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Assistant Professor - Plant Pathology: Soil-borne diseases

University of Arkansas

University of Arkansas

Fayetteville, AR, USA
Posted on Friday, September 8, 2023

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Institution Name:

Division of Agriculture of the University of Arkansas

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is a state wide campus, with faculty based on University campuses, at Research and Extension Centers and in every Arkansas county. It consists of the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) and the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service (CES), and is home to more than 1400 employees. The Division was established in 1959 and is headed by the Vice-President for Agriculture. The Division headquarters is located in Little Rock with the rest of the University of Arkansas System Administration. As an employer, the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance.

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ENPL | Entomology and Plant Pathology

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Summary of Job Duties:

The successful candidate will be expected to develop a robust, extramurally funded research program focused on aspects of soil-borne plant diseases of agronomic crops grown in Arkansas. This may include, but not limited to the development of a field-oriented research program to develop management strategies to limit the survival and impact of soil-borne pathogens in Arkansas crops. The candidate will be expected to demonstrate excellence in grantsmanship, report research results in peer-reviewed publications, present research at national and regional meetings, and teach graduate and undergraduate courses. The candidate will be expected to develop and teach graduate-level courses related to Plant Pathology and their areas of emphasis as appropriate. The candidate also will be expected to advise and mentor graduate students, provide service to the department, college, university, and state as appropriate for their expertise, and collaborate effectively with departmental research and extension faculty, and colleagues in related disciplines.
Preferred applicants will have experience in soil-borne pathogen biology and ecology for the development of integrated disease management strategies, which may include holistic approaches to enhance soil and plant health. Areas of research specialization could also include, but are not limited to, study of plant-soil microbiomes, epidemiology, remote sensing, data analytics, spatial statistics, ecology, root pathogens in controlled environments and/or horticultural crops, and disease management. Preferred applicants will focus on soil-borne problems of agronomic commodities of importance to Arkansas agriculture. However, research specialization is not limited to a specific commodity. Applicants utilizing translational approaches to address control of soil-borne diseases will be considered.


A Ph.D. in plant pathology or a related field is required, with expertise in soil-borne plant pathogens. Postdoctoral or previous faculty experience in a land grant institution is strongly preferred. Strong oral and written communication skills and the ability to conduct independent and collaborative research are required. Preference will be given to candidates with a demonstrated ability to work effectively across disciplines in the fields of plant pathology, big-data analytics, and epidemiology.

Additional Information:

Applications for this position must be submitted by October 28, 2023.

Salary Information:

Commensurate with education and experience

Required Documents to Apply:

Cover Letter/Letter of Application, Curriculum Vitae, List of three Professional References (name, email, business title), Statement of Research Philosophy, Statement of Teaching Philosophy

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Recruitment Contact Information:

Dr. Ken Korth, Department Head

Dr. Rupesh Kariyat, Search Committee Chair

All application materials must be uploaded to the University of Arkansas System Career Site

Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.

Pre-employment Screening Requirements:

Motor Vehicle Reports Check

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture may conduct pre-employment background checks on certain positions for applicants being considered for employment. The background checks may include a criminal background check and a sex offender registry check. Required checks are identified in the position listing. A criminal background check or arrest pending adjudication information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absences of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a consistent, non-discriminatory manner consistent with the state and federal law.

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The University does not discriminate in its education programs or activities (including in admission and employment) on the basis of age, race, color, national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, or sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity). Federal law prohibits the University from discriminating on these bases. Questions or concerns about the application of Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, may be sent to the University's Title IX Coordinator and to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights.

Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment.

All application information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

Constant Physical Activity:

Manipulate items with fingers, including keyboarding, Repetitive Motion, Talking

Frequent Physical Activity:

Kneeling, Standing

Occasional Physical Activity:

Reaching, Sitting, Walking

Benefits Eligible: