The Department of Ag Botany/Plant Pathology invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Faculty Research Assistant position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Department Head.
This full-time position is to provide primary support of disease diagnostics efforts in the OSU Plant Clinic, and to assist in or perform applied research regarding etiology of new diseases, plant pathogens and their detection, and epidemiology of diseases. This is a dynamic position and the successful candidate must be flexible, able to rapidly adapt to changing demands, and who is productive within the confines of time constraints. The ability to correctly identify microfungi using keys is essential. Responsibilities include
Examining plant material to determine the cause of disease or disorder, which may encompass biotic or abiotic causality. This will be done using morphological, biochemical, serological, and molecular methods;
Maintaining and updating Plant Clinic records, including those required by State and Federal authorities;
Communicating with clients via phone and e-mail; helping to compose replies for clients that summarize results from diagnostic assays and observations; provide recommendations for disease management consistent with current laws;
Participation in the upkeep of general laboratory functions and in maintenance of laboratory stocks, materials, and equipment;
Keeping track of equipment certification needs;
Documenting samples via digital imaging;
Analyzing, modifying, and validating new detection methodologies for pathogen identification; includes analyzing DNA sequences and evaluating suitability for detection using web based bioinformatics;
Requires Bachelor’s degree in discipline appropriate to the field in which research is being conducted.
An earned Master's degree (thesis required) in plant pathology or closely related discipline.
Two years' experience diagnosing plant problems, including diseases caused by fungi, oomycetes, bacteria, phytoplasmas and viruses; abiotic disorders; and recognition of damage caused by insects and other arthropods. Experience must be directly relatable to the position as described.
Ability to use taxonomic keys to identify fungi and oomycetes morphologically
Ability to correctly perform Gram stains, oxidase tests, and other phenotypic tests for bacteria.
Experience with routine molecular methods for pathogen identification, including correctly interpreting PCR results.
Demonstrated ability to work productively, effectively, and cooperatively with colleagues; ability to work independently while also working to meet team goals.
Demonstrated ability to consistently meet deadlines.
Proven experience with plant diagnostic laboratory protocols.
Excellent oral and written English communication skills.
Experience with common computer software for word processing, data analysis graphics, and records databases.
Must have the ability to work flexible hours including occasional evenings and weekends; must be willing and able to drive self to meetings and other events as necessary.
Must have pesticide applicator's license or obtain within 90 days of hire.
This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a criminal history check and be determined to be position qualified as per OSU Standard 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions. Offers of employment are contingent upon meeting all minimum qualifications including the criminal history check requirement.
This position requires driving a university vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the university; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a motor vehicle history check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver’s license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions as per University Policy 05-030.
The work schedule is eight hour days, not including lunch, five days a week on site at the OSU Plant Clinic. The physical working conditions are those of a standard microbiology laboratory involving standing and sitting, and alternating quickly between both (e.g. between examination table and bench microscopes). Use of microscopes, cameras, autoclaves and other standard lab equipment; handling potentially damaging chemicals as needed (e.g. bleach, antibiotics, acids and bases). Occasional work in a greenhouse located within 1/4 mile of the work site; this work involves potting in artificial media containing peat, perlite, and vermiculite; pruning, and otherwise tending to plants on benches. Long periods of computer use may be necessary. Ability to lift up to 40 pounds on occasion.
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