Work type: Research Faculty
Senior management: Agriculture & Life Sciences
Department: Southern Piedmont AREC
Location: Blackstone, Virginia
Categories: Agriculture / Life Science, Research / Scientific

Job Description

Work with a multidisciplinary team to develop sustainable management solutions for soil-borne tobacco diseases, with a focus on Phytophthora nicotianae, Ralstonia solanacearum and Fusarium oxysporum, f.sp. nicotianae. The primary responsibilities of this position are to develop and improved detection of soil-borne pathogens of tobacco through lab, greenhouse, and field studies in tandem with ongoing tobacco microbiome and tobacco-pathogen-environment interaction studies. The selected postdoctoral associate is expected to present research results at extension meetings, regional and national conferences, and publish peer-reviewed journal articles in a timely manner.

Required Qualifications

– A doctorate degree in Plant Pathology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, or a closely related discipline awarded no more than four years prior to the effective date of the appointment with a minimum of one year of eligibility remaining.
– Experience with primer design, PCR and/or qPCR.
– Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications

– Field and greenhouse experience with plants.
– Experience with fungi and /or oomycetes.
– A basic understanding of plant disease epidemiology, plant disease management and bioinformatics.
– Experience communication or working with stakeholders, such as growers, extension agents, and agricultural industries.

Appointment Type


Salary Information

Commiserate with experience. 

Review Date


Additional Information

Able to work in adverse weather conditions.

Able to frequently bend, stoop or squat, stand, and walk.

Able to frequently lift 25+ pounds.

Able to continuously sit and move wrists and fingers.

Must have an acceptable and safe driving record

Must have a driver’s license check and background check and required to have a criminal conviction check. |

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The application deadline is Dec 5th, 2022.

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