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    The Crop Improvement and Protection Research Unit located in Salinas, California is seeking a permanent, full time, Research Plant Pathologist. The mission of this Unit is to facilitate sustainable production of vegetable, sugar, fruit and ornamental crops through basic and applied research.  

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    Major Duties:

    As a Research Plant Pathologist the incumbent will be responsible for, but not limited to: 

    • Develop and test biological and/or chemical control measures for the soilborne fungal pathogens affecting strawberry production with emphasis on Fusarium oxysporum and Macrophomina phaseolina;
    • Apply metagenomic approaches based on next generation sequencing to characterize soil microbial communities associated with infected and healthy strawberries;
    • Conduct population analyses of Fusarium oxysporum and Macrophomina phaseolina affecting strawberry through molecular and microbiology based studies;
    • Screen and evaluate plant genetic resistance against Fusarium oxysporum and Macrophomina phaseolina; and
    • Develop or improve diagnostic tests for both Fusarium oxysporum and Macrophomina phaseolina.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Incumbent will occasionaly travel to conduct research and to attend scientific meetings and conferences.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    0434 Plant Pathology

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