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(Last modified July 17, 2024)

Student Employment

Sutton Plant Clinic Lab

This recruitment will be used to fill one part-time (a maximum of 24 hours per week) Sutton Plant Clinic Lab for the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology at Oregon State University (OSU).

We are seeking a student to work in the molecular lab at the OSU Plant Clinic to assist with plant disease diagnosis. The student will perform DNA and RNA extractions, PCR assays, gel electrophoreses, imaging and annotating gels. The student will also communicate results to the supervisor, wash labware, autoclave materials, and perform other general lab duties. The student must be detail oriented and capable of following step-by-step instructions accurately. We are seeking a team player who is comfortable working independently and able to ask for help when needed. The student must be available to work during spring break and summers.

This is a great opportunity for motivated and curious students looking to get hands on training with techniques in molecular biology, to learn from working researchers, and to solidify knowledge learned through coursework.

When applying you will be required to attach the following electronic documents:

  1. A Resume/Vita
  2. A cover letter indicating how your qualifications and experience have prepared you for this position
  3. BPP SEED Application form; see nominating high school teacher

Responsibilities:

  • 40% Extracting DNA and RNA from plant tissue, fungal and bacterial colonies
  • 40% Performing molecular assays, including PCR and qPCR
  • 10% Performing gel electrophoresis, imaging, and annotating gels
  • 10% Washing dishes, autoclaving materials, other general lab duties

Requirements:

Full Employment Eligibility Requirements can be found here: http://fa.oregonstate.edu/stu-manual/500-employment-eligibility-requirements

  • Must be academically enrolled in a high school, community college, or university and pursuing a program or course of study
  • Must meet Academic Standing Requirements; students on academic suspension are not eligible for employment
  • Must meet the applicable minimal enrollment standard
    • High School student: Regularly enrolled in a high school or participating in a home-schooling program
    • Undergraduate and post-baccalaureate student: 6 credit hours per term
    • Undergraduate international student: 12 credit hours per term*
    • Graduate student officially admitted to Graduate School: 5 credit hours per term
    • Graduate international student officially admitted to Graduate School: 9 credit hours per term*

*International students may be allowed to carry fewer hours than specified above and still be considered “full-time” by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). A reduced course load is approved by the Office of International Services (OIS), and must be provided to the Student Employment Center.

  • Be available to work during spring break and summers
  • Be able to commit at least 8 hours a week
  • Have a high school or OSU GPA >3.5
  • Have excellent English communication skills, both oral and written

Preferred:

  • Be majoring in biology or a related field
  • Experience with plant pathology molecular diagnostics—DNA extractions, PCR, and gel electrophoresis—is preferred, although we are willing to train the right student.

Anticipated to begin on May 20th, 2024.

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Sutton Plant Clinic Office

This recruitment will be used to fill one part-time (a maximum of 24 hours per week) Sutton Plant Clinic Office position for the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology at Oregon State University (OSU).

We are seeking a student to work at the front desk of the OSU Plant Clinic. The front desk will perform intake on plant samples, customer service, and billing. This involves greeting and communicating with clients, assisting them with submission forms, detailed record-keeping, sending invoices, and other office duties. This position requires multi-tasking, good time management skills, and paying close attention to details including typos. The student will work alone in the office with minimal supervision once trained.

Knowledge and use of Microsoft Office is required (experience with Word and Excel are required, Access is preferred). The student must have excellent English communication skills, both oral and written, and they must be available to work during spring break and summers. Insects may be present on samples received, so this job is not for students that are squeamish regarding live insects and spiders.

