Assistant Professor / Vector Biologist of Plant Pathogens

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
20 Aug 2017
End of advertisement period
17 Sep 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 Department of BSPM at CSU seeks to hire a tenure-track faculty at the assistant professor level to study arthropod vectors of plant pathogens, including viruses, bacteria, fungi, and/or nematodes. The successful candidate will be expected to develop an extramurally-funded research program. Possible research areas may include, but are not limited to, epidemiology, evolution, ecology, genetics, molecular biology, behavior, or interactions of arthropod vectors and their pathogens. Outreach and engagement with local/regional vegetable producers is encouraged and excellent opportunities exist for working with vegetable growers in the State on a wide variety of arthropod-vectored plant pathogens. The successful candidate will also be expected to contribute to undergraduate and graduate teaching in the Department and College. In addition to collaborations with the Department and College, many possibilities for collaborations exist within the Microbiome Cluster, the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology, and the Cell & Molecular Biology Graduate Program. Consistent with the mission of a land-grant university, all faculty members are expected to contribute to education, research/creative performance/scholarship, and service/engagement/outreach functions. The position includes an extension component. The division of the successful candidate’s responsibilities will approximate 25% instruction/advising, 60% research/scholarship, and 15% service/outreach/engagement. At CSU, we consider that a portion of your research/scholarship and your engagement activities will be in support of extension to Colorado agricultural producers.

Required Job Qualifications

  • Ph.D. from an accredited institution in a relevant field (such as entomology, virology, bacteriology, mycology, ecology, biology, or related field) at the time of application
  • Demonstrated knowledge of vector biology, vector-pathogen ecology and evolution, and/or epidemiology
  • Proven excellence in verbal and written communication (including a strong scientific, peer-reviewed publication record for the applicant’s career stage) in vector-pathogen interaction-related topics
  • Potential for excellence in teaching and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students
  • Experience in working with or desire to work with vegetable producers

Preferred Job Qualifications

  • Post-doctoral or other relevant experience in arthropod vector interactions with plant pathogens
  • Demonstrated ability to obtain competitive grants
  • Evidence of team-building skills, capacity for successful collaboration, and potential to manage multidisciplinary research and education projects
  • Desire and ability to advance the department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion through research, teaching and outreach with relevant programs, goals and activities

Special Instructions to Applicants

For full consideration, apply by 10/1/2017. Application materials include: (1) a cover letter addressing the required and preferred qualifications; (2) curriculum vitae; (3) a five-page (maximum) statement (under “Other”); (4) Unofficial transcripts; and (5) Contact information for three people who may be asked to provide letters of recommendation if requested by the Search Committee. References will not be contacted without prior notification to the applicant. The statement should describe a vision for an extramurally-funded research program, teaching philosophy and approach, and outreach and engagement options with local/regional vegetable producers. The statement should convey how those activities will be integrated, and how they will address current challenges in agriculture and the environment.

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.

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.