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Post Doctoral Researcher – Agroecology with Montana State University – Bozeman in Bozeman, MT

Type of position This is a 12-month, 100% research, non-tenure track, 1-year appointment, with opportunities for renewal depending upon satisfactory performance
Employer Montana State University – Bozeman
Description of Employer Founded in 1893 as a Land Grant University, Montana State University (MSU) is composed of eight academic colleges and a graduate school and boasts a friendly, supportive faculty and campus environment. Currently, the University hosts an enrollment of over 14,000 students, including approximately 1,900 graduate students. MSU is classified as one of 108 U.S. Research Universities (very high research activity) by the Carnegie Foundation.
Location Bozeman, MT
Description of Location MSU is located in Bozeman, Montana, an extended community of about 70,000 nestled in the Rocky Mountains in southwest Montana. In addition to providing access to an extraordinary ecosystem for teaching and research programs, Bozeman is renowned for year-round recreational and cultural opportunities to include access to world class ski areas, multiple blue ribbon trout streams and the Gallatin National Forest. Named an All American City, Bozeman boasts high-quality medical facilities, a very low crime rate, many fine restaurants, acclaimed public and private schools, a symphony orchestra and choir, an annual opera, and nationally known events such as the Sweet Pea Festival of the Arts held in early August of each year. Powder Magazine identified Bozeman, with “three distinctly different” major ski resorts within an hour’s drive, as the number one place to live and ski in its November 2010 Magazine. Bizjournals.com ranked Bozeman #2 on the list of American Dreamtowns – small towns that offer the best quality of life without metropolitan hassles. The K-12 educational system, growing reputation of Montana State University, and pristine natural environment of the area combine to make Bozeman one of America’s most desirable university towns. Bozeman is located in the beautiful Gallatin Valley, 90 miles north of Yellowstone National Park.
Salary Commensurate with experience and qualifications
Benefits Group medical, dental and optical insurance plan; TIAA/CREF, vacation and sick leave.
Closing date of competition Screening will continue until the position is filled and references will be requested prior to an interview.
Date position available Negotiable, preferred start date is 5/1/14
Description of duties JOB DESCRIPTION:
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.

Qualifications sought 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:

  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.

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

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

Application procedure
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Submit to
Fabián Menalled
Land Resources and Env. Sciences
(406) 994-4783
Additional Information ADA/EO/AA/Veteran’s Preference: 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. MSU makes accommodations 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 claim veteran’s preference or request accommodation, contact Human Resources/Affirmative Action, Montana Hall, MSU, Bozeman, MT 59717-2430; 406-994-2042 (TTD: 406-994-4191).
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