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Montana State University Plant Pathologist, Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology Faculty in Bozeman, Montana

Position Details

Position Information

Announcement Number FAC - VA - 22104

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Dr. Michelle Flenniken, Search Committee Chair

Associate Professor, Plant Science and Plant Pathology


Irene Decker

Administrative Associate, Plant Science and Plant Pathology


Classification Title

Working Title Plant Pathologist, Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology Faculty

Brief Position Overview

Faculty Tenure Track Yes

Faculty Rank Assistant/Associate Professor

Position Number 4A3563

Department Plant Sciences

Division College of Agriculture/MAES

Appointment Type Faculty

Contract Term Academic Year


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Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining

FTE 1.0 (60% research, 30% teaching, and 10% service)

Benefits Eligible Eligible

Salary Salary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications

Contract Type MUS

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Recruitment Type Open

Position Details

General Statement

We seek individuals who work professionally and effectively with diverse individuals, possess effective interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills and have the ability to contribute positively to the academic success of the students and the mission of Montana State University.

Duties and Responsibilities

We seek a dynamic and visionary scientist investigating important topics in plant pathology for a 9-month academic year tenure-track faculty position in the Department of Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology at Montana State University. The successful candidate will work both independently and collaboratively, and will use innovative and interdisciplinary approaches in studies that span from the cellular and molecular levels to the greenhouse and field. The successful candidate will develop a strong national and international research program, create and disseminate new knowledge to advance agriculture, and promote environmental stewardship at local, national, and international scales. Expectations for scholarship include receipt of extramural funding, publication in refereed journals, and presentation at scientific conferences. Teaching responsibilities will include both undergraduate and graduate courses based on the candidate’s expertise relevant to plant sciences and plant pathology with a departmental preference for needed undergraduate and/or graduate courses in epidemiology and field plant pathology (i.e., at least two 3-credit courses annually). The successful candidate will advise undergraduate and graduate students in academic and research activities. Depending on area of expertise, the candidate will also provide support to growers, crop advisors and other stakeholders in implementing best agricultural practices. The candidate will provide appropriate public, departmental, and university service.­

Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • PhD in Plant Pathology, Virology, Microbiology, Plant Science, or related field.

  • Post-doctoral experience and demonstrated productivity in basic and/or applied biological research relevant to plant pathology, virology, plant biology, or related field.

  • Demonstrated potential for tenure in the Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology Department at MSU .

  • Demonstrated ability to conduct and publish high-quality and original research, as indicated by publications in peer-reviewed journals.

  • Potential to establish or evidence of having established an externally funded, competitive, and independent research program.

  • Demonstrated potential for excellence in undergraduate and/or graduate instruction and mentoring in chosen field of study.

  • Excellence in written and oral communications.

    Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Success in obtaining external research grants.

  • Post-doctoral experience and demonstrated productivity in basic and/or applied biological research relevant to plant pathology, virology, plant biology or related field.

  • Research interests that complement and/or expand on current research programs.

  • A research program that addresses topics important to Montana agriculture.

  • A research program that utilizes innovative, cutting-edge techniques and approaches (e.g., large data sets, advanced molecular and/or imaging techniques).

  • Demonstrated application of research methods and technology to investigate agriculturally important research topics, including those that address MSU’s Grand Challenges (

  • Experience in teaching and mentoring.

  • Demonstrated potential or ability to work collaboratively in interdisciplinary teams.

  • Potential to foster and support diversity, inclusivity, and equity.

    The Successful Candidate Will

  • Have an appreciation of diverse constituencies and add intellectual diversity to the department.

  • Be a dynamic and visionary scientist and educator who will advance MSU’s goals of outstanding research, teaching, and service. \

  • Demonstrate the ability to establish an externally funded, competitive, and independent research program.

  • Teach undergraduate and graduate courses relevant to plant sciences and plant pathology and demonstrate the ability to establish excellence in undergraduate and graduate instruction and mentoring.

  • Exhibit excellence in writing skills as evidenced by peer reviewed publications and/or awarded grants, and exceptional speaking/teaching skills as evidenced by national and/or international oral presentations and teaching experience.

  • Have effective interpersonal skills including the abilities to respect and foster diversity and collaborate successfully with diverse groups.

  • Add intellectual diversity to the department and campus.

  • Share research results with their scientific community, regional producers, relevant industry members, and Extension Faculty.

    Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

The Program

The Department

The Department of Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology has 29 tenured/tenure-track faculty, with major emphases on plant genetics and plant pathology. The PSPP department is a team of scientists and educators passionate about plants, their associated organisms, and environments. We strive to create and disseminate new knowledge to advance an understanding of fundamental questions in plant sciences and plant pathology and applied aspects of agriculture, horticulture, and the designed landscape, based on community-driven needs and promote environmental stewardship at local, national, and international scales. We provide a robust and future-oriented education to a highly motivated, critical-thinking, and diverse student body that equips them to succeed. The faculty includes plant breeders, plant physiologists, horticulturists, entomologists, plant pathologists, and virologists. The departmental research focus on plant genetics and plant pathology provides excellent opportunities for collaboration. The Department and University have state-of-the-art facilities for electron microscopy, mass spectrometry, and excellent plant growth facilities. Field research facilities are available both near campus and at seven Research Centers located strategically throughout the state. The Department offers both MS and PhD degrees in Plant Pathology and Plant Science.

The College

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies 1

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Position End Date (if temporary)

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Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on August 15, 2022; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions

To apply, submit all of the following:

(1) a letter of application addressing all the above required and preferred qualifications

(2) a current curriculum vita

(3) a letter listing the courses or course topics you would be interested in teaching and describing your teaching philosophy that will be applied to the design and execution of classes, and the mentorship of undergraduate and graduate students

(4) a letter describing a research direction that both aligns with the position description and with MSU’s grand challenges (

Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples ( .

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, gender, age, political beliefs, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation or preference. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; .

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

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