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Tenure Track Assistant Professor Plant Pathology
University of Tennessee-Knoxville

Date Posted Sep. 9, 2022
Title Tenure Track Assistant Professor Plant Pathology
University University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Knoxville, TN, United States
Department Entomology and Plant Pathology
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date 2023
  • Assistant Professor
  • Plant Pathology

Assistant Professor, Plant Pathologist
University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture
Position: 9-month tenure-track, Assistant Professor of Plant Pathology
Location: University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee

Duties and responsibilities:

80% Research / 20% Teaching.

The successful candidate is expected to develop an innovative, nationally and internationally recognized, extramurally funded research program that will advance the mission of research and education in plant pathology at the University of Tennessee. Specific research foci (and the approaches employed) are open. Areas of plant pathology research may include (but are not limited to) resilient food production systems, climate change biology, computational biology, controlled environmental agriculture, host-pathogen interactions, pathogen epigenetics, pathogen genomics, pathogen molecular biology and all aspects of pathogen biology, ecology, and epidemiology.

Responsibilities in Herbert College of Agriculture (20%) include teaching one undergraduate introductory plant pathology course annually, and development of a new course that will contribute to training of undergraduate and/or graduate students. Collaboration with departmental research and Extension colleagues, both on- and off-campus, is expected. The candidate also is expected to mentor graduate students and postdoctoral research scholars and to provide service to the department, university, and professional societies or organizations.

Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in plant pathology or a closely related field with experience addressing plant disease and management.
  • Demonstrated skills in written and oral communication, data management, and scientific writing.
  • Demonstrated record of scholarly accomplishments in research and teaching, commensurate with career level.
  • Evidence of scholarship through scientific presentations and publications.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences including faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, stakeholder groups, and the public.
  • Ability to contribute meaningfully to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University, especially experience working with diverse students and the ability to contribute to fostering diversity and inclusion.

Preferred or Desirable Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of plant diseases.
  • Expertise with diverse communication and dissemination strategies (e.g., electronic publications, web, social media, etc.).
  • Post-doctoral or comparable professional work experience is a plus but not required.
  • Demonstrated ability to secure extramural funding based on stage of career.

Interested individuals should submit an application to, consisting of a letter of application, statement of research and outreach interests and plans, statement of teaching philosophy, curriculum vitae, statement addressing the applicant’s ability to enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion, and names and contact information of at least three references. For additional information contact the chair of the search committee, Dr. Kurt Lamour (

  • The University of Tennessee is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education
    and employment programs and services. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without
    regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical
    or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status.

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Contact Information

  • Kurt Lamour
    Entomology and Plant Pathology
    University of Tennessee-Knoxville
    Knoxville, TN


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