Be part of an interdisciplinary team focused on analysis and detection of insect vectors and insect-borne pathogens of vegetable and seed crops in the Pacific Northwest USA.
Crops throughout this region are threatened by vector-borne pathogens transmitted by aphids, leafhoppers, and psyllids (among others). Many of these insect pests use both crop and non-crop hosts in the landscape, and transmission of pathogens depends on movement within and between different habitat patches. However, we currently have only limited understanding of inset feeding behavior and host use.
The postdoctoral associate will work within the broader team to evaluate the sources of vector-borne pathogens into crops by conducting molecular ‘gut-content analysis’ of insect vectors to assess host use. In addition, the postdoc will be given considerable flexibility to develop additional lines of inquiry based on their own expertise, particularly in the realm of molecular plant-insect-pathogen interactions.
The position will involve collaborative research with a broad team of researchers in Washington and Oregon and will involve both field and laboratory research. Given the need for a person to conduct laboratory work, unfortunately we cannot accept applications from postdocs who wish to work remotely, although we understand the challenges of moving in the current climate.
Salary for the position will be $48,500 per year. The position offers full benefits including health insurance, life insurance, and retirement benefits. Salary support has been obtained for at least two years, with the possibility of extension for multiple additional years pending successful performance evaluations and continued availability of funding.
To apply: Please send a cover letter detailing interest in the position, a current CV, and a list of 3 professional references to Dave Crowder (firstname.lastname@example.org). Applications will be reviewed as they are received as they are received.
Anticipated Start Date: Position available immediately, and ideally someone in place no later tan 1/1/2021.
Required qualifications: PhD in Plant Pathology, Molecular Biology, Entomology, or related scientific fields obtained within 5 years of the start date. Strong demonstrated background in molecular biology and/or insect vector biology.