The UW-Madison Department of Plant Pathology is seeking an Assistant Professor of Plant Pathology (any specialty area) to do research on pathogens or pathosystems important for economically important agricultural crops. This is a nine-month (academic year) tenure-track position in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. The tenure home of this faculty position will be in the Department of Plant Pathology.

  1. Develop an independent, externally funded and internationally recognized research program in plant pathology. The successful candidate will be expected to secure extramural funding. Research collaborations are encouraged with other faculty in our department and across campus.
  2. Teach students and stakeholders, commensurate with college expectations and consistent with the teaching loads of the department. Contribute to the department’s mission through graduate student instruction and mentoring. Contribute research and instructional expertise to courses taught in the department. Mentor students and promote their development and success in a collaborative environment.
  3. Contribute to outreach and service functions of the department, college, and campus communities.
  4. Contribute to programs aimed at increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion within the department, college, and university. Promote an inclusive and diverse climate within our campus and associated communities.

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background – people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

Terminal Degree
Ph.D. in Plant Pathology or any related discipline including biology, botany, microbiology, ecology, biochemistry, genetics, computational biology, etc.

Candidates must have a strong foundation in the principles of plant pathology and accomplishments or demonstrated potential for research on pathogens or pathosystems important for economically important agricultural crops. Successful candidates will have a record of or demonstrate potential for:
i) Publications in peer reviewed journals
ii) Graduate student training/mentoring
iii) Teaching and curriculum development
iv) Writing extramural grants
v) Contribution to the outreach and service functions of CALS
vi) Promoting an inclusive and diverse climate within our campus and associated communities

Preference will be given to candidates who have a record of publishing original research in peer-reviewed journals, demonstrated ability to secure extramural funding, ability to effectively teach graduate and undergraduate courses, and a passion for collaboration with a wide array of faculty, staff, students, and stakeholders.

The Department of Plant Pathology is searching for a colleague to do research on pathogens or pathosystems important for economically important agricultural crops and to provide graduate and undergraduate instruction. We seek outstanding candidates from a broad range of sub-disciplines, including, but not limited to, host-pathogen interactions, systems biology, and quantitative ecology. We look forward to identifying exceptional scientists poised to identify critical research needs and lead multi-disciplinary teams to respond to 21st century opportunities and challenges.

Wisconsin is one of the top states in the U.S. for production of potatoes, corn, soybeans, cranberries, snap beans, green peas, carrots, and sweet corn. The person hired for this position will have opportunities to work with active and engaged grower groups including, but not limited to, the Wisconsin seed potato industry, the Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association, and the Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board.

Questions regarding the position may be directed to the position search committee chair, Dr. Caitilyn Allen,

Applications are encouraged from qualified individuals of all backgrounds. Option to start prior to or after August 21, 2023.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is one of the world’s premier research universities and attracts a diverse body of outstanding faculty, staff and graduate students from around the world. State-of-the art research and teaching facilities are provided both in Madison and at agricultural research stations throughout the state. The 963-acre campus is located on the shores of Lake Mendota in Madison, Wisconsin. Madison is a picturesque city with a strong economy and a vibrant cultural environment. It is consistently ranked among the top small U.S. cities in which to live.

The UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences is committed to maintaining and growing a culture that embraces diversity, inclusion and equity, believing that these values are foundational elements of our excellence and fundamental components of a positive and enriching learning and working environment for all students, faculty and staff. The Department of Plant Pathology embodies that culture.

How to Apply:

To begin the process, please click “Apply Now”.
Applicants should upload the following information as a single PDF document:
1) Cover letter
2) Curriculum vitae
3) Name and contact information for three persons who can supply letters of reference
4) Two-page statement of research interests and future research plans
5) Two-page statement of teaching philosophy, approach, and experiences
6) One-page personal statement on how your scholarship, instructional activities, and mentoring align with the commitment of the Department of Plant Pathology to foster an inclusive and diverse academic community

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Applications received by December 15, 2022 will be assured full consideration; review of applications will continue until a suitable candidate is identified.

We advise that applicants notify potential letter-writers in advance that letters will be required to the department by January 5, 2023 if the candidate is advanced to the next round of screening.

Contact: Candice Butler
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1.

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