Assistant Professor

General Description of Position: Assistant Professor in the area of applied wheat pathology

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

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

Information about the Department: 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 an innovative, externally funded research program in applied wheat pathology, with a focus on disease problems affecting wheat production in Kansas and the Great Plains region. Research topics can range from epidemiology and disease management to genetics of disease resistance for wheat pathogens. Kansas State University has dynamic research programs in wheat genetics, genomics and breeding, which provide many opportunities for multi-disciplinary projects. The candidate is expected to develop a research program that complements and collaborates with these programs. The candidate will advise graduate students and teach graduate level courses aligned with their expertise. The candidate should have demonstrated excellence in research and publishing in peer-reviewed journals. The successful candidate will be expected to participate in committees and other service activities within the department, college, and university. Required Minimum Qualifications: Candidates must have: 1) a Ph.D. in plant pathology, or a closely related field with ability to develop a strong research program in applied wheat pathology; 2) excellent communication skills with an ability to teach, and mentor graduate students and postdoctoral researchers; 3) strong organizational and interpersonal skills that will facilitate work with multi-disciplinary teams. Preferred Qualifications: Candidates with applied wheat pathology research experience, postdoctoral experience, experience conducting field research, and a track record of securing external funding are preferred. 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) transcript(s) from graduate studies (official transcripts in English required if selected for interview); and 6) contact information for three current/relevant references.  Questions about the position can be directed to Dr. Erick DeWolf, Applied Wheat Pathology Search Committee Chair.  (785) 532-3968, 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 / Pay Rate: $81,000-84,000 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. 

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