Postdoctoral Fellow - Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
17 Mar 2017
End of advertisement period
14 Apr 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

The Department of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management (BSPM) is committed to excellence in the creation and dissemination of knowledge about insects, plant pathogens, and weeds. Further, BSPM applies this knowledge to solving practical problems related to: (1) management of pests in production agricultural systems, in natural resources and recreational environments, and in residential and public areas; (2) environmental quality, and (3) human and animal health. The Department encompasses the disciplines of entomology, plant pathology, and weed science – thus providing unique opportunities to address critical issues that cut across disciplinary boundaries. BSPM focuses its teaching, research and outreach missions in four program areas each of which involves all three of the department’s disciplinary roots in entomology, plant pathology, and weed science. These programs are: 1) Genomics and Molecular Biology, 2) Ecology and Biodiversity, 3) Biology and Management of Invasive Species, and 4) Integrated Pest Management. BSPM emphasizes knowledge of pests and related organisms; the roles that they play in ecological, economic and social systems; and the application of such knowledge to developing economically and environmentally sound solutions for practical problems. Being interdisciplinary in nature, BSPM values cooperative and collaborative efforts with other units within the University, as well as other relevant entities in the Colorado and beyond.

Position Summary

The incumbent will be responsible for experiments designed to improve detection and management of blackleg and soft rot pathogens of potato, including Dickeya and Pectobacterium species. These two bacterial pathogens are the main bacterial pathogens of potato and cause disease annually in the 70,000 acres of potato grown in Colorado. They are also among the most important bacterial pathogens of potato worldwide. The incumbent will also assist in outreach activities related to this project.

Required Job Qualifications

Candidates should have a Ph.D. degree in Plant Pathology, Microbiology, Genetics, or another closely related field by start date, a strong publication record (appropriate for career stage), and excellent communication skills.

Experience in working with undergraduate students in research and interest in providing outreach to growers is also important.

Proven ability to conduct and publish independent research.

Preferred Job Qualifications

Experience in bacteriology, molecular biology, growing plants, genetic or genomic analysis, and data analysis.
Ability to use the Microsoft Office Suite and R or SAS.
Good written and oral communication skills.

Proven ability to conduct molecular biology experiments, analyze data, and publish results.

Diversity Statement

•Personal and professional commitment to diversity as demonstrated by involvement in teaching, research, creative activity, service to the profession and/or diversity/inclusion activities.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Research Duty/Responsibility

The incumbent will be responsible for experiments designed to improve detection and management of blackleg and soft rot pathogens of potato, including Dickeya and Pectobacterium species. The individual will develop and test PCR or RPA based detection protocols, will test management and sanitation methods, and will trial biocontrol methods. This person will also be responsible for all initial data analysis and writing initial drafts of peer-reviewed papers describing this research. The incumbent will also assist in outreach activities related to this project.

Percentage Of Time 80 Job Duty Category Supervision Duty/Responsibility

The individual will be expected to mentor undergraduate students who will assist on the project. The will do this through active mentorship and demonstration of laboratory and data analysis techniques. This is done to provide the post-doc an opportunity to build mentoring skills as well as provide an undergraduate student the opportunity to work in a research lab.

Percentage Of Time 10 Job Duty Category Outreach Duty/Responsibility

The incumbent will assist in outreach activities related to this project, including visiting potato farms, participating (as appropriate) in field days, presenting outreach talks, and developing written outreach materials.

Percentage Of Time 10

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Conditions of Employment

Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)

Search Contact Dr. Amy Charkowski,

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.