The University of Idaho seeks an exceptional individual to fill a tenure track, fiscal year position as an Assistant Professor for the endowed Wayne Thiessen Potato Research Professorship in potato post-harvest physiology. The successful candidate will be expected to initiate and conduct innovative and comprehensive research (60%) and extension (40%) programs emphasizing post-harvest physiology and storage strategies for potatoes. A scientist in this position has full access to the University of Idaho’s Kimberly Potato Storage Research Facility. This outstanding facility creates unique opportunities to participate in regional, national, and international research in topics related to potato storage procedures and crop quality maintenance.
Specific research may focus on basic and applied potato research in carbohydrate metabolism, mechanisms for sprout control/development, wound healing, or reduction of stress-related crop deficiencies. Potential research areas include investigations of cultivar-dependent physiological responses associated with storage and determination of best management practices for those cultivars. Applicants with experience in post-harvest physiology of perishable crops should consider this position.
The successful candidate is expected to work collaboratively with others at the University of Idaho to support efforts to improve the competitive position of the Idaho potato industry. The successful candidate will publish in refereed journals, secure external grant funding to support quality research and extension programming, mentor graduate student research, and present research results at professional and industry meetings. Extension responsibilities include establishing research and educational priorities based on industry input and communicating research results to stakeholders.
The activities of the endowed professorship will be partially supported by proceeds from an endowment established for this position.
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