Asst/Assoc Professor; Director Clean Plant Center NW - Washington State University in Prosser Washington

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Washington State University

Prosser, Washington


United States
(122000)

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Detailed Job Description

Responsibilities will include oversight of all functions of the CPCNW, including program management, diagnosis of pathogens in perennial plants, generation or identification of virus-free plants and their amplification, maintenance and distribution to stakeholders. The Director will also generate and manage funds to operate the CPCNW which will include state and federal grants as well as leveraging funding support from industry stakeholders. The Director will conduct research on viral diseases, particularly research involving characterization and management of viral diseases and development and application of emerging diagnostic techniques. The Director is expected to proactively participate in extension and outreach programs of the CPCNW benefiting stakeholders and the general public. The CPCNW has initiated strategic planning to improve alignment with industry needs, develop annual performance indicators, prioritize research needs that support CPCNW activities and update management practices and staffing plans. The Director will provide leadership in articulating and implementing new directions for the CPCNW within the framework of highly collaborative partnerships between the university, federal and stakeholder organizations. Initially, effort of the Director is anticipated to be approximately 60% for program management and 40% for research.

Required Qualifications

Earned Ph.D. in Plant Pathology or a closely related field at the time of hire;
Demonstrated expertise in conducting research on diagnosis and management of viruses and other sub-viral plant pathogens

Preferred Qualifications

Leadership abilities, particularly in organizational, people and fiscal management;
Evidence of research productivity (publication of high quality, peer-reviewed journal articles);
Excellent interpersonal and communication (oral, written and electronic) skills in articulating and implementing a strategic vision and assess the impacts of generated outcomes;
Successful engagement in and commitment to the recruitment, retention, development, and enrichment of a diverse personnel;
Internationally recognized, extramurally funded research activity with disciplinary leadership complementary to existing departmental and college strengths;
Ability to develop an effective research (and extension) programs;
Demonstrated familiarity with quarantine and certification concepts and practices; and
Knowledge in plant propagation techniques and methods of generating virus-free plants

Monthly Salary

Competitive, commensurate with qualifications and experience

Additional Information

TITLE:
■ Assistant/Associate Professor and Director, Clean Plant Center Northwest

■ 12-month, full-time, permanent, tenure-track Faculty position

LOCATION:
■ Washington State University—Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center (IAREC) Prosser, Washington

SALARY:
■ Competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience

START:
■ January 4, 2016; negotiable

THE OPPORTUNITY:
The College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) at Washington State University seeks a dynamic, motivated, problem-solving leader to join an extraordinary team as Director for the Clean Plant Center Northwest (CPCNW). Applications are invited for a full-time, 12-month tenure-track position in Prosser, Washington, to begin January 4, 2016, or as negotiated. The successful applicant will manage and continue to build a globally-recognized and regionally-relevant program focused on management of diseases caused by viruses and virus-like agents that affect vegetatively propagated perennial crops including fruit trees, grapevines and hop plants. The CPCNW utilizes a variety of complementary methods for the diagnosis of viruses and other sub-cellular pathogens to provide clean plant services for fruit trees, grapes and hops. Its research strives to find better, faster and cheaper avenues to test for and eliminate viruses and other sub-cellular pathogens in propagation material, and effective means to manage virus and virus-like diseases once they appear. The facility generates pathogen-free plants of specific varieties when none are available, safeguards strategically important clean planting stock and distributes the generated clean planting stocks for nurseries, growers and other stakeholders.

The position will be located at the WSU-IAREC, in Prosser, Washington (http://ext100.wsu.edu/prosser/). WSU-IAREC is the focal point for the University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS), and the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) research, extension, and plant certification programs that address the concerns of irrigated agriculture. The tenure unit for this position is the WSU Department of Plant Pathology. The CPCNW and the Director are evaluated annually by the Chair of Plant Pathology and the Director of the Agricultural Research Center.

THE CLEAN PLANT CENTER NORTHWEST (CPCNW):
The CPCNW is a collaborative effort of scientists, nurseries and growers to increase the sustainability of specialty crop production, especially fruit trees, grapevines and hops, in the US. Its mission is to provide the best available science-based services and information to efficiently and effectively generate, maintain and distribute healthy plant material of target crops to its stakeholders. The program emphasizes the management of diseases caused by viruses and other sub-cellular pathogens that affect vegetatively propagated perennial plants.

To learn more about the CPCNW, see http://healthyplants.wsu.edu/.

