Jobs in Botany and Plant Pathology

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(Last modified 5/27/2022)

Student Employment

Brookings Field Crew Member

This recruitment will be used to fill four Field Crew Member positions for the Ag Botany and Plant Pathology Department at Oregon State University (OSU).
The Department of Botany and Plant Pathology has an amazing summer employment opportunity! We are seeking four field crew members to help our team in Brookings, Oregon.

Responsibilities:

  • Field work: 95%
    • Data collection at remote field locations: 80%
    • Hiking to remote field locations: 15%
  • Sample organization and data entry: 5%

Requirements:

  • Follow directions closely
  • Attention to detail
  • Teamwork skills
  • Communicate professionally
  • Ability to hike over difficult, bushy terrain
    • Must be comfortable in the woods for extended periods of time
  • Eligible and able to drive university vehicles.

Preferred:

  • Students with a background/interest in plant pathology, botany, ecology, forestry, horticulture, or soil science.
  • Students able to commit to the full summer term.

Anticipated to begin on June 13th, 2022.

Closing on June 10th, 2022.

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BPP - Ocamb Lab Assistant

This recruitment will be used to fill one part-time (a maximum of 20 hours per week) lab assistant for Cynthia Ocamb’s research group in the Botany and Plant Pathology department at Oregon State University (OSU). Up to 40hrs/wk during summer term (if taking 5 or fewer credits).

Work sites include a pathology lab, greenhouses, and crop fields. Conditions may be hot (greenhouse, field) or cold and muddy (fall/winter field).

Responsibilities:

  • Greenhouse and field work: 30%
  • Soil Dilutions: 30%
  • Lab work: 20%
    • Includes some microbiology wok, making media, transferring fungal culture, etc.
  • Lab cleanup & general maintenance: 20%

Requirements:

  • Background and interest in biological sciences
  • Applicant must be able to work independently but also as part of a team
  • Able and eligible to operate a university vehicle

Preferred:

  • Microbiology, Botany and Plant Pathology courses as well as lab experience
  • Proficient in Office software (Word, Excel, etc.)

Anticipated to begin on October 25th, 2022.

Closing on May 31st, 2022.

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BPP - Baker Office Assistant

This recruitment will be used to fill three part-time (a maximum of 20 hours per week) Student Technical Assistant for the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology at Oregon State University (OSU).

This position ranges from 10-20 hours per week. Individuals need to be able to work during summer term as well.

Responsibilities:

  • General lab and office tasks: 40%
    • Includes cleaning, moving supplies/furniture as needed.
  • General basic facilities maintenance: 30%
    • Preparation of lab and office spaces for occupancy
  • Computer data entry: 10%
  • Photocopying and scanning: 10%
  • Running errands between buildings: 10%

Requirements:

  • Well-organized, strong attention to detail, and good work ethic.
  • Able to move up to 100 pounds with assistance.
  • Don't mind a bit of dust and noise.

Anticipated to begin on May 16th, 2022.

Closing on June 10th, 2022.

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Faculty/Staff Employment

 

BPP - Ecampus Academic Advisor and Instructor

The Department of Botany and Plant Pathology (BPP) invites applications for a full-time, 12-month, Ecampus Academic Advisor and Instructor position. The incumbent will hold two appointments, a 0.45 FTE position as Ecampus Academic Advisor, and a 0.55 FTE fixed-term Instructor, reflecting job duties in both the academic and administrative areas.

Reappointment is at the discretion of the the Department Head.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop and teach five sections of two to three Botany Ecampus courses: 50%
    • Including, not limited to, Mycology and Plant Ecology
  • Asvising approximately 125 Botany Ecampus students through email, zoom and other technologies: 45%
    • Communicate with students frequently the Botany/OSU degree requirements
    • Assist with scheduling classes
    • Certify degree completion
  • Other university/department services: 5%
    • Reviewing manuscripts for publication & funding proposals
    • Involvement in professional organizations
    • Other services as needed

Requirements:

  • M.S. in  Botany, Plant Sciences, or related field of Life Sciences.
  • Demonstrable commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Comfortable working in an office environment and engaging regularly with students.

