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.

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