We are seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral research scientist to conduct plant pathology research related to rice kernel diseases and their management. This position will focus on original research to understand the pathogenic and beneficial populations of fungal and bacterial organisms in rice kernels and explore the potential use of beneficial endophytes for management of rice diseases. Starting salary will be commensurate with experience and include an excellent benefit package. This position is available immediately but starting date negotiable. This position will be initially for two years, with opportunity of renewal based on the performance of work and availability of funds.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Isolate and identify fungal and bacterial microbes using traditional and molecular approaches
Culture and maintain microbial isolates
Able to conduct research in the lab, greenhouse and field settings
Design studies, collect data, perform statistical analysis, write reports, present findings at meetings, and publish research results in peer-reviewed journals with minimal supervision
May assist in preparing and writing grant proposals
Perform other duties that may be assigned
This document represents the major duties, responsibilities, and authorities of this job, and is not intended to be a complete list of all tasks and functions.
Ph.D. in plant pathology, or closely related field.
Experience with isolation and identification of microbes and biocontrol of plant pathogens
Familiarity with molecular tools that aid identifying fungal and bacterial organisms
Work experience with field research experiments being a plus
Strong record of publication in peer-reviewed journals
Preferred: Prior experience with microbial endophytes and biocontrol
Preferred: Familiarity with rice or other field crops but not required
Required Special Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge with field experiment statistics and use of software for statistical analysis (e. g.: SAS)
Excellent writing and verbal communication skills
Work independently and efficiently
Ability to multi task and work cooperatively with others
CV or Resume
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