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Endowed Chair in Bacterial Diseases of Tree Fruits

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Endowed Chair in Bacterial Diseases of Tree Fruits

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College of Agricultural Human & Natural Resource Sciences

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Department of Plant Pathology

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College of Agricultural Human & Natural Resource Sciences

Department of Plant Pathology

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The Endowed Chair is expected to provide energetic leadership to address significant challenges to the tree fruit production caused by bacterial plant pathogens using an integrated approach and understanding of issues that are best addressed with a team-oriented, systems approach. Multi- and transdisciplinary collaborations are expected both within and beyond WSU. The Chair is expected to develop a world-class research and extension program in tree fruit bacteriology, which provides delivered results with solutions and products for disease management. The successful candidate is expected to develop new research capacity focused on the most important bacterial diseases of pome fruits in PNW, provide new research capacity related to important bacterial diseases of stone fruits, strengthen capacity in tree fruit extension plant pathology, add research and extension capacity in tree fruit disease epidemiology and management, and provide pathology support for WSU breeding programs in pome and stone fruits and the Clean Plant Center Northwest.

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View the Benefits overview for information regarding competitive benefits available.

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Full Time

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Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience.

Required Qualifications:

Earned Ph.D. in plant pathology or related field at the time of application;

Tenure eligible at the time of application, i.e. tenure package submitted or 5 years of experience as a principal investigator in a research-based organization.

Evidence of leadership in developing and executing an interdisciplinary research program in plant diseases.

Evidence of ability to communicate effectively with technical and nontechnical audiences in oral, written, and electronic forms.

Evidence of record in acquiring extramural competitive grant support.

Preferred Qualifications:

Evidence of excellence in teaching and mentoring graduate students.

Evidence of success in solving problems in bacterial disease management.

Evidence of knowledge and ability to work effectively with individuals and groups of diverse cultures, backgrounds, and ideologies.

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Type of Recruitment:

Open Recruitment

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applicants must attach the following documents to their online application:

1) a cover letter. The cover letter should address, in distinct sections, all of the required and preferred qualifications for the position (including your areas of expertise and research interests).
2) a current curriculum vitae
3) a statement of vision and goals for the position that describes how you would serve the needs of the tree fruit industry (Upload as “Other”)
4) names and contact information for four professional references.

For questions about the position, contact Kiwamu Tanaka, Search Committee Chair, at [email protected] or 509-335-6418.

EEO Statement :

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veterans, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU is committed to excellence through diversity and faculty-friendly policy action, including partner accommodation and NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation programs (http://www.advance.wsu.edu/).

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521(v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or [email protected]

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Posted: 11/10/2020
Application Due: 2/8/2021
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