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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

Biological Scientist IV - Gainesville, Florida

Department of Agriculture - Division of Plant Industry (DPI)
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    Gainesville, FL


    $43,507.36 - $47,858.10 per year

    Closing Date

    July 26, 2019

    Job Duties

    This is a professional scientific position primarily responsible for disease diagnosis and section activities relating to bacterial plant pathogens in support of the plant and plant pest regulatory activities of the Division of Plant Industry (DPI).
    Diagnoses plant disease caused by fungi, viruses, virus-like agents, abiotic agents and particularly caused by bacterial agents.
    Investigates causal agents of new diseases, performs pathogenicity tests, identifies unknown pathogens and informs regulatory decisions. Work may be performed alone or in cooperation with other plant pathologists and scientists. Collaborates with DPI staff and other entomologists to identify and recommend control measures of vector-borne bacterial agents.
    Maintains working understanding and ability to formally and informally disseminate information on, modern bacterial taxonomy and its inherent species, delimitation methodology, including changes to the state of the field as they arise. Writes, edits, and reviews professional manuscripts. Prepares internal and external peer-reviewed publications as required to provide the public with specific information on plant pathological problems.
    Conducts field investigations for noteworthy plant diseases in Florida and elsewhere in cooperation with division, university, federal and industry personnel.
    Communicates with scientists and public within and outside of Florida concerning emerging and existing bacterial plant diseases that threaten Florida agriculture. Provides updated information to supervisors and administration as needed.
    Advises and assists public and private growers in response to specific and urgent plant disease problems.
    Performs other related duties as assigned by Bureau Chief, Assistant Bureau Chief, Assistant Director and Director, including special reports, special assignments and travel, committee appointments and task force appointments.

    Minimum Requirements

    A doctorate from an accredited college or university with a major course of study in one of the biological sciences and one (1) year of professional biological regulatory experience in a field or laboratory program.

    Knowledges, Skill, and Abilities:

    Working knowledge of classical and molecular techniques for diagnosis of biotic plant diseases. Classical techniques include recognizing signs and symptoms of infection in both field and laboratory settings, pathogen isolation and culture, host inoculation, hypersensitivity reactions. Molecular techniques include DNA and RNA extraction, polymerase chain reaction, PCR, quantitative PCR, Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA).
    Knowledge of bacterial molecular systematics preferred.
    Skilled in Good Laboratory Practice (GLP).

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Posted July 8, 2019

Research Molecular Biologist/Research Geneticist - Aberdeen, Idaho

Department of Agriculture - Agriculture Research Service
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    Aberdeen, ID


    $74,596 to $115,313 per year


    This position is located on The Small Grains and Potato Germplasm Research Unit in Aberdeen, Idaho. 

    Research scientists have open-ended promotion potential. Research accomplishments and their impact on the duties and responsibilities of positions are evaluated periodically. The grade level is limited only by the individual's demonstrated ability to perform research of recognized importance to science and technology. *Final grade level may be determined by a peer review panel.


    • The incumbent is responsible for development and application of molecular technologies, with an emphasis on molecular marker development, for the genetic enhancement of disease and pest resistant potatoes.
    • The incumbent will perform independent and team research suitable for implementation in the breeding program.
    • Develop genetic markers for the improvement of potatoes with emphasis on disease and pest resistance.
    • Contribute to an ongoing gene mapping effort in potatoes to produce improved linkage maps.
    • Incorporate genes affecting targeted traits into adapted potato germplasm using marker technology in collaboration with other scientists.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.


    GS-12 pay scale: Applicants must demonstrate at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service or possess a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or possess an equivalent combination of graduate level education and experience. Graduate education must be directly related to the work of the position and must have equipped applicants with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. Specialized experience requirements for the GS 12 level of this position are:

    • Conducting research related to plant genetics or genomics;
    • Conducting molecular mapping of plant genetic traits;
    • Publishing research results on plant genetics or genomics; and
    • Presenting research findings at scientific meetings.

