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Dean of the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources

The University of Hawaii at Manoa is happy to announce that the executive search site for the Dean of the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources is live and the CTAHR Dean position has been posted on our UH Neogov job site.  Applications, nominations, and inquiries are now being accepted.

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Posting Close Date:  June 23, 2023

PhD in Nematode Community Ecology @ Worms et al.

Are you a final year MS student or a recent graduate with a desire to dive deeper? Join our Worms et al. research team to study nematode community ecology.

The position:

    • Entomology and Nematology Department, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA
    • Starting date Fall 2023
    • 4 years position
Role and Responsibilities:
    • Develop and design independent research
    • Lead field sampling campaigns
    • Process samples for DNA extractions, amplification, and sequencing
    • Process and analyze data
    • Write manuscripts and publish
    • Attend scientistic meetings to communicate research
    • Assist in teaching nematology classes
    • Assist in supervising and training undergraduate students
Essential experience and skills:
    • MS degree in nematology, soil ecology, molecular ecology, microbial ecology or equivalent
    • Basic computational and statistical skills to analyze metabarcoding and metagenomic data
    • Critical thinking, high motivation, independence, ability to dive into details and scrutinize data, ability to accomplish goals timely
    • Learn to work in a team-oriented environment
    • Establish own network of colleagues and collaborators
    • Travel to conduct and communicate research
    • Grow to become an excellent candidate for a future research/teaching post
How to apply:
    • Email CV and a letter of interest no later than May 15, 2023 to:

Dr. Dorota Porazinska

Entomology and Nematology

Worms et al.

University of Florida


Postdoctoral Research Associate in Molecular Plant-Nematode Interactions

A Postdoctoral Research Associate position is available in The Mitchum lab at the University of Georgia to carry out research in molecular plant-nematode interactions, with an emphasis on nematode effector biology that will build upon recent discoveries in soybean cyst and root-knot nematodes. The successful candidate will characterize nematode effectors using a variety of approaches to uncover their role(s) in nematode infection and virulence on resistant soybean. Multiple approaches will be used to identify and modify the host target genes essential for compatibility and resistance for enhancement of nematode resistance in crop plants. 

Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience: PhD in molecular nematology, molecular plant-microbe interactions, plant molecular biology/biochemistry/genetic/development, or related field within the past 4 years.The position is available immediately, but this can be flexible for the right candidate.

Knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies: An enthusiastic and motivated individual with demonstrated knowledge and research experience in molecular plant-microbe interactions and/or plant molecular biology, biochemistry, and/or genetics. A working knowledge of plant-nematode/microbe interactions is preferred, but not an essential criterion for this role. Candidates must have proficiency in modern molecular biology, cellular biology, and biochemistry methods and techniques. Preferred candidates will have some experience with bioinformatics analyses. The successful candidate must have a demonstrated publication record in peer-reviewed journals, proficiency in written and spoken English, and proven ability to work independently and as part of a collaborative, interdisciplinary team. 

To apply, please email Melissa Mitchum ( a cover letter detailing your interest in the position, research accomplishments, and future goals, a CV, and contact information for at least three professional references. For more information about research in our lab, go to: 

The Mitchum Lab is part of the University of Georgia’s Department of Plant Pathology and Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics, and Genomics at the Center for Applied Genetic Technologies, and a member of The Plant Center, which provides a vibrant community of plant researchers at UGA and frequent interactions with the broader plant community across campus.

The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities, is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( UGA is currently ranked among the top 15 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 39,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 9,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 18 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

Postdoctoral Scientist in Molecular Plant Nematology in the Baum Laboratory at Iowa State University

Posting Close Date:  April 27, 2023

USDA-ARS Postdoctoral Research Opportunity in Molecular Plant-Pathology

Application Deadline: 6/9/2023 3:00:00 PM Eastern Time Zone


*Applications may be reviewed on a rolling-basis.

ARS Office/Lab and LocationA research opportunity is currently available with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS), within the Mycology and Nematology Genetic Diversity and Biology Laboratory (MNGDBL) located in Beltsville, Maryland.


