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Post Doctoral Associate – West Lafayette – Horticulture and Landscape Architecture with Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN

Type of position salaried, full-time position (4-year grant)
Employer Purdue University
Location West Lafayette, IN
Salary commensurate with experience
Closing date of competition December 21, 2018
Date position available 2019 (start date flexible, early 2019 preferred)
Description of duties

Purdue University is seeking a self-motivated individual to coordinate project activities associated with turf weed science research under the direction of Dr. Aaron Patton. The selected individual will work cooperatively with other staff to design and implement turfgrass and weed control research conducted in Horticulture greenhouses, the William H. Daniel Turfgrass Research and Diagnostic Center, and off-campus locations. The individual will lead efforts on a newly funded USDA-NIFA project “Research and Extension to Address the Herbicide Resistance Epidemic in Annual Bluegrass in Managed Turf Systems” and also contribute to ongoing projects on Digitaria spp., Plantago spp., Poa spp., and Taraxacum officinale. Duties will include field and greenhouse plot preparation, planting, general maintenance, nutrient and pesticide applications, data collection and entry, harvesting, and data analysis for research projects. The individual will communicate with collaborators at other institutions and organizations for coordination of project-wide goals, and contribute to project reporting. The position is expected to contribute to grant writing and publish research in peer-reviewed journals. Laboratory experience is required. The individual will also have the opportunity to present at seminars, conferences, and workshops and develop materials for extension education programs.

Essential Functions

50% – Lead field and greenhouse turf weed science research including duties such as plot preparation, planting, general maintenance, nutrient and pesticide applications, data collection and entry, harvesting, and data analysis and summarization for research projects.

20% – Assist with the implementation of regional seminars and workshops and for providing assistance in the development of materials for extension education programs.

15% – Assist in applying for research grants and writing peer-reviewed journal articles.

10% – Communicate with collaborators at other institutions and organizations for coordination of project-wide goals, and contribute to project reporting.

5% – Train and supervise undergraduate and graduate students in field work, maintenance, and data collection and entry.

Qualifications sought

Education: Ph.D. in Agronomy, Horticulture, Plant Pathology, Plant Science, Turf Science, Weed Science, or related field

Experience: Three years experience in a turfgrass or weed science research program. The candidate must possess excellent oral and written communication skills and demonstrated collaborative Extension and research skills.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Certifications:

  • Computer and cloud computing skills, particularly experience with word processing and presentation software are essential as well as an ability to organize electronic files.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills as well as interpersonal skills.
  • Prior applied turfgrass management and weed science knowledge is highly desirable.
  • Driven individual with a demonstrated capacity for leadership and teamwork and the capability to solve problems creatively.
  • Excellent organizational and record keeping skills with high attention to detail.
  • Ability to work autonomously and understand safety and standard operating procedures.
  • Academic training and/or professional experience relevant to position responsibilities.
  • Knowledge of basic educational methods and the ability to effectively communicate/teach program specific material.
  • Ability to work with diverse audiences and stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated command of the written English language, including grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • In-state travel and overnight stays (approximately 5 nights/year) required with opportunities to travel regionally and nationally to conferences.
Contact for additional information Dr. Aaron Patton
Email: ajpatton@purdue.edu, Phone: 1-765-494-9737
Application procedure  
Submit what Interested individuals should send a cover letter indicating their interest in the position and a curriculum vitae.
Submit to All application material should be sent electronically as .pdf files to:
Dr. Aaron Patton, Department of Horticulture & Landscape Architecture, Purdue University

625 Agriculture Mall Drive, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2010

Email: ajpatton@purdue.edu, Phone: 1-765-494-9737

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