See below for details… opportunity to work on two interesting projects!

Julie Cotton, M.S.

Academic Specialist
Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems
Michigan State University
A264 Plant and Soil Science Building
East Lansing, MI 48824

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517-355-0271 ext. 1156


Post-Doctoral Researcher, Department of Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology (PSPP) and Land Resources and Environmental Sciences

Starting Date:  Negotiable, preferred start date is 5/1/14.

Salary:  Commensurate with experience and qualifications. Group medical, dental and optical insurance plan; TIAA/CREF, vacation and sick leave.

Duties & Responsibilities:
We seek a highly motivated candidate to coordinate a 3 year project that evaluates 1) the re-integration of crop and livestock production in organic cropping systems, and 2) the role of mite-transmitted wheat viruses in mediating crop-weed competitive interactions.  The successful candidate will be part of two multidisciplinary regional projects aimed at increasing our understanding of the ecological underpinnings of sustainable cropping systems in the Northern Great Plains.

The successful candidate will initiate and supervise field, greenhouse, and laboratory experiments.  Greenhouse and laboratory activities will include mechanical transmission of viruses, mite transmission of viruses, ELISA, PCR, and associated tasks.  Field duties include plot establishment and maintenance, and measurement of pathogen and plant variables.  Further duties include assisting in the supervision of graduate and undergraduate students, development of appropriate experiments, collection and analysis of data, interpretation of results, formulation of conclusions, and documentation in a final written form.
Required Qualifications:
1.            PhD in ecology, weed science, plant pathology, entomology or a related field.
2.            Strong statistical foundation and
3.            Excellent writing skills.
4.            A valid driver's license.

Preferred Qualifications may include any of the following:
1.            Ability to work in a multidisciplinary environment.
2.            Interest and knowledge in sustainable food production systems.
3.            Excellent verbal communication skills.

The successful candidate will also have the ability to multi-task and give careful attention to detail.

Application procedure: Please send as PDF files a brief letter of interest, a CV or resume, transcripts, and names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of three references to either:

Fabián Menalled
Land Resources and Env. Sciences
(406) 994-4783

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Mary Burrows
Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology
(406) 994-7612

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