Assistant, Associate or Full Professors in Translational Plant Sciences


Five faculty positions in Translational Plant Sciences are available at the Assistant, Associate or Full Professor rank at the University of California, Riverside. We are interested in candidates in science and engineering who have or are poised to develop innovative and synergistic research programs that promote basic discoveries and convergent research in any area of plant science or engineering that can translate to beneficial solutions for society. Applications are encouraged in the areas of agricultural genomics, synthetic biology, sensor technologies and bioprocessing.

Individuals should hold a PhD and a record of excellence in research in plant biology/sciences, biochemical or chemical engineering, biochemistry, chemistry, or computer science. Postdoctoral experience is preferred. Successful candidates will ultimately select an appropriate department and join a vibrant community of convergent discipline researchers in the Center for Plant Cell Biology ( of the Institute of Integrative Genome Biology (



Postdoctoral Researcher

We are looking for a motivated and competent Postdoc to join our team. The Postdoc will be responsible for performing research focused on comparative genomics and evolution of oomycete and fungal pathogens affecting specialty crops, with the aim of better understanding host specialization and virulence. The incumbent will be responsible for collecting and analyzing data, writing scientific publications, presenting findings at conferences, and coordinating activities with project collaborators. The Postdoc will also assist with activities related to lab management and training and supervision of other lab staff.

This position requires a PhD degree in plant pathology, plant-microbe interactions, microbiology or evolution awarded no more than six (6) years from initial date of postdoctoral appointment. Experience with next generation sequencing, bioinformatics, and comparative genomics, strong oral and written communication skills, and demonstrated ability to publish scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals are required. Experience with evolutionary analysis (selection, cryptic species) of oomycete and fungal pathogens is preferred but not required.

Applicants should send a cover letter (1-2 pages) describing qualifications, a resume or CV with contact information for three references, college transcripts, and a one-page abstract of Ph.D. thesis to Dr. Lina Quesada ( The position is available immediately and is open until filled.



PhD Student

We have a funded PhD assistantship for a dedicated and enthusiastic doctoral student interested in learning about management of vegetable diseases through integrated strategies. Specifically, the student will be performing field and applied genomics research to improve detection and control of cucurbit downy mildew, a devastating disease caused by Pseudoperonospora cubensis. This integrated project will provide the student with a broad skillset highly desirable for the job market that will include field experiments (fungicide and variety trials), lab experiments (pathogen phenotyping and propagation), and molecular biology experiments (diagnostics, genomics, and evolutionary analyses). The project is highly collaborative giving the candidate the opportunity to interact with other researchers involved in the project, as well as stakeholders interested in improvement of disease management strategies. The candidate is expected to start in Fall of 2016.

This project will involve field and lab work, collecting data, analyzing data, writing scientific and extension publications, and giving oral and poster presentations. The student should be able to spend several hours working outside, lift 50 lbs, have a strong understanding of word and number processing software, and be fluent in English. Students with completed Master’s degrees are preferred; however, highly qualified students with Bachelor’s degrees will be considered.

If interested, please apply directly to the Department of Plant Pathology through the NCSU Graduate School ( In your application, indicate your interest in joining Dr. Lina Quesada’s program.

Informal inquiries can be directed to Dr. Lina Quesada ( by sending a resume or CV with contact information for three references and college transcripts. Send also GRE and TOEFL scores if available, and a one-page abstract of your MSc thesis if available.





Faculty Position - Water and Soil-borne Plant Pathogens

Job Description: The Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology, University of California, Riverside, invites applicants for a 9-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor. The position will be available July 1, 2016, and carries a 50% research appointment in the Agricultural Experiment Station ( and a 50% teaching appointment in the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences. The department currently has 17 ladder-rank faculty and three Cooperative Extension Specialists. Opportunities for collaborations are available with existing programs conducting applied and fundamental research in our department and college. 


Research: The focus of the position is on the biology and ecology of water- and soil-borne pathogens and to develop novel Integrated Pest Management (IPM) methods for managing disease. Research on root-associated oomycete, fungal, or bacterial pathogens is preferred. Research should be primarily pathogen-focused (mycology or bacteriology) but may extend into broader studies of microbial taxonomy, epidemiology, metagenomics, or population genetics, disease diagnostics, soil/water microbiology or chemistry, plant physiology, resistance breeding, or disease management including cultural, biological, and chemical control. The successful candidate will develop a competitive, innovative, problem-solving research program using both modern and classical methods for studying plant pathogens. The candidate is expected to obtain competitive grants from local, state, and federal sources.