When applying you will be required to attach the following electronic documents:

  1. A Resume/Vita
  2. A cover letter indicating how your qualifications and experience have prepared you for this position
  3. BPP SEED Application form; see nominating high school teacher

Responsibilities:

  • 30% Record-keeping and paperwork

  • 20% Intake of plant and arthropod samples

  • 20% Other office duties (end-of-year reports and tasks, making signs, managing recycling, duties to assist the director/diagnosticians, etc)

  • 15% Billing clients and following up on late payments

  • 15% Customer service, emails, and phone calls

Requirements:

Full Employment Eligibility Requirements can be found here: http://fa.oregonstate.edu/stu-manual/500-employment-eligibility-requirements

  • Must be academically enrolled in a high school, community college, or university and pursuing a program or course of study
  • Must meet Academic Standing Requirements; students on academic suspension are not eligible for employment
  • Must meet the applicable minimal enrollment standard
    • High School student: Regularly enrolled in a high school or participating in a home-schooling program
    • Undergraduate and post-baccalaureate student: 6 credit hours per term
    • Undergraduate international student: 12 credit hours per term*
    • Graduate student officially admitted to Graduate School: 5 credit hours per term
    • Graduate international student officially admitted to Graduate School: 9 credit hours per term*

*International students may be allowed to carry fewer hours than specified above and still be considered “full-time” by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). A reduced course load is approved by the Office of International Services (OIS), and must be provided to the Student Employment Center.

  • Knowledge and use of Microsoft Office Word and Excel
  • Be available to work during spring break and summers
  • Be able to commit at least 8 hours a week
  • Have a high school or OSU GPA >3.5
  • Have excellent English communication skills, both oral and written

Preferred:

  • Experience with Drupal for website maintenance is preferred.

Working Conditions / Work Schedule:

  • Work Study preferred

Anticipated to begin on May 20th, 2024.

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Faculty/Staff Employment

Instructor Pool - 2024/2025: Agriculture Botany & Plant Pathology

The Department of Agriculture Botany & Plant Pathology invites applications for one or more fixed-term, non-tenure-track full/part-time Instructor positions to teach on a term-by-term basis for the 2024-2025 academic year. Some of these appointments may be reviewed for renewal or transition to an instructional position on an annual basis at the discretion of the Department Head.

The primary mission of the OSU Department of Botany and Plant Pathology is undergraduate and graduate education, research, and extension. The Department has 27 tenured and tenure-tracked faculty, 38 faculty research assistants/associates, 5 administrative staff members, 34 graduate students advised by BPP faculty, 93 undergraduate majors, 203 distance ed undergraduates and 27 courtesy/adjunct appointments. The Department offers a B.S. in Botany; M.S., and Ph.D. are in Botany & Plant Pathology and contributes in a major way to teaching and advising in the Biology Program. The Department participates in several interdisciplinary teaching and research programs, including the Environmental Sciences Undergraduate and Graduate Programs, and the Center for Quantitative Life Sciences.

When applying you will be required to attach the following electronic documents:

  1. A resume/CV
  2. A cover letter indicating how your qualifications and experience have prepared you for this position.

Responsibilities:

  • 100% – Instruction
    Instructors may be needed to teach courses in undergraduate and graduate areas.

    Some instructors may be required to travel using University vehicles for class field trips, or collecting samples for research plots.

Requirements:

Full Employment Eligibility Requirements can be found here: http://fa.oregonstate.edu/stu-manual/500-employment-eligibility-requirements

  • Master’s degree in Botany and Plant Pathology, Biology, or related life science.
  • Teaching experience at the college or university level.
  • Evident commitment to cultural diversity and educational equity.
  • This position may require driving a university vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the university; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a motor vehicle history check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver’s license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions as per University Policy 05-030.

Preferred:

  • PhD in Botany and Plant Pathology, Biology, or related life science.

Anticipated to begin on September 16th, 2024.

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Instructor Pool - 2024/2025: Agriculture Botany & Plant Pathology Ecampus

The Department of Agriculture Botany & Plant Pathology invites applications for one or more fixed-term, non-tenure-track full/part-time Instructor positions to teach on a term-by-term basis for the 2024-2025 academic year. Some of these appointments may be reviewed for renewal or transition to an instructional position on an annual basis at the discretion of the Department Head.

