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Assistant Professor-Water and Soil-Borne Plant Pathogens

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Position description: The Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology, University of California, Riverside, invites applicants for a 9-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor. The position will be available July 1, 2016, and carries a 50% research appointment in the Agricultural Experiment Station and a 50% teaching appointment in the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences. The department currently has 17 ladder-rank faculty and three Cooperative Extension Specialists. Opportunities for collaborations are available with existing programs conducting applied and fundamental research in our department and college. The successful candidate will develop an innovative and problem-solving plant pathology program, using both basic and applied research that focuses on soil- and water-borne plant pathogens. Research on root-associated Oomycete, fungal, or bacterial pathogens is preferred. For example, species of Pythium, Phytophthora, Olpidium, Fusarium, Macrophomina, Agrobacterium, and Pectobacterium are major pathogens of California's irrigated crops, which include strawberries, melons, vegetables, field crops, grapes, temperate tree crops, avocado, citrus, and other subtropical and desert crops.

Research: The appointee is expected to study the biology and ecology of water- and soil-borne pathogens and develop novel Integrated Pest Management (IPM) methods for managing disease. Research should be primarily pathogen-focused (mycology or bacteriology) but may extend into broader studies of microbial taxonomy, epidemiology, metagenomics, or population genetics, disease diagnostics, soil/water microbiology or chemistry, plant physiology, resistance breeding, or disease management including cultural, biological, and chemical control. This position will strengthen the department’s research in applied and fundamental aspects of pathogen biology and plant pathology, as well as complement departmental efforts in microbial ecology and population biology, microbial epidemiology, water microbiology, and rhizosphere biology. The successful candidate would be expected to interact with Cooperative Extension and academic faculty working on diseases of California crops. The position will be expected to obtain competitive grant funding from national (e.g., NSF, USDA), state (e.g., Statewide IPM program, California Department of Food and Agriculture), and/or industry (commodity board) sources.

Teaching: The position will contribute to graduate and undergraduate teaching in areas such as mycology, plant pathology, bacteriology, epidemiology, and ecology of soil-borne microorganisms.

Review of applications will begin November 15, 2015, but this position will remain open until filled.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

UCR is a world-class research university with an exceptionally diverse undergraduate student
body. Its mission is explicitly linked to providing routes to educational success for
underrepresented and first-generation college students. A commitment to this mission is a
preferred qualification. Advancement through the faculty ranks at the University of California is
through a series of structured, merit-based evaluations, occurring every 2-3 years, each of
which includes substantial peer input.


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Teaching

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through teaching, research, professional activity, and/or service.

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-4 letters of reference required