Position Summary

Salary and Other Benefits


Position Description

General Statement
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.

This is a full-time, tenure track renewable fiscal year contract; 60% Extension: 40% research.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Department seeks an individual who will:
Develop an outstanding extension education program covering disease management strategies for seed potatoes, sugarbeets, and other crops of agricultural importance in Montana. 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;
Develop an applied research program that is innovative and relevant to stakeholder needs and extension responsibilities;
Manage Montana State University’s Schutter Diagnostic Laboratory and assume responsibilities for Montana’s participation in the National Plant Diagnostic Network; and
Participate in the state Integrated Pest Management program.

Required Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy degree in Plant Pathology or closely related field. Demonstrated interest in outreach activities. A record of peer reviewed publications.

Preferred Qualifications

Extension, research, and instructional experience in plant disease diagnostics and 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.

Other Requirements

The Successful Candidate Will Be a dynamic extension educator and scientist who will: Help MSU continue to provide outstanding extension, research, teaching, and service; Have strong interpersonal skills including the ability to collaborate successfully with extension and research scientists and educators from MSU’s Extension and MAES faculty, and effectively interface with growers, stakeholders, and students; Utilize excellent written and oral communications skills; Work cooperatively with people of diverse backgrounds.

Travel Requirements

Travel throughout the state

Driver’s license or alternate transportation required?


Contact Name

Mike Giroux

Contact Email


Contact Phone


Application Instructions

Apply online at msuextension.org, click on "careers."

Equal Employer Statement(s)

Equal Opportunity Employer, Veterans/Disabled.

About Montana State University Extension

Extension work at MSU is defined as, the creation of partnerships, programs, and plans through Extension, or other community-based research, that leverage the knowledge and resources of the university and the public/private sector to enhance learning, discovery, and engagement; educate and engage citizens; strengthen communities; address locally identified issues and problems; apply and disseminate knowledge; and contribute to the public good.