral proteins. A former postdoctoral researcher who worked on the project has moved to a faculty position.
A successful candidate should have:
- A recent Ph.D (or an equivalent degree) in virology or molecular biology, biochemistry or in another related field
- Strong skills in cloning and other molecular biology techniques
- Experience in RNA biology
- Previous experience with confocal microscopy and/or electron microscopy
- Excellent writing and oral communication skills documented by publications in the leading scientific journals
- Good understanding of the main concepts in virology
- Must be able to carry research independently as well as work in a team and will be expected to assist undergraduate and graduate students in the lab.
The position is located at the University of Florida, Department of Plant Pathology, Gainesville, FL. Interested candidates should send a brief cover letter, CV, names of three people that could provide professional recommendations, and contact information to Dr. Svetlana Folimonova (email@example.com).
Salary: starts at $48,000 per year plus benefits
Posted September 30, 2020
Research Microbiologist - Albany, CA
Department of Agriculture - Agricultural Research Service
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS), Invasive Species and Pollinator Health Research Unit is seeking a full time Research Microbiologist for a permanent appointment in Albany, California. The incumbent’s research will focus on the microbial ecology of invasive plants, with specific focus on isolating and augmenting host specific soil-borne pathogenic microorganisms that suppress exotic plant populations. The incumbent utilizes classical and molecular microbiology techniques to identify suppressive bacterial plant pathogens, and investigate their environmental safety as weed control products. The research position may be filled at one of several grade levels (GS-12-13-14) depending upon scientific impact of the selected person. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply. Research positions have an open-ended promotion potential. Salary is commensurate with experience. Citizenship restrictions apply.
This vacancy announcement is open from 09/24/2020 to 10/30/2020. For information on the research program contact Paul Pratt at Paul.Pratt@usda.gov
The USDA/ARS is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
Posted September 30, 2020
Postdoctoral position in Xanthomonas genomics and population biology - Gainesville, FL
UF/IFAS - Plant Pathology Department
Erica Goss and Jeff Jones are seeking a postdoctoral researcher to contribute to a project that aims to characterize Xanthomonas pathogens that cause bacterial spot of pepper and better manage the disease. We will analyze hundreds of genome sequences of Xanthomonas strains isolated from pepper fields to determine the population structure, diversity, gene content, and evolution of bacterial spot pathogens affecting bell and chile peppers. The person in this position will be responsible for genomic data analysis and may also contribute to strain characterization, preparation of strains for genome sequencing, and genetic analysis of strains. They will be expected to contribute to collaborative projects across a large multi-lab, multicultural team. They will organize project activities and design analysis strategies, have the opportunity to mentor undergraduate research assistants and graduate students, present project results at national and international academic conferences, and write manuscripts for publication. Initial appointment is for one year and may be renewable up to three years dependent upon performance. This position is located in the Plant Pathology Department at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL. Preferred start date is January 4, 2021 but the position will be open until filled.
A doctorate (foreign equivalent acceptable) in Plant Pathology, Microbiology, Biology, or a closely related discipline is required. Candidates should have demonstrated skills in verbal and written communication. Experience isolating, culturing, and maintaining bacterial strains, conducting DNA extractions and PCR, phenotypic characterization of bacterial strains, bioinformatic and statistical analysis of genome data, and proficiency in programming languages R and/or Python is preferred but not required.
To apply, submit a cover letter that states the applicant’s interest and qualifications for the position, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for 3 individuals willing to write letters of recommendation to Dr. Erica Goss at firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line: bacterial spot postdoc position. Screening of applicants will begin October 15 and continue until the position is filled.
The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. The Plant Pathology Department and Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences are committed to creating an environment that affirms diversity across a variety of dimensions, including ability, class, ethnicity/race, gender identity and expression. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, mentoring, and professional service. The Department, University, and greater Gainesville community enjoy a diversity of cultural events, restaurants, year-round outdoor recreational activities, and social opportunities.
Posted September 25, 2020