The Winifred Asbjornson Plant Sciences Chair will develop a competitive research program that will use modern techniques in plant molecular biology and genomics to address problems that pose the greatest economic threats in cereal production agriculture in Montana. The Chair will have an advisory council made up of representatives from Montana’s crop production industry and will actively collaborate with agronomists, breeders, entomologists, and plant pathologists to address the challenges of greatest economic significance. Current examples of issues of economic importance include herbicide resistance in economically important weeds, resistance to wheat stem sawfly and heat stress in cereals. Future examples may include control of orange wheat blossom midge and other cereal pests, the role of micronutrients in cereal health, nitrogen management in low pH soils, and improvements in winter-hardiness of fall-seeded rotational crops. The Chair will contribute to undergraduate and graduate courses and advising in plant molecular genetics or metabolomics, genetics/breeding and/or other areas of interest. He/she will provide appropriate public, departmental and university service.
PhD in Plant Science or related field.
Demonstrate potential for tenure in the Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology Department at MSU.
Demonstrated excellence conducting research and publishing in refereed journals.
Demonstrated ability to secure extramural funding.
Research and teaching in molecular genetics and/or metabolomic analyses relevant to crop improvement.
Demonstrated excellence in teaching.
Experience working with cereal crops.
Successful collaboration in research and teaching.
Post-doctoral experience and demonstrated productivity in basic and applied biological research using plants.
Experience in trait, mechanism, or gene discovery and high technology areas including systems biology and/or high throughput screening methods.
Demonstrated application of research methods and technology to promote sustainable crop production.
Internal Number: FAC - VA - 20038
The Department of Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology at Montana State University-Bozeman has three missions: (i) science-based undergraduate, graduate, and Extension education, (ii) research/creative activity, and (iii) outreach/service. Departmental programs develop and promote an understanding of the biology of plants and associated microbes from the molecular to the population level, and of the processes and interactions involved in plant-based biological systems. These programs include the investigation of plant and fungal structure, function, genetics and adaptation; the development and dissemination of management principles relating to the control of plant diseases; the production of food, fiber and ornamental plants; and the efficacious and aesthetic use of plants in the environment. Primary emphasis is placed upon the study of crop and ornamental plants and plant pathogenic and other associated microbes of importance to the state, nation and world.