Teaching: The position will contribute to graduate and undergraduate teaching in areas such as mycology, plant pathology, bacteriology, epidemiology, and ecology of soil-borne microorganisms. 


Application: A Ph.D. in Plant Pathology or relevant area and the proven ability to conduct innovative research are required. Demonstrated skills in applied and molecular techniques are required. Soil-borne disease research and post-doctoral experiences are preferred. Evaluations of applications will begin November 15, but the position will remain open until filled. Applicants should apply at


                                                 Dr. J. E. Adaskaveg

                    Chair, Search Committee c/o Margarita Verduzco Flores     

                        Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology

                   University of California Riverside, California 92521-0415

                          Tel: (951) 827-3598, Fax: (951) 827-4294



More information visit University of California, Riverside AP Recruit at


UCR is a world-class research university with an exceptionally diverse undergraduate student body. Its mission is explicitly linked to providing routes to educational success for underrepresented and first-generation college students. A commitment to this mission is a preferred qualification. Advancement through the faculty ranks at the University of California is through a series of structured, merit-based evaluations, occurring every 2-3 years, each of which includes substantial peer input.


The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.





9 Month, TenureTrack Faculty Position


The Department of Plant Science & Landscape Architecture, College of Agriculture & Natural Resources, University of Maryland College Park ( invites applications for a 9 month, tenure-track faculty position (60% research, 25% teaching, 15% extension) at the Assistant Professor level in the area of Plant Pathology. Candidates with strong backgrounds in mechanistic studies of disease resistance of major crops and/or fungal/oomycete pathogenicity are encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop a research program that integrates molecular genetics / genomics with field-oriented plant pathology to help solve problems and generate knowledge of practical significance to the agricultural industry and academia.

Candidates must apply online at The job position number is 103707. Application packets should include 1) a cover letter that addresses each required and preferred qualification. 2) a curriculum vitae 3) a detailed statement of research interests, teaching philosophy, and extension strategy relevant to the level of activity specified, 4) at least three references with addresses and email contact information.

The position is open until filled. For best consideration, application should be received before October 15, 2015.

Questions about the application process may be addressed to Ms. Michelle Pridmore (; Questions may be sent to Dr. Shunyuan Xiao, Faculty Search Committee Chair ( For more information about the Department, visit our website at




Cluster Hire in Emerging Plant Disease and Global Food Security NC State University

As part of the Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program, NC State University seeks four outstanding faculty at any rank to form a new interdisciplinary faculty cluster on “Emerging Plant Disease and Global Food Security”. Understanding the dynamics of and managing emerging plant diseases requires a collaborative approach with expertise in epidemiology, population biology, microbial evolution, geospatial modeling and bioinformatics. The new cluster faculty will develop basic knowledge in these areas and work collaboratively with several existing clusters to advance NC State University as a leader in addressing the challenges of emerging plant diseases and global food security.

The faculty cluster will develop new knowledge to understand the fundamental basis of emerging diseases caused by pathogens of plants – including the development of tools – enabling a more rapid response to contain and limit potential damage by emerging threats. The cluster will study plant pathogens and their arthropod vectors that transmit them in nature, in agriculture, and post-harvest making linkages from genomes to ecosystem processes. The cluster seeks faculty members in four colleges with expertise in the following areas:

- Integration of ecology, epidemiology, population genomics or host-microbe interactions from the molecular to population levels to investigate the biology of emerging plant disease agents, including potential vectors, that threaten local and global food security,

- Engineering next generation devices for real-time detection of plant pathogens or pests that vector them (e.g., isothermal nucleic acid amplification assays; ligand binding-based methods; novel biosensors, nanodevices; volatile detection apparatus, or three-dimensional goggles) and deploy sensors using robotic devices or unmanned aerial vehicles.

- Data scientist focused on conducting cross-cutting research in population genomics, epidemiology and the evolution of emerging crop pests and pathogens using molecular, bioinformatics, and evolutionary tools to track sources of disease outbreaks at multiple levels of scale

- Geospatial analytics for spatially-explicit prediction of transmission pathways and deploying rapid response strategies to detect and limit potential damage by emerging threats including approaches that leverage frontiers in citizen science, crowdsourcing with mobile technologies, and engaging stakeholders

Minimum requirements include a PhD in a relevant field (such as plant pathology, entomology, biology, evolutionary biology, bioinformatics, statistics, math, geography, chemical and biomolecular engineering, computer science) from an accredited institution. The candidates should have a strong capacity to teach at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and become part of the integrated core team that develops a Global Food Security Graduate Certificate Program. The capacity to mentor doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows is expected. Priority will be given to candidates that have demonstrated interdisciplinary collaborations that cut across academic units. Inclusiveness and diversity are academic imperatives and thus university goals. The University is particularly interested in candidates with experience in working with students from diverse backgrounds and who have a demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for students from underrepresented groups.

