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Postdoctoral Research Associate I

Tucson AZ

Position Highlights

A full-time (1.0 FTE) Postdoctoral Research Associate position is available in the School of Plant Sciences at University of Arizona to work on applied field research projects that focus on disease management. The incumbent will be involved in several applied pathology projects such as disease survey and pathogen isolation, pathogen detection and quantification. Research will be based in the Extension Plant Pathology laboratory under the supervision of Dr. Alex Hu. This position is initially funded for one year, but may be renewed annually based upon performance and funding availability.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, vision, and life insurance; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

Plan and conduct field plot trials on disease control; Activities include experimental design, prepare treatment solution, treatment application,disease rating, collect and process research samples and data according to written protocols; perform data entry and analysis; assist in report preparation and presentation of results. Travel across several counties in the central and southern Arizona is required to field research trial sites. It may take 1-4 hours highway driving and possible overnight stay.

Conduct routine Laboratory experiments using basic microbiology and molecular biology techniques. Activities include pathogen isolation, identification, cataloging and storage of pathogen specimens. DNA/RNA extraction, quantification, and PCR. Develop, manage, and maintain laboratory protocols.The position will also be responsible for a range of tasks related to lab management, including training and supervision of other lab staff, lab safety compliance and inspections, purchasing, and stocking and maintenance of equipment, supplies, and chemical reagents.

Participate in routine discussions with the PI. Perform other duties as necessary: conduct literature searches and prepare journal article manuscript, project report, and grant proposal; participate in extension workshops and presentations, present research results at scientific and/or grower meetings; provide training for undergraduate and graduate student workers. This includes planning, assigning, and approving work, as well as coordinating work schedules and delegating tasks in the field/laboratory.

Additional duties may be assigned.


Minimum Qualifications

Doctorate's degree in Plant Pathology, Horticultural sciences or Agronomy, and

Two years research experience appropriate to the area of assignment; or any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education.

Ability to drive according to the University Fleet Safety Policy: http://risk.arizona.edu/sites/risk/files/fleetsafetypolicy.pdf


Preferred Qualifications

PhD degree in Plant Pathology with 2+ years research experience in applied field research on crop disease management.


Target Hire Date 2/24/2020


Contact Information for Candidates

For additional questions, please contact:

Dr. Alex Hu




Posted February 13, 2020

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