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Field Crop Pathologist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is seeking a Field Crop Pathologist to lead an integrated, high impact extension and research field-crop pathology program that meets the needs of agricultural producers in Nebraska, and connects with regional and national crop pathology programs and colleagues with an emphasis on soybean pathology. This is a tenure-track, academic-year appointment at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor.

Recognizing that diversity within a context of inclusivity enhances creativity, innovation, impact, and a sense of belonging, the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR) and Department of Plant Pathology are committed to creating learning, research, extension programming, and work environments that are inclusive of all forms of human diversity. We actively encourage applications from and nominations of individuals from underrepresented groups. 

Position responsibilities include, but are not limited to, maintaining an externally supported research and extension program while seeking and establishing effective collaborations with local stakeholders, complementary research groups, educational groups, and other partners. This position will teach one graduate-level course, integrate teaching and extension programming to advance the plant pathology curriculum for online learners, serve as a key link for the applied disease management content in the graduate program, support student recruitment, and provide student advising and mentoring. 

A Ph.D. in plant pathology or related field with a specialization in plant pathology is required. Preference will be given to candidates with experience working with farmers in an extension and/or industry program; successful demonstration of being a strong team contributor; teaching experience, specifically online or distance teaching experience; applied field research experience; and demonstrated success in securing competitive grants.

To view details of the position and create an application, go to http://employment.unl.edu, requisition F_210132. Click “Apply to this job” and complete the information form. Attach 1) a letter of interest that describes your qualifications for the job, anticipated contributions, and the value you place on diversity and your anticipated contributions to creating inclusive environments in which every person and every interaction matters (3 page maximum; see https://ianr.unl.edu/tips-writing-about-commitment-to-deib for guidance in writing this statement); 2) your curriculum vitae; 3) contact information for three professional references (or arrange to have reference letters sent to: ahadenfeldt@unl.edu); and 4) a statement describing your Extension and Teaching Philosophy, including how to integrate research into your extension program. Review of applications will begin November 1, 2021 and continue until the position is filled or the search is closed. 

As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See http://www.unl.edu/equity/notice-nondiscrimination

Field Agronomist II

Field Agronomist II position is available at Bayer. For more information, please visit the website https://jobs.bayer.com/job/Residence-Based-Field-Agronomist-II-Cali/714343901/?locale=en_US

Nematologist Scientist I 

Nematologist Scientist I position is open in biologics division at Bayer. For more information, please visit the website https://jobs.bayer.com/job/West-Sacramento-Nematologist-Scientist-I-Cali/709896201/?locale=en_US

R&D Scientist - Turf and Ornamental 

Syngenta is looking for a scientist to join the SPS team in Vero Beach. Plant pathologist or entomologist are preferred, but candidates nematology and weed backgrounds will also be considered for this position. Experience with turf, greenhouse, or ornamentals desired. For more information, please visit the website https://www.syngenta.com/en/job/en/18032685/external/rd-scientist-turf-and-ornamental

Assistant Professor of Nematology at University of Florida

The University of Florida is looking for a tenure track Assistant Professor of Nematology. The position is 70% Research and 30% Teaching, and is located at the University of Florida’s Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center in South Florida (Robin Giblin-Davis’ former lab). We are looking for a plant nematologist to conduct research on nematodes impacting tropical crops in southern Florida and the Caribbean region. The person will also teach Plant Nematology and develop another course based on their expertise. Follow this link https://facultyjobs.hr.ufl.edu/posting/85813  to view the job description and to apply. Come be part of our team!

Post-doctoral Associate Position at University of Arkansas 

Location: Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville AR 

The Plant-Herbivore Interactions Laboratory (PI Fiona Goggin: https://enpl.uark.edu/people/faculty/uid/fgoggin/name/Fiona+Goggin/) is seeking a post-doctoral research associate to study the influence of plant elicitor peptides and beneficial rhizobacteria on 1) infection by nematodes and other soil-borne diseases of soybean; 2) plant growth and productivity; and 3) the root-associated microbiome.

Job Summary: This is a 12-month, full-time appointment, with renewal subject to satisfactory performance and continued funding. Job responsibilities may include conducting laboratory, greenhouse, and microplot bioassays to measure infection by root knot nematodes and soybean cyst nematodes; conducting laboratory and greenhouse assays to measure infection by Pythium, Fusarium, and other soil-borne diseases; phenotyping yield, photosynthetic activity, and above- and below-ground plant growth; measuring gene expression and other markers of plant defense signaling; and assisting with analysis of MiSeq data for targeted metagenomics to assess root microbial diversity and function. This job is housed in the University of Arkansas Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology (in the University of Arkansas Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology (https://enpl.uark.edu/about/index.php).


Minimum Requirements: A Ph.D. in plant pathology or a related field is required, as well as strong written and oral communication skills, experience in statistical analysis, and prior experience working independently to design, conduct, and analyze experiments.