For consideration, a curriculum vitae, cover letter, a statement of research experience and goals as it relates to the cluster and contact information for references are requested. Materials for consideration will be accepted electronically via A comprehensive review of applications will begin by Dec. 15, 2015 and continue until the positions are filled. The target start date for is August 2016; however, a mutually beneficial time may be negotiated. Questions about the position may be directed with a subject line “GFSCluster inquiry to Jean Ristaino ( or

The Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program is bringing some of the best and brightest minds to join NC State University’s interdisciplinary efforts to solve some of the globe’s most significant problems. Guided by a strong strategic plan and an aggressive vision, the cluster hiring program is adding new faculty members in select fields to add more breadth and depth to NC State’s already-strong efforts. The Chancellor's Faculty Excellence Program marks a major initiative of the university's strategic plan, "The Pathway to the Future." We invite you to explore more information about the Emerging Plant Disease and Global Food Security cluster at Chancellor's Faculty Excellence Program and this cluster at

NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application process please call (919) 515-3148.






The College of Agriculture at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, invites applications from outstanding basic scientists for eight academic year tenure-track assistant professor positions that will comprise a college-wide cluster hire in fundamental plant biology. Candidates utilizing modern methods to address important questions in plant biology including but not limited to genomics and molecular genetics, computational modeling, biosensor/imaging, synthetic biology and metabolism are all encouraged to apply. We are interested in individuals working on molecular, organismal or ecosystem levels, and in model systems, crops, or natural systems.

We envision that the majority of candidates will be considered for positions in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology and the Department of Biochemistry. Positions are also available in the Department of Agronomy, the Department of Entomology, the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, and the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture for individuals conducting basic plant science research but with an interest in application of their research in more applied contexts.

Each successful candidate will be expected to develop an internationally recognized research program, interact with diverse faculty, staff and students across campus, and contribute to the further development of plant science as an area of excellence on the Purdue University campus. Each such candidate will also teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses, and function as an active member of the departmental and university faculty. Purdue University is a large and vibrant life science community. Our faculty spans disciplines that include biological
sciences, physical and computational sciences, agriculture and engineering. Faculty also participate in interdisciplinary graduate programs with focus areas in plant biology, cancer biology, neuroscience, biophysics, gene regulation and bioinformatics.

This hiring initiative is part of the Plant Sciences Research and Education Pipeline, through which are being developed facilities for genome editing, high-throughput controlled environment imaging and field-scale phenotyping, and a plant commercialization incubator. Core facilities for genomics, bioinformatics, microscopy, metabolomics, NMR, X-ray crystallography, flow cytometry and proteomics are available. Substantial resources for field-based research are also available near campus and throughout the state.

Purdue University’s College of Agriculture is one of the world’s leading colleges of agricultural, food, life, and natural-resource sciences and is ranked number 5 globally in the 2015 QS World University Rankings. The College is deeply committed to the three land-grant missions (teaching, research, and extension), to international activities and perspectives that span all missions, and to supporting a diverse and inclusive environment. Purdue is an ADVANCE institution – The College has 11 academic departments and includes 330 faculty, 2,710 undergraduate students, and 685 graduate students. The College’s strategic plan can be accessed at

Applicants should have a Ph.D. in life, computational, or physical sciences, preferably with at least two years of post-doctoral experience or its equivalent, a strong publication record, the potential to develop a vigorous, extramurally funded research program, and a commitment to both hypothesis-driven research and teaching excellence. Applications should be submitted electronically to and should include in a single pdf file a cover letter, curriculum vitae, two page summary of research interests, a one-page teaching statement, and the names and contact information for three references. Applicants may learn more about the departments involved in this search at and indicate in their application up to two departments of greatest interest. Screening of applications will begin October 15, 2015, and will continue until the positions are filled. A background check is required for employment in these positions.

