The Department of Botany and Plant Pathology invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Faculty Research Assistant position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Department Head.
This position offers the opportunity to be a part of a dynamic research team developing sustainable control strategies for powdery mildew and downy mildew on hop and other plants. Collaborating with other lab team members, you will further the basic understanding of these diseases so that management efforts are more effective and efficient. The research is multifaceted and includes work in the laboratory, greenhouse, and sometimes hop fields. On a day-to-day basis, this will involve maintenance of a collection of isolates of powdery mildew and downy mildew organisms; coordination of greenhouse and growth chamber studies to understand pathogen and disease reactions to environmental conditions; coordination of phenotyping of plant germplasm for disease resistance; overseeing of greenhouse operations and production of plant materials; detection of pathogens by PCR and other assays; and deployment of cultural and chemical control treatments in greenhouse, growth chamber, and field studies. You will work closely with other scientists and technicians, manage undergraduate students, and coordinate with cooperating growers to plan and successfully execute experiments. Required qualifications include knowledge, skills, and abilities related to microbiology and plant pathology, greenhouse operations, and culture techniques for plant pathogenic organisms (especially fungi); excellent English communication to convey technical information to diverse individuals/audiences orally and in writing; and ability to work effectively individually and in teams. Will drive/travel to local field plots and other field locations.
Requires Bachelor’s degree in discipline appropriate to the field in which research is being conducted.
Master’s Degree in Plant Pathology, Microbiology, or related field with experience related to the position description. - OR - Bachelor’s Degree in Plant Pathology, Biology, Microbiology or related field and at least five years of work experience directly related to the position, including experience in aseptic technique, manipulating cultures, experimental design, research greenhouse operations, basic molecular biology procedures, and scientific writing.
Experience in maintaining, manipulating, and culturing fungi and/or other organisms.
Experience in research in greenhouse and laboratory, and/or field settings.
Ability to work effectively in team environments with diverse individuals.
Excellent organizational skills to manage multiple, diverse research projects.
Excellent spoken and written English skills to communicate technical information to diverse individuals/audiences.
Experience and ability to manage greenhouse facilities for research purposes.
Able and willing to travel within Oregon, work in adverse weather conditions if needed, and occasionally travel overnight to field plots.
Ability to lift, carry, push and pull up to 50 lbs.
Possess a valid pesticide applicator's license or ability to obtain within 3-months of hire and maintain while in the position.
This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a criminal history check and be determined to be position qualified as per OSU Standard 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in youth programs may have additional criminal history checks every 24 months. Offers of employment are contingent upon meeting all minimum qualifications including the criminal history check requirement.
This position requires driving a university vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the university; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a motor vehicle history check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver’s license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions as per University Policy 05-030 et seq. Offers of employment are contingent upon meeting all minimum qualifications including the motor vehicle check requirement.
Work in lab, greenhouse, and outdoors in field spaces required. Ability to lift, carry, push and pull up to 50 lbs. The position requires travel within Oregon, ability to work in adverse weather conditions if needed, and occasional overnight travel to field plots outside of the state.
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