The Land Institute (Salina, Kansas) is creating a Crop Protection Ecologist position to build a long-term research program focused on managing pathogen and/or insect populations in herbaceous, perennial grain cropping systems. The successful candidate will work with a range of perennial proto-crop species (both grasses and forbs) to develop effective crop protection strategies using approaches such as 1) inter and intraspecific crop diversity, 2) crop resistance genes, and 3) management practices (e.g. crop rotation, biocontrol, fire or grazing). The successful candidate will work with a team of plant breeders to develop an approach to pest management that synergizes approaches based on ecological principles and plant genetics.
The Land Institute (https://landinstitute.org) is located along the Smoky Hill River outside of Salina, Kansas. Founded in 1976, the Institute is a non-profit research and education organization focused on developing agroecosystems that are informed by the structure and function of native ecosystems. Total staff of The Land Institute is about 30 people, which includes 6 Ph.D. researchers, as well as post-docs, lab and field technicians and administrative and development staff. Field, greenhouse and laboratory facilities are well suited to support a wide range of plant protection work. The position will include base funding and technician support.
Researchers who hold a Ph.D. in a relevant field such as plant pathology, entomology, insect ecology, community ecology, genetics, breeding, and agroecology are encouraged to apply. Competence in statistics and experimental design are essential. Experience with modelling will be viewed favorably.
Additional Salary Information: Salary is competitive with similar research positions in the Midwest, U.S., and includes benefits.