    GS-13 pay scale: Applicants must demonstrate at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service Specialized experience requirements for the GS 13 level of this position are:

    • Planning and conducting research related to plant genetics or genomics;
    • Leading a research team that maps plant genetic traits;
    • Publishing research findings related to plant genetics or genomics as first author; and
    • Presenting research findings at national or international scientific meetings.

    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    To be considered for this position, you must submit a one-page abstract of your MS thesis and/or Ph.D. dissertation. Also, submit a list of names, addresses, and phone numbers of persons familiar with your stature, contributions, recognition; any honors or awards received; memberships in professional or honor societies; invitations to make presentations at scientific/technical meetings; scientific society office and committee assignments; presentations (other than invitation); and publications.

    Applicants must be available to report for duty at the time a selection is made. Selections are typically made within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.


    This is an interdisciplinary position and may be filled in any of the job series/position titles listed. In addition to the specialized experience requirements, applicants must submit proof that they meet the educational requirements for at least one of the series described in the announcement. Applicants may only be appointed to job series/position titles for which they meet all experience and educational requirements.

    General Natural Resources Management and Biological Sciences Series (0401) Requires: 
    Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position. -OR-
    Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major, as shown in above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

    Genetics Series (0440) Requires: Degree: genetics; or one of the basic biological sciences that included at least 9 semester hours in genetics.
    Graduate Education:Genetics, or a curriculum or pattern of training that placed major emphasis on genetics. Graduate study in related fields such as agronomy, horticulture, animal, dairy, or poultry husbandry, entomology, microbiology, plant pathology, chemistry, molecular and cellular biology, and physiology that involved cross-training in genetics is qualifying, providedit placed sufficient emphasis on genetics.

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Posted June 25, 2019

Assistant Professor - Twin Cities, Minnesota

University of Minnesota - Department of Plant Pathology
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    Twin Cities, MN


    Open until filled


    The Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Minnesota is searching for an outstanding candidate to fill a faculty position in the area of plant-associated bacteria, focusing on bacterial plant diseases and the use of modern techniques to study bacteria and their interactions with plants and plant microbiomes.  This position is a nine-month, 50% research and 50% teaching, tenure track appointment at the rank of assistant professor.

    Research:  The successful candidate will carry out basic, applied, or translational research on plant-associated bacteria and bacterial diseases of plants.  This individual will use contemporary research approaches to explore potential research topics such as the roles of plant prokaryotic microbiomes in plant productivity; epiphytic or endophytic prokaryotic ‘omics in relation to microbiome assembly, diversity, functional capacities, and plant productivity; roles of prokaryotes in plant disease resistance, adaptation to biotic or abiotic stress or nutrient cycling; or biology and management of bacterial plant diseases.  The incumbent will be expected to be responsive to new and emerging bacterial plant diseases, and collaborate in developing practical solutions for diagnosis and/or management.  Development of vigorous extramural support for the research program, publication in high impact journals, and incorporation of undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral researchers is expected.  The incumbent will have access to outstanding research and teaching facilities at the University of Minnesota and the opportunity to collaborate with a diverse community of faculty and staff working on the pathology, ecology, genomics, evolutionary biology, and functional capacities of plant-associated microbes within the Department of Plant Pathology and allied departments.

    Teaching: The successful candidate will have a strong commitment to teaching and is expected to develop a teaching program that includes a graduate-level course in Phytobacteriology as well as an additional undergraduate or graduate course that aligns with the incumbent’s interests and skill sets.  Opportunities for collaborative, cross-disciplinary courses are also available.  This individual will be expected to mentor and advise graduate and undergraduate students and post-doctoral researchers.

    Salary and Benefits: Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. The University’s outstanding fringe benefits package includes participation in the University’s faculty retirement program; group life, medical, and dental insurance plans; and sabbatical, semester, and parental leave opportunities. Detailed benefits information is available at:

    Minimum Education Experience

    Required: Ph.D. in plant pathology, microbiology, ecology, plant sciences, or relevant biological science.  Demonstrated research experience in contemporary areas of bacteriology. Strong publication record in a relevant field in internationally recognized journals. Evidence of excellent communication skills.

