Assistant Professor: Plant microbiome

The Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University invites applications for a 9-month tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of the plant microbiome. We seek a creative individual to develop a high impact externally funded research program that focuses on the plant microbiome and plant-microbe interactions, especially related to the interactive effects of the plant microbiome on root development, plant function and signaling, and the concomitant effects of the plant on the plant microbiome.  Development of novel approaches to understand and monitor the roles of the plant microbiome in collaboration with plant biologists, physiologists and breeders to enhance water stress tolerance and pathogen resistance while increasing yield is preferred.   Teaching responsibilities will include graduate and undergraduate courses in Plant Pathology and Bioenvironmental Sciences, respectively.  Good citizenship includes service on departmental, university, and national committees. Work with a diverse group of students and colleagues and contribute to the diversity efforts of the university.   Demonstrate a commitment to the fundamental principles of academic freedom, equality of opportunity and human dignity.  Encourage a climate that values and nurtures collegiality, diversity, pluralism and the uniqueness of the individual.

The position is located in an outstanding Department within a highly collaborative college and university. The Department has a dynamic graduate program in plant pathology and plant-microbe interactions, and the largest undergraduate program in the nation focused on Bioenvironmental Sciences. The department will be moving into a new building dedicated to plant pathology and microbiology in 2019.

Qualifications:  A Ph.D. in plant pathology or a related discipline is required.  The candidate must demonstrate the ability to work both independently and cooperatively with other faculty both on- and off-campus.  Excellent oral and written communication skills and evidence of scholarly publications are essential.

Application Process:  Applicant should prepare a letter of application reflecting research and teaching interests and qualifications, a current curriculum vitae, a copy of complete transcripts, and the contact information for three references.  All applications must be loaded into Greatjobs (https://greatjobs.tamu.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=194411) (Job #10637). The Texas A&M System is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity.  For any questions, please contact either Dr. Won-Bo Shim, Plant Pathology and Microbiology, Texas A&M University, 2132 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843-2132. (979-845-8261) (wbshim@tamu.edu) or Dr. Leland (Sandy) Pierson (979-845-8288)(lspierson@tamu.edu).

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