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Assistant Professor of Global Change Pathology

Pennsylvania State University
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Jan 20, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Agriculture & Animal Sciences
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Assistant Professor of Global Change Pathology

The Department of Plant Pathology & Environmental Microbiology in the College of Agricultural Sciences is in search of a tenure-line faculty member at the rank of Assistant Professor with a 70% research and 30% teaching appointment. The successful applicant is expected to develop an externally funded, high impact research program on modeling, adaptation, and mitigation of diseases altered by large-scale changes including and in the context of global climate change. Research will be conducted across scales (global to micro). We are seeking applicants with strong quantitative skills that utilize modern technological and analytical approaches to conduct research to advance our understanding of mechanisms of species and ecosystems resilience, land use changes as a function of global change and system connectivity, or biological feedback (keystone/indicator species) that drive or are impacted by global change and disease management in the face of climate uncertainty. Research may include emerging and invasive pests or indicator species, global connectivity including in peri-urban or other systems. The successful applicant is expected to collaborate with other faculty in one or more key areas including Plant Disease Epidemiology, Biological Control, and International Agriculture.

Teaching responsibilities will include teaching AGECO 122 Atmospheric Environment: Growing in the Wind, a general education course for first year students interest in learning about the atmospheric environment and its influence on animals, plants, and humans, and PPEM 300 Horticultural Crop Diseases, an online course examining diseases of horticultural crops of national and international importance and stressing their cause, diagnosis, and management. Additionally, the candidate will develop a multi-instructor course on Agricultural Adaptation to Global Change.

The successful candidate will collaborate closely with Penn State's Institute for Sustainable Agricultural, Food, and Environmental Science (SAFES), and have the opportunity to interact with internationally renowned Penn State programs that include Institute for Energy and the Environment and the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics in addition to our new Digital Agriculture initiative. In addition, applied research and outreach opportunities exist serving the diverse variety of crop industries in the state, including vegetables, other horticultural crops, and field crops including potatoes. The ability to engage professionally with a diverse population of faculty, staff, and students across the university is required.

Please submit: a cover letter, CV, Research Statement, Teaching Statement, and the names and contact information for three references. Applicants should provide evidence, either woven through their application materials or as a separate diversity statement, of a commitment to fostering diversity, equity, inclusive excellence, and belonging and of engagement which creates an inclusive environment in their research, classroom, department, and the University. For more information about the position, please contact Paul Esker, Chair of the Search Committee or Carolee Bull, Head of the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology. Review of applications will begin February 14, 2022.


Ph.D. in Plant Pathology, Ecology, or a related field is required. Applicants should provide evidence of strong potential for conducting and publishing innovative research, competing for external research funding, and excellence in communication with clientele from diverse populations, and keen interest and skills to mentor and advise students. Strong interest in and ability to engage in interdisciplinary research collaborations in one or more areas central to the College of Agricultural Sciences strategic plan, including sustainability, advanced agricultural systems, integrated health solutions, entrepreneurship, and environmental resilience, is critical. Candidates will be evaluated on their potential for excellent teaching and publishing high impact work, obtaining extramural funding, excellence in instruction, and collaboration in research and instruction within and outside the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology.

Selection Criteria

Candidates will be evaluated on their excellence in instruction, potential for publishing high impact work, obtaining extramural funding, demonstrated commitment to principles of diversity and equity, and collaboration in research and instruction within and outside of their field.

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Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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