Job: Assistant Extension Professor – Plant Pathology

Job Mississippi State University Central Mississippi Research and Extension Center Raymond, MS

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: This is a 12-month, non-tenure position consisting of 100% Extension (MSU Extension Service) at the Central Mississippi Research and Extension Center in Raymond, MS, and an academic home in the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology, and Plant Pathology. The primary function of this position will be to conduct extension related educational activities and research in the areas of commercial vegetable, fruit and nut production and ornamental, fruit and vegetable greenhouse production, and/or related areas in the candidate’s area of expertise. Investigative efforts into vegetable, fruit, nut and ornamental disease is expected. The successful candidate will work closely with on-campus and off-campus plant pathologists, county extension personnel and scientists from other disciplines in reaching disease management objectives. Educational information will be shared with county extension personnel, agricultural consultants, industry personnel, and other interested clientele groups.

Minimum Qualifications: An earned doctorate in Plant Pathology, Plant Medicine/Health or other closely related field is required. A strong background in plant pathology with an emphasis on disease management practices is required. Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated grantsmanship and publication records. Candidates must be able to work in team environments, have excellent speaking and writing skills, and an ability to effectively deliver information to various use groups. Excellent communication and leadership skills are essential. Candidates must be supportive of the Land-Grant system and its mission of teaching, research, and extension. Candidates must also have a commitment to Mississippi State University’s core values of diversity, citizenship, leadership, and service.

Facility: The Central Mississippi Research and Extension Center is located in Raymond, MS, located 17 miles southwest of Jackson, MS. Website:
Expected date of employment: Review of applications to begin December 6, 2013. Open until filled.
Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Instructions for Applying: Please apply online at

Position Announcement – Plant Pathology

Job: Filamentous Fungal Biologist at Michigan State University

FUNGAL BIOLOGIST– DEPARTMENT OF PLANT, SOIL, AND MICROBIAL SCIENCES, MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY POSITION: The Department of Plant, Soil, and Microbial Sciences at Michigan State University invites applications for a 9-month, tenure track Assistant Professor position in filamentous fungal biology. The successful candidate will have research (80%) and teaching (20%) responsibilities, consistent with the missions of the appointment. This position is part of multiple hires over the next 2-3 years, including soil biology.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Research: The incumbent will establish a competitive, broad research portfolio focused on plant-associated filamentous fungi genetics/genomics supported by national competitive funding. The incumbent will use state-of-the-art technologies to explore questions in pathogenesis, plant interactions, development, diversity, evolution, metabolism, or ecology. Teaching: The successful candidate will have a strong commitment to teaching, and will establish a graduate level course in mycology, with the potential to develop an additional course in his/her specific area of expertise. Mentoring graduate, undergraduate, and postdoctoral researchers is expected.

POSITION QUALIFICATIONS: A doctoral degree is required, with a preference for plant pathology, genetics, mycology or related disciplines. Expertise in phylogenetics is desirable. Postdoctoral experience is preferred. Additional qualifications include a proven ability to synthesize and conduct cutting-edge research in the biological sciences, grantsmanship, strong writing skills, and a demonstrated ability to teach and mentor.

Qualified applicants should submit a letter of application, a CV, a statement of future research objectives, a description of teaching philosophy, and contact information for three references. Applicants may apply for this position via the link at, (posting #8384). Questions can be directed to Dr. Brad Day, Chair of the Search Committee, ( Review of applications will begin November 15, 2013.

The newly formed Department of Plant, Soil, and Microbial Sciences, which includes the former Departments of Plant Pathology and Crop and Soil Sciences, is an internationally recognized department of more than 50 faculty members, with diverse interests spanning applied and fundamental research. With more than 150 plant science faculty at MSU – including vast expertise in plant-microbe interactions – collaborative opportunities in the areas of genetics, genomics, biochemistry, plant pathology, soil and microbial ecology, and food science exist. Additionally, adjunct appointments in university-level graduate programs, and access to diverse research support are available. MSU is an affirmative action, equal-opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce and inclusive culture that encourages all people to reach their full potential. The University actively encourages applications from women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.

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Mary Berbee’s MSA outgoing presidential note

Mary Berbee has a lovely tribute to the spirit of the Fungal Genetics community in her last President’s column for the MSA newsletter Inoculum. She mentions the great joy she got in the insight from people like Bob Metzenberg and their engagement with the community. I would also equally mention David Perkins as someone who saw the success of the community as being the same as his own success and worked hard to help others use Neurospora in their own work.

I quote her parting thanks which I think speak well for what we can all aspire for in being participants in the scientific endeavor. So remember – ask questions ! – curious and insightful thoughts benefit us all.

Thanks to everyone who:
Asks questions in meetings, especially if the questions help make us all participants in shared and exciting scientific discovery.

Puts their sequences in GenBank, their strains in
culture collections and sends all of the above to
colleagues on demand whenever possible; and
writeslettersin support of these and other kinds of
science infrastructure. Once lost, the damage to
these resources cannot be undone.

Submits a timely, kind and incisive review of a
paper or grant that highlights the importance in the
work and encourages more and better of the same.

Helps a student or colleague do the best research of
their lives, by sharing ideas and encouraging creativity.
Makes our discipline an exciting home by writing
important papers for a broad audience.

Applies care, thought and enthusiasm in the many
volunteer roles that make our journal, our meetings
and our society work as well as they do.

I hope we continue to honor those who are working hard for the good of their respective scientific communities, even before they reach retirement and beyond. So thanks to Mary and the MSA leadership as well those of other societies which keep the field moving forward. I know I don’t take it for granted the work that these volunteers do.