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Postdoctoral Associate, Hampton Roads AREC

Position Information

Position Information:

Working Title: Postdoctoral Associate, Hampton Roads AREC
Faculty Rank: Postdoctoral Associate
Posting Number: SR0160244
About Virginia Tech:

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Position Summary:

Virginia Tech is inviting applications for two Postdoctoral Associate positions in the Integrative Plant Pathology Lab at the Hampton Roads Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Virginia Beach, VA. The selectees will be part of a research team that strives to understand the biology and epidemiology of boxwood blight caused by Calonectria pseudonaviculata (Cps) and produce science-based sustainable solutions to this emerging disease of national significance. Proposed research priorities include: (i) pathogen biology: soil population dynamics in the context of microbial communities, virulence specialization and variations among Cps populations from different host plants, responses to fertilization and plant physiology; (ii) integrative biology: vector transmission, interactions with Volutella buxi and other microbes; and (iii) disease mitigation innovations: alternative and cover crops, biocontrol, network analysis of Cps interstate and global movement, and its survival at sites of accidental introduction. Each selectee is expected to take on a few of the above research projects in her/his areas of interest and specialty. They will have opportunities to interact with scientists at Cornell University, North Carolina State University, Oregon State University, USDA-ARS, and other collaborating institutions of this multistate project.
These positions are available immediately with a 1-year initial contract and possible extension subject to individual’s performance and available funding. Salary is commensurate with experience plus a very competitive health and retirement benefits package.

Required Qualifications:

A PhD in plant pathology, microbiology, or a closely related discipline and effective communication skills including the ability to write research reports and publish in refereed journals are required.
Must have an earned PhD no more than 4 years with a minimum of 1 year eligibility left.

Preferred Qualifications:

Knowledge and skills in epidemiology, microbial ecology and/or molecular biology are desirable.

Employment Conditions: Must have a criminal background check, Must have a driver's license check, Must have an acceptable and safe driving record
Must have a conviction check: Yes
Describe Other:

This position may require travel.

Employment Comments:

This is a pooled position.
This position is also to be posted at APSnet job placement.

How to Apply for this Job:

A complete application packet should include, electronic online application, a cover letter, resume including a list of refereed publications, college and graduate transcripts, and the names and addresses of three references. The complete application must be submitted online at to posting #SR0160244.

Inquiries should be directed to Dr. Chuanxue Hong, Virginia Tech, 1444 Diamond Springs Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23455, Phone: 757-363-3908, Fax: 757-363-3950, email: Review of applications will begin on March 17, 2017. Virginia Tech is an equal opportunity employer/affirmative action institution

Employee Category: Research Faculty
Appointment Type: Restricted
If restricted or temporary, enter end date: 03/31/18
FLSA Status: Exempt: Not eligible for overtime
Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track
Academic Year or Calendar Year: Calendar Year
Percent Employment: Full-time
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Pay Band
Pay Range: Commensurate with Experience
Department: Hampton Roads AREC
Location: Other - Virginia
Location, if not Blacksburg: Virginia Beach, VA
Location Zip Code: 23455
Job Posting Date: 03/15/2017
Review Begin Date: 03/29/2017
Job Close Date(if applicable):
Restricted to university employees only? No
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement:

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by law.

For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Accessibility at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

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Required Documents

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  1. Resume/Curriculum Vita
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
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