003701-2017 - Assistant/Associate Professor in Plant Pathology

Job Description

The Department of Botany and Plant Pathology is seeking applications for a faculty position in plant pathology at the Assistant or Associate Professor level. The academic year appointment has Extension (primary) and research (secondary) components. Research must be translational and will address diseases affecting corn, soybeans, and wheat in Indiana. Specific areas of research may include, but are not limited to, etiology, epidemiology, and the investigation of novel strategies and tactics to avoid or mitigate disease-related damage.  The successful candidate will be expected to direct graduate student research and attract extramural funding.  Extension responsibilities will include development of creative and substantive educational materials and opportunities for a broad clientele base that includes producers, agribusiness associates, and county Extension educators. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with professional experience.

The Department of Botany and Plant Pathology has a diverse and creative faculty of 36 that conducts research in plant pathology, weed science, and plant biology. These faculty are responsible for training 63 graduate students and 60 undergraduate majors. Located in Lilly Hall and the Whistler Hall of Agricultural Research, the department has research labs and plant growth facilities in each building. Sites for field-based research are available near campus and throughout the state. The Purdue University College of Agriculture maintains a strong presence in Extension, on campus and throughout Indiana. Infrastructure for modern Extension programming is supported by the College of Agriculture and available to faculty with similar appointments other departments within the College.

The Department is an integral part of the College of Agriculture, one of the world’s leading colleges of agricultural, food, life, and natural resource sciences and ranked eighth globally in the 2016 QS World University Rankings. The College is deeply committed to the three land-grant missions (teaching, research, and extension), to international activities and perspectives that span all missions, and excellence in all we do. The College has 11 academic departments and includes 325 faculty, 2736 undergraduate students, and 699 graduate students. The College’s strategic plan can be accessed at https://ag.purdue.edu/plan/Pages/default.aspx.

Qualified candidates must have a Ph.D. degree in plant pathology. Experience in disease etiology, epidemiology and management, or related research areas is preferred. Postdoctoral experience is strongly preferred. Applicants with outstanding written and oral communication skills, and proficiency in the application of innovative educational technologies will be favored. Interested individuals must submit an application packet that outlines their Extension philosophy and interests, a statement of research interests, professional goals, a complete curriculum vitae that includes a summary of academic and other professional experiences, and the names and contact information for four references. The Department and College are committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including scholarship, instruction, and engagement. Candidates should address at least one of these areas in their cover letter, indicating their past experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion. Purdue is an ADVANCE institution – www.purdue.edu/dp/advance.                 

These materials should be sent electronically to Pam Mow (mowp@purdue.edu). Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2017 and continue until a suitable candidate is identified. A background check will be required for employment in this position.

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


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