The Department of Botany and Plant Pathology invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE) 9-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor position.
The successful candidate will be expected to establish an innovative and competitive research program that pursues scholarly work in the area of plant biology. Within this broad area of research, the candidate will investigate how biological mechanisms at multiple levels (molecular, cellular and organismal) enable plant function and generate plant phenotypes. The research will use innovative experimental approaches – e.g., Genome Wide Association Studies, high-throughput phenotyping, advanced microscopy, quantitative genomics, and/or modeling/perturbation analysis – that leverage and integrate large biological datasets (e.g., on genomes, transcriptomes, phenomes). The candidate's expertise will bolster one of the Department's three primary research areas, Plant Function, and will also strengthen and diversify the research capabilities of the interdisciplinary Plant Breeding and Genetics program, which bridges the College of Agricultural Sciences and the College of Forestry. The successful candidate will teach an undergraduate upper division course in Genetics, and one upper division course in Biological Data Sciences (BDS), an undergraduate major currently being developed.
The Department of Botany and Plant Pathology (BPP) focuses on fundamental aspects of plant and fungal biology, and translation of that knowledge to address important societal issues. Research interests encompass plant health, plant function, plant-microbe and -insect interactions, plant and microbial genomics, computational biology, evolutionary biology, and ecology of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. BPP is also the primary research and extension unit within OSU addressing diseases of economically important crops in Oregon, and plant diseases of worldwide signifi¬cance. BPP is in the College of Agricultural Sciences (CAS), one of Oregon’s principal sources of knowledge relating to food, agricultural, and natural resource systems, and a major source of knowledge regarding environmental quality, natural resources, biodiversity, life sciences, and rural economies and communities worldwide. CAS faculty are committed to enhancing student success by engaging students in quality academic, research, internships, global studies, and other experiential learning opportunities.
OSU offers an array of opportunities and resources for research and establishment of collaborative programs, and ranks 13th worldwide in Agriculture & Forestry. The College of Agricultural Sciences has 11 branch stations in 15 locations across the state of Oregon and also supports three of the university’s world-class research centers: the Linus Pauling Institute, the Environmental Health Sciences Center, and the Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing (CGRB). The CGRB (http://www.cgrb.oregonstate.edu/) provides centralized facilities and training that support genomics, proteomics, imaging and bioinformatics research. The Plant Breeding and Genetics program connects BPP with Departments such as Horticulture, Crop and Soil Sciences, and Forest Ecosystems and Society, promoting research collaboration that spans basic and applied goals.
OSU has a strong collaborative community, engaged in research and teaching in genomics, microbiomes, computational and systems biology, bioinformatics, species distribution modeling, geographic information systems, and data sciences. In addition to the Departmental graduate program, BPP graduate students can participate in the interdisciplinary Biological Data Sciences graduate minor. Participation in research by undergraduates in BPP has historically been extensive, and similarly, experiential learning is emphasized in the new undergraduate major in Biological Data Sciences.
As the state’s Land Grant University, OSU was created to serve the needs of the people. Beginning in 1870 as Corvallis College, agricultural and natural resource programs were offered and have been a vital component ever since.
Typically requires PhD or terminal degree (Masters for some Extension positions and MLS for Library positions), demonstrated ability to teach in a classroom Extension, or other setting, and develop a research program in the academic discipline/unit.
PhD degree in biology, botany, or related fields. Research emphasis in plant biology.
Expertise with data science / bioinformatics.
Commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.
Additional Salary Information: Salary is commensurate with education and experience.
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