Endowed Chair in Tree Fruit Postharvest Systems

Feb 21, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Endowed Chair in Tree Fruit Postharvest Systems

Employee Type: Faculty

Position Number: 125013

Work Location: Other

Summary of Duties:
The Endowed Chair is expected to provide energetic research leadership to address significant challenges to the tree fruit supply chain whose solutions can be derived from an integrated understanding of issues from bloom to table and are best addressed with a team-oriented, systems approach. Multi- and transdisciplinary collaborations are expected both within and beyond WSU. In complement, the Chair is expected to develop a world-class research program in a selected area of the tree fruit supply chain. Such research may include, but is not limited to, investigations of pre- and postharvest cultural practices and biotic/abiotic stresses and their interactions on postharvest fruit quality; metabolomic, proteomic and molecular mechanisms underlying postharvest physiology; inheritance and expression of fruit traits; fruit sensory attributes and value-added products; postharvest handling technologies and supply chain logistics.

A systems approach to the tree fruit supply chain and validation of new research findings will inform technology transfer to, and successful adoption by, growers, packers and shippers. Active participation in formal dissemination of research results to the tree fruit industry, undergraduate and graduate students via guest lectures, individual and team teaching activities and graduate student advising is expected. This Endowed Chair research program complements recent and planned tree fruit-focused research faculty and extension professional hires, as well as WSU initiatives — such as the WSU Tree Fruit Decision Aid System, the WSU Agricultural Weather Network, the Center for Precision & Automated Agricultural Systems (CPAAS), and the Tree Fruit Extension Team.

The successful candidate will emphasize collaborative programs with state, federal, and private research and extension personnel to strengthen efforts among multi- and transdisciplinary teams. The successful candidate will acquire competitive extramural funding to support a comprehensive research program, contribute extensively to the scholarly literature, and enhance the national and international scope and reputation of WSU tree fruit programs. The successful candidate will be expected to conduct a program of research consistent with the mission of the WSU in general and the strategic goals of CAHNRS, and work effectively with other researchers, extension professionals, private crop consultants, and with industry stakeholders. The successful candidate will participate in regional meetings, promote tree fruit postharvest systems research, and provide content to popular/grower media. Teaching responsibilities include the mentoring and supervision of graduate students, guest lectures and individual and team teaching contributions in the area of postharvest systems.

Required Qualifications:
• Earned Ph.D. in an agricultural or biological science field at time of application;
• Qualified for appointment at assistant professor, associate professor or professor rank. The tenure home of the Endowed Chair is in the Department of Horticulture. Candidates applying for this position at the assistant professor rank must have experience in an assistant-rank position or equivalent with an established record of accomplishments in program leadership, scholarship and extramural funding; and
• Demonstrated record of scholarly accomplishments in postharvest systems.

Posting Open Date: 02/20/2017

Posting Close Date:

Open Until Filled: Yes

To apply, visit https://www.wsujobs.com/postings/30656

Washington State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Educator and Employer.


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