THE DEPARTMENT OF PLANT PATHOLOGY:
The Department of Plant Pathology at WSU is fully engaged in protecting crops from destructive diseases and ensuring plant health by using environmentally-friendly and sustainable strategies to solve problems that threaten the world’s food supply. Plant pathology faculty collaborate with researchers across multiple departments and colleges, as well as the USDA Agricultural Research Service, to study all major groups of pathogens, encompassing disciplines of bacteriology, mycology, nematology, and virology with a broad range of commodity focus including tree fruits, legumes, small grains, potato, vineyards, vegetables, ornamentals, and bulbs. We are proud to offer some of the country’s most comprehensive M.S. and Ph.D. programs in Plant Pathology. Students are supported by productive, well-funded faculty, state-of-the-art laboratories, and assistantships. Research opportunities are available throughout Washington State. Our department operates Plant Pest Diagnostic Clinics in Pullman and Puyallup, and provides online resources to help the public diagnose and manage plant diseases and disorders and identify plants and arthropods (including insects). The Charles Gardner Shaw Mycological Herbarium of more than 70,000 specimens of fungi from all over the world and is one of the major collections of plant pathogenic fungi.

To learn more about the Department of Plant Pathology, visit http://plantpath.wsu.edu

IRRIGATED AGRICULTURE RESEARCH AND EXTENSION CENTER (IAREC), PROSSER:
The position is located at the Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center (IAREC) near Prosser in the lower Yakima Valley of central Washington. The IAREC functions as an administrative unit and maintains a strong multidisciplinary focus. It is also the state headquarters for the WSU AgWeatherNet which includes 161 automated weather stations around the state (http://weather.wsu.edu/). Stationed at the IAREC are 16 faculty members representing six WSU academic departments, 80 staff, and Washington Department of Agriculture and Department of Ecology personnel. The Tri-Cities and Yakima metropolitan areas, less than an hour’s drive from the IAREC, host the WSU Tri-Cities campus and the USDA Yakima Agricultural Research Laboratory, respectively. Facilities include four research farms totaling almost 1200 acres, and extensive laboratories, greenhouses, offices, and support facilities. The recently opened WSU Wine Science Center at the Tri-Cities campus offers state-of-the-art laboratory facilities for plant physiology, microbiology and biochemistry research. Prosser, a town of 5000 residents, with excellent public schools, is situated centrally in the midst of this bountiful horticultural region. With its seasonal farmers market, rapidly expanding wine and tree fruit industries, and annual wine and food festival, Prosser is a culturally rich and diverse town with abundant opportunities for outdoor recreation nearby.

To learn more about IAREC, visit http://ext100.wsu.edu/prosser/

THE COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURAL, HUMAN, AND NATURAL RESOURCE SCIENCES:
The College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) at Washington State University is an expansive and diverse college that includes 16 academic units, four research and extension centers distributed across the state, 13 subject matter centers, and one tribal and 39 county extension offices. CAHNRS fosters disciplines that serve at the interface of scientific discovery and its application to the advancement of society and improvement of the human experience. Our mission is to provide global leadership in discovering, accessing, and disseminating knowledge that contributes to producing a safe, abundant food and fiber supply; promotes the well-being of individuals, families, and communities; enhances sustainability of agricultural and economic systems; and promotes stewardship of natural resources and ecological systems. In all dimensions of our mission, we strive to embody the signature “World Class. Face to Face.” motto of Washington State University. CAHNRS personnel embrace the opportunity to fulfill the university’s land-grant mission by making groundbreaking research discoveries, by utilizing innovative approaches to teaching and learning, and by delivering relevant, progressive extension programs that synergistically generate outcomes that enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Washington State, as well as for people around the globe.

For more information, visit http://cahnrs.wsu.edu

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY:
Founded in 1890, Washington State University is a comprehensive land-grant university with teaching, research, and extension missions, and one of two research universities in Washington State. WSU is organized into ten academic colleges, the Honors College, and the Graduate School. It has an enrollment of more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students on four campuses (Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, and Vancouver) with approximately 28,000 students located on the main campus in Pullman, WA. WSU ranks among the top 60 public research universities and is a Carnegie I, Doctoral/Research Extensive University. WSU strongly values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students and seeks to ensure a welcoming community for all.

Further information about WSU can be found at: www.wsu.edu.
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LIFE IN PROSSER:
Located in south-central Washington State, Prosser is the birthplace of Washington wine. The Yakima River runs through the town and the area boasts of expansive vineyards. At the Irrigated Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Prosser, scientists from WSU, the USDA Agricultural Research Service, and Washington State Department of Agriculture address concerns about the amount of water used in the state for agricultural production. Given that an estimated two-thirds of Washington’s crops come from irrigated land, this research is vital to the region’s economy and sustainability. Prosser is also home to the recently established Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center and is just a 30-minute drive to the WSU Wine Science Center and WSU Tri-Cities campus.

To learn more about the Prosser community, visit www.cityofprosser.com.



WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veterans, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU is committed to excellence through diversity and faculty-friendly policy action, including partner accommodation and NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation programs (http://www.advance.wsu.edu/).

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521(v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or hrs@wsu.edu.

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Employment Type:Faculty
Degree Required: Doctorate
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Associate Professor
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Type of Faculty:Tenure Track
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Type of School:Research University
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