The plant pathologist at the Montana State University Eastern Ag Research Center is seeking a motivated postdoctoral researcher to conduct plant pathology research related to Fusarium head blight and Fusarium root rots. This position will involve managing the Fusarium head blight nursery and conducting original research on control of Fusarium pathogens. This position also requires supervising others in applied field research of MT cropping systems.
This position is located in Sidney, MT
Duties and Responsibilities
Support the plant pathology program at the Eastern Agricultural by developing new and innovative scientific approaches; establishing collaborative research efforts, population genetics, and disease management of cereals and pulses; and designing studies, collecting data, performing statistical analysis, writing reports, and presenting findings at regional/national meetings. Work with farmers to diagnose plant disease and make management recommendations. One of the most important expectations of this position is to write state/regional and national competitive grant proposals for possible funding and publishing research findings in international peer-reviewed journals with minimal supervision. Travel to off-station research plots, occasionally overnight, will be required.
Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
1. PhD degree in Plant Pathology or closely related discipline with research experience in fungal plant pathology. 2. Expertise in field, greenhouse and laboratory-oriented plant pathology research, statistics, and genetic/molecular techniques. 3. Strong record of publication in peer-reviewed journals.
Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
1. Research experience relating to control of diseases caused by Fusarium spp. 2. Knowledge of cereal-based cropping systems. 3. Working knowledge of statistical analysis and software. 4. Disease diagnostic experience.
The Successful Candidate Will
The successful candidate will possess excellent written and oral communication skills, including effective interpersonal skills necessary to work cooperatively with research faculty, producers and co-workers; have the ability to work independently and as part of a team environment; be meticulous and precise in carrying out work assignments; and be able to follow instructions, maintain effective attention to detail, meet deadlines and prioritize competing demands.
Position Special Requirements/Additional Information
1. Must possess currently or be eligible to obtain a valid State of Montana Driver’s license and have an acceptable driving record (less than 12 points) as occasional in-state travel may be required. 2. A Montana Pesticide Applicator’s License, or be eligible and able to obtain one within 6-months of date of hire. 3. Occasional work in evening or on weekends. This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.
Physical Demands To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
This position has supervisory duties? Yes
Posting Detail Information
Number of Vacancies 1
Desired Start Date Upon completion of a successful search.
Please submit a cover letter addressing each of the qualifications of the position and a CV listing 3 references at https://jobs.montana.edu/postings/13060