Colorado State University
Department of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management
POSITIONS: Assistant Professors, fungal pathogens impacting plants
DESCRIPTIONS: Two tenure-track, 9-month academic faculty positions (combined research, teaching, service, engagement/Extension responsibilities as outlined below).
The Department of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management at Colorado State University invites applications and nominations for two full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor academic faculty positions in the biology and management of fungal pathogens of trees or crops in Colorado. Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management is an interdisciplinary department, encompassing entomology, plant pathology, and weed science. Our dynamic faculty support the College of Agricultural Sciences and Colorado State University in fulfilling their Land Grant mission; and actively advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion through outstanding research, teaching, and outreach with relevant programs, goals, and activities. The Department offers graduate degrees with specializations in entomology, plant pathology, and weed science and also is home to numerous graduate students in the interdisciplinary Graduate Degree Program in Ecology and the Cell and Molecular Biology Program. Strong links exist across campus and with state and federal agencies in genomics, ecology, genetics, plant breeding, and plant molecular biology. Department faculty also are committed participants in undergraduate education.
RESPONSIBILITIES (BOTH POSITIONS):
• Develop a productive, externally funded, interdisciplinary research program in fungal pathogens of priority plants and systems important to Colorado and the western region of the United States.
• Provide service and engagement/outreach/Extension in plant pathology to priority stakeholders in Colorado and the western region; the proportion of Extension responsibility will be negotiable depending on the candidate’s experience and fit with departmental needs.
• Contribute to the department’s teaching program primarily through assuming responsibility for one of two introductory lecture/laboratory plant pathology courses at the upper division undergraduate level with the opportunity to teach a graduate level course in advanced plant pathogenic fungi.
• Contribute to the development of innovative pest management strategies.
• Collaborate with faculty in the department, with faculty throughout the university, and with others inside and outside the university.
• Actively advance the department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion through research, teaching, and outreach with relevant programs, goals, and activities.
Both positions will be split 50% research, and 50% teaching plus engagement/Extension (this portion of teaching to engagement/Extension will be negotiated based on department needs and applicant expertise and interests). The Department is particularly interested in candidates with research and teaching expertise in fungal pathogens of urban and/or natural forest systems or with experience in dryland and irrigated cropping systems relevant to Colorado.
Applicants should describe their expertise and interests in one or both systems in their application letter. Applicants with expertise that spans multiple approaches from molecular biology to ecology, or whose research is trans-disciplinary in nature are particularly encouraged to apply.
QUALIFICATIONS (BOTH POSITIONS):
o A Ph.D. in plant pathology, mycology, epidemiology. or related field completed by start date.
o Research experience in fungal pathogens.
o Experience or demonstrated interest in teaching, and engagement/outreach/extension programming.
o Demonstrated ability to apply molecular, ecological, and/or physiological techniques to solve problems for stakeholders.
o Post-doctoral research experience.
o Ability to perform both field and laboratory research in fungal plant pathogens.
o Contribution to developing sources of extramural, competitive funding.
o Evidence of successful interdisciplinary research.
o Ability to use modern delivery technologies to reach diverse audiences, including students.
o Demonstrated interest in fostering diversity and service to the department and profession.