A Post-Doctoral Research Associate is sought to contribute to research of the boxwood blight pathosystem. The incumbent will: (1) Design and validate an isothermal molecular diagnostic assay for the boxwood blight fungus Calonectria pseudonaviculata; and (2) Utilize comparative RAD-Seq genome datasets to analyze genetic diversity across a global C. pseudonaviculata sample; and (3) Contribute to the training of student interns. The incumbent will be part of a multistate collaborative research initiative aimed at mitigating the effect of boxwood blight disease in the U.S.
The position will be physically located on the campus of the USDA-ARS Henry A. Wallace Beltsville Agricultural Research Complex in Beltsville, MD, the world’s largest and most diverse agricultural research center, located just 16 miles north of the U.S. capitol city of Washington, DC.
*Qualifications* Ph.D. in plant pathology, mycology, evolutionary biology or related field is required. Candidates must be willing to take a leading role in mentoring student interns, and interacting with other team members working on various components of boxwood blight research efforts. Demonstrated ability to conduct experiments independently, produce quality research output, a strong publication record and excellent verbal communication skills are required.
*Terms of Appointment* Salary is $50,000 per anuum, plus Rutgers University benefits. Funds are guaranteed for one year. An additional year is contigent on performance and funding. Position is available starting immediately, and review of applications will continue until a suitable candidate is found.
Email curriculum vitae, a brief description of research interests and career goals and contact information for three reference to:
Brad Hillman (hillman[AT]aesop.rutgers.edu) & Jo Anne Crouch (joanne.crouch[AT]ars.usda.gov).
Rutgers University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action educator and employer. Applications from women and minorities are encouraged.