The Department of Plant Pathology, internationally recognized as a premier center of excellence in research, teaching, and extension, is seeking applications for a Specialist in Cooperative Extension (CE) to join the faculty at the Assistant or Associate rank, situated at UC Davis campus. Cooperative Extension Specialists have many of the same career opportunities and rights and privileges as faculty in the professorial ranks but do not have classroom teaching responsibilities, freeing them to do extension education and applied research with partners throughout California. The mission of the Department of Plant Pathology is to develop and disseminate comprehensive basic and applied knowledge on plant diseases. A Cooperative Extension (CE) Specialist is being recruited to conduct original applied research resulting in information that can be applied toward management of diseases of grapevines, strawberries, caneberries, and tree fruits, and to develop an extension education and outreach program that extends information to various stakeholders (e.g., farm advisors, growers, state agencies) including under-represented groups. The successful candidate will bring visibility and leadership to the UC Davis campus and to county-based CE academics and other researchers and educators involved in the study of plant diseases. Research and extension outreach activities will be closely integrated with UC Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR), including county-based CE academics and clientele as well as campus-based CE and ladder rank faculty.
This is a full time, career-track appointment with the expectation that the appointee will conduct mission-oriented research and engage in extension education and outreach that