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Post-doctoral Scholar with Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR

Type of position 12-month
Employer Oregon State University
Location Corvallis, OR
Salary Stipend and benefits conform with postdoctoral scholar standards at OSU.
Benefits More information about postdoctoral scholar appointments at OSU can be found at http://gradschool.oregonstate.edu/postdocs. Health insurance for family members is available at
a reasonable cost. This position does not include retirement benefits.
Closing date of competition Recruitment will remain open until a suitable candidate is identified.
Date position available October 1, 2019
Description of duties

The successful candidate will contribute to development of integrated weed management in perennial horticultural crops in Oregon. Field trials involving integrated weed management approaches in conventional and organic production systems in Oregon will be conducted. The successful candidate will work collaboratively with other faculty across the state and participate in team-directed research efforts across integrated areas of emphasis that include weed management practices.

Duties and responsibilities include:

• conducting field and greenhouse-based research;

• conducting laboratory-based experiments including molecular weed biology, and laboratory


• organizing and analyzing data, writing, presenting research results in peer-reviewed journals and

extension publications;

• presenting results at Extension and scientific meetings;

• assisting with the supervision of graduate students; and

• other duties as assigned.

Decision Making

The incumbent will exercise significant independence in decisions related to the day-to-day work,

according to the policies and procedures of the Department of Horticulture, the College and the

University. Close collaboration with the Faculty Advisor in Corvallis is a strong expectation of the


Position Duties

60% Research and Scholarly Activities

Evaluate needs and design and implement applied research programs on key weeds that cause

economically significant damage to perennial horticultural crops including tree nuts, tree fruits, small

fruits, hops, winegrape, and ornamentals.

Develop tools to monitor damage to crop and tactics that minimize the risk of crop damage.

Optimize sustainable weed management practices for organic agriculture.

Analyze data, draw conclusions, write up results, publish and/or present at professional conferences or

submit intermediate and final reports according to funder reporting cycles.

Successfully complete and maintain appropriate lab safety and farm safety training and certifications.

20% Outreach and Engagement

Develop outreach and educational programs that inform and assist local, regional, national and

international producers in developing strategies to minimize damage to susceptible fruit.

15% Professional Development: Present at extension and scientific conferences relevant to the field

such as Western Society of Weed Sciences and workshops on research and teaching. Document

professional development to successfully transition to the next stage of an academic career.

5% Supervision

Plan, assign and approve daily duties for student workers.

Qualifications sought

Minimum Qualifications

Ph.D. in weed science/ecology, agronomy, or horticulture.

Experience managing field-based pest management research projects.

Must have or be able to obtain an Oregon Pesticide Applicator license within six months of the start

date and maintain it throughout employment.

Demonstrated communication, writing, and quantitative skills.

A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.

This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Criminal History Check and be determined to be position qualified as per OSU Standard 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in Youth Programs may have additional Criminal History Checks every 24 months.

This position requires driving a University vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the University; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Motor Vehicle History Check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver’s license in their state of residence, and self-report convictions (as per Voluntary and Compulsory Driver Standards OSU Standard 125-155-0200) as per OSU 576-056-0000 et seq.

Preferred Qualifications

Prior experience with weed management field studies.

Contact for additional information Marcelo Moretti @
Application procedure  
Submit what Applicants must send: (1) a cover letter describing academic experience, qualification and
interest in the position; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) List of professional references.
Submit to Application materials should be sent to Dr. Marcelo Moretti at marcelo.moretti@oregonstate.edu.
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