Careers in the Plant Sciences

Assistant or Associate Professor in Stone Fruit Breeder Geneticist

Washington State University - Prosser, WA, US

Position Title: Assistant or Associate Professor in Stone Fruit Breeder Geneticist
Position Type: Tenure-Track Assistant Professor
Application Review Begins: Friday, September 01, 2017
Application Deadline: Saturday, September 30, 2017
Institution: Washington State University
Department/Division: Horticulture
Field (e.g., systematics): stone fruit breeding and genetics
City: Prosser, WA, US
General Information: The Department of Horticulture at Washington State University is seeking a candidate to lead the stone fruit breeding and genetics program with emphasis on the development of new sweet cherry cultivars specifically suited to production in the Pacific Northwest. This 12-month, tenured or tenure-track full-time faculty position as Assistant or Associate Professor begins January 1, 2018, or as negotiated, at the Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center in Prosser, Washington.
Qualifications/Requirements: Required: PhD in horticulture or a related plant science discipline at the date of hire, evidence of ability to lead and manage a plant breeding program, and demonstrated record of scholarly accomplishments commensurate with career level (Candidates applying for this position at the associate professor rank must have an equivalent of 6 years experience in an assistant-rank position or equivalent position(s) with an established record of accomplishments in program leadership, scholarship and extramural funding commensurate with the associate rank).
Responsibilities: Responsibilities include: Developing a nationally and internationally recognized sweet cherry breeding program that addresses priority needs of the Washington and Oregon sweet cherry industry, acquisition of competitive extramural funding to support a collaborative and comprehensive program in cherry breeding; extensive contributions to scholarly literature that advance the understanding of Prunus genetics; teaching undergraduate and graduate students in the area of crop breeding and genetics; and collaborating with state, federal, private research, and extension personnel to strengthen the reputation of an interdisciplinary, world-class tree fruit breeding, genetics, and genomics team at WSU.
Application Instructions (submission methods, etc.): Applications must include a cover letter; current curriculum vita; statement of vision and goals that also describes how your qualifications align with the responsibilities of the stone fruit breeder position; electronic copies of graduate program academic transcripts; and names and contact information for four professional references. Reference letters will be requested for the finalists. The cover letter should address, in distinct sections, all of the required and preferred qualifications for the position (including your areas of expertise and research interests). To apply visit (Search #125368). For additional information on Washington State University, CAHNRS or the Department of Horticulture, visit, and EEO/AA/ADA.
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Contact Name: Dr. N. Richard Knowles,