NC State University Department of Plant Pathology Post-doctoral Associate


Bioserveillance and Diagnostics of Phytophthora infestans in East Africa Starting September 15, 2014 (start date flexible) The Department of Plant Pathology at NC State University in Raleigh is hiring a full-time postdoctoral associate beginning in the fall of 2014. The postdoctoral associate will work on a project on potato late blight in East Africa. The postdoctoral associate will develop and deploy novel pathogen diagnostic tools and a disease early warning system to detect P. infestans. The research will empower women farmers in Africa by helping them to monitor, track and alert others to the presence of high risk pathogens and suggest control methods to mitigate their impacts.

The postdoctoral fellow will work on several aspects of this project including 1) Molecular genotyping strains of Phytopthora infestans using next gen sequencing and tracking migrations; 2) the development of the novel diagnostic assays specific for P. infestans; 3) Deploy the bioassay in the field in East Africa; 4) Test for the presence of P. infestans in seed tubers in potato in NC and East Africa; 5) Develop a virtual APP for late blight on smartphones and crowd source the data collected into a cloud computing database and then map outbreaks back to a disease biosurveillance and early warning system for late blight Africa.

During their training, the postdoctoral associate will receive close mentoring from the program faculty. They will attend seminars and meetings, present their research at national research conferences, write papers, and hone their skills in specific methodological techniques. In addition, the postdoctoral associate will gain practical experience by helping to plan and run a large research project and by supervising graduate and undergraduate student research assistants.

Qualifications: PhD degree with expertise in plant pathology, ecology, and or population genetics of fungal pathogens is required. Experience with evolutionary and population gentics and diagnostics of fuingal plant pathogens or related organisms. Field experience with smallholder farmers in East Africa is necessary. Experience with development of APPs for smartphones is desired. Tge ability to travel to East Africa is required.

Successful applicants from a variety of disciplines (e.g., plant pathology, plant biology ecology, evolutionary biology or genetics) are encouraged to apply. Applicants must have a good command of qualitative and/or quantitative methods used in the population genetics and ecology. Finally, applicants must have received their doctoral degree by the start date. The fellowship includes a competitive salary and plus health insurance.

To Apply: An application at the NC State employment website is required (position number 00104130) . A letter of interest, curriculum vitae, three letters of reference and two publications or papers should be submitted by email by August 15, 2014. Your letter of interest must detail how your skills and interests match specific opportunities provided by the post-doctoral fellowship. Please direct inquiries to Dr. Jean Ristaino
NC State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women and minorities.


Seeking a postdoctoral fellow


My SAMS colleague Liz Cook and I are seeking a postdoctoral fellow to assist with the delivery of a three-year NERC-funded networking grant. The GlobalSeaweed initiative is an ambitious program blending research and teaching activities, as well as a platform to engage with seaweed researchers worldwide and the United Nations University.

The successful applicant will play a pivotal role in the biological and physiological characterisation of seaweed pathogens using molecular and ‘omics’ techniques, and contribute the resulting knowledge towards the development of a kelp breeding program. He/she will support efforts towards biobanking and characterising algal pathogens in Scotland and throughout the GlobalSeaweed network. Additionally, he/she will support training needs in seaweed aquaculture through networking activities, the organisation of summer schools and the development of teaching resources in interaction with world-leading specialists, and help implementing strategies to support GlobalSeaweed teaching and research activities on the long term. Though it is not essential to demonstrate experience in all areas initially, the ideal candidate must show genuine enthusiasm and ability to expand their boundaries.

To apply, please visit: Feel absolutely free to get in touch informally with me <> for any enquiry.




Assistant Professor in Systems Biology of Plant-Microbe Interactions

A cluster of twelve faculty positions in the strategically important area of Big Data is included among 29 Presidential High Impact Hires at Iowa State University. As part of this initiative, the Plant Pathology & Microbiology Department invites applications for an Assistant Professor in the area of Systems Biology of Plant-Microbe Interactions.

We seek a creative individual with expertise in utilizing multidimensional experimental datasets to investigate previously unanswerable questions in pathogenic or symbiotic interactions between any type of microbe and its plant or plant-associated host(s). The incumbent will test hypotheses at multiple levels, integrating biochemical, synthetic, computational, and omics approaches. Applicants with computational and experimental expertise may apply their skills to any aspect of Big Data relevant to plant-microbe interactions. 

 The successful candidate will establish an internationally recognized, externally-funded research program, teach in her or his area of expertise, and foster a culture of inclusion. Applications from women and members of underrepresented groups are encouraged. 

This position is in an outstanding department on a highly collaborative campus, with numerous interdepartmental graduate programs in which the candidate may participate. Iowa State University is located in Ames, Iowa, ranked as one of the most livable small cities in the nation. Iowa State University values diversity, supports work-life balance through an array of flexible policies, and is an AA/EEO employer with an NSF ADVANCE program aimed at promoting full participation of women and minority faculty in the university.

To submit an application and for more details, see Iowa State University faculty vacancy announcement 131417 at Consideration of applications will begin February 21, 2014, and position will start in the Fall of 2014. Address inquiries about this position to



Faculty position in Microbial and Plant Genomics

I am very excited to announce that my department has a new opening for a
faculty position in Microbial and Plant Genomics. The advertisement is
attached. This position is part of cluster hire for three positions in
Plant and Microbial Genomics at Virginia Tech. The website
<> has additional information
and will have links to apply to all three positions.

Please, circulate this announcement to anybody who might be interested in





Title of Position :  Professor and Head, Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology


The Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology at The Pennsylvania State University is seeking a dynamic individual to provide leadership and vision as Department Head.  The Department name has recently changed to reflect ongoing work and new initiatives in environmental microbiology.  The Department is recognized nationally and internationally for research and educational programs in plant pathology, mushroom science and environmental microbiology and provides an intellectually stimulating, diverse, and inclusive environment with broad academic appeal.  The Department  supports strong extension programs in fruit, mushroom, ornamental, turfgrass, and vegetable crops as well as basic and applied research programs on aerobiology, biological control, forest health, fungal biology, microbial ecology and evolution, and plant-microbe interactions.  The Department has a highly ranked graduate program in Plant Pathology and actively participates in the Plant Sciences undergraduate major and other academic programs.

Responsibilities        The person filling this position serves as the departmental program leader and administrative officer, reporting directly to the Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences.  Duties include:

Qualifications            The candidate should possess a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology, Environmental Microbiology, or a closely related field in addition to the following attributes:

Application                 Applicants should submit

                                      1) Cover letter summarizing interest in the position and qualifications

                                      2) Complete curriculum vitae

                                      3) Names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of at least three individuals who may be contacted as professional references


                                      Send applications to:

                                      Cindy Sackett,  Search Committee Coordinator

                                      The Pennsylvania State University

                                      College of Agricultural Sciences

                                      201 Ag Administration Bldg.

                                      University Park, PA 16802


Application                 Reviews will begin October 5, 2013 and continue until a

Reviews                    suitable candidate is identified.  The position is available January, 2014.


To learn about the Department of Plant Pathology & Environmental Microbiology, visit


Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity, and the diversity of its workforce.







Date Updated: 8/22/2014