The primary mission of the OSU Department of Botany and Plant Pathology is undergraduate and graduate education, research, and extension. The Department has 27 tenured and tenure-tracked faculty, 38 faculty research assistants/associates, 5 administrative staff members, 34 graduate students advised by BPP faculty, 93 undergraduate majors, 203 distance ed undergraduates and 27 courtesy/adjunct appointments. The Department offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Botany and Plant Pathology and contributes in a major way to teaching and advising in the Biology Program. The Department participates in several interdisciplinary teaching and research programs, including the Environmental Sciences Undergraduate and Graduate Programs, and the Center for Quantitative Life Sciences.

When applying you will be required to attach the following electronic documents:

  1. A resume/CV
  2. A cover letter indicating how your qualifications and experience have prepared you for this position.

Responsibilities:

  • 100% – Instruction
    Instructors may be needed to teach courses in undergraduate and graduate areas.

    Some instructors may be required to travel using University vehicles for class field trips, or collecting samples for research plots.

Requirements:

Full Employment Eligibility Requirements can be found here: http://fa.oregonstate.edu/stu-manual/500-employment-eligibility-requirements

  • Master’s degree in Botany and Plant Pathology, Biology, or related life science.
  • Teaching experience at the college or university level.
  • Evident commitment to cultural diversity and educational equity.

Preferred:

  • PhD in Botany and Plant Pathology, Biology, or related life science.

Anticipated to begin on September 16th, 2024.

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Biological Sciences Research Technician 1 (Internal Employment Opportunity)

This recruitment will be used to fill one part-time (approximately 30 hours per week) Biological Sciences Research Technician 1 position for the Department of Botany & Plant Pathology at Oregon State University (OSU).

Performs duties in support of plant pathology research on general epidemiology and fungicide resistance of Erysiphe necator and Botrytis cinerea, in the lab of Walt Mahaffee. Specifically, maintenance of greenhouse grown hydroponic-grown and media-grown Vitis plants and maintenance of more than 100 distinct isolates of the obligate plant pathogen, E. necator, on detached grape leaves. Performance of qPCR assays and biological assays to determine the fungicide resistance status of E. necator and B. cinerea isolates. Performs conventional PCR and gene sequencing for species ID and fungicide resistance molecular characterization. Field work will include vineyard pruning and maintenance.

Responsibilities:

  • 60% Lab research (culturing microorganisms, molecular detection and biological assay execution, reagent preparation, general lab maintenance, troubleshooting and maintenance of lab equipment).

  • 25% Field research (fungal sample collection in research and commercial vineyards, maintenance of a research vineyard), requires driving vehicle to field locations.

  • 10% Greenhouse maintenance (maintenance and propagation of hydroponically-grown Chardonnay grape plants, general plant health maintenance of potted grape plants)

  • 5% As needed, provide guidance to hourly help and interface with farm and greenhouse managers in a respectful and professional manner, fostering an inclusive and welcoming workplace environment.

Requirements:

Full Employment Eligibility Requirements can be found here: http://fa.oregonstate.edu/stu-manual/500-employment-eligibility-requirements

  • Two years of college-level courses in biological sciences or a related field; OR an equivalent combination of training and experience.

  • Familiarity with plant pathology research and knowledge of general plant pathology laboratory procedures.

  • Ability to maintain good laboratory records and enter data.

  • Good management skills and ability to work both individually and cooperatively and respectfully as part of a team.

  • Good communication skills and interpersonal skills.

  • Ability to contribute to an inclusive, respectful, and welcoming workplace environment for individuals with a range of different backgrounds, identities, perspectives, and/or life experiences

  • This position requires driving a university vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the university; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a motor vehicle history check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver’s license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions as per University Policy 05-030.

Preferred:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences or related field.

  • One year of lab experience in a plant pathology lab.

