Postdoctoral Research Associate in Plant Diagnostics // 25 June 2017The Forest Pathology Lab (forestpathology.msu.edu) at Michigan State University is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate to perform diagnostic and survey testing, data analysis, and applied research into plant pathogens of conifers grown in nurseries, Christmas tree and landscape settings. The incumbent Research Associate will drive a research project designed to quantify disease issues across conifer tree crops. The research project will include the development and evaluation of molecular assays designed to detect pathogens affecting tree crop industries in Michigan. The RA will provide a streamlined approach to link research with the deployment of Dead and Alive Detection of Pathogens (DAD-Path) and chemical treatment evaluations. The overall goal of this project is to provide a rapid response to new disease incursions, a predictive focus to evaluate new disease risks and the means by which current detection and treatment methods of priority diseases can be improved and optimized. Knowledge and prior experience of molecular diagnostic techniques such as PCR, real-time PCR and isothermal amplification are necessary as well as prior experience working with fungi and oomycete pathogens. The incumbent may also be required to report findings in extension and industry settings. Experience in conducting fungicide efficacy trials is desirable. The RA position is available to be filled immediately and must be filled by Fall 2017.
Organization: Forest Pathology Lab, Michigan State University
Duty station: East Lansing, Michigan, USA
Submit application by: 25 June 2017