Assistant Professor

Job Title: Assistant Professor
Location: Twin Cities
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 330691

Required: Ph.D. in plant pathology, microbiology, ecology, plant sciences, or relevant biological science. Demonstrated research experience in contemporary areas of bacteriology. Strong publication record in a relevant field in internationally recognized journals. Evidence of excellent communication skills.

Preferred: Postdoctoral experience strongly preferred. Proven ability to conduct innovative, original research. Grant writing experience. Experience in research on plant-associated bacteria and/or microbiomes using the latest genomics, phenomics, and/or informatics approaches. Demonstration of teaching experience at the university level and a vigorous commitment to mentoring students.

About the Job

Position: The Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Minnesota is searching for an outstanding candidate to fill a faculty position in the area of plant-associated bacteria, focusing on bacterial plant diseases and the use of modern techniques to study bacteria and their interactions with plants and plant microbiomes. This position is a nine-month, 50% research and 50% teaching, tenure track appointment at the rank of assistant professor.

Research: The successful candidate will carry out basic, applied, or translational research on plant-associated bacteria and bacterial diseases of plants. This individual will use contemporary research approaches to explore potential research topics such as the roles of plant prokaryotic microbiomes in plant productivity; epiphytic or endophytic prokaryotic ‘omics in relation to microbiome assembly, diversity, functional capacities, and plant productivity; roles of prokaryotes in plant disease resistance, adaptation to biotic or abiotic stress or nutrient cycling; or biology and management of bacterial plant diseases. The incumbent will be expected to be responsive to new and emerging bacterial plant diseases, and collaborate in developing practical solutions for diagnosis and/or management. Development of vigorous extramural support for the research program, publication in high impact journals, and incorporation of undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral researchers is expected. The incumbent will have access to outstanding research and teaching facilities at the University of Minnesota and the opportunity to collaborate with a diverse community of faculty and staff working on the pathology, ecology, genomics, evolutionary biology, and functional capacities of plant-associated microbes within the Department of Plant Pathology and allied departments.

Teaching: The successful candidate will have a strong commitment to teaching and is expected to develop a teaching program that includes a graduate-level course in Phytobacteriology as well as an additional undergraduate or graduate course that aligns with the incumbent’s interests and skill sets. Opportunities for collaborative, cross-disciplinary courses are also available. This individual will be expected to mentor and advise graduate and undergraduate students and post-doctoral researchers.

Salary and Benefits: Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. The University’s outstanding fringe benefits package includes participation in the University’s faculty retirement program; group life, medical, and dental insurance plans; and sabbatical, semester, and parental leave opportunities. Detailed benefits information is available at:

About the Department

While the field of plant pathology continues to evolve, the goals of the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Minnesota remain the same:

  • Solving today's complex plant health problems through cutting-edge research.
  • Providing sound plant health advice to stakeholders throughout Minnesota and around the globe.
  • Educating the next generation of plant health professionals and change-makers through a modern and broad plant pathology curriculum.

Additional information about the Department of Plant Pathology can be found at: and about the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Science at:

How To Apply

Application Instructions: Interested applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, cover letter, 2-3 page statement of research plans and experience, 1-2 page statement of teaching experience and philosophy, the names and contact information for three references, and a brief statement (up to one page) describing interest, experience with, and commitment to diversity and inclusiveness to the online application system described below. Review of applications will begin July 15th and continue until the position is filled.

How to Apply: Please submit your application materials online via the University of Minnesota Employment System: , Job ID 330691.

Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.

Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your "My Job Applications" page and uploading documents in the "My Cover Letters and Attachments" section. This position requires that you attach the following, 1) curriculum vitae; 2) cover letter; 3) 2-3 page statement of research plans and experience; 4) 1-2 page statement of teaching experience and philosophy; 5) the names and contact information for three references; and 6) a brief statement (up to one page) describing interest, experience with, and commitment to diversity and inclusiveness.

The position will remain open until filled.

For questions about the application process, please contact: Kristen Opitz, [email protected], 612-625-9226

For inquiries about the position, please contact the chair of the search committee: Dr. Nevin Young, [email protected], 612-625-2225..

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail [email protected] or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).


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About the U of M

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC)

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation's most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.