Purdue University is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action Employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and protected





A 18-month post-doctoral position in quantitative genetics and comparative genomics in plants is available at UMR1349 IGEPP, Rennes, France

Project description

The project aims at acquiring knowledge about the diversity and cross-species genomic conservation of loci and candidate genes underlying quantitative resistance to a major disease of legumes, Aphanomyces root rot. The post-doctoral scientist will conduct i)- a nested association mapping analysis from connected RIL populations in the model legume Medicago truncatula, using phenotyping, genotyping and sequencing data previously acquired, ii)- a genomic meta-analysis of Aphanomyces resistance at the intra-species (M. truncatula) and cross-species (M. truncatula, pea, faba bean) scales, from previous results acquired in pea and M. truncatula and from data to be analysed in faba bean and iii)- a synteny and orthology analysis of candidate genes underlying resistance loci in different host legumes and a validation of orthologous candidate genes in association panels. The project offers the opportunity to enrich knowledge about diversity of genes controlling quantitative resistance to root pathogens in plants and to investigate the potential of translational genomics for discoverying genes controlling disease resistance. Results will be published in scientific journals and provide molecular markers and candidate genes to support breeding efforts for durably increasing partial resistance to A. euteiches in pea.

Skills required
- Quantitative genetics: linkage analyses (genetic mapping, QTL detection) in multi-and bi-parental
designs; genome-wide association analysis
- Structural and comparative genomics, bioinformatics: sequence database use, sequence alignments
and analysis
- Statistics: experimental phenotypic data analysis
- Knowledge of phytopathology and plant resistance to diseases
- Excellent data analysis, scientific writing and communication skills; ability to handle large datasets.

Diploma: PhD in quantitative genetics and genomics
Eligibility: The postdoctoral fellowship is restricted to candidates who either are not French or have worked at least one of the past three years outside of France.
Working site: UMR1349 IGEPP, Le Rheu (35), Brittany, France -
Gross salary/month: from 2300 €, depending on professional experience
Contract period: 18 months, from October 2015


Applicants should send their CV (including list of publications and contact details of two referees) and their cover letter explaining interests and long-term goals, by e-mail to Marie-Laure Pilet-Nayel (




Postdoctoral Position in Comparative Genomics of Downy Mildews

A postdoc position is available in the Michelmore lab to study the comparative genomics of tropical and temperate downy mildews. The successful candidate will be responsible for assembling genomes of multiple isolates of several downy mildews and conducting intra- and inter-specific sequence-based comparisons. The project will involve conducting genome-wide association studies and linkage analyses of phenotypic and whole genome resequencing data to identify candidate genes determining virulence phenotypes and mating type as well as genus- and species-specific diagnostic markers. The postdoc will be expected to draft reports and papers for publication in peer-reviewed journals.

The Michelmore lab studies the classical and molecular genetics and genomics of plant-pathogen interactions; more details are available at The postdoc will work closely with wet lab personnel as well as bioinformaticians in the lab and in the UC Davis Genome Center that provides a state-of-the art research and training environment.

Applicants should have demonstrated expertise in bioinformatics, preferably genomic analysis, as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications as well as a strong computational background and effective oral and written communication skills in English.

Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references as a single pdf to: The position is available immediately and is open until filled.




Postdoctoral Position in Host-Induced Gene Silencing

A postdoc position is available in the Michelmore lab to develop host-induced gene silencing in multiple pathosystems. The current targets are wheat rusts and toxigenic fungi infecting corn and peanut. The successful candidate will be responsible generating constructs and analyzing transgenics as well assisting in management of national and international collaborations. The postdoc will be expected to draft reports and papers for publication in peer-reviewed journals.

The Michelmore lab studies the classical and molecular genetics and genomics of plant-pathogen interactions; more details are available at The postdoc will work closely with wet lab personnel as well as bioinformaticians in the lab and in the UC Davis Genome Center that provides a state-of-the art research and training environment.

Applicants should have a strong background and demonstrated expertise in molecular biology, preferably including the analysis of transgenics, as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications as well as effective oral and written communication skills in English.

Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references as a single pdf to: The position is available immediately and is open until filled.




Principal investigators at levels of Assistant or Associate Research Fellows (equivalent to Assistant or Associate Professors)


The Institute of Plant and Microbial Biology (IPMB), Academia Sinica, is now recruiting new principal investigators at levels of Assistant or Associate Research Fellows (equivalent to Assistant or Associate Professors). Applicants should hold a Ph.D. degree plus postdoctoral training, with expertise in studies of plant-related microbial biology or plant-microbe interactions. Successful candidates will receive excellent starter funds followed by annual intramural support.


Academia Sinica, the foremost academic institution in Taiwan, comprises 31 world-class research institutes/centers and provides active research environment with state-of-the-art resources. The institute of Plant and Microbial Biology is a premier research institute with focused studies on functioning of plant and microbial biology ( English is the official language in scientific seminars. Proficiency in Chinese language is not essential but basic communication skills will be helpful.


