The Department of Plant Pathology at NC State University in Raleigh is hiring a full-time postdoctoral associate one year beginning in February 2014. The postdoctoral fellow will join a research team of faculty from 5 universities that is working on a project funded but the National Academy Sciences Keck Futures Initiative on Ecosystem Services and the evolution of Emerging Plant Diseases in Africa. They will also actively participate in a Rockefeller funded Bellagio Conference in April in Italy.The postdoctoral fellow will work on two main aspects of this analysis. These include 1) Writing a paper that uses an ecosystem services framework to ask the question “ Can the spread of emerging plant pathogens and pests be reduced using ecosystem service impact modeling and transformational technologies?” and 2) Research on the evolution of an emerging plant pathogen . Black sigatoka of banana will be used as a model system to study the population genetics and impacts of novel management strategies on the disease.
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