Cornell University: Assistant Professor; Grape Disease Ecology and Epidemiology

Cornell University is accepting applications for the position of Assistant Professor; Grape Disease Ecology and Epidemiology in the School of Integrative Plant Science Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Responsibilities: The position has responsibility for generating and disseminating knowledge concerning the biology, ecology and management of grapevine diseases. Although the primary programmatic focus should be on fungal diseases important to the commercial grape industry of New York and surrounding regions, additional cooperative work on relevant diseases caused by viruses, bacteria or other agents is appropriate. The successful applicant will develop a nationally and internationally recognized research program whose output will increase our basic understanding of various factors impacting the development of grapevine diseases and the tools used for their control, thereby improving management programs. Appropriate disciplinary specialties of the successful applicant include but are not limited to infection biology, population genetics, genome biology, host-pathogen interactions, epidemiology, disease modeling, integrated pest management and sustainability. An ability to work as part of an interdisciplinary team that includes other plant pathologists, viticulturists, plant breeders, entomologists, economists and enologists is required. For the extension function, the successful applicant will assume leadership of Cornell's outreach program in grape pathology, maintaining its integration within the larger, interdisciplinary extension program in viticulture and enology. A dedication to providing practical, science-based information on disease diagnosis and sustainable management programs is essential, as is an ability to work with a diverse range of colleagues and stakeholders, including growers, extension educators, private-sector advisors, agrichemical and other industry support personnel, government regulators and the general public. It is expected the incumbent will utilize several appropriate media delivery technologies.

Qualifications: A Ph.D. in plant pathology, microbiology, mycology, genetics, ecology or a closely related discipline. Experience in research, as demonstrated by publication in peer-reviewed journals, is required and prior experience in extension or stakeholder engagement is preferred. Ability to communicate effectively with students, colleagues and external stakeholders is critical.

Application procedure: A letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of research goals and plans, reprints of selected papers, transcripts, and the names of three references may be submitted via academic jobs online at academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/10263. Questions related to the position may be directed to Dr. Tom Burr, search committee chair at [email protected].

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last updated 23-Aug-2018