Asst/Assoc Professor - Molecular Plant-Microbial Interactions Pathologist

Job Details

Working Title:

Asst/Assoc Professor - Molecular Plant-Microbial Interactions Pathologist

Department:

Plant Pathology-0843

Requisition Number:

F_220036

Posting Open Date:

03/02/2022

Application Review Date: (To ensure consideration, please submit all application materials before review date):

04/15/2022

Open Until Filled:

Yes

Description 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.

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.

Minimum Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in plant pathology or related field with a specialization in plant pathology.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 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.

How to Apply:

Click “Apply to this job” and complete the information form. Attach the following documents:

  1. A letter of interest that describes your qualifications for the job and anticipated contributions.
  2. Your curriculum vitae.
  3. Contact information for three professional references.
  4. A statement describing your research and teaching experience and direction and how you will integrate research into your teaching program (5 page maximum).
  5. 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.
Please combine the statements (items 4 and 5) into a single documents and attach as “Other Document.”

For questions or accommodations related to this position contact:

Rachel Szelag
[email protected]

Job Category (old):

Faculty Tenure/Tenure Leading

Job Type:

9 Month

Position funded by grant or other form of temporary funding?:

No

Organization

Working at University of Nebraska-Lincoln

For 150 Years, A Leader in Higher Education 
Always a place of high ambition, University of Nebraska was one of the first institutions west of the Mississippi River to award doctoral degrees - the first was granted in 1896. The University of Nebraska established the world's first undergraduate psychology laboratory. The discipline of ecology was born here, and the campuses reflect that tradition, being recognized as botanical gardens and arboreta. An early institutional interest in literature and the arts provided the foundations for today's Prairie Schooner literary magazine, for the University of Nebraska Press, and for the Sheldon Museum of Art, which houses one of the world's most significant collections of 20th century American art.

Today, Nebraska is one of the nation's leading teaching institutions, and a research leader with a wide array of grant-funded projects aimed at broadening knowledge in the sciences and humanities. Nebraska is also a land-grant university and a member of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Benefits
The University of Nebraska offers an extensive benefits package that includes health, life, disability and long term care insurance; retirement accounts; tuition reimbursement for employees and their spouses and dependent children; and reimbursement accounts for health care and dependent day care. Leave policies are designed to help employees deal with personal or family events or crises.

Diversity and Inclusion
In the spirit of the phrase "Every Interaction Matters", UNL has an enacted commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence for our faculty, staff, and students. On our campus, diversity and inclusion are important priorities. Examples include: Husker Dialogues, which is an event that helps first-year students focus on diversity and inclusion and practice handling difficult conversations around difference; three Chancellor's Diversity Commissions that are charged with informing and advising the Chancellor and addressing issues of constituent campus communities; and the establishment of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion whose leader operates at the Vice Chancellor level. At the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, we strive for excellence in all that we do. True excellence requires that each individual be able to work and learn in an atmosphere of respect, dignity, and belonging. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion requires each of us to continuously ensure our interactions are respectful, protect free speech, and inspire academic freedom.

About Lincoln
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is located in an up-and-coming and safe city of 300,000 people that has many of the cultural and entertainment benefits of a much larger city, with the feel of a friendly Midwestern community. The Pinnacle Bank Arena, opened in 2013, routinely hosts major touring acts. A buzzing entertainment district, the Railyard, connects the arena area to the Historic Haymarket. Cuisines from all continents provide the entree to dynamic urban nightlife and a wide variety of ways to enjoy time with friends. Nebraska's City Campus is one with Lincoln's city center, as it has been since the university was founded.Lincoln has more parkland per capita than Austin, Texas; Portland, Oregon; and all but a handful of U.S. cities. The well-manicured Pioneers Park, the native woods of Wilderness Park and the open grassland of Nine-Mile Prairie are each within a 10-minute trip from campus. Connecting many of these parks is an extensive trails network.

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