The qualified candidate should have received a doctoral degree in one of the relevant fields, or be currently pursuing the degree with completion before the appointment start date.

Preferred skills:

  • Relevant molecular biology experience. 
  • Experience with performing DNA and RNA extraction, PCR, qPCR, RT-qPCR analysis, western-blot.
  • Proficiency in molecular cloning approaches such as restriction digestion, Gateway, Gibson assembly.
  • Experience with RNA interference (RNAi) methodologies and RNAi gene target assays.
  • Experience in next-generation sequencing platforms and related library preparation procedures (especially RNA-Seq), and inherent bioinformatic analyses.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Citizenship: LPR or U.S. Citizen
  • Degree: Doctoral Degree.

Nematology Graduate Student Assistantship at the University of Arkansas

A funded Ph.D. assistantship starting in Fall 2023 (or Spring 2024) in the Plant Pathology program (PLPA) or Cell and Molecular Biology program (CEMB) in the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology at the University of Arkansas. This position, under the direction of Dr. Joanna Kud, focuses on the molecular, genetic, and biochemical plant-nematode interactions.

A highly motivated and enthusiastic candidate should have a master’s or bachelor’s degree in Nematology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Genomics, Plant Pathology, Plant Sciences, or relevant field. Previous laboratory experience with molecular techniques, bioinformatics, genomics is highly desirable. Prior research experience with plant parasitic nematodes is not required.

This position will be funded through a graduate assistantship provided by Bumpers Collage of Agriculture, Food and Life Sciences, with the potential for additional fellowships to supplement the stipend for qualified candidates. The Distinguished Doctoral Fellowship and Doctoral Academy Fellowship can provide up to an additional $22,000 annual stipend for competitive, outstanding incoming doctoral students. 

University of Arkansas, founded in 1871, is a land grant institution classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the nation’s top 2 percent of universities with the highest level of research activity. The University strives to advance Arkansas, build a better world, and foster creativity and discovery by offering transformational opportunities while promoting inclusivity and diversity. The University of Arkansas campus is located in Fayetteville, a welcoming community ranked as one of the best places to live in the U.S. with low cost-of-living. Northwest Arkansas is also quickly gaining a national reputation for its focus on the arts and overall quality of life. Locally, outdoor activities include easy access to numerous running/biking trails, hiking, and other outdoor recreational activities.

Interested individuals should contact Dr. Joanna Kud directly at, with the subject line indicating MS or PhD application. Please include 1) your curriculum vitae with a list of three professional references, 2) a cover letter, and 3) up to 2 pages of a research statement explaining your research interest, experience, and relevant skills.

USDA-ARS Research Opportunity

Research Opportunity at USDA-ARS, Beltsville, Maryland in Nematode Identification and Curation of Plant-Parasitic Nematodes is available. Please click the below link for more information.

Application Deadline: 4/28/2023 3:00:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

Nematology Business for Sale

Established nematology business for sale, 6-figure revenues. Providing high-volume laboratory services nationwide for 25 years to a diverse client set with varying crop needs.

Our company cherishes not only the valuable customer relationships we’ve developed but the consistent, year round demand of our services. This low overhead business can be easily relocated to any state as a stand alone business or integrated into an established laboratory.

Name, reputation, client list and all equipment required to run the business will be transferred with sale. 

Reason for sale: Family illness driving sale

Listing price:  Will consider all qualified offers.



Post-doctoral position at the University of Georgia

Position: Cotton and Vegetable Crops Nematology program (PI: Intiaz Amin Chowdhury) within the Department of Plant Pathology is seeking to fill a post-doctoral researcher position.

Location: This is a full-time position located at the University of Georgia’s Tifton Campus ( located in the heart of Georgia’s $6.5 billion/year crop industry.

Minimum Qualifications: A Ph.D. in plant pathology or a related field is required. Additionally, strong written and oral communication skills, and prior experience of working independently to design, conduct, and analyze experiments is required.

Preferred Qualifications: Experience in plant nematology research is highly desired. Additionally, experience in phylogenetic analysis, PCR, qPCR, DNA sequencing, nematicide screening, and computational data analysis (R, SAS, etc.) is preferred.

