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Research Faculty - Potato Variety Development Program

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Posting Details

Position Information

Position Title Research Faculty - Potato Variety Development Program
Location Aberdeen
Division/College Col of Agricultural & Life Sciences
Department Plant Sciences
Employee Category Faculty
Classification Group Title Research Faculty
Tenure Tracking Negotiable (must be justified)
Rank Negotiable (must be justified)
Interim/Term Appointment No
Multi-Year Contract (Non-Tenure Track) Not Applicable
Position Type Permanent
Pay Range Commensurate with Market and Experience
Type of Appointment Academic Year
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Internal Posting?
Position Summary

The University of Idaho invites applications for a faculty position in Plant Sciences to conduct potato variety development research at the Assistant or Associate rank with the possibility of tenure. This position is located at the Aberdeen Research and Extension Center. This is a 9-month tenure-track position with responsibilities allocated as 85% research, 10% outreach, and 5% service.

The successful applicant will have an appointment in the Department of Plant Sciences and will work in close collaboration with the USDA-ARS Potato Breeding and Genetics Program at the Aberdeen R&E Center as part of a successful potato variety development team. Excellent opportunities exist for collaboration with faculty in horticulture, plant breeding, plant physiology, plant pathology and plant molecular biology.


Job Duty Function Research:
Job Duties/Responsibilities

The successful applicant will develop an innovative, internationally recognized, externally funded, industry-responsive research program focused on developing and commercializing new potato varieties that will directly benefit all segments of the potato industry in Idaho and the Pacific Northwest.

The University of Idaho’s Potato Variety Development Program is part of the Northwest Potato Variety Development Program, which is a collaborative research effort with the USDA-ARS, Washington State University and Oregon State University.

Responsibilities include collaborating with university and USDA-ARS scientists, and industry personnel in multi-disciplinary research teams designed to develop improved potato varieties that will be successfully adopted by the processing and fresh-pack industries. The program also includes research activities designed to develop management guidelines that will facilitate industry adoption of new varieties. Specific research areas include assisting in early generation selections and conducting field trials to determine the agronomic performance of advanced clones, as well as nutritional, phytochemical, and processing and culinary quality characteristics. Additional research may include, but is not limited to determining agronomic and physiological responses of advanced potato clones to environmental conditions and cultural variables and other aspects of genotype-by-environment/management interactions. Research conducted by the candidate will directly contribute to crop improvement and enable increased utilization of valuable traits by the breeding program. The successful applicant will be required to secure extramural grant funding and participate in graduate student research.

Research will be published in refereed journals and public media and presented in industry conferences and professional research meetings.

Job Duty Function Outreach:
Job Duties/Responsibilities

Dissemination of research results to the potato industry.

Job Duty Function Service:
Job Duties/Responsibilities

Serve on department, college, and university committees as needed.


Minimum Qualifications

Required qualifications include a Ph.D. in agronomy, horticulture, crop science, plant physiology, plant science, or closely related field and training and experience in potato crop management.

Additionally, qualifications to meet tenure at the rank of associate professor in an academic unit with the College are also required if hired at that rank.

The successful applicant will demonstrate the ability to initiate, complete, publish and present research, collaborate effectively with colleagues and industry personnel, and must possess excellent written and verbal communication skills. Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team.

Preferred Qualifications

Demonstrated experience with potato physiology, pest management or variety development in team-based research programs.

Demonstrated experience working on an agronomically important crop, experience in potato production systems, successful grantsmanship, experience working in public-private collaborations.

Physical Requirements & Working Conditions

Posting Information

Posting Number F000653P
Posting Date 02/20/2018
Closing Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants

First consideration will be given to those who apply by April 1, 2018. The position will remain open until suitable applicant is identified.

Along with your on-line application, write a letter of qualification addressing how you meet both the minimum and preferred qualifications listed. Please also include a clear description of your research interests and teaching philosophy.

In addition, your application materials must include a CV, names and contact information for at least three (3) professional references, and unofficial transcripts.

Background Check Statement

Applicants who are selected as final possible candidates must be able to pass a criminal background check.

EEO Statement

The University of Idaho is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or any other reason prohibited under Federal, State, or local laws. EOE AA/M/F/D/V

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/CV
  2. List of References
  3. Letter of Qualification
  4. Transcripts
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