Plant Pathologist of Soilborne Disease, CAES New Haven Campus

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Plant Pathologist of Soilborne Disease, CAES New Haven Campus

The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station seeks a Plant Pathologist (Assistant Scientist II) to establish a research program focused on soilborne plant disease.

Summary of Duties

The successful candidate will be expected to build a nationally recognized research program focused on soilborne diseases relevant to Connecticut agriculture. Research areas may include, but are not limited to, any aspect of the management, ecology, epidemiology, or virulence mechanisms of soilborne fungi, oomycetes, or nematodes. The scientist will form interdisciplinary collaborations with researchers at CAES and other institutions, seek external funding, and frequently communicate research findings through peer-reviewed publications, scientific and stakeholder presentations, and accomplishment reports. This is a fully funded state government research position. Starting salary is $81,765.00/yr. with competitive medical, dental, and pension benefits.

Required Qualifications

A PhD in plant pathology or a closely related discipline, demonstrated strength in oral and written communication, and demonstrated research productivity. 

Preferred Qualifications

Include demonstrated evidence of: high-quality research productivity on soilborne disease, potential to acquire and manage external funding, participation in productive collaborations, successful mentorship of trainees, experience communicating with the general public or elected officials, scientific leadership and service, and commitment to diversity in science. Candidates will be especially competitive if they would fill a current gap in expertise at CAES, have interests that could complement ongoing research areas at CAES, or have knowledge of diseases affecting the northeastern United States. 

Application Instructions

Candidates should submit the following electronically in a single PDF file: 

  • A cover letter summarizing your qualifications and briefly stating your research interests
  • A Curriculum Vitae
  • A statement of future research interests (3 pages max.)
  • Contact information for three references along with a concise statement of the individual’s relationship to you. If desired, demonstration of non-peer- reviewed outputs (preprints, bulletins, recorded presentations, etc.) may be provided through active hyperlinks in the CV document.

The application package should be sent to: Dr. Lindsay Triplett, Ph.D, Chief Scientist and Head, Department of Plant Pathology and Ecology; The position is open until filled, but submissions are encouraged by April 29th to receive full consideration.

About Us

Founded in 1875, CAES is a state-supported institution dedicated to basic and applied research that supports plant, environmental, and human health in Connecticut. Over eighty full-time researchers work at the main campus in New Haven, a 75-acre research farm in nearby Hamden, and at two satellite farm and laboratory facilities. CAES fosters a highly collaborative and collegial research environment and maintains close ties to nearby academic institutions including Yale University, Southern Connecticut State University, and the University of Connecticut.

Equal employment opportunity means employment of people without consideration of age, ancestry, color, criminal record (in state employment and licensing), gender identity or expression, genetic information, intellectual disability, learning disability, marital status, mental disability (past or present), national origin, physical disability (including blindness), race, religious creed, retaliation for previously opposed discrimination or coercion, sex (pregnancy or sexual harassment), sexual orientation, veteran status, and workplace hazards to reproductive systems unless the provisions of sec. 46a-80(b) or 46a-81(b) of the Connecticut General Statutes are controlling or there are bona fide occupational qualifications excluding persons in one of the above protected classes. To file a complaint of discrimination, contact Dr. Jason White, Director, The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, P.O. Box 1106, New Haven, CT 06504, (203) 974-8440 (voice), or (e-mail). CAES is an affirmative action/equal opportunity provider and employer. Persons with disabilities who require alternate means of communication of program information should contact the Chief of Services, Michael Last at (203) 974-8442 (voice), (203) 974-8502 (FAX), or (e-mail).

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