Assistant/Associate Professor - Cherry Breeder

Assistant/Associate Professor - Cherry Breeder

Employee Type: Faculty

Position Number: 125368

Work Location: Prosser

Summary of Duties:
The Assistant/Associate Professor - Cherry Breeder will provide leadership in developing and conducting an externally funded and nationally recognized research program in sweet cherry breeding. The research program will focus on the creation of new sweet cherry cultivars that have superior horticultural and fruit quality traits. The program will also include the discovery and implementation of new genetic, genomic, and phenotyping techniques and germplasm characterization and enhancement innovations that will assist in the creation of new cultivars as well as facilitate maintenance and evaluation of the program's existing stone fruit germplasm. The scientist will collaborate with state, federal, private research, and extension personnel to strengthen an interdisciplinary, world-class horticultural breeding, genetics, and genomics team. The successful candidate will actively pursue extramural research funding, contribute scholarly literature, and enhance the national and international scope and reputation of WSU's tree fruit genomics, genetics, and breeding programs. The successful applicant will be expected to conduct an approved program of research consistent with the mission of the WSU Agricultural Research Center, and to work and communicate effectively with extension faculty, private crop consultants, the grower community, and allied stakeholders. Excellent managerial skills are essential as the incumbent will be responsible for all facets of cherry breeding, including selection of parental material, crossing, handling and storage of seed, greenhouse propagation of seedlings, maintenance of clonal propagation beds and large orchard blocks of parents and advanced clonal selections in various stages of development. Therefore, in addition to comprehensive knowledge of tree fruit biology, genetics, and breeding, an in-depth understanding of tree fruit propagation and horticultural management of orchard systems is highly desired, including fertility, irrigation, pest management, state-of-the-art training systems, and harvesting, handling, and storage of fruit. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate and graduate students in the area of crop breeding and genetics, and mentor these students. Critically, the breeder/geneticist will effectively communicate to stakeholder groups.

Required Qualifications:
1) Ph.D. in horticulture or a related plant science discipline at the date of hire.



2) Evidence of ability to lead and manage a plant breeding program.

3) Demonstrated record of scholarly accomplishments commensurate with career level. (Candidates applying for this position at the associate professor rank must have an equivalent of 6 years of experience in an assistant-rank position or equivalent position(s) with an established record of accomplishments in program leadership, scholarship and extramural funding commensurate with the associate rank.)

Posting Open Date: 06/15/2017

Posting Close Date:

Open Until Filled: Yes

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