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Postdoctoral Research Associate
Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana
Date Posted 04/01/2021
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

Position Details

Announcement Number STAFF - VA - 21219
For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Frankie Crutcher at 406-433-2208 or frankie.crutcher@montana.edu

Classification Title Postdoctoral Researcher
Working Title Postdoctoral Research Associate
Brief Position Overview

The Plant Pathology team at the Montana State University Eastern Ag Research Center in Sidney, MT is seeking a motivated postdoctoral researcher to conduct plant pathology research related to Fusarium root rot of pulse crops.

Position Number 4C5635
Department AES EARC
Division College of Agriculture/MAES
Appointment Type Professional
Contract Term Fiscal Year
If other, specify From date
If other, specify End date
FLSA Exempt
Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining
FTE 1.0
Benefits Eligible Eligible
Salary Salary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications.
Contract Type LOA
If other, please specify
Recruitment Type Open

General Statement

This position provides opportunities to attend both in- and out-of-state meetings as well as interact with famers and industry. The EARC is located in the MonDak research triangle which encourages interagency collaborations with researchers of multiple disciplines. It contains spacious facilities including a dedicated laboratory and greenhouse space with modern equipment. Inexpensive on-site housing may be available.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Support the plant pathology program at EARC by developing new and innovative scientific approaches; lead collaborative research efforts to study the effect of agronomic practices on soil-borne diseases of pulse crops
  • Designing field studies, collecting data, performing statistical analysis, writing reports, and presenting findings at regional/national meetings.
  • Work with farmers and EARC staff to diagnose plant disease and make management recommendations.
  • Assist with writing state/regional and national competitive grant proposals for possible funding and publishing research findings in peer-reviewed journals with minimal supervision.
Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  • Ph.D. degree in Plant Pathology, Agronomy or closely related discipline with research experience in the management of fungal plant pathogens.
  • Expertise in field research of agronomic crops including field design, field plot layout, plot maintenance including fertilization and pest management, harvesting of experimental plots, and procedures and practices associated with grain cleaning and processing.
  • Experience with greenhouse and laboratory research and techniques.
  • Working knowledge of statistical analysis and software.
  • Strong record of publication in peer-reviewed journals
  • Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  • Experience with small plot equipment operation.
  • Research experience relating to control of diseases caused by Fusarium spp.
  • Experience with plant disease diagnostics and pathogen identification.
  • Familiar with methods involved in quantification of soil-borne pathogens.
  • The Successful Candidate Will
    • Work successfully with a diverse group of people.
    • The ability to consistently exercise initiative and good judgement.
    • Prioritize workplace safety at all times.
    • Effective written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.
    • Time management skills and a detail-oriented approach to conducting research.
    • The ability to work both independently and collaboratively with co-workers.
    • Be an effective mentor to staff and students.
    Position Special Requirements/Additional Information
    • Travel to off-station research plots, occasionally after hours and overnight, will be required.
    • Must possess a Montana Pesticide Applicator’s License, or be eligible and able to obtain one within 6 months of date of hire.
    • Must possess currently or be eligible to obtain a valid State of Montana Driver’s license and have an acceptable driving record (less than 12 points).

    This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time

    Physical Demands
    • Must be able to enter, exit, and operate numerous types of farm equipment; requires working around loud, heavy equipment, and occasionally working at elevated positions (grain bins, roofs).
    • Must be able to transport 40lbs with or without reasonable accommodation.
    • Must be able to navigate rough terrain for long periods of time.
    • Must be able to work with and around pesticides, other plant materials and in dusty environments.
    • Requires the ability to wear a respirator or related safety equipment.

    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.

    This position has supervisory duties? Yes

    Number of Vacancies 1
    Desired Start Date Upon successful completion of search
    Position End Date (if temporary)
    Open Date
    Close Date
    Applications will be:

    Screening of applications will begin on 04/14/2021; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

    Special Instructions

    To be considered for this position, please upload your current CV and a cover letter outlining how you meet each individual required and preferred qualification.

    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 an individual’s race, color, religion, national origin, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran’s status, sex, age, political ideas, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. 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: http://www.montana.edu/hr/disability_accommodation/complaints_grievances.html .

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