Preferred:

  • Ph.D. in Botany, Plant Sciences, or related field of Life Sciences.
  • Computer and office/communication software proficiency.

Anticipated to begin on August 1st, 2022.

Closing on June 23st, 2022.

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BPP - Faculty Research Assistant

The Department of Botany and Plant Pathology invites applications for a full-time 1.00 FTE, 12-month, fixed term Faculty Research Assistant position. Extended and non-standard hours required during field season. Travel to research sites in the Willamette Valley and overnight travel to eastern Oregon and central Oregon are required.

Reappointment is at the discretion of the the Department Head.

Responsibilities:

  • Contribution to scientific publications: 15 %
    • Including graphics and scientific writing
  • Disease assessments in field plots and greenhouse: 15%
  • Planting and maintenance of field plots: 15%
  • Maintenance of pathogen cultures: 10%
  • Organizing planting materials: 10%
  • Running and analyzing computer simulations of disease spread: 10%
  • Conducting statistical analyses: 10%
  • Maintaining field, laboratory equipment and supervision: 10%
  • Supervise undergraduate workers: 5%

Requirements:

  • M.S. in plant pathology or related field
  • At least two years of experience in conducting plant disease research
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Eligible and able to operate university vehicle
  • Able to lift > 50lbs

Preferred:

  • Experience with mechanized planting and harvest of experimental cereal plots
  • Experience with maintenance of plant pathogen cultures and inoculation of field plots
  • Experience in collecting data on plant disease severity in field and greenhouse
  • Experience with statistical analysis of data
  • Familiarity with computer simulations of plant disease spread
  • Demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity

Anticipated to begin on July 1st, 2022.

Closing on May 31st, 2022.

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BPP Instructor Pool

The Department of Ag 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 2021-2022 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.

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.

A Master’s degree in Botany and Plant Pathology, Biology, or related life science is required; a Ph.D. is preferred. 

Teaching experience at the college or university level is required.

Anticipated to begin on September 16th.

Closing on June 6th, 2022.

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Temporary Employment

Temporary Biological Science Research Technician 3

This recruitment will be used to fill six full-time Temporary Biological Science Research Technician 3 positions for the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology at Oregon State University (OSU).

This position is located in Brookings, OR.


The incumbent(s) will be a member of a crew establishing 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 establish plots, survey plant communities, and collect samples throughout the tanoak ecosystems of Oregon and potentially northern California. The incumbent(s) will be stationed in Brookings Oregon and conduct field work and data collection in the surrounding area under the direction of a crew leader.  Housing is provided as a condition of employment. 

Responsibilities:

  • Establishing permanent plot network including surveys (plant community data, forest inventory data) and sample collection: 95%
    • Will work outdoors at remote field sites on rugged terrain, including inclement weather and with exposure to poison oak.
  • Data entry: 5%

Requirements:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in biological science, and two years of experience related to the area of assignment at a Biological Science Research Technician 2 level.
    • Three additional years of experience related to the area of assignment at the Biological Science Research Technician 2 level may be substituted for the Bachelor’s degree.
  • Experience collecting field data at remote study sites
  • Experience with measuring and collecting plant community data
  • Experience measuring collecting forest inventory data
  • Experience navigating in forest ecosystem at remote sites
  • Experience navigating with a GPS and/or compass
  • Ability to discern disease symptoms 
  • Capacity and eligibility to operate a University motor vehicle (see "More Info" below)

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience measuring forest disease data.
  • Experience with field collection of plant disease specimens
  • Experience using ArcGIS and/or Collector 
  • A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.

Anticipated to begin April 13th, 2022.

Anticipated to end October 31st, 2022.

Closing on June 15th, 2022.

Full consideration before May 20th, 2022.

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