Division/College: Col of Agricultural & Life Sciences
Employee Category: Exempt
Pay Range: $42,993 annually or higher depending on experience
Full/Part Time: Full Time
Position Summary: The University of Idaho Department of Entomology, Plant Pathology and Nematology seeks a plant diagnostics specialist to join the multi-disciplinary team at the Parma R&E Center. The position will be the key diagnostic lab contact for the Plant Pathology Lab at Parma with responsibility for receiving and initially assessing diagnostic samples and running tests as required or referring them to the appropriate specialist. The successful candidate will also undertake diagnostic test development under the supervision of the PI, as well as undertaking research projects into characterizing plant pathogens, disease monitoring and disease management. This position is contingent upon funding and is a full-time (12-month) position.
- An earned Masters or equivalent experience in plant pathology, entomology, agronomy, crop science or closely related field, as well as training and interest in molecular diagnostics and applied plant pathology, nematology or entomology. - Experience supervising other personnel and operating independently. - Experience managing field, greenhouse and laboratory research projects. - Experience with molecular lab techniques and training in molecular diagnostics.
- Training and experience in plant pathology, entomology and/or nematology diagnostics and IPM practices. - Laboratory management experience including monitoring safety compliance, training personnel, and budgeting and procuring necessary supplies/equipment. - Experience in developing and revising standard operating procedures. - Training or experience in developing and delivering extension programs for producers and county educators. - Training or experience in advising graduate students. - Knowledge of USDA-APHIS regulations and reporting of regulated pathogens. - Evidence of participation or willingness to participate in professional activities. - Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively and effectively with colleagues and clientele. - Excellent written communication skills.
Physical Requirements & Working Conditions: - Ability to perform assigned laboratory duties; ability to work with fungal plant pathogens. - Ability to do field work collecting plant and soil samples. - Work with potentially toxic, volatile, corrosive chemicals and/or carcinogenic substances in a laboratory setting.
Posting Number: SP002365P
Posting Date: 12/02/2019
Closing Date: 1/2/2020
Open Until Filled: No
Background Check: Applicants who are selected as final possible candidates must be able to pass a criminal background check.
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