Assistant Professor - Turfgrass Pathology

The Department of Botany and Plant Pathology at Purdue University is seeking applications for a faculty position in applied plant pathology at the Assistant Professor level. The position is tenure track, with an academic year appointment and potential for summer Extension support.  The primary responsibility of the successful candidate is the extension of applied and translational research on turfgrass diseases important to Indiana. The candidate is expected to develop a nationally and internationally recognized research program focused on plant disease epidemiology, applied organismal biology, and/or plant disease management. Extension activities will include, but not be limited to, the development of educational materials and programming (including distance learning and social media) that focus on practical solutions to turf disease problems for a broad range of commercial stakeholders. The successful candidate will be required to mentor graduate students, contribute to teaching undergraduate or graduate courses (10% effort), and participate in departmental, college and university committees. The Midwest Regional Turf Foundation (MRTF) is a dedicated partner with a long track record of supporting research, extension and undergraduate education activites of Purdue’s Turf Science Program. The successful candidate will be expected to attract external support and collaborate effectively with other faculty within the department and across disciplines at Purdue to improve our understanding of the turfgrass pathology and the economics of plant disease control. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with professional experience.

Qualifications: Qualified candidates must have a Ph.D. degree in plant pathology or closely related field. Experience in disease ecology, epidemiology, management, modeling, statistics, or related research areas are preferred. Postdoctoral experience is strongly preferred. Excellent written and oral communication skills are essential and candidates should be able to demonstrate good teaching skills. 

Application Instructions: Interested applicants must submit an application packet that outlines their research interests, a statement of their Extension philosophy, professional goals, diversity statement, a complete curriculum vitae that includes a summary of academic and other professional experiences, and the names and contact information for four references. All materials must be combined into one pdf and submitted electronically via this site – Review of applications has been extended and will begin again on April 24, 2020 and continue until a suitable candidate is identified. Address questions to Janna Beckerman ( A background check will be required for employment in this position.

Purdue University’s Department of Botany and Plant Pathology is committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including discovery, instruction, and engagement. Candidates should address at least one of these areas in their cover letter, indicating their experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion. Purdue is an ADVANCE institution – Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.