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Assistant Professor in Plant Health and Microbiomes
Auburn University

Date Posted Aug. 27, 2019
Title Assistant Professor in Plant Health and Microbiomes
University Auburn University
Auburn, AL, United States
Department Department of Entomology & Plant Pathology
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Aug. 16, 2020
  • Assistant Professor
  • Plant Pathology
    Agricultural - General

The Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology at Auburn University seek exceptional applicants for the position of Assistant Professor in Plant Health and Microbiomes. Expected start date is August 16, 2020.

Responsibilities: This is a 9-month tenure-track position with 75% research and 25% instruction responsibilities. The successful candidate selected for this position will lead a research program based on understanding the science of plant health, microbiomes and biocontrol of plant pathogens that will lead to practical solutions for problems facing the agricultural industry. They will also lead a research program focused on sustainable crop production and protection. The candidate’s research will address crop/plant health in response to biotic/abiotic stress factors with the goal of identifying sustainable solutions. In addition to the research program, the individual will be responsible for teaching in the areas of plant disease diagnosis, general plant pathology, and biotechnology. The successful candidate will be expected to secure extramural funding to support programs and summer salary, publish refereed and technical articles, and collaborate effectively with departmental faculty and colleagues in other disciplines. Instructional responsibilities will include teaching undergraduate and graduate classes in the department curriculum. In addition, the candidate will be expected to direct and advise graduate students. Service to the department, college, and university is also expected.

Qualifications: An earned doctoral degree in plant pathology, molecular biology, microbiology or a related scientific discipline at the time of hire; evidence of research productivity (publications, grants, etc.) commensurate with career level; and evidence of effective teamwork and capability to teach undergraduate and graduate level courses. In addition, the candidate must possess excellent organizational and interpersonal oral, written and communication skills. The candidate must also demonstrate subject matter knowledge and the ability to communicate effectively in English. The candidate selected for the position must meet eligibility requirements for work in the United States at the time of appointment. Desired qualifications include postdoctoral research experience, grantsmanship experience and expertise in plant pathology, biology, biotechnology, pathogen/host interactions and plant disease identification.

Application: Complete applications must include: 1) cover letter; 2) curriculum vitae 3) statement of research philosophy 4) statement of teaching philosophy and 5) copies of all transcripts. When prompted, list three references with all contact information. All materials should be uploaded online at and any questions should be send to:

Dr. Kathy Lawrence, Search Committee Chair
Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology
Auburn University

Only complete application materials will be considered. Active review of applications will begin on November 1, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled. The expected start date is August 16, 2020.

The University: Classified as a Carnegie R1 university, Auburn University is a public flagship land-grant institution with a student enrollment of more than 30,000. The University provides instruction in approximately 70 academic departments and maintains graduate research and public service programs of a broad scope. The University is located in the city of Auburn in east-central Alabama, near the metropolitan areas of Birmingham, Alabama, and Atlanta, Georgia, as well scenic escapes in the southern Appalachians or along the Gulf of Mexico.

The Department: There are 20 faculty and 5 support positions in the department. Additional information can be found at


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Contact Information

  • Dr. Kathy Lawrence
    Department of Entomology & Plant Pathology
    Auburn University
    Auburn, AL 36849


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