Preferred Experience: Prior experience in plant nematology is highly desirable, as well as experience in computational data analysis (R and other languages).  Other relevant skills and expertise include plant microbiology, metagenomics, root phenotyping, processing and analysis of high-throughput DNA sequencing data, and RT-qPCR.   

Application Instructions: Applicants can apply online at https://uasys.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/UASYS/job/Fayetteville/Post-Doctoral-Fellow_R0001733

Required Documents to Apply: Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae, and List of three Profesional References (name, email, business title)


For specific questions about the requirements of this position, please contact Dr. Fiona Goggin at fgoggin@uark.edu.

If you have a disability and need assistance with the hiring process and require reasonable accommodations, please contact the Division's Office of Inclusion, Access, and Compliance at bbatiste@uaex.edu.

For general application assistance, please contact Human Resources at 501-671-2219 or 479-502-9820.

Other Comments: The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture commits itself to policies of affirmative action and diversity with respect to both employment opportunities and program participation.  The Division complies with these policies not merely because of legal requirements, but because we believe that such practices are basic to human dignity.  As such, the Division welcomes all applicants to apply without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status.  Candidates must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment.  All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

Nematologist Principal Investigator and Quality Management Program Coordinator at FMC Corporation

Please use the following link to find the job description: https://jobs-fmc.icims.com/jobs/9391/nematologist-principal-investigator-and-quality-management-program-coordinator/job?branding=live

Graduate Research Assistantships at Purdue University 

Lei Zhang Lab, Department of Botany & Plant Pathology

The Lei Zhang lab at Purdue University (https://ag.purdue.edu/btny/Pages/Profile.aspx?strAlias=leizhang&intDirDeptID=10) is seeking highly motivated applicants for graduate studies at PhD or MS levels for Fall of 2021. The research assistantships provide tuition waiver and stipend of $24,520/year. Students with molecular biology background are encouraged to apply.

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 applicants will have opportunities to be trained and work on basic research to study functions of virulent effector proteins secreted by plant-parasitic nematodes using protein-protein interactions, next-generation sequencing (NGS) and gene editing techniques; or applied project to develop novel bio-control agents with different mode-of-actions against nematodes.

How to apply: Interested students are asked to e-mail directly to Dr. Lei Zhang (leizhang@purdue.edu) the following documents no later than December 21, 2020: Resume, transcripts, statement of research interests. The subject of the email should be “Research assistantship Fall 2021”.

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.

 Post-doctoral Position at Purdue University 

Postdoctoral researcher in molecular plant-nematode interactions

Purdue Nematology Lab

Department of Botany & Plant Pathology

Purdue University 

### IMPORTANT: Do NOT apply via this website. Please read the job advertisement below to learn how to apply for this position. ###

The Nematology lab at Purdue University (https://ag.purdue.edu/btny/Pages/Profile.aspx?strAlias=leizhang&intDirDeptID=10) is seeking a post-doctoral researcher to study molecular plant-nematode interactions. The Nematology lab is part of Department of Botany & Plant Pathology, and Department of Entomology at College of Agriculture at Purdue. The Nematology lab is aimed to enhance understanding of plant-nematode interactions and nematode biology at molecular, organismal and population levels using a diverse array of approaches. The goal of research is to develop effective and sustainable tactics for nematode control in agriculture.

Job Summary: The appointee will conduct research to study effector proteins of root-knot nematodes and induced host resistance to plant-parasitic nematodes. Responsibilities and duties of this position include, but are not limited to the following: (1) identify and study plant proteins targeted by nematode-secreted effectors using yeast two-hybrid, Co-IP and transgenic approaches; (2) transcriptome/RNA-seq analysis of plant responses to nematode effectors; (3) conduct nematode bioassays on Arabidopsis, tomato and soybean plants at different growth conditions; (4) collect, analyze, summarize data and maintain records; (5) prepare verbal and written reports of results to supervisor.

Required qualifications: 

  • A PhD in plant pathology, plant science, or a related discipline.
  • Experience and demonstrated skills in molecular research in plants or plant-pathogen interactions.
  • Prior experience in nematology is NOT required.
  • Excellent communication and writing skills.
  • Proven ability to work independently and to work in teams.

Preferred qualifications: 

  • Experience with analysis of NGS data and execution of bioinformatic pipelines.

Position term: initially for 12 months and can be renewed based on performance.

Salary and benefits: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Benefits are provided via Purdue University.

Anticipated start date: December 1st, 2020 and is negotiable.

How to apply: Screening of applications will begin on October 16, 2020 and will continue until the position has been filled.

Candidates should apply directly to Dr. Lei Zhang via email to (leizhang@purdue.edu) by submitting a single PDF file containing: (1) cover letter; (2) current CV; (3) contact information of three references. The subject of the email should be “Postdoctoral researcher in nematology”. The cover letter should address your interest in this position and how you meet the qualifications, and your career goal.

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. Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

University of Manitoba Graduate Student Assistantships

The laboratory for Applied Soil Ecology at the University of Manitoba (http://soilecology.ca/; 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, mario.tenuta@umanitoba.ca, please use the subject heading “Graduate Studies Nematology”.

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