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UCR is hiring Assistant Professor of Extension and Plant Pathology

Date Posted: December 14, 2021
Closing Date: January 26, 2022

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The University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR), a statewide organization with local delivery, in collaboration with the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (CNAS), UC Riverside, invites applicants for a full-time Assistant Professor of Extension in the area of Plant Pathology for Subtropical Crops.

The position is 80% Extension and 20% Research with an academic career-track, 11-month appointment in the Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology at UC Riverside (https://microplantpath.ucr.edu/). The position will be available after January 2022.

Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Required qualification for this position at the time of application is a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology or a closely related discipline.
Preferred qualifications for this position at the time of application include: postdoctoral experience, documented experience with subtropical crops, applied management of plant diseases, and detection of plant pathogens or crop production.
Additional qualifications for this position, required at the time of employment, include:
- Demonstrated expertise or appropriate training in plant pathology and plant protection.
- Demonstrated ability or potential to develop an extension and outreach program with
local and regional application, statewide impact and national recognition.
- Demonstrated ability or potential to develop an applied research program in one or more aspects of sustainable disease management of subtropical crops.
- Documented evidence of applied research activity and a record of scientific publication productivity.
- A record of acquisition of extramural funding or the potential to do so.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and a demonstrated ability to work with others in a collegial team atmosphere.
- Evidence of or potential for leadership and initiative.
- Evidence of or potential for extending applied research and conducting outreach
education for growers, nurseries, government agencies, and other stakeholders.

Subtropical crops are critical industries to Central and Southern California, and California comprises a significant percentage of production and consumption of these crops in the U.S. These commodities are currently at a crossroads. The very existence of the iconic California citrus is threatened by the Huanglongbing disease, and avocado is at risk from the invasive pathogen Raffaelea lauricola, the causal agent of laurel wilt. In addition, Pierce's disease continues to threaten wine and table grape production and the invasive Fusarium dieback-shot hole borer disease-pest complex is rapidly destroying trees in urban and native ecosystems in Southern California. Growers also experience losses from a range of endemic fruit, foliar,
branch, and root pathogens and the problems are exacerbated by abiotic stresses related to climate change such as extreme heat, drought, and water quality and salinity.

The successful candidate will develop an innovative educational extension program with local and regional application, statewide impact, and national recognition. The incumbent will College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences University of California, Riverside Microbiology & Plant Pathology Department collaborate closely with colleagues in CNAS, across UC, and within the UC ANR Cooperative Extension network who specialize on subtropical crops, IPM, and plant protection for the dissemination of science-based information and provide field and laboratory diagnostic services.
The incumbent will also develop productive working relationships with commodity groups, agrobiochemical industry personnel, state and federal agricultural and regulatory agencies, and nongovernment organizations to advance their program.
The successful candidate will develop a creative, extramurally funded, productive applied research program. Collaboration with relevant personnel, including county-based UC ANR Advisors, Agricultural Experiment Station faculty at UC campuses, and USDA-ARS scientists is expected. Research will be focused on relevant sustainable and integrated disease management strategies for subtropical crops, such as citrus, avocado, and grapes, and related diseases that will complement the extension program and lead to scholarly contributions. Areas of research could include the etiology and epidemiology of endemic and invasive diseases, improved methods of
pathogen detection, understanding the influence of microbial communities and climate change on disease outbreaks, and development of new and improved disease management practices.

Relationships: This position is responsible to the Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology for program direction, job performance, administrative matters, and operational methods.

To apply: submit the following to https://aprecruit.ucr.edu/apply/JPF01501:
- Cover Letter – A letter of intent outlining special interest in the position, relevant
qualifications and experience, and career goals.
- Curriculum Vitae – Most recently updated C.V.
- Statement of Extension and Outreach Vision.
- A Statement of Research Vision Supported by Previous Accomplishments.
- Statement of Past and/or Planned Future Contributions to Advancing Diversity and
Inclusive Excellence – Applicants should summarize their past and/or potential future
contributions to promoting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment, which can be reflected through research, teaching, supervision, mentoring, community engagement, service, and any of the other varied activities that are a part of an academic career.
- Letters of Recommendation: Applicants should provide a minimum of three professional letters of recommendation.

Review of applications will commence on January 26, 2022, and proceed until position is filled. For full consideration, applicants should submit their complete applications prior to the above date.

For more information about this position, please contact Dr. Georgios Vidalakis, Chair of the Search Committee, Department of Microbiology & Plant Pathology, at
georgios.vidalakis@ucr.edu. For questions on application procedures and requirements, please contact Mrs. Rocio McFadden, Academic Personnel, at rocio.mcfadden@ucr.edu.