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Plant Pathology related positions posted here regularly.

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

The Ohio State University, Department of Plant Pathology

Chair and Professor

The Chair, who reports to the Vice President for Agricultural Administration and Dean of the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, administratively leads a comprehensive and diverse departmental program of research, teaching, extension, and international development. The chair fosters effective, collegial, cooperative, and productive relationships among students, staff, and faculty within the department and with other departments and programs at the university; works with other department chairs and administrators to advance the vision and missions of the department in order to optimize resource needs of the department; and promotes the department and college with state, national, and international organizations. The Chair will have the opportunity to carry on instructional, research, or outreach activities, commensurate with his/her administrative responsibilities and interests.

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Posted July 26, 2018


Turfgrass and Forage Pathologist

Assistant or Associate Professor – Turfgrass and Forage Pathology. This is a
12-month, tenure-track appointment (90% research, 10% teaching) in the Department of Plant Pathology, College of
Agricultural & Environmental Sciences, University of Georgia (UGA). The position will be located at the UGA Griffin Campus in Griffin, GA (

The successful candidate will develop a vigorous, innovative, internationally
recognized, and extramurally funded research program in the area of turfgrass and forage pathology. Candidates with the
ability to synergize with the world-class turfgrass and forage genetics, genomics, and breeding programs at UGA to
understand and harness disease resistance are especially encouraged to apply. Opportunities exist for disciplinary and
interdisciplinary collaborations within the UGA Turf Team and with strong programs in etiology, pathogen biology,
disease management, disease ecology and epidemiology, fungicide resistance, and pathogen and population genetics in the
Department of Plant Pathology. There is an expectation of excellence in grantsmanship, timely communication of research
findings via peer-reviewed journal articles, and active participation in the mentoring of graduate students and postdoctoral
scientists. Teaching responsibilities include team-teaching an undergraduate course in turfgrass pest management and a
graduate-level course commensurate with the department’s needs and the incumbent’s area of specialty.

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Posted July 26, 2018

Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Assistant Professor in Grape Disease Ecology & Epidemiology

The position has responsibility for generating and disseminating knowledge concerning the biology, ecology and management of grapevine diseases. Although the primary programmatic focus should be on fungal diseases important to the commercial grape industry of New York and surrounding regions, additional cooperative work on relevant diseases caused by viruses, bacteria or other agents is appropriate. The successful applicant will develop a nationally and internationally recognized research program whose output will increase our basic understanding of various factors impacting the development of grapevine diseases and the tools used for their control, thereby improving management programs. Appropriate disciplinary specialties of the successful applicant include but are not limited to infection biology, population genetics, genome biology, host-pathogen interactions, epidemiology, disease modeling, integrated pest management and sustainability. An ability to work as part of an interdisciplinary team that includes other plant pathologists, viticulturists, plant breeders, entomologists, economists and enologists is required. For the extension function, the successful applicant will assume leadership of Cornell’s outreach program in grape pathology, maintaining its integration within the larger, interdisciplinary extension program in viticulture and enology. A dedication to providing practical, science-based information on disease diagnosis and sustainable management programs is essential, as is an ability to work with a diverse range of colleagues and stakeholders, including growers, extension educators, private-sector advisors, agrichemical and other industry support personnel, government regulators and the general public. Excellent oral and written communication skills are required for preparation and delivery of pertinent information to stakeholders.  It is expected the incumbent will utilize several appropriate media delivery technologies.

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Posted July 26, 2018

University of Florida: Department of Plant Pathology

Marketing and Communication Specialist

Designs and develops print, web, video, social and digital media products for the DPP and its programs and projects. Provides media and communications proposals to the department chair.  Writes press releases, newsletter articles, interviews, prepares descriptive material for website to promote the DPP and its teaching, research, and Extension programs. Designs publications, brochures, flyers, bookmarks, newsletters, and other materials in various formats. Assists in producing videos for the department and its programs and projects. Creates the media products needed to ensure high DPP visibility and positive image

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Posted July 23, 2018


Research Plant Pathologist

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS), Foreign Disease-Weed Science Research Unit (FDWSRU) at Ft. Detrick, Maryland is seeking highly qualified candidates for a permanent full-time Research Plant Pathologist, GS-0434-12 with a salary range of $81,5480.00 to $106,012.00 per year. This position conducts research aimed at using plant pathogens to control invasive weeds that threaten U.S. agriculture. Some research will be conducted in a Biological Safety Level 3 Plant Pathogen Containment Facility and requires a background investigation. To apply, see vacancy announcement ARS-D18E-0084 at the USAJOBS Website (, and follow the application directions provided. U.S. citizenship is required. Applications must be received by July 9, 2018.

Posted June 26, 2018

Ft. Lauderdale REC - IFAS - UF

Assit. Professor of Palm Mycology

This is a 12-month tenure-accruing position that will be 70% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station) and 30% extension (Florida Cooperative Extension Service), available in the Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center (FLREC), Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS), at the University of Florida.  This assignment may change in accordance with the needs of the unit.  Duties will include development of a productive, interdisciplinary, extramurally funded research program with an emphasis on palm diseases caused by fungi.

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Posted May 23, 2018

UC Davis

Assistant Professor of Plant Pathology

The Department of Plant Pathology in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Davis is recruiting an Assistant Professor of Plant Pathology. This is an academic year (9-month), tenure track, Assistant Professor position that includes translational research and outreach relevant to the mission of the California Agricultural Experiment Station (AES).

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Posted April 18, 2018

Cornell - New York

Extension Associate - Vegetable Crops Specialist

Provide commercial vegetable growers and industry representatives with the knowledge and educational resources necessary to assess production and management practices that will enhance their profitability and sustain the growth of the vegetable industry in Western New York.

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