The Department of Crop Sciences at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign seeks an outstanding early career scientist who will provide leadership in plant nematology research, in plant pathology teaching, and in establishing relationships with stakeholders. The ideal candidate will address plant parasitic nematode challenges to the production of established and emerging crops in Illinois agriculture. This is a 9-month, 100% time academic, tenure track position with opportunity for summer appointment. The Department of Crop Science is an interdisciplinary department that spans basic and applied disciplines in plant pathology, agronomy, horticulture, plant breeding, molecular biology, and genomics. Visit http://www.illinois.edu/ for information on the university and http://www.visitchampaigncounty.org/ for information on the surrounding area.
The successful candidate will establish an externally funded and internationally recognized research program focused on plant parasitic nematodes. The successful candidate will collaborate with multidisciplinary teams to investigate nematodes affecting Illinois crops. Preference will be given to candidates who have experience in conducting field, greenhouse, and laboratory based research that can lead to the development of management practices that reduce losses caused by plant parasitic nematodes. The successful candidate is expected to teach introductory and advanced courses in plant pathology and provide leadership in outreach to the grower community on nematode pests.
A PhD degree in plant nematology, plant pathology, or a related field is required; post-doctoral experience is desired. The successful applicant must demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills and show the ability to work with multi-disciplinary teams and stakeholder groups. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience with a comprehensive benefits package for eligible employees. The position is available as soon as feasible after the closing date.