Virginia Tech is inviting applications for two Postdoctoral Associate positions in the Integrative Plant Pathology Lab at the Hampton Roads Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Virginia Beach, VA. The selectees will be part of a research team that strives to understand the biology and epidemiology of boxwood blight caused by Calonectria pseudonaviculata (Cps) and produce science-based sustainable solutions to this emerging disease of national significance. Proposed research priorities include: (i) pathogen biology: soil population dynamics in the context of microbial communities, virulence specialization and variations among Cps populations from different host plants, responses to fertilization and plant physiology; (ii) integrative biology: vector transmission, interactions with Volutella buxi and other microbes; and (iii) disease mitigation innovations: alternative and cover crops, biocontrol, network analysis of Cps interstate and global movement, and its survival at sites of accidental introduction. Each selectee is expected to take on a few of the above research projects in her/his areas of interest and specialty. They will have opportunities to interact with scientists at Cornell University, North Carolina State University, Oregon State University, USDA-ARS, and other collaborating institutions of this multistate project.
These positions are available immediately with a 1-year initial contract and possible extension subject to individual’s performance and available funding. Salary is commensurate with experience plus a very competitive health and retirement benefits package.
A PhD in plant pathology, microbiology, or a closely related discipline and effective communication skills including the ability to write research reports and publish in refereed journals are required.
Must have an earned PhD no more than 4 years with a minimum of 1 year eligibility left.
Knowledge and skills in epidemiology, microbial ecology and/or molecular biology are desirable.
Employment Conditions: Must have a criminal background check, Must have a driver’s license check, Must have an acceptable and safe driving record
This position may require travel.
This is a pooled position.
This position is also to be posted at APSnet job placement.
About Virginia Tech:
Virginia Tech, founded in 1872 as a land-grant institution, is currently ranked as a Top 25 Public University by US News & World Report and a Top 25 Public Research University by the National Science Foundation. The main campus is located in Blacksburg, Virginia which was recently named the “Best Place in the US to Raise a Family.”
Through a combination of its three missions of learning, discovery, and engagement, Virginia Tech continually strives to accomplish the charge of its motto: Ut Prosim (That I May Serve). As the Commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech serves a diverse population of 30,000+ students and 8000+ faculty and staff from over 100 countries, and is engaged in research around the world. Invent the Future at Virginia Tech.
Recent Rankings for Virginia Tech:
Top 25 Public University – US News & World Report 2013
Top 25 Public Research University - National Science Foundation 2013
#1 Fittest College – Active Times 50 Fittest Colleges 2013
#1 Top Universities for Food & Dining – Cappex College Insider 2013
#1 Research Park – Association of University Research Parks 2010
#5 Best College Campuses in the US – Business Insider 2013
#5 Best Quality of Life – Princeton Review 2013
#7 Happiest Students – Princeton Review 2013
#13 Best Skilled and Educated Graduates – Wall Street Journal 2010
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Nestled on a plateau between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny mountains, the Town of Blacksburg is part of Montgomery County in the heart of Virginia’s New River Valley. Because of the town’s award-winning services, reasonable cost of living, safety, moderate climate, and abundant leisure activities, Blacksburg is consistently ranked among the nation’s best places to live and has a nationwide reputation as a well-managed, growing, and forward-looking community.
Recent Rankings for the Community:
#1 Best Place in the US to Raise a Family – Homes.com 2012
#1 Best college Town in the South – Southern Living Readers Choice 2011
#2 Best College Football Town in America – USA Today 2012
#8 College Town in the nation – AIER Index 2013-14
#14 America’s Most Educated Small Towns – Forbes 2009
#39 Best Small Place for Business and Careers – Forbes 2013
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