Job Summary: The post-doctoral researcher is expected to conduct research towards management and diagnostics of plant-parasitic nematodes (PPN) infesting vegetable and cotton fields of Georgia. Primary responsibilities of this position include, but not limited to, identifying nematode populations to species level using molecular diagnostic methods (PCR, qPCR, RPA etc.), conducting research towards molecular characterization of newly detected nematode species, utilizing state-of-the-art technologies such as high-throughput phenotyping, GWAS, and gene mapping, and conducting laboratory research towards management of PPN. Additionally, the successful candidate is expected to take a leadership role in data collection, data analysis, compiling original research and review manuscripts for publication in appropriate journals, assist Dr. Chowdhury in preparing research grant proposals, and present results at local and national conferences. Other duties may include helping Dr. Chowdhury’s nematology team in greenhouse and field trails and supervise/train graduate students and student workers on molecular DNA-based techniques. The incumbent is also expected to help establish a laboratory environment conducive to efficient nematology research work by organizing existing supplies and equipment while helping to procure new equipment and supplies.

Salary: Minimum salary for the position is $48,000. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Application Instruction: Interested candidates should provide CV, a cover letter, and three professional references. For full consideration, applicants should email Dr. Intiaz Amin Chowdhury with the subject line “post-doc application” and the above-mentioned application materials at The position will remain open until filled.

Other Comments: The University of Georgia is currently ranked among the top 16 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. Tifton is a friendly city with a population of approximately 20,000 located along I-75 in southcentral Georgia. The city is situated in the heart of one of the leading and most dynamic agricultural areas of the Southeast. UGA's Tifton Campus is home to approximately 85 UGA faculty and USDA-ARS scientists plus associated graduate students, postdocs, and support staff conducting innovative and team-based research and extension to improve production agriculture in Georgia, the nation, and the world.

PhD assistantship at Clemson University to study biological controls of nematodes

A PhD assistantship is available at Clemson University to study on natural enemies and biological controls of nematodes. The project that the student will be involved with is funded by the USDA National Needs Fellowship. While the main focus of the project is on nematodes that impact turfgrass, this project could be expanded to include field crops. The student will receive a stipend of $24,500 per year for 3 years. An eligible student can join the program as early as January 2023. The student will be located at Pee Dee REC in Florence, SC with a potential funding for on-station housing. 

Eligibility: Applicants must be US citizens. The fellowship is available to women and under-represented minority groups. 

For more information, please contact Dr. Joseph Roberts at

Assistant Professor of Nematology at Mississippi State University

POSITION: Assistant Professor of Nematology, Mississippi State University

DEPARTMENT: Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology, and Plant Pathology

APPOINTMENT: 9-month, Tenure-Track, 60% Research/40%Teaching

The Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology, and Plant Pathology at Mississippi State University seeks to fill a tenure-track, assistant professor position in nematology based on the main campus in Starkville. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a multidisciplinary, nationally/internationally recognized, and extramurally-funded research program that uses both field and laboratory-based approaches to address applied research topics that synergize with existing departmental strengths in plant systems ( Research may focus on any aspect of nematode biology relevant to regional agricultural and specialty crops, including turfgrass. Candidates focused on plant-parasitic nematodes, nematode parasites of invertebrates, or who use nematodes as models in plant health related areas, such as rhizosphere/rhizoplane ecology, endophytic relationships, spatial epidemiology or water quality indicators will be considered. Collaboration with other researchers and Extension Service colleagues both on- and off-campus is expected. The successful applicant will have a strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate education, teaching foundation courses in plant pathology as well as advanced courses relevant to their area of expertise and serving on graduate student committees. The development of on-line courses is encouraged. Candidates with the ability to develop nematology-based courses to attract and reach broader audiences outside the agricultural community would be highly considered. Teaching a laboratory class in plant-parasitic nematodes is required. The successful candidate is expected to be an interactive member of the faculty as well as contribute to relevant scientific/professional societies.

