Job Summary

Official Job Title :
Extension Plant Pathologist
University or Organization :
Montana State University Extension
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Application Deadline :
None Stated
Descriptive Job Title :
Extension Plant Pathologist
Keywords separated by commas :
Pathologist, extension
Location :
Bozeman, MT
Area, Department or Unit :
Plant Sciences
Full/Part Time :
Full Time
Salary :
Start Date:
None Stated
General StatementThis is a full-time renewable fiscal year contract; 60% Extension: 40% research.We seek individuals who work professionally and effectively with diverse individuals, possess effective interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills and have the ability to contribute positively to the academic success of the students and the mission of Montana State University.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.Duties and ResponsibilitiesThe Department seeks an individual who will: a) Develop an outstanding extension education program covering disease management strategies for row crops. The extension education program should be supportive of county agents and address needs of growers, agricultural professionals, agribusiness, trade associations, and the various commodity groups associated with crop responsibilities; b) Develop an applied research program that is innovative and relevant to stakeholder needs and extension responsibilities; and c) Participate in the state Integrated Pest Management program.Required Qualifications Experience, Education, Knowledge & SkillsDoctor of Philosophy degree in Plant Pathology or closely related field.Demonstrated interest in outreach activities.A record of peer reviewed publications.Preferred Qualifications Experience, Education, Knowledge & SkillsExtension, research, and instructional experience in plant disease management.Ability to produce and assimilate research-based information for pest management recommendations.Evidence of productive interactions with industry, agencies, and academic groups.Evidence of participation in externally funded collaborative extension and/or research activities.Ability to develop innovative programs leading to increased County Extension Agent capacity in plant disease management.Evidence of potential for successful mentoring of graduate students.Experience in crop production systems.The Successful Candidate WillBe a dynamic extension educator and scientist who will (i) help MSU continue to provide outstanding extension, research, teaching, and service; (ii) have strong interpersonal skills including the ability to collaborate successfully with extension and research scientists and educators from MSUs Extension and MAES faculty, and effectively interface with growers, stakeholders, and students; (iii) have excellent written and oral communications skills; and (iv) work cooperatively with people of diverse backgrounds.Position Special Requirements/Additional InformationThis 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 Universitys rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.Physical DemandsTo 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.The ProgramThe DepartmentThe Department of Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology has 28 tenure track faculty including plant pathologists, plant breeders, plant physiologists, horticulturalists, entomologists, cereal chemists, and plant molecular biologists. The Department has state-of-the-art laboratory and plant growth facilities. Field research facilities are available both on campus and at 7 MAES Research Centers located strategically throughout the state. The Department offers both MS and Ph.D degrees in Plant Pathology and Plant Science. There are currently 35 graduate students and 150 undergraduate majors in the Department.The CollegeFounded in 1893 as a Land Grant University, Montana State University (MSU) is composed of nine academic colleges and a graduate school and boasts a friendly, supportive faculty and campus environment. Currently, the University hosts an enrollment of over 16,000 students, including approximately 2,000 graduate students. MSU is classified as one of 107 U.S. Research Universities (very high research activity) by the Carnegie Foundation.MSU is located in Bozeman, Montana, an extended community of about 70,000 nestled in the Rocky Mountains in Southwest Montana. In addition to providing access to an extraordinary ecosystem for teaching and research programs, Bozeman is renowned for year-round recreational and cultural opportunities to include access to world class ski areas, multiple blue ribbon trout streams and the Gallatin National Forest. The Bozeman-Yellowstone International Airport is served by several major airlines and is the busiest airport in the state.Named an All American City, Bozeman boasts high-quality medical facilities, a very low crime rate, many fine restaurants, acclaimed public and private schools, a symphony orchestra and choir, an annual opera, and nationally known events such as the Sweet Pea Festival of the Arts held in early August of each year. Bozeman is listed as one of National Geographics Worlds 25 Best Ski Towns. ranked Bozeman #2 on the list of American Dreamtowns small towns that offer the best quality of life without metropolitan hassles. The K-12 educational system, growing reputation of Montana State University, and pristine natural environment of the area combine to make Bozeman one of Americas most desirable university towns. Bozeman is located in the beautiful Gallatin Valley, 90 miles north of Yellowstone National Park.
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Applications will be:Screening of applications will begin on April 1, 2020; however, applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.Special InstructionsPlease note for this position Five (5) references have been requested.Diversity StatementMontana 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 Universitys 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 applicants ability to compete in the hiring process or an employees 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; .In compliance with the Montana Veterans Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veterans preference please complete the veterans preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.MSUs Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: .
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Ph.D. degree in Plant Pathology or closely related field.
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Extensive travel throughout the state, occasional national travel
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