Asst/Assoc Professor - Molecular Plant-Microbial Interactions PathologistDepartment:
Plant Pathology-0843Requisition Number:
F_220036Posting Open Date:
03/02/2022Application Review Date: (To ensure consideration, please submit all application materials before review date):
04/15/2022Open Until Filled:
YesDescription of Work:
The Molecular Plant-Microbial Interactions Pathologist holds a 9-month (academic year) appointment as assistant or associate professor in the Department of Plant Pathology in the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR). The incumbent conducts an integrated research and teaching program that meets the needs of agricultural producers in Nebraska, and connects with regional and national crop pathology programs and colleagues with an emphasis on molecular microbial-host plant interactions, where “microbe” indicates bacterial, fungal, or oomycete pathogen(s). The apportionment for this position is 80% research and 20% teaching and is located in Lincoln, Nebraska. Minimum Required Qualifications:
The incumbent maintains a high impact, nationally and internationally recognized, externally supported research program with formal teaching responsibilities, contributing as an effective scholar and citizen to the integrated (extension, research, and teaching) land-grant mission of the Department of Plant Pathology and IANR, including supporting student recruitment and IANR science literacy. The integrated research program will focus on the “microbe” side of the molecular microbial-host plant interaction and can be broadly imagined but may include one or more of the following research interests: understanding (i) how microbial pathogens attack plants to cause disease, (ii) how the plant host and/ or microbiome responds to pathogen attack, (iii) how pathogen/symbiont, plant and host microbiome communicate to modulate pathogenesis/plant health and plant immunity, and (iv) how molecular microbe-plant interactions are affected by climate change. Contributions to the teaching mission will include developing a course in bacteriology or mycology for the Plant Pathology graduate program; integrating teaching and research programming to advance the plant pathology curriculum for online learners; and recruiting, advising, and mentoring. The impact of programming is measured, and the results communicated to administrators, stakeholders, and users.
Recognizing that diversity within a context of inclusivity enhances creativity, innovation, impact, and a sense of belonging, the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR) and Plant Pathology are committed to creating learning, research, Extension programming, and work environments that are inclusive of all forms of human diversity. We actively encourage applications from and nominations of qualified individuals from underrepresented groups.
The teaching activity for this position will be in team teaching to support core courses in our graduate program in PLPT 801 (Biology of Plant Pathogens) and PLPT 867 (Plant Associated Microbes). This will provide opportunities for department faculty connection where this position will be housed at the Beadle Center. As the faculty member’s research program becomes established, this will be expanded to the development of a course to support our graduate program and/or Microbiology program in the area of bacteriology or mycology depending on the area of scientific expertise.
In the area of work covered by the position the incumbent is expected to seek and establish effective disciplinary and trans-disciplinary collaborations that may include integration with complementary research groups, extension teams, educational programs, or other partners. The incumbent is expected to accept committee assignments, reporting responsibilities, and other special ad hoc assignments as requested at the administrative unit, college/division, institute, and/or university levels.
As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See https://www.unl.edu/equity/notice-nondiscrimination.
- Ph.D. in plant pathology or related field with a specialization in plant pathology.
How to Apply:
- Demonstrated commitment to innovative thinking and leading a team.
- Teaching and course development experience.
- Student mentoring experience at the undergraduate and/or graduate level.
- A strong publication record in internationally recognized journals (or evidence that this is likely to be the case in the near future).
- Manuscript writing experience.
- The potential to establish a strong externally funded research program.
Click “Apply to this job” and complete the information form. Attach the following documents:
- A letter of interest that describes your qualifications for the job and anticipated contributions.
- Your curriculum vitae.
- Contact information for three professional references.
- A statement describing your research and teaching experience and direction and how you will integrate research into your teaching program (5 page maximum).
- A statement of your experience contributing to inclusive environments in which every person and every interaction matters (2 page maximum). See https://ianr.unl.edu/tips-writing-about-commitment-to-deib for guidance in writing this statement.
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Rachel SzelagJob Category (old):
Faculty Tenure/Tenure LeadingJob Type:
9 Month Position funded by grant or other form of temporary funding?: