The Small Grains Plant Pathologist is an 11-month, tenure track position that can be filled at either the Assistant or Associate Professor level. Applications at each rank are encouraged. This position has 70% research and 30% Extension responsibility and is located on the Stillwater campus. The successful candidate will develop a dynamic and responsive research program focused on the area of genetics and introgression of disease resistance, and coordinating those research efforts with an interdisciplinary team of scientists working to develop improved cultivars of wheat adapted for production in Oklahoma and the southern Great Plains. Other research responsibilities involve investigating applied and/or molecular aspects of small grain/wheat diseases prominent in Oklahoma as caused by fungal and viral pathogens. As such, it will be imperative to develop a strong externally funded, high impact, regionally, and nationally recognized program focused on wheat genetic improvement. In the Extension role you would be expected to develop a recognizable program that enhances the department’s mission, contributes to development of Extension area specialists and Extension educators, and serves stakeholders. Extension responsibilities include providing diagnosis and solutions to wheat diseases impacting production of wheat in Oklahoma. Interaction with regional and national small grain extension pathologists is critical to the successful fulfillment of extension responsibilities. Expansion of web-based and innovative information delivery methods with periodic impact assessment is expected.
The OSU Wheat Improvement Team was developed as a cross-cutting collection of scientists who work collaboratively to develop, test, and distribute improved wheat cultivars for production in Oklahoma and the southern Great Plains. This position serves on that team as the expert in wheat pathology and plays a critical role in identifying the reaction of breeder lines to many of the prominent wheat diseases in Oklahoma including (but not limited to) the wheat soil-borne mosaic/wheat spindle streak mosaic complex, wheat rusts, powdery mildew, leaf spotting diseases (tan spot and Septoria/Stagonospora), barley yellow dwarf, and wheat streak mosaic.
PhD in Plant Pathology or a closely related field.
Ability and/or Evidence of working effectively and collaboratively with Team members, extension personnel, and wheat industry partners.
Ability and/or Evidence in developing proposals for external funding of research and extension programs.
Strong communication skills with the ability and/or evidence in effectively communicating to scientific and non-scientific audiences orally and in writing.
Ability and/or Evidence to attract, mentor, and graduate multiple graduate students in a highly productive research program focused on both field and laboratory approaches to plant disease management.
Evidence of ability to work and publish on the molecular level for identifying mechanisms of disease resistance in wheat.
Experience in extension and/or outreach activities.
Experience with effective use of electronic media in programming and in assessment of programming.
Commensurate with qualifications.
This is an 11-month tenure track faculty position. The position could be filled by June 1, 2021, or as soon thereafter as an acceptable applicant is available. While application will be accepted until a successful candidate has been identified, interested parties are encouraged to submit their information by April 30, 2021.
A letter of application that includes qualifications, associated research, and extension activities, and a statement of research interests.
A separate extension philosophy statement.
A curriculum vita
Official transcripts noting date of Ph.D. degree completion.
A listing of three names, with telephone number and email address, for those who may be contacted as references for additional information.
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