Available January 1, 2023:  Postdoctoral opportunity with a focus on vegetable horticulture and plant pathology.  This hybrid position includes a 50:50 split between laboratory and field research.  Principal project involves solarization as a means of managing soilborne pathogens such as Sclerotinia spp. and root knot nematodes.

This position can provide opportunities for independent ideas and contributions to a collaborative research and extension team.  A self-motivated candidate will have opportunities to learn new skills while working with diverse students, staff, and faculty in two interrelated disciplines. It also provides opportunities for applied research and first authored publications, particularly for a candidate who is interested in an extension career track.

Candidate must have an understanding of field plot design, execution, and analysis of field data. Field research experience is required, particularly in specialty crop production.  Candidate must also have basic pathology experience and proficiency in morphological and molecular pathogen identification, as well as ability to conduct conventional assays and experiments.    

PhD in horticulture or plant pathology is preferred, but experience in both fields is required.  Candidate must be able to work independently and creatively in a fast-paced environment.  Organizational skills and time management are a must.  Candidate must be agile and be willing to schedule time-sensitive tasks with regular research projects.  Excellent written and oral communication skills are mandatory, candidate should communicate regularly with the entire team, and research results should be published in a timely manner. 

There will be opportunities for several first-authored publications for a motivated individual.  Candidate must be able to work with a diverse team, including interdepartmental collaborators, graduate students, and farm staff.  Ability to work without supervision is critical.   This position is located at the University of Kentucky campus in Lexington. 

Salary $47,800.
Appointment 2 to 3 years, renewed annually, based on performance and grant funding.

To apply, send a CV, cover letter describing research experiences, example publications, and names/contacts of at least 3 references to Rachel Rudolph rachel.rudolph@uky.edu and Nicole Gauthier ngauthier@uky.edu

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