The Department of Botany and Plant Pathology invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE) 9-month, tenure-track position as Assistant Professor.
The successful candidate will be expected to establish an innovative and competitive research program that pursues scholarly work in the area of fungal biology / mycology. The area of research specialization is open and includes ecology, evolution, genetics and genomics of fungi.. The successful candidate will serve as Curator of the OSU Mycological Herbarium, and will teach Mycology in the Botany and Plant Pathology program and one course in Biological Data Sciences, an undergraduate major currently being developed.
The Department of Botany and Plant Pathology (BPP) focuses on fundamental aspects of plant and fungal biology, and translation of that knowledge to address important societal issues. Research interests encompass plant health, plant function, plant-microbe and -insect interactions, plant and microbial genomics and computational biology, evolutionary biology, and ecology of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. BPP is also the primary research and extension unit within OSU addressing diseases of economically important plants crops in Oregon, and plant diseases of worldwide signifi¬cance. BPP is in the College of Agricultural Sciences, one of Oregon’s principal sources of knowledge relating to food, agricultural, and natural resource systems, and a major source of knowledge regarding environmental quality, natural resources, biodiversity, life sciences, and rural economies and communities worldwide. College of Agricultural Sciences faculty are committed to enhancing student success by engaging students in quality academic, research, internships, global studies, and other experiential learning opportunities.
The OSU Herbarium is an actively growing and heavily utilized research herbarium of approximately 500,000 specimens of plants and fungi. The OSU Mycological Collection contains over 275,000 specimens and serves as an important research resource for mycologists and lichenologists throughout the world. It is recognized as a global repository for type specimens of arbuscular mycorrhizae (AM), and it houses the world's most complete collection of truffles, old-growth associated fungi, lichens of the Pacific Northwest, and lichen voucher specimens from the US Forest Service Forest Inventory Analysis and Air Quality Management programs. OSU offers a number of opportunities and resources for research and establishment of collaborative programs. The College of Agricultural Sciences has 11 branch stations in 15 locations across the state of Oregon and also supports three of the university’s world-class research centers, namely the Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing (CGRB), the Linus Pauling Institute, and the Environmental Health Sciences Center. A wide diversity of sites is available for field studies in Oregon, including the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest NSF-LTER site in the Cascades and the Sage STEP project in the Intermountain West. Finally, the Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing (http://www.cgrb.oregonstate.edu/) provides centralized facilities that support genomics, proteomics, imaging and bioinformatics research.
OSU has a strong collaborative community engaged in research and teaching in genomics, microbiomes, computational and systems biology, bioinformatics, species distribution modeling, geographic information systems, artificial intelligence, and data sciences. The CGRB offers cutting edge services and training in high throughput sequencing, confocal microscopy, bioinformatics and biocomputing. In addition to the BPP graduate program, BPP students can also participate in the Molecular and Cellular Biology Ph.D. program and the Biological Data Sciences graduate minor. BPP is also home to a new undergraduate major in Biological Data Sciences.
As the state’s Land Grant University, OSU was created to serve the needs of the people. Beginning in 1870 as Corvallis College, agricultural and natural resource programs were offered and have been a vital component ever since.
Typically requires PhD or terminal degree (Masters for some Extension positions and MLS for Library positions), demonstrated ability to teach in a classroom Extension, or other setting, and develop a research program in the academic discipline/unit.
PhD degree in biology, botany, or related fields. Research emphasis in fungal biology / mycology. Expertise with data science / bioinformatics. Commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.
Additional Salary Information: Salary is commensurate with education and experience.
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OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.