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Assistant Professor of Plant Pathology

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Work type: Teaching & Research Faculty
Senior management: Agriculture & Life Sciences
Department: Eastern Shore AREC
Location: Other - Virginia
Categories: Agriculture / Life Science

Job Description

Responsibilities include the development of an innovative, nationally recognized research and extension Plant Pathology program on a diversity of vegetable (snap bean, potato, tomato, sweet corn), grain (wheat and corn), and oilseed crops (soybean and rapeseed) of importance to the Eastern Shore. Extension programming will assist producers with preventing and managing diseases while increasing yields and crop quality. Research initiatives should utilize innovative technologies to develop management practices as the successful candidate will be active within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ SmartFarm Innovation Network ( The candidate will work with faculty in other units and colleges to develop integrated pest management strategies, potentially including machine learning and artificial intelligence, with applications such as early disease detection, improved management of pesticide applications, and reduction of disease severity. The incumbent is expected to secure funding to develop and implement a sustainable and dynamic research program, and recruit and mentor graduate students. Research should be applicable to grower needs and publishable in refereed journals.

In addition to the online application, required application materials include: 1) cover letter summarizing qualifications, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) official or unofficial copies of graduate studies transcripts, 4) statement of current research and extension interests (no longer than 2 pages), and 5) full contact information for four professional references (letters not required at this time). All inquiries concerning this position should be directed to the ESAREC Director, Dr. Mark Reiter, Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2021 and will continue until a suitable candidate is selected. 

Required Qualifications

Prior to employment, candidates must have an earned Ph.D. in Plant Pathology or related field. Candidates must demonstrate excellent communication skills and have the ability to work well with producers, farm consultants, researchers, extension agents, agribusiness personnel, and government agencies in order to develop and deliver educational programs. Scholarship will be demonstrated through peer-reviewed research and extension publications, recruiting and advising graduate students, and securing extramural funding to support research and extension programs.

Preferred Qualifications

Knowledge of production agriculture is expected. Demonstrated ability to write proposals and obtain extramural funding.

Appointment Type


Salary Information

Commensurate with Qualifications

Review Date

November 15, 2021

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check as well as documentation of COVID-19 vaccination or receive approval from the university for a vaccination exemption due to a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief.

Must have a driver's license check

Must have an acceptable and safe driving record

Physical Demands: Considerable Walking, Standing, Bending, Stooping;  Working or Traversing Uneven Terrain

Environmental Hazards:  Working in outside elements (Ex: weather); Hazardous Materials; Must wear Uniform, Safety/Protective Equipment; Must be able to use respirator

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Dr. Mark Reiter at during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

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