The application folder should include 1) cover letter, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) statement of research accomplishments, and 4) future research plans. The application folder (in PDF format) and, separately, three letters of recommendation should be sent via email to:


Dr. Erh-Min Lai, chair of Search Committee

c/o Ms. Christine Hsing (email:

Institute of Plant and Microbial Biology, Academia Sinica

128, Sec 2, Academia Rd, Nankang, Taipei, Taiwan 11529


The review of applications will begin on August 15, 2015 and continue until the positions are filled.





Postdoctoral position available


Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology, University of California Riverside (UCR)


Molecular Plant - Phytophthora cinnamomi (Pc) interactions, P. cinnamomi biology and pathogenesis, Next Generation of Sequencing (NGS), UCR Avocado Rootstock Breeding Program


A postdoctoral position is available in the Manosalva lab at UC Riverside.

The primary research goal of the Manosalva lab is elucidating the molecular and genetic basis of plant immunity against oomycete pathogens with an emphasis on Phytophthora cinnamomi (Pc) in model plants and avocado. The identification of candidate genes associated with resistance against this pathogen will be a key aspect for the generation of molecular markers for Marker Assisted Selection (MAS) to develop new avocado rootstocks resistant varieties. The postdoctoral fellow is expected to work in any of the research areas at Dr. Manosalva’s lab: 1) Understanding plant - Pc and Solanaceae - P. infestans interactions using molecular, genetic, biochemical, and genomic approaches (RNAseq and SmallRNAs), 2) Identification and characterization of Pc proteins required for pathogen virulence. In addition, we want to understand the molecular basis of the broad host specialization of Pc using comparative genomics, 3) Implementation of molecular breeding tools (ie. Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNPs) discovery and transcriptome analyses) for a more targeted avocado genomic selection in the UCR Avocado rootstock breeding program.


Minimum qualifications: Applicants for the postdoctoral position should be within 2 years of receiving their PhD. Applicants should have research experience in molecular biology techniques, experience working with microorganisms and plants; ability to communicate effectively in English; ability to work independently and as a member of a multidisciplinary team.


Preferred qualifications: I am particularly interested in candidates that have a strong background and publication record in plant pathology/plant-microbe interactions (experience working with oomycete pathogens will be a plus). Experience with next generation of sequencing approaches and analysis of large data sets (ie. RNAseq, Small RNAs). Candidates with a proven record in these areas will be seriously considered.


Salary range: Depending on experience and qualifications $42,840-46,344. One year contract, but renewable upon satisfactory job performance.


How to Apply / Contact: Candidates should submit a single PDF containing: cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information of three references to The subject of the email should be “Plant-oomycete interaction position”.





Postdoctoral Position in Bacterial Pathogenesis

Applications are invited for a vacant Postdoctoral Associate position in Sheng Yang He’s group ( at Michigan State University. The successful candidate will investigate an aspect of bacterial pathogenesis that is beyond our current focus on the type III secretion system and toxins. Depending on research interests and background of the candidate, s/he may choose one of the following two ongoing new projects: (i) understanding the role and regulation of the apoplast water status during bacterial pathogenesis, and (ii) investigating the molecular mechanisms by which abiotic and biotic environmental factors influence bacterial pathogenesis. Although the Arabidopsis-Pseudomonas syringae pathosystem is used in ongoing experiments, agriculturally important plant-bacterial pathosystems may be considered.

Candidates should have a Ph.D. degree by the time s/he is appointed to the position and a strong background in molecular biology, microbiology, plant biology, genomics, and/or cell biology. Applicants should forward their curriculum vitae, a brief description of research experience and future interests, and the names of three references to Sheng Yang He (, MSUDOE Plant Research Laboratory, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824.

The Department of Energy Plant Research Laboratory (, where the He lab is located, provides a collaborative environment for conducting high-quality research in plant and microbial sciences and for training students and postdoctoral fellows.

Michigan State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.





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





Oregon State University is searching for five collaboratively-minded faculty with an enthusiasm for

research and teaching at the interface between the life or environmental sciences and the

quantitative or physical sciences. Appointees will be expected to develop independent and

collaborative grant-funded research programs, at levels of scale from the molecular to the

ecological. The research, teaching, and extension programs of the appointees are expected to

integrate student success, and diversity and inclusion, as core values. This search is part of a

large cohort of new faculty hires at OSU focused on interdisciplinary research, on advancement

of diversity, and on advancing and equalizing student success. Women and minority candidates

are strongly encouraged to apply.

To review the full position announcements, qualifications and detailed application information for any of these positions, go to and select the relevant posting number.


Date Updated: 11/10/15