Plant Pathologist, Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology Faculty (60% research, 30% teaching, and 10% service) 9-month academic year, tenure track appointment

(Ref#: 4A3563)

Montana State University

Categories:
  • Academic Faculty - Tenured
Job Type/Arrangement:
  • Full Time
Description:

Plant Pathologist, Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology Faculty, Montana State University https://jobs.montana.edu/postings/29725

60% research, 30% teaching, and 10% service, 9-month academic year, tenure track appointment

Montana State University is located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, Bozeman, Montana offers a healthy lifestyle and a world class research university that facilitates innovation and scholarship. Montana State University (MSU) is a Land Grant University that was founded in 1893. MSU is composed of eight academic colleges and a graduate school and boasts a friendly, supportive faculty and campus environment. Currently, the University hosts an enrollment of over 16,500 students, including approximately 2,000 graduate students. MSU is recognized as one of 106 U.S. Research Universities representing the top tier of the Carnegie Foundation rankings.

The Department of Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology has 29 tenured/tenure-track faculty, with major emphases on plant genetics and plant pathology. The PSPP department is a team of scientists and educators passionate about plants, their associated organisms, and environments. We strive to create and disseminate new knowledge to advance an understanding of fundamental questions in plant sciences and plant pathology and applied aspects of agriculture, horticulture, and the designed landscape, based on community-driven needs and promote environmental stewardship at local, national, and international scales. We provide a robust and future-oriented education to a highly motivated, critical-thinking, and diverse student body that equips them to succeed. The faculty includes plant breeders, plant physiologists, horticulturists, entomologists, plant pathologists, and virologists. The departmental research focus on plant genetics and plant pathology provides excellent opportunities for collaboration. The Department and University have state-of-the-art facilities for electron microscopy, mass spectrometry, and excellent plant growth facilities. Field research facilities are available both near campus and at seven Research Centers located strategically throughout the state. The Department offers both MS and PhD degrees in Plant Pathology and Plant Science. 

We seek a dynamic and visionary scientist investigating important topics in plant pathology for a 9-month academic year tenure-track faculty position in the Department of Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology at Montana State University. The successful candidate will work both independently and collaboratively, and will use innovative and interdisciplinary approaches in studies that span from the cellular and molecular levels to the greenhouse and field. The successful candidate will develop a strong national and international research program, create and disseminate new knowledge to advance agriculture, and promote environmental stewardship at local, national, and international scales. Expectations for scholarship include receipt of extramural funding, publication in refereed journals, and presentation at scientific conferences. Teaching responsibilities will include both undergraduate and graduate courses based on the candidate’s expertise relevant to plant sciences and plant pathology with a departmental preference for needed undergraduate and/or graduate courses in epidemiology and field plant pathology (i.e., at least two 3-credit courses annually). The successful candidate will advise undergraduate and graduate students in academic and research activities. Depending on area of expertise, the candidate will also provide support to growers, crop advisors and other stakeholders in implementing best agricultural practices. The candidate will provide appropriate public, departmental, and university service.

Required Qualifications:

1.    PhD in Plant Pathology, Virology, Microbiology, Plant Science, or related field.
2.    Post-doctoral experience and demonstrated productivity in basic and/or applied biological research relevant to plant pathology, virology, plant biology, or related field.
3.    Demonstrated potential for tenure in the Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology Department at MSU.
4.    Demonstrated ability to conduct and publish high-quality and original research, as indicated by publications in peer-reviewed journals.
5.    Potential to establish or evidence of having established an externally funded, competitive, and independent research program.
6.    Demonstrated potential for excellence in undergraduate and/or graduate instruction and mentoring in chosen field of study.
7.    Excellence in written and oral communications.

Preferred Qualifications:

1.    Success in obtaining external research grants.
2.    Post-doctoral experience and demonstrated productivity in basic and/or applied biological research relevant to plant pathology, virology, plant biology or related field.
3.    Research interests that complement and/or expand on current research programs.
4.    A research program that addresses topics important to Montana agriculture.
5.    A research program that utilizes innovative, cutting-edge techniques and approaches (e.g., large data sets, advanced molecular and/or imaging techniques).
6.    Demonstrated application of research methods and technology to investigate agriculturally important research topics, including those that address MSU’s Grand Challenges (https://www.montana.edu/strategicplan/improvinglives.html). 
7.    Experience in teaching and mentoring. 
8.    Demonstrated potential or ability to work collaboratively in interdisciplinary teams.
9.    Potential to foster and support diversity, inclusivity, and equity.

Applications DUE August 15, 2022

To Apply - see: https://jobs.montana.edu/postings/29725

To apply, submit all of the following:
(1) a letter of application addressing all the above required and preferred qualifications,
(2) a letter describing a research direction that both aligns with the position description and with MSU’s grand challenges (https://www.montana.edu/strategicplan/improvinglives.html),  
(3) a letter listing the courses or course topics you would be interested in teaching and describing your teaching philosophy that will be applied to the design and execution of classes, and the mentorship of undergraduate and graduate students,
(4) a current curriculum vita,
(5) names, addresses, email addresses, and telephone numbers of five (5) current professional references.


Benefits:
university benefits
Education Requirement:
PhD in Plant Pathology, Virology, Microbiology, Plant Science, or related field
Salary:
commensurate with experience
Location:
Montana State University - Bozeman
Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology
119 Plant Bioscience Building
Montana State University
Bozeman , MT 59717
US
Contact:
Michelle Flenniken, PhD