    Preferred: Postdoctoral experience strongly preferred. Proven ability to conduct innovative, original research. Grant writing experience. Experience in research on plant-associated bacteria and/or microbiomes using the latest genomics, phenomics, and/or informatics approaches. Demonstration of teaching experience at the university level and a vigorous commitment to mentoring students.

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Posted June 19, 2019

Extension Specialist and Assistant Professor - Raleigh, NC

North Carolina State University - Department of Plant & Microbial Biology
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    Raleigh, AL


    Open until filled

    Position Start Date

    January 1, 2020


    The Department of Plant and Microbial Biology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University is pleased to announce recruitment for a tenure-track Assistant Professor & Extension Specialist in agricultural microbiomes with formal appointments in Research (20%) and Extension (80%).

    This faculty position would serve as a bridge between existing faculty research in basic microbiome science and the applied research needs of growers, processors and the agricultural biotech industry in the region. Focal areas might include soil, microbe and root interactions, root or foliar symbionts, nutrient cycling and nutrient acquisition, foliar microbial communities and plant agricultural productivity, pre- and post-harvest microbial systems, and commercial treatment of seed with beneficial microbes to improve field performance.

    As microbiome extension specialist, this position will serve as a bridge between existing faculty research in basic microbiome science and the applied research needs of growers, processors, and the agricultural biotech industry in the region. The candidate will be expected to work closely with plant and microbial research programs in the department, as well as with research and extension faculty in the Departments of Crop and Soil Science, Entomology and Plant Pathology, Horticultural Science, and Biological and Agricultural Engineering.

    Minimum Education Experience

    Ph.D. in plant biology, microbiology, crop science, soil science, or related discipline, and a commitment to excellence in extension and engagement with constituencies outside the university.

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Posted June 17, 2019

Assistant Professor and Extention Plant Pathologist - Auburn, AL

Auburn University - Department of Entymology and Plant Pathology
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    Auburn, AL


    Open unti filled

    Position Start Date

    August 16, 2019


    The College of Agriculture’s Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology at Auburn University is seeking candidates for the position of Assistant Professor and Extension Plant Pathologist with emphasis in Cotton, Peanut, Small Grains and Forages, and Commercial Turf grass/Ornamental Plant Pathology. This position supports the key mission of the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology to keep the world’s people and food supply safe from pests and disease and to deliver unbiased, research-based information to Extension agents, farmers, stakeholders and producers on plant disease management through the development of nationally recognized research and extension programs. The expected start date is August 16, 2019.

    Responsibilities: This is a 12-month tenure-track position with 75% extension and 25% research responsibilities. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a nationally recognized Extension and research program in the area of plant disease management of economically important cotton, peanuts, forages, small grain crops, commercial turfgrass and ornamentals. The successful candidate will be expected to secure extramural funding to support programs, publish technical and refereed articles, and collaborate effectively with departmental faculty and colleagues in other disciplines. Expectations for the successful candidate will be to develop and lead a nationally recognized Extension and research program in the area of plant disease management for cotton, peanut, small grains and forages, and commercial turf grass and ornamentals. A successful Extension program in this position will include an effective social media presence along with traditional methods of technology transfer such as on-farm tests, grower workshops, farmer field days and the use of mass media. Educational outputs will deliver unbiased, research-based information via webinars, videos, apps, and i-books, electronic and printed publications, and other innovative means. Research productivity will be measured by extramural funding, development or application of new or innovative techniques, and the production of research publications. The successful candidate will be a proactive member of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System Agronomic Crops, Commercial Horticulture, and Animal Sciences and Forages Program Priority Teams. The individual will provide support for Extension agents, farmers, turf grass managers, agribusiness personnel, and other stakeholders by providing short and long-term solutions to plant disease disorders. The individual will be responsible for updating the plant disease portions of Alabama Cooperative Extension System IPM Guides on cotton, peanut, small grains, grain sorghum, forage crops, commercial turf grass and lawns, and ornamentals. The successful candidate must have strong interpersonal and communication skills. It is expected that the candidate of choice will effectively support and work across extension teams, agency personnel, and producer organizations.

