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. 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. 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 (http://greatjobs.tamu.edu). 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. (Tel 979-845-8261) (wbshim@tamu.edu) or Dr. Leland (Sandy) Pierson (Tel 979-845-8288)(lspierson@tamu,edu).

Assistant Professor (75% research and 25% teaching appointment)

Penn State University seeks candidates interested in conducting research to understand the distribution, composition, diversity, and functional impact of microbial communities in soil-plant habitats. We seek individuals with diverse interests in soil microbiomes and in teaching related courses. A successful applicant will have a Ph.D. in a relevant scientific field and be capable of: 1) A documented track-record of experience with soil microbiome or environmental sample analyses with high-dimensional data from metagenomics, metatranscriptomics, metabolomics investigations; 2) Developing a strong, independent research program by securing extramural support and training graduate students; 3) Engaging in the highly collaborative Penn State research environment; 4) Teaching undergraduate and graduate courses supporting soil science and related fields. The Department of Ecosystem Science and Management houses the soil science program within a broader interdisciplinary unit. We seek a colleague who will contribute to continuing excellence in our soils research and training programs, mentor students in Soil Science, in Intercollege Graduate Degree Programs in Ecology, Bioinformatics and Genomics and in Dual-Title doctoral programs. The incumbent will have the opportunity to interact with other scientists in the Huck Institutes Center for Microbiome Research, the Institutes of Energy and the Environment, and the Institute for CyberScience, as well as have access to state-of-the-art core research facilities including in genomics, metabolomics, and research computing, amongst others. Penn State encourages applications from members of these groups. Penn State is responsive to the needs of dual career couples. All Penn State faculty are expected to comply with relevant policies, maintain high ethical standards, and participate in professional service and/or outreach. The ability to engage with a diverse population of faculty, staff, and students at Departmental, College, and University levels is an important aspect of this academic appointment. Central Pennsylvania offers thriving communities with a reasonable cost of living, excellent schools and health care systems and numerous recreational, arts and entertainment opportunities. The area offers beautiful mountains, streams and parks, as well as superb sports and recreational opportunities. State College and the surrounding communities are home to approximately 100,000 people, including over 45,000 students. Applicant should submit cover letter, current CV, statement of research interests, statement of teaching philosophy, transcripts of undergraduate and graduate degrees and names and contact information for three individuals who can provide references. All applications must be loaded into https://psu.jobs/job/80110.


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