Oregon State University Department of Botany and Plant Pathology – Postdoctoral Scholar Position
Location: Oregon State University, Central Oregon Agricultural Research and Extension Center, Madras, OR
Open Date: 11/30/2018
Closing Date: 12/31/2018
A Postdoctoral Scholar position is available through the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology (BPP) at Oregon State University to work on the biology and management of Sclerotium cepivorum, causal agent of white rot in Allium spp. White rot is a major disease affecting onion and garlic crops in the western U.S. and there are few effective management options. Sulfur-based biostimulant compounds can be used to induce sclerotia germination in the absence of a suitable host, thereby reducing white rot inoculum. However, effective biostimulants are no longer currently available. For this project, the postdoc will participate in collaborative work to develop IPM-based approaches for white rot management by: 1) identifying and screening novel biostimulants for S. cepivorum in the lab, greenhouse and field plots; 2) evaluating a two-pronged approach using biostimulants and in-furrow fungicide applications for white rot control; 3) comparing gene expression in the presence and absence of biostimulants; and 4) exploring other topics as the postdoc’s interests and time allow.
The position provides a competitive stipend and health insurance. The postdoctoral scholar appointment may be renewed annually on a fiscal year basis for up to three years, so long as the postdoctoral scholar is within five years from receipt of the doctoral degree. The appointment is available immediately and funding is available for up to three years, with renewal contingent upon satisfactory performance and postdoctoral eligibility.
The position is in the laboratory of Dr. Jeremiah Dung at the Central Oregon Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Madras, OR and will work collaboratively with researchers at the Oregon State University Corvallis campus and researchers at the University of California Division of Agricultural and Natural Resources in Tulelake, CA and Fresno, CA. For more information about the Postdoctoral Scholar appointment, see
Ph.D. in Plant Pathology, Mycology, or related field within the last five years at the start of the appointment. The successful candidate will possess: 1) experience with traditional plant pathology and mycology techniques, including aseptic technique, pathogen isolation from environmental samples, and inoculation methods; 2) experience using, troubleshooting, and refining molecular techniques, including DNA and RNA extraction, RT-PCR and RNAseq; 3) experience establishing and conducting field- and greenhouse trials; 4) effective interpersonal skills, including ability to collaborate with a diverse team of researchers, students, and staff; 5) the ability to work independently and maintain effective attention to detail, meet deadlines, and prioritize competing demands; and, 6) act as lead and support in manuscript and grant reporting. Applicants must also possess basic and advanced computer skills (word processing, spreadsheets, RNAseq output analysis, literature databases, and statistics (SAS, R, or appropriate software packages). Candidates should have a good publication record, be able to communicate effectively, and have excellent oral and written English skills.
- Fieldwork, including but not limited to: overseeing and conducting field plot and greenhouse experiments; establishing plots; sampling soil; rating disease; harvesting plots; and measuring yield.
- Conduct experiments in the greenhouse/growth chambers.
- Lab work, including but not limited to: isolating and culturing fungi; RNA extraction and RNAseq; growing pathogen inoculum for field and greenhouse experiments.
- Professional development: Assist the Principal Investigator (PI) in training undergraduate and graduate students working in the laboratory and assisting with this project; supervise hourly employees working on the project; participate in workshops and training opportunities; assist the PI in developing grant proposals.
- Project management: Assist in purchasing and ordering supplies associated with this project.
- Data analysis and statistical interpretation.
- Writing manuscripts describing research results for publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals and grants for additional funding.
- Presenting results at scientific and/or stakeholder meetings.
- Travel will be required to visit field sites in Oregon and California, and to attend state, regional, and national conferences and/or meetings.
Please submit a letter of application describing why you are interested in the position and a brief overview explaining how your qualifications and experience will help you succeed with the position duties. Also, please submit a resume/CV, and the names and contact information (including email addresses) for three professional references.
Application material may be sent electronically to Jeremiah.Dung@oregonstate.edu or to:
Central Oregon Agricultural Research and Extension Center
850 NW Dogwood Lane
Madras, OR 97741