*Important Note: Applications must be submitted at https://jobs.montana.edu/postings/23704. Any other submissions cannot be considered by the hiring committee*.
The Plant Pathology team at the Montana State University Eastern Ag Research Center in Sidney, MT is seeking a motivated postdoctoral researcher to conduct plant pathology research related to Fusarium root rot of pulse crops. This position provides opportunities to attend both in- and out-of-state meetings as well as interact with famers and industry. The EARC is located in the MonDak research triangle which encourages interagency collaborations with researchers of multiple disciplines. It contains spacious facilities including a dedicated laboratory and greenhouse space with modern equipment. Inexpensive on-site housing may be available.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Support the plant pathology program at the Eastern Agricultural by developing new and innovative scientific approaches; lead collaborative research efforts to study the effect of agronomic practices on soil-borne diseases of pulse crops
Designing field studies, collecting data, performing statistical analysis, writing reports, and presenting findings at regional/national meetings.
Work with farmers and EARC staff to diagnose plant disease and make management recommendations.
Assist with writing state/regional and national competitive grant proposals for possible funding and publishing research findings in peer-reviewed journals with minimal supervision.
Ph.D. degree in Plant Pathology, Agronomy or closely related discipline with research experience in the management of fungal plant pathogens.
Expertise in field research of agronomic crops including field design, field plot layout, plot maintenance including fertilization and pest management, harvesting of experimental plots, and procedures and practices associated with grain cleaning and processing.
Experience with greenhouse and laboratory research and techniques.
Working knowledge of statistical analysis and software.
Strong record of publication in peer-reviewed journals
Experience with small plot equipment operation.
Research experience relating to control of diseases caused by Fusarium
Experience with plant disease diagnostics and pathogen identification.
Familiar with methods involved in quantification of soil-borne pathogens.