Assistant Professor - Virology

General Description of Position:

Assistant Professor in the area of plant virology

Tenure-track, 12-month appointment (90% Research, 10% Teaching)

Department of Plant Pathology, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506

Information about the Department/ Community:

The Department of Plant Pathology at Kansas State University comprises a large and diverse group of scientists with an excellent reputation in research, teaching, and extension. Our strengths are in applied plant pathology, microbiology, biosecurity, disease diagnosis, management, host-parasite resistance genetics, pathogen and microbe genetics and genomics, genomics and biotechnology. Additional information can be found at

Kansas State University is in Manhattan, KS, and the Flint Hills region of Great Plains. Manhattan is 125 miles west of Kansas City and 50 miles west of Topeka. Kansas State University is the nation’s first land-grant institution, and has a current enrollment of ~24,000 students. Additional information about the community can be found at

Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity and promotes inclusion in every sector of the institution. The university actively seeks candidates whose commitments and contributions will advance the University's commitment to the Principles of Community which can be found at

Job Description:

The candidate is expected to develop a strong, extramurally-funded research program in the area of plant virology with significant attention to viruses impacting Kansas agriculture. Areas of focus include, but are not limited to, virus-host interactions, arthropod vector-virus-host interactions, virus evolution, and applied virology. The successful candidate will join a dynamic and highly collaborative community of basic and applied life scientists, in departments and institutes across campus. Collaborative research opportunities likely exist within the departments of Agronomy (, Entomology (, the Division of Biology (, and within the Ecological Genomics Institute ( The successful candidate will teach a graduate course in plant virology and another graduate course in his/her area of specialty, each taught in alternate years. The appointee is expected to actively participate in the plant pathology graduate program. The candidate must be able to work in a multi-cultural setting.

Required Minimum Qualifications:

Ph.D. degree in Plant Pathology or related discipline with a strong component in plant virology; Demonstrated research excellence with the desire to mentor graduate students and postdoctoral researchers; Strong communication skills with a desire to teach and a commitment to expand and foster diversity; Demonstrated organizational and interpersonal skills that would facilitate work with diverse, multi-disciplinary teams.

Preferred Qualifications:

Candidates with postgraduate research experience related to plant virology, especially viruses important to Kansas agriculture, and a track record of securing external funds.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Submit applications through the K-State Human Capital Services website:

Applications must include: 1) application letter, including a description of qualifications for the position; 2) a statement describing professional goals, research interests and teaching interests/philosophy; 3) a detailed curriculum vitae; 4) reprints of up to three relevant publications; 5) transcripts of graduate course work (official will be required prior to hire); and 6) contact information for three current/relevant references.  Questions pertaining to the position can be directed to: Dr. Harold Trick, Plant Virology Search Committee Chair, Tel: (785) 532-1426; E-mail:

Screening of Applications Begins:

Position is available January 3, 2018. Review of applications will begin August 21, 2017 and continues until filled.         

Salary Range:


Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees. Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University may procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.