Department of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Position: Assistant Professor of Soil Microbiology/Vegetable Pathology; tenure track, academic year appointment.
Start Date: Fall 2013
Location: Department of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University
New York State Agricultural Experiment Station
Geneva, NY 14456
Responsibilities: The successful candidate will develop an internationally-recognized research (60%) and extension (40%) program focused on soil-borne plant pathogens, their relationship with other soil-borne microbes and edaphic factors, and how these interactions affect the development and management of plant disease, with an emphasis on root diseases of vegetable crops. The research program could focus on areas such as soil health and sustainability, population genetics/genomics of soil-borne pathogens, and innovative disease management strategies, among other areas. This appointee will also develop a related extension program with a focus on soil-borne diseases of vegetable crops, to include applied and translational research and outreach efforts that will provide a positive impact on vegetable production in New York. The appointee will be expected to interact with the interdepartmental vegetable program work team and soil health team, county and regional extension educators, and a diverse group of stakeholders that includes New York vegetable growers (conventional, organic, multiple crops) and support industry personnel.
Qualifications: A Ph.D. in plant pathology, soil microbiology, mycology, nematology or closely related discipline. Experience in research related to this position (as demonstrated by publication in peer-reviewed journals) and in extension or stakeholder engagement either as a post-doctoral or a pre-doctoral fellow is expected. Ability to communicate effectively with students, colleagues and external stakeholders is critical.
Salary: Competitive, commensurate with background and experience. An attractive fringe benefits package is available.
Application procedure: A letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of research goals and plans, reprints of selected major papers, transcripts, and the names of three references should be submitted electronically to Christine Smart, Search Committee Chair, via academic jobs online at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/2247.
Review of applications will begin Dec 15, 2012 and will continue until the position is filled.
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