SLVRC Research Professor/Extension Specialist - Plant Pathology

Posting Details

Posting Detail Information

Working Title SLVRC Research Professor/Extension Specialist - Plant Pathology
Research Professional Position Yes
Posting Number 201700931AP
Position Type Admin Professional/ Research Professional
Number of Vacancies
Work Hours/Week 40
Proposed Annual Salary Range Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications plus comprehensive benefits package
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Open Posting Date
Open Until Filled Yes
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 01/08/2018
Description of Work Unit

The San Luis Valley Research Center is part of a network of 7 research centers (9 sites) throughout the state. The first San Luis Valley Research Center was established in 1888 (the same year the main station at Fort Collins was established) on 200 acres of state land near the Rio Grande River, seven miles east of Del Norte. It is now located near the town of Center, Colorado, approximately 9 miles north of the town of Monte Vista, Colorado. The Research Center has a continuing commitment to the people of the San Luis Valley (SLV) and the State of Colorado to provide research information, conduct extension education and seed certification programs. Beginning in 1940, the principal research activity was focused on selecting potato varieties adaptable to the region. In 1979 a potato breeding program was initiated to complement the selection activity. Research on cultural practices including disease and pest studies was also conducted. In the early 1920s, the Colorado Certified Seed Growers Association initiated a seed certification program located on the Colorado State University campus which was co located at the SLVRC in 1964.

Position Summary

This position will provide research and Extension programming for south central Colorado and will be based at the San Luis Valley Research Center (SLVRC). The position will contribute to Colorado State University engagement throughout the San Luis Valley (SLV) of Colorado. Position responsibilities will be 60% research and 40% Extension.

The extension and research responsibilities will address current and emerging issues in disease management and control, primarily in potatoes for both storage and fresh markets. The purpose of this position is to conduct an applied research and engagement program on disease management important to the SLV and other potato growing regions of Colorado. The position could also potentially work on other plants diseases in rotational crops with potatoes in the SLV. The SLVRC has a strong potato breeding program and the successful applicant will interact with the breeding program in selecting and screening lines resistant to potato diseases endemic to or emerging in the SLV. Other potential areas of research include, but are not limited to, using innovative technologies, such as remote sensing, GIS, App and/or Web-based tools for disease forecasting and management, pathogen diagnostic development, pathogen vector management, and/or soil health.

The individual in this position will collaborate with other scientists, the potato industry, and the Research Center Manager to obtain external funding to support research and engagement programs that further disease management in the SLV. The position will conduct and communicate disease forecasting to help the potato industry prevent plant disease outbreaks in the SLV. The position will develop an effective Extension program that is responsive to needs of growers in the SLV. The position will interact with and be responsive to the Colorado Potato Administrative Committee and will be expected to create and convene an advisory committee specific to potato pathology. The position will contribute to planning and participate in an annual regional conference focusing on irrigated agriculture in the SLV. This position will interact with the Potato Certification Service to diagnose, detect and prevent potato diseases from entering the SLV.

The individual in this position will report to the Deputy Director of the AES and work in close coordination with other Scientists and the Manager at the SLVRC. The position requires effective working relations with agricultural clientele and stakeholders. The position is expected to report research results in AES reports and bulletins, publish Extension factsheets and work as a member of the appropriate Extension Planning and Reporting Unit (PRU). The position is expected to assure compliance with civil rights and affirmative action policies including reaching out to under-served and underrepresented audiences.

Required Job Qualifications

• PhD, Degree(s) emphasis in plant pathology, plant biology, or horticulture or related field and less than three (3) years relevant postdoctoral experience or equivalent.
• Demonstrated ability to conduct research in the areas of plant pathology and integrated disease management including knowledge of diseases caused by bacteria, fungi, nematodes and/or viruses.
• Record of strong communication and interaction with colleagues and clientele groups using modern, innovative technology.
• Ability to conduct interdisciplinary research in a team environment.
• Experience with or desire to work with crop producers and the agricultural industry.
• Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license or access to a licensed driver by the employment start date.

Preferred Job Qualifications

• Three or more years of postdoctoral experience or equivalent.
• Knowledge and experience in outreach and extension.
• Demonstrated record of publications in relevant scientific literature.
• Experience in supervising support staff or graduate students.
• Success in obtaining grants in support of program efforts.

Diversity Statement

•Personal and professional commitment to diversity as demonstrated by involvement in teaching, research, creative activity, service to the profession and/or diversity/inclusion activities.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Research

• Collaborate with station and campus personnel on applied research and extension of plant disease diagnosis, management and control.
• Collaborate with the breeding program in selecting and screening lines resistant to potato diseases.
• Publish research results in peer-reviewed journals.

Percentage Of Time 60
Job Duty Category Extension

• Foster working relationships with agricultural clientele and stakeholders to ensure a relevant and effective applied research and outreach program.
• Publish research results and potato disease guidance in AES reports and bulletins, online and in Extension factsheets.
• Engage as a member of the appropriate Extension Planning and Reporting Unit (PRU).

Percentage Of Time 40

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

For full consideration please apply by 01/08/18. Application materials include (1) Cover letter addressing required and desired qualifications, (2) Resume or CV, (3) Unofficial transcripts for all degrees, (4) Contact information for three professional references, one of who was/is an immediate supervisor. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Valid Driver’s License
Search Contact, (970) 491-4923
EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

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The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Associate Vice President for Human Capital, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

References Requested

References Requested

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Maximum Requested 3

Supplemental Questions

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume or CV
  3. Unofficial Transcripts
Optional Documents