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Three Finalists Coming for On-Campus Interviews
Finalists have been announced and will be interviewing on-campus the first 2 weeks of December. Information about candidates can be found at http://bspm.agsci.colostate.edu/vector-biologist-of-plant-pathogens-assistant-professor-candidates/
Vector Biologist of Plant Pathogens, Assistant Professor Job Posting
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
As climate change and biological invasions continue to impact global biodiversity, scientists at Colorado State University and the University of Colorado-Boulder have recently published work that suggests that the way organisms move to new areas, or range expansion, can be impacted directly by evolutionary changes. Their work, published in Nature Communications, challenges the traditional theory that only demographics such as birth, death and migration determine range expansions. The researchers’ findings add evolutionary processes, which occur during the course of a range expansion, as determining factors.
-By Jason Kosovski
Watch a short video on the work on Dr. Jan Leach and her students about innovative research that is underway.
Every year, the CSU Alumni Association recognizes the most outstanding CSU teachers with the Best Teacher Awards. Teachers are nominated by students and alumni and are selected by a committee of faculty, students and members of the Alumni Association Board of Directors. For 7 years, Matt Camper has taught entomology in the Department of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management. He serves as the director for the CSU Bug Zoo, the live arthropod collection used for Extension and outreach. Matt has broad research interests around pest insect species in Colorado, including insect pests of horticultural commodity crops. He assists with insect samples that are submitted by companies and individuals from around the United States and helps identify and create management plans for their pest problems. His work is expanding to urban entomology and the Cimex species (bedbugs and relatives) pest complex.
Not only is he one of the recipients of the Best Teacher Award for 2017, but he has received numerous awards including: The Charles N. Shepardson Faculty Teaching Award from CSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences; The Pi Beta Phi’s Professor/Teacher of the Month Award from Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women; and The International Education “Globie” Award from CSU’s Office of International Programs (two-time winner!).
For more information about the Best Teacher Awards, please visit the Alumni Association website.