Vector Biologist of Plant Pathogens, Assistant Professor
The Department of BSPM at CSU seeks to hire a tenure-track faculty at the assistant professor level to study arthropod vectors of plant pathogens, including viruses, bacteria, fungi, and/or nematodes. The successful candidate will be expected to develop an extramurally-funded research program. Possible research areas may include, but are not limited to, epidemiology, evolution, ecology, genetics, molecular biology, behavior, or interactions of arthropod vectors and their pathogens. Outreach and engagement with local/regional vegetable producers is encouraged and excellent opportunities exist for working with vegetable growers in the State on a wide variety of arthropod-vectored plant pathogens. The successful candidate will also be expected to contribute to undergraduate and graduate teaching in the Department and College. In addition to collaborations with the Department and College, many possibilities for collaborations exist within the Microbiome Cluster, the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology, and the Cell & Molecular Biology Graduate Program. Consistent with the mission of a land-grant university, all faculty members are expected to contribute to education, research/creative performance/scholarship, and service/engagement/outreach functions. The position includes an extension component. The division of the successful candidate’s responsibilities will approximate 25% instruction/advising, 60% research/scholarship, and 15% service/outreach/engagement. At CSU, we consider that a portion of your research/scholarship and your engagement activities will be in support of extension to Colorado agricultural producers.
Required Job Qualifications
• Ph.D. from an accredited institution in a relevant field (such as entomology, virology, bacteriology, mycology, ecology, biology, or related field) at the time of application
• Demonstrated knowledge of vector biology, vector-pathogen ecology and evolution, and/or epidemiology
• Proven excellence in verbal and written communication (including a strong scientific, peer-reviewed publication record for the applicant’s career stage) in vector-pathogen interaction-related topics
• Potential for excellence in teaching and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students
• Experience in working with or desire to work with vegetable producers
Preferred Job Qualifications
• Post-doctoral or other relevant experience in arthropod vector interactions with plant pathogens
• Demonstrated ability to obtain competitive grants
• Evidence of team-building skills, capacity for successful collaboration, and potential to manage multidisciplinary research and education projects
• Desire and ability to advance the department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion through research, teaching and outreach with relevant programs, goals and activities
Special Instructions to Applicants
For full consideration, apply by 10/1/2017. Application materials include: (1) a cover letter addressing the required and preferred qualifications; (2) curriculum vitae; (3) a five-page (maximum) statement (under “Other”); (4) Unofficial transcripts; and (5) Contact information for three people who may be asked to provide letters of recommendation if requested by the Search Committee. References will not be contacted without prior notification to the applicant. The statement should describe a vision for an extramurally-funded research program, teaching philosophy and approach, and outreach and engagement options with local/regional vegetable producers. The statement should convey how those activities will be integrated, and how they will address current challenges in agriculture and the environment.
For full job posting, please visit https://jobs.colostate.edu/postings/48907