  • Experience growing grape plants hydroponically

  • Experience in maintaining cultures of E. necator or other powdery mildews and Botrytis cinerea

  • Experience running conventional PCR and qPCR assays

  • Experience running in vitro and in vivo bioassays

  • Aseptic technique

  • Media Preparation

  • Experience in preparing laboratory reagents, chemicals, stocks

  • Demonstrated ability to summarize and report research findings

  • Ability to troubleshoot and improve laboratory procedures

  • Experience in the operation of laboratory instruments such as autoclaves, centrifuge, electrophoresis, balance, pipets, pH meter

  • Ability to adjust, calibrate, maintain and troubleshoot laboratory equipment

Working Conditions:

This position requires working in a plant pathology research laboratory, greenhouses, and grape vineyards; 6-8 hour work days, 5 days/week.

Field work schedules may require long work days (>8-hour days) and will require travel to commercial vineyards in Oregon and Washington (non-OSU vehicles will be used for all travel). It will also require traversing rugged terrain, working in cold and hot climates, and intermittent heavy lifting.

Anticipated to begin on July 29th, 2024.

Closing date on July 25th, 2024.

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Research Associate (Internal Employment Opportunity)

The Department of Botany & Plant Pathology invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Research Associate position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Department Head.

This is an academic research position for the College of Agriculture’s Botany and Plant Pathology department.

The incumbent(s) will supervise the establishment of a permanent plot network in the mixed conifer forests of southwestern Oregon in order to evaluate the impact of the invasive forest pathogen, Phytophthora ramorum, the cause of sudden oak death, on the forest ecosystems of southwestern Oregon.

The incumbent(s) will identify locations, supervise the establishment of plots, and collect samples throughout the tanoak ecosystems of Oregon and potentially northern California.

Responsibilities:

  • 50% Establishing permanent sample plot network including site selection and data collection (plant community data, forest inventory data).

  • 20% Data analysis and writing of scientific publications.

  • 15% Supervision of field crews collecting data. Fosters a collaborative and inclusive team environment.

  • 10% Data entry for field collection.

  • 5% Collecting and shipping diseased plant samples to Corvallis

Requirements:

Full Employment Eligibility Requirements can be found here: http://fa.oregonstate.edu/stu-manual/500-employment-eligibility-requirements

  • PhD in plant pathology or a related field.
  • Experience with measuring, collecting., and analyzing plant community data using advanced statistical approaches.
  • Experience measuring, collecting, and analyzing forest inventory data using advanced statistical approaches.
  • Experience supervising field staff.
  • Experience analyzing data and writing peer reviewed publications.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in work or life experiences

This position requires driving a university vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the university; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a motor vehicle history check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver’s license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions as per University Policy 05-030.

Preferred:

  • Post-doctoral experience in Forest Pathology.
  • Experience working with sudden oak death.

Working Conditions:

Work outdoors at remote field sites on rugged terrain. The incumbent will be expected to travel to Brookings, OR on a regular basis. The incumbent will also work in the greenhouse and the lab.

Anticipated to begin on August 5th, 2024.

Closing date on July 26th, 2024.

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Assistant Professor: Nematology

The Department of Botany and Plant Pathology invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 9-month, tenure track Assistant Professor position.

This position is for a tenure-track assistant professor in Nematology in the Department of Botany & Plant Pathology. The incumbent will be expected to establish a robust and extramurally funded research program that will address management, genomic and ecological aspects of nematodes that contribute to plant disease and soil function. Teaching associated with the position will contribute to the graduate and/or undergraduate curriculum in Botany and Plant Pathology, Biological Data Sciences, or related programs. The successful candidate will apply this knowledge to existing or emerging nematode issues important to the success and economies of agriculture in Oregon and the region. All research topics within the areas of nematode management, epidemiology, genomics, genetics, and ecology will be considered. We will give preference to highly qualified candidates who show potential to 1) collaborate effectively with stakeholders, Extension personnel, and researchers in other departments to develop sustainable approaches for management of plant-parasitic nematodes, 2) integrate biological studies with contemporary quantitative approaches, and 3) advance departmental goals in diversity, equity, and inclusion.

