Friday, June 3, 2016

Junior Specialist Position in Plant Diseases

A research position (Postdoc or Junior Specialist) is available immediately in Dr. Trouillas laboratory at the Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Parlier, California. Dr. Trouillas runs an extension program and his research includes basic and applied studies on the etiology, epidemiology and control of diseases affecting fruit and nut crops in California. The incumbent will be involved in field and laboratory studies to implement control strategies against canker diseases of almond. Studies will include testing of the efficacy of various fungicides, paints, sealants and bio-control agents for the protection of pruning wounds. Additional project will include investigating the microbial diversity associated with almond flowers. This project aims to identify potential bio-control agents for the control of brown rot blossom blight in almond.

The selected applicant will be expected to participate in field studies, experimental design, data collection, analysis and interpretation, and preparation of scientific publications. Highly motivated individuals with a strong background in plant pathology, morphological and molecular taxonomy of fungi and bacteria, phylogeny and plant disease epidemiology are encouraged to apply. Excellent communication skills in oral and written English are essential. The successful applicant will be self-motivated, and ready to take responsibilities to help establish a growing laboratory and collaborative projects. Review of applications will begin immediately until filled. Email to apply.

Horticultural Crops Research and Registration Specialist

The Department of Horticulture at Oregon State University seeks outstanding candidates for a full-time position that will provide leadership for a nationally recognized research and outreach program that supports the pesticide registration needs of agriculture in the state.  This position serves as the National Interregional Research Project #4 (IR-4) Field Center Director for Oregon—working closely with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Oregon Department of Agriculture, commodity commissions and associations, and registrants to identify pesticide needs in agriculture, conduct GLP residue field trials, and conduct appropriate efficacy and crop safety field trials leading to product registrations. 

A Masters’s degree is required in horticulture, crop science, entomology, plant pathology, weed science, or related fields with demonstrated expertise in research and outreach community education related to agricultural crop production and management. Salary is commensurate with education and experience. 

The position is based at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center (NWREC) located in Aurora, OR—about 90 minutes north of Corvallis, OR and Oregon State University’s main campus.  The Willamette Valley is a wonderful place to live, work and raise a family.  Surrounding communities are regularly listed among the most livable small towns, and the dynamic city of Portland is less than 25 miles away.  Aurora, OR is 90 minutes from the Pacific Ocean to the west and 90 minutes to the east is the nation’s only year-around skiing on Mt. Hood.  The Department of Horticulture at Oregon State University includes over 48 nationally and world renowned faculty who explore a diverse range of questions and topics related to horticultural systems. 

To Apply
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For full consideration applications must be received by June 19, 2016 and the position will close July 3, 2016.

Junior Specialist Position in Nematology

A position as junior specialist is available in the Nematology program at the Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center at Parlier, CA. In the program of Dr. Andreas Westphal, nematode management strategies in field, greenhouse and laboratory settings are investigated. This is a position for a highly motivated individual preferably with experience in productions of perennial crops. Experience in all aspects of plant cultivation are a plus. Initial appointment is for one year, and can start to the earliest possible date, with the possibility of extension depending on performance and availability of funding. Please contact for further details: Dr. Andreas Westphal, Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center, 9240 S. Riverbend Ave, Parlier, CA 93648, ph: 559 646 6555, Email: Email applications including a brief cover letter and a current resume are welcome.