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Winifred Asbjornson Plant Sciences Endowed Chair
Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana
Date Posted 02/25/2021
Faculty-Agriculture-Plant And Soil Science
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

The Department of Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology has 29 tenure track faculty, with major emphases on plant genetics and plant pathology and includes plant breeders, plant physiologists, horticulturists, cereal chemists, entomologists, plant pathologists and plant molecular biologists. The departmental research focus on plant genetics provides excellent opportunities for collaboration. The Department and University have state-of-the-art facilities for genomics and proteomics in addition to excellent plant growth facilities. Field research facilities are available both near campus and at seven Research Centers located strategically throughout the state. The Department offers both MS and PhD degrees in Plant Pathology and Plant Science.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Winifred Asbjornson Plant Sciences Chair will develop a competitive research program that will use modern techniques in plant molecular biology and genomics to address problems that pose the greatest economic threats in cereal production agriculture in Montana. The Chair will have an advisory council made up of representatives from Montana’s crop production industry and will actively collaborate with agronomists, breeders, entomologists, and plant pathologists to address the challenges of greatest economic significance. Current examples of issues of economic importance include herbicide resistance in economically important weeds, resistance to wheat stem sawfly and heat stress in cereals. Future examples may include control of orange wheat blossom midge and other cereal pests, the role of micronutrients in cereal health, nitrogen management in low pH soils, and improvements in winter-hardiness of fall-seeded rotational crops. The Chair will contribute to undergraduate and graduate courses and advising in plant molecular genetics or metabolomics, genetics/breeding and/or other areas of interest. He/she will provide appropriate public, departmental and university service.

Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  • PhD in Plant Science or related field.
  • Record of publishing in refereed journals.
  • Research in molecular genetics and/or metabolomic analyses relevant to crop improvement.
  • Experience in teaching.
Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  • Experience working with cereal crops.
  • Successful collaboration in research.
  • Post-doctoral experience and demonstrated productivity in basic and applied biological research using plants.
  • Demonstrated application of research methods and technology to promote sustainable crop production.
The Successful Candidate Will
  • Have excellence in written and oral communications.
  • Have demonstrated the ability to work with diverse students and colleagues.
  • Add intellectual diversity to the department and campus.
  • Exhibit excellence in writing skills as evidenced by peer reviewed publications and/or awarded grants, and exceptional speaking/teaching skills as evidenced by national and/or international oral presentations and teaching experience.
  • Be a dynamic and visionary scientist and educator who will advance MSU’s goals of outstanding research, teaching, and service.
Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

In accordance with MSU policy, hiring will be conditional upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

Physical Demands
  • Ability to maneuver 50 lbs.
  • Work among known allergens and work in inclement weather conditions.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

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Screening of applications will begin on May 01, 2020 and will continue until an acceptable pool is established.

To apply, upload your Curriculum Vita or resume and a cover letter outlining how you meet each individual required and preferred qualification. Please note, this posting requires contact information for three professional references within your app profile.

Special Instructions

To apply, upload your Curriculum Vita or resume and a cover letter outlining how you
meet each individual required and preferred qualification. Please note, this posting requires contact information for three professional references within your app profile.

Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, gender, age, political beliefs, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation or preference. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; recruitment@montana.edu .

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

MSU’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: www2.montana.edu/policy/affirmative_action/ .

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