QUALIFICATIONS: A Ph.D. in plant pathology or a related field and demonstrated experience working on nematode diseases of plants is required, as are demonstrated scholarly productivity and excellence in written and oral communication. Exceptional ABD candidates may be considered, but preference will be given to applicants with post-doctoral experience. Candidates with teaching experience, evidence of multidisciplinary collaborations, experience integrating basic and applied research, a record of leadership and service, and the ability to secure extramural funding will be given priority. Applications from international candidates will be given full consideration.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Applications must be submitted through the MSU employment portal at Completed applications will include: the Personal Data Information Form (available online) as well as a current curriculum vitae, statements of research interests and teaching philosophy, copies of up to five relevant publications and contact information for at least three references. References will not be contacted before a candidate is selected to interview. Review of applications will begin on October 31, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. Questions or requests for further information may be routed to Ms. Swayze Hollenhead (

Mississippi State University ( is a public, land-grant university whose mission is to provide access and opportunity to students from all sectors of the state's diverse population, as well as other states and countries, through excellence in teaching, research, and service. Candidates must be supportive of this mission and commit to Mississippi State University’s core values of diversity, citizenship, leadership, and service. The Carnegie Foundation designates Mississippi State University as a Doctoral/Extensive institution for the Advancement of Teaching, and The Chronicle of Higher Education has designated the university as a “Great College to Work For” (

Mississippi State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.

Ph.D. position at Purdue University

The Lei Zhang lab at Purdue University (; publications: is seeking highly motivated applicants for graduate study at PhD level starting in the spring of 2023. The research assistantship of a PhD student provides stipend of $24,565/year and tuition waiver. Students with molecular biology background are encouraged to apply. English proficiency test (TOEFL or IELTS) is required for non-native English-speaking international applicants.

Plant-parasitic nematodes are microscopic soil-borne roundworms, they infect and damage plant roots causing annual crop losses valued at $80-$118 billion worldwide. The Zhang lab is aimed to enhance understanding of plant-nematode interactions and plant resistance to nematodes at molecular, organismal and population levels using a diverse array of approaches. Research results have been published on prestigious journals, including Nature Plants, PLOS Pathogens, Molecular Plant Pathology, Plant Disease.

Prior research experience in plant-parasitic nematodes is NOT required for application. The successful applicant will have opportunities to be trained and work on (1) basic research to study molecular plant-nematode interactions and mechanism of nematode biology using nextgeneration sequencing (NGS), gene editing, RNAi and protein-protein interactions techniques; or (2) applied project to develop beneficial fungi and bacteria as biological agents for nematode control in soybean.

How to apply: Interested students are asked to e-mail directly to Dr. Lei Zhang ( the following documents: Resume, transcripts. The subject of the email should be “Research assistantship spring 2023”. Screening of applications will begin on May 2, 2022 and will continue until the position has been filled.

The College of Agriculture at Purdue University is one of the world’s leading colleges of agricultural, food, life, and natural resource sciences and ranked sixth in the US in the 2019 QS World University Rankings.

University of Manitoba Graduate Student Assistantships

The laboratory for Applied Soil Ecology at the University of Manitoba (; Twitter @soilecologyUMan) is seeking highly motivated and talented candidates for training leading to MSc or PhD degrees. Students will undertake graduate research to understand host and environmental preferences, yield damage, and control strategies of plant-parasitic nematodes in the Canadian Prairie Provinces. The nematodes to be examined include members of the genus Ditylenchus and Pratylenchus. Crops examined include major field, pulse and horticultural crops grown on the Canadian Prairies. The research involves microscopic and molecular identification of nematodes. Candidates will have excellent oral and written skills in English and have completed a 4-year equivalent BSc in the agricultural or natural sciences. Students with experience in nematology are encouraged to apply. Salary is $18,500/yr for two years to MSc students and $21,000/yr for four years to PhD students. Students who already have scholarships are encouraged to apply as a top-up salary is available to them. The training is funded by several government and industry sources to projects lead by the Applied Soil Ecology Laboratory. For more information on this opportunity please send a detailed CV, statement of relevant experience, availability, and list of three referees by email to Dr. Mario Tenuta, Professor of Applied Soil Ecology,, please use the subject heading “Graduate Studies Nematology”.

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