College of Agricultural Sciences (CAS) faculty are committed to enhancing student success by engaging students in quality academic instruction, research, internships, global studies, and other experiential learning opportunities. There is an expectation that, as part of your role in the college, you embody and advance the principles and practices conveyed in the CAS CARE Commitment document.

Oregon State University’s commitment to student success includes hiring, retaining, and developing a diverse faculty to mentor and educate our undergraduate and graduate students from entry through graduation. Our Strategic Plan articulates the strategies we believe are critical to advancing and equalizing learner success. The College of Agricultural Sciences is likewise committed to the success of all learners accessed through its extension and outreach programs.

When applying you will be required to attach the following electronic documents:

  1. A resume/CV; and (3 Page limit)

  2. A cover letter indicating how your qualifications and experience have prepared you for this position. (1 Page limit)

  3. A Statement of Research (3 Page limit)

  4. Statement of Teaching & Mentoring (1 Page limit)

Responsibilities:

50% Research and Scholarship:

  • Maintain an externally funded research program conducting original and independent research in nematology that is relevant to the missions of the department, college, and university.

  • Aspire to maintain and enhance national and international standing, in part through collaborative research projects with colleagues at OSU, nationally, and/or internationally.
  • Scholarship and creative activities include, but are not limited to, peer-reviewed publications of scientific research, development of scientific technologies/methodologies, integration of knowledge leading to new interpretations, presentations at regional, national, and international conferences, and participation on steering committees, agency panels, and science working groups where the outcome is a fundamental change in the field’s direction. Innovation in teaching strategies and development of new educational approaches may be included.
  • Serve as an investigator on a USDA-NIFA Hatch collaborative or Hatch multistate project.

30% Teaching:

  • Primary responsibility for two courses per year at the undergraduate or graduate levels in Botany and Plant Pathology, Biological Data Sciences, or related program.
  • Participate in graduate or undergraduate level seminars, workshops, guest lectures, and/or discussion groups as appropriate.

10% Mentoring, Advising, and Supervision:

  • Mentor and serve as research advisor to graduate students in their advanced degree programs in Botany and Plant Pathology, or related programs.
  • Train and supervise personnel in conducting research at the undergraduate, graduate and/or postdoctoral/faculty research assistant/research associate levels and serve on students’ committees.

10% Service:

  • All faculty are expected to be collegial members of their units, and to perform appropriate service that contributes to the effectiveness of their departments, colleges, and the University, and their professions.
  • University service includes serving on the departmental, interdepartmental, program, college, and University committees, and serving the University-wide community of bioscience researchers including organizing workshops or assisting with development of community resources.
  • Professional service includes, but is not limited to, reviewing manuscripts for journals and proposals for funding agencies, and involvement in professional organizations.

Requirements:

Full Employment Eligibility Requirements can be found here: http://fa.oregonstate.edu/stu-manual/500-employment-eligibility-requirements

  • Ph.D. in Biology, Plant Biology, Genetics, Plant Pathology, Entomology, or related field.

  • Publication record in, or relevant to, Nematology.

  • Demonstrable commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in work or life experiences.

    This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a criminal history check and be determined to be position qualified as per University Standard: 05-010 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in youth programs may have additional criminal history checks every 24 months.

Preferred:

  • Postdoctoral experience.

  • Record of, or potential for, collaborative science including outreach to stakeholders.

  • Quantitative skills related to analysis of large, complex data sets.

  • Experience in, or potential for, teaching and mentoring in a life science or related field.

  • Record of, or potential for, successful extramural funding.

Working Conditions:

Standard faculty/academic office. Standard research laboratory, greenhouse, and field environments (e.g., eastern Oregon, where wheat, potato, and other commodities are widely grown).

Anticipated to begin on January 1st, 2025.

Closing date September 15th, 2024.

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Temporary Employment

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