    Qualifications: An earned doctoral degree in Plant Pathology or a related scientific discipline and strong knowledge and background in applied Entomology by the position start date. Documented experience and/or demonstrated ability in developing an individual and collaborative research program resulting in peer-reviewed publications. Possess proficiency in using social media tools. In addition, the candidate must possess excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills and demonstrate subject matter knowledge. Applicants must also demonstrate their potential to work cooperatively with faculty, students and industry to develop collaborative research and teaching programs. The successful candidate must meet eligibility requirements for work in the United States at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the proposed term of employment.

    Desired qualifications: Qualified applicants will ideally possess extensive practical knowledge of and experience in conducting applied field research and in implementing plant disease management programs in cotton, peanut, small grains, grain sorghum, forage crops, commercial turf grass and lawns, and ornamentals. Desired qualifications also include post-doctoral experience, grantsmanship experience, training in entomology and/or agronomy, extension or outreach experience with an understanding of evaluating extension programs, expertise in statistics and experimental design, as well as familiarity with molecular biology, genetics, biotechnology and genomic approaches.

    Application: Applicants must apply online and submit the following: 1) cover letter addressing the candidate’s experience pertinent to the responsibilities of the position, 2) current curriculum vita, 3) Statement of Philosophy of Extension and Research, and 4) copies of all transcripts, MS and PhD. When prompted during the on-line application process, please provide names, phone numbers and email addresses of three professional references. Only complete application materials will be considered for the position. Active review of applications will begin March 15, 2019, but the search will continue until the position is filled. Questions about the position should be directed to:

    Dr. Edward Sikora Search Committee Chair
    Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology
    Auburn University

    The University: Auburn University is a land-grant institution with a student enrollment of more than 25,000. The University provides instruction in approximately 70 academic departments and maintains graduate research and public service programs of a broad scope. The University is located in the city of Auburn in east-central Alabama near the metropolitan areas of Montgomery and Birmingham, Alabama, and Columbus and Atlanta, Georgia.

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Posted June 4, 2019

Assistant Professor, Postharvest Pathology - Gainesville, FL

University of Florida - Department of Plant Pathology
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    May 30, 2019


    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 Department of Plant Pathology, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS), Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, at the University of Florida.  This assignment may change in accordance with the needs of the unit.  The successful candidate will develop a vibrant, competitively funded research program focusing on host-pathogen interactions affecting postharvest specialty crop diseases.  It is expected that the candidate will generate novel approaches to disease management using all appropriate technologies, including functional genomics and biotechnology.  The incumbent will also develop an effective extension program that facilitates reduction of disease losses in fruits and vegetables.  Tenure will accrue in the Department of Plant Pathology The faculty member will participate actively in undergraduate education and graduate education by chairing graduate committees, serving on graduate committees, supervising thesis and dissertation research, supervising undergraduate research, and publishing the results with his/her graduate students.  The faculty member will seek contract and grant funding actively to support his/her program.  The faculty member will engage in Extension activities in his or her program area.  

    The successful candidate will participate actively in undergraduate and graduate education by chairing and serving on graduate committees, supervising thesis, dissertation and undergraduate research, and publishing research results with students. Faculty are encouraged to participate in professional development activities related to teaching and advising and may teach courses and seminars.

    Because of the IFAS land-grant mission, all faculty are expected to be supportive of and engaged in all three mission areas—Research, Teaching and Extension—regardless of the assignment split specified in the position description.

    Background Information:

    Plant Science is a notable strength at the University of Florida. The Department of Plant Pathology has the largest and most academically diverse faculty in the country, and the largest graduate student program.  The department has excellent laboratory and greenhouse facilities, and access to a farm/greenhouse research facility at the Plant Science Research and Education Unit in Citra, FL. New controlled environment facilities are under construction.



    A doctorate (foreign equivalent acceptable) in Plant Pathology or a closely related discipline is required.  Candidates should have demonstrated skills in verbal and written communication, interpersonal relationships, and procurement of extramural funding. Candidates must be supportive of the mission of the Land-Grant system. Candidates must also have a commitment to IFAS core values of excellence, diversity, global involvement, and accountability. 


    Postdoctoral experience is desirable.

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Posted May 29, 2019