Assistant Professor of Plant Pathology at Montana State University

Link to the original ad: https://jobs.montana.edu/postings/13990

We seek individuals who work professionally and effectively with diverse individuals, possess effective interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills and have the ability to contribute positively to the academic success of the students and the mission of Montana State University.

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Duties and Responsibilities
The successful candidate is expected to develop a competitive research program focused on fundamental understanding of plant disease system(s) relevant both regionally and nationally. Research foci could include, but are not limited to fungal, viral, nematodes or bacterial plant pathogen systems, ecology and evolution of plant pathogens, community ecology of plant pathogens, pathogen-based food safety, epidemiology and modeling of plant pathogens. The university presents outstanding opportunities for internal collaborations. The successful candidate will publish in peer-reviewed publications and is expected to obtain extramural research funds.

As a tenure-track faculty member, the successful candidate will be responsible for developing high-quality classroom teaching methods, including mentoring undergraduate and graduate students. This position is also responsible for participating in the department’s tradition of outreach to state, national, and global audiences.

Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
- Ph.D. in Plant Pathology, Plant Sciences or related field
- Demonstrated excellence in plant pathology research
- Potential for excellence in teaching

Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
- Demonstrated commitment to student, faculty, and staff diversity
- Broad knowledge of plant pathology
- Demonstrated interest in fundamental research in plant pathology
- Demonstrated interest in teaching
- Published high impact research articles
- Demonstrated ability to secure extramural funding
- Successful collaboration in research and teaching
- Active participation in professional societies

The Successful Candidate Will
- Become a leader in plant pathology research
- Compete successfully for extramural funding and collaborate with MSU and external faculty
- Have participated in appropriate professional societies
- Have excellent written and oral communications skills
- Have an interest in working with people from diverse backgrounds, and have a commitment to the principles of inclusiveness and diversity
- Position Special Requirements/Additional Information
- This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

The Department
The Department of Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology has 28 tenure track faculty including plant pathologists, plant breeders, plant physiologists, horticulturalists, entomologists, cereal chemists, and plant molecular biologists. The Department has state-of-the-art laboratory and plant growth facilities. Field research facilities are available both on campus and at 7 MAES Research Centers located strategically throughout the state. The Department offers both MS and Ph.D degrees in Plant Pathology and Plant Science. There are currently 35 graduate students and 150 undergraduate majors in the Department.

The College
As the foundational component of Montana’s land grant university at Montana State University, the College of Agriculture (COA) and the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station (MAES) provide instruction in dynamic degree programs and conduct research relevant to the challenges in Montana’s agricultural and natural resource communities. We create opportunities for students, staff and faculty to excel through hands-on learning, to serve through campus and community engagement, to explore unique solutions to distinct and interesting questions and to connect Montanans with the global community through research discoveries and outreach. The COA offers eleven baccalaureate, nine masters, and four doctoral degree programs from five departments and one division. MAES conducts research through the Department of Research Centers (Corvallis, Conrad, Creston, Havre, Huntley, Moccasin, Sidney), in collaboration with other academic departments, near Bozeman, and throughout Montana.

Desired Start Date July 1, 2019

Screening of applications will begin on December 15, 2018; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions
To apply, submit all of the following: (1) a current curriculum vita, (2) a statement on teaching, and (3) copies of graduate school transcripts

Diversity Statement
Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, gender, age, political beliefs, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation or preference. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; recruitment@montana.edu .

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03/04/2019 (1 week)