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This position provides an opportunity for applied plant pathology research and Extension education with the Virginia Tech Tidewater Agricultural Research and Experiment station. The primary responsibility of the position will include planning and leading field, greenhouse, and laboratory studies on pathogen biology, epidemiology, and management of diseases impacting sorghum grown for biofuel. Additional opportunities will exist to conduct research and develop Extension materials relevant to disease management in a variety of agronomic crops including peanut, cotton, wheat, canola, soybean, and corn. Assisting with the preparation of grant proposals and writing peer-reviewed manuscripts is expected. The position requires travel to field plots and meetings with collaborators throughout Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.
Ph.D. in plant pathology or a closely related discipline; ability to independently design experiments, execute field research, and analyze and interpret the results using statistical software (e.g. SAS, R); documented record of publication in peer-reviewed journals; ability to communicate effectively in English (oral and writing); good organizational skills; ability to supervise students and technicians; a desire to work with and educate growers, county agents, and other clientele in production agriculture.
Demonstrated expertise in plant disease epidemiology and/or fungal pathogen biology; experience preparing research proposals; previous experience applying pesticides (current pesticide license or ability to obtain one); demonstrated supervisory experience.
Employee Category: Research Faculty
Appointment Type: Restricted
Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track
Percent Employment: Full-time
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