Research Professor/Extension Specialist - Plant Pathology

  • Colorado State University
  • Fort Collins, CO
  • Apr 08, 2021
Full time Agriculture/Horticulture & Aquaculture

Job Description

 Position Location
Center, CO

Research Professional Position: Yes

Posting Number: 202100277AP

Position Type: Admin Professional/ Research Professional

Classification Title
Resch Sci/Scholar I

Number of Vacancies: 1

Work Hours/Week: 40

Proposed Annual Salary Range
$70,000-$80,000. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Employee Benefits

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To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on

Description of Work Unit

The San Luis Valley Research Center is part of a network of 7 research centers (9 sites) throughout the state. The first San Luis Valley Research Center was established in 1888 (the same year the main station at Fort Collins was established) on 200 acres of state land near the Rio Grande River, seven miles east of Del Norte. It is now located near the town of Center, Colorado, approximately 9 miles north of the town of Monte Vista, Colorado. The Research Center has a continuing commitment to the people of the San Luis Valley (SLV) and the State of Colorado to provide research information, conduct extension education and seed certification programs. Beginning in 1940, the principal research activity was focused on selecting potato varieties adaptable to the region. In 1979 a potato breeding program was initiated to complement the selection activity. Research on cultural practices including disease and pest studies was also conducted. In the early 1920s, the Colorado Certified Seed Growers Association initiated a seed certification program located on the Colorado State University campus which was co located at the SLVRC in 1964.

Position Summary

This position will provide research and Extension programming for south central Colorado and will be based at the San Luis Valley Research Center (SLVRC). The position will contribute to Colorado State University engagement throughout the San Luis Valley (SLV) of Colorado. Position responsibilities will be 60% research and 40% Extension.

The research and extension responsibilities will address current and emerging issues in disease and pest management and control, primarily in potatoes for both storage and fresh markets. The purpose of this position is to conduct an applied research and engagement program on disease management important to the SLV and other potato growing regions of Colorado. The position could also potentially work on other crop diseases in rotation with potatoes in the SLV. The SLVRC has a strong potato breeding program, and the successful applicant will interact with the breeding program in selecting and screening lines resistant to potato diseases endemic to or emerging in the SLV. Other potential areas of research include but are not limited to using remote sensing or other innovative technologies for disease identification and management.

The individual in this position will collaborate with other scientists, the potato industry, and the Station Manager to obtain external funding to support research and engagement programs that further disease management in the SLV. The position will conduct and communicate disease forecasting to help the potato industry prevent plant disease outbreaks in the SLV. The position will develop an effective Extension program that is responsive to needs of growers in the SLV. The position will interact with and be responsive to the Colorado Potato Administrative Committee and will be expected to create and convene an advisory committee specific to potato pathology. The position will contribute to planning and participate in an annual regional conference focusing on irrigated agriculture in the SLV. This position provides technical advice for the Potato Certification Service to diagnose, detect and prevent potato diseases from entering the SLV.

The individual in this position will report to the Deputy Director of the AES and work in close coordination with other Scientists and the Manager at the SLVRC. The position requires effective working relations with agricultural clientele and stakeholders. The position is expected to report research results in AES reports and bulletins, publish Extension factsheets and work as a member of the appropriate Extension Planning and Reporting Unit (PRU). Assure compliance with civil rights and affirmative action policies including reaching out to under-served and underrepresented audiences.

Required Job Qualifications
  • Completed PhD. Degree(s) emphasis in plant pathology, plant biology, or horticulture and/or related field.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct research in the fields of plant pathology and disease control.
  • Record of strong communication and interaction with colleagues and clientele groups using modern, innovative technology.
  • Ability to conduct interdisciplinary research in a team environment.
  • Experience with or desire to work with crop producers and the agricultural industry.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace, ability to consider and respect diverse perspectives, and ability to instill trust and build consensus among all groups
  • Must have a valid driver's license or the ability to obtain a driver's license or access to a licensed driver by the employment start date.
Preferred Job Qualifications
  • Three or more years of postdoctoral experience or equivalent.
  • Knowledge and experience in outreach and extension.
  • Demonstrated record of publications in relevant scientific literature and extension materials.
  • Experience in supervising support staff and/or graduate students.
  • Success in obtaining grants in support of program efforts.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships within the department, the university, outside agencies, and other organizations.
Diversity Statement
  • Personal and professional commitment to diversity and inclusion as demonstrated by involvement in teaching, research, creative activity, service to the profession and/or diversity/inclusion activities.
Job Duty Category: Research

  • Collaborate with station and campus personnel on applied research and extension of plant disease diagnosis, management and control.
  • Collaborate with the breeding program in selecting and screening lines resistant to potato diseases.
Percentage Of Time: 60

Job Duty Category: Extension/Outreach/Service

  • Foster working relations with agricultural clientele and stakeholders to ensure applied research and outreach program objectives.
  • Publish research results in AES reports and bulletins, online and in Extension factsheets.
  • Engage as a member of the appropriate Extension Planning and Reporting Unit (PRU).
Percentage Of Time: 40

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but for full consideration, all materials must be received by Sunday, April 25, 2021. Applicants should upload the following: (1) A cover letter addressing your qualifications; (2) Current Curriculum Vitae; and (3) Statement of Plant Pathology research interests and interdisciplinary/collaborative opportunities, Extension activities, and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusivity activities (limit up to 5 pages, single spaced), and 4) Contact information of three professional references. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates. Optional documents include copies of unofficial academic transcripts. Transcripts may be requested at a later date from finalists for degree verification. For inquiries about the position, contact Search Chair For additional information about Colorado State University, consult the university's website at

Conditions of Employment
Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Valid Driver's License

Search Contact
Eugene Kelly

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Acting Title IX Coordinator is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO. 80523-0160, (970) 491-1715,

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will also be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the University, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

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