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Postdoctoral job position: Epidemiology, fungicide resistance and population genetics of Botrytis; Washington State University

Sep 13

Written by: SuperUser Account
9/13/2017 1:02 PM 

Postdoctoral job position: Epidemiology, fungicide resistance and population genetics of Botrytis; Washington State University

 

Washington State University (WSU) is seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral associate to work on the epidemiology, fungicide resistance and population genetics of Botrytis spp. the causal agent of gray mold, a major threat to apple and pear in Washington and the US. Pacific Northwest. The successful candidate will be working at WSU’s Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center (TFREC, http://www.tfrec.wsu.edu/) in Wenatchee, Washington located 2 hours east of Seattle. Specific axes of research will include, but not limited to, investigating the impact of pre- and postharvest environmental conditions on gray mold development, potential differential host (apple vs. pear) pathogen interactions, conduct a regional fungicide resistance monitoring to major pre- and postharvest fungicides, and evaluate the impact of orchard and storage environments on the population structure of the Botrytis group. In addition to conducting research, the incumbent is expected to work closely with different key industry stakeholders, and be involved in training undergraduate and graduate students, keeping records related to research projects, synthesizing data, presenting results at local and national conferences and preparing scientific manuscripts for publications.

Job Requirements:

Required qualifications:
1. PhD. in Plant Pathology, Mycology, Microbial ecology, or related scientific fields obtained within 5 years of the start date.  
2. Minimum skills required to be successful in the position include experiences working with microorganism and especially fungi, basic molecular and phylogenetic methods, fungicides and mode of actions.
3. The successful candidate must possess excellent organizational, interpersonal and both oral and written communication skills.
4. The successful candidate must be exceptionally self-motivated, reliable, and able to succeed in a diverse and cross-disciplinary environment.
5. Possession of, or ability to obtain by the time of hire, a valid driver’s license.

Preferred qualifications:
Expertise in applied and/or theoretical epidemiology and population genetics are not required but will be viewed positively.

Job Material:
To apply, please email (i) cover letter detailing your research experiences, interests and career goals, (ii) resume, and (iii) contact information of three references to Dr. Achour Amiri (a.amiri@wsu.edu). Applications received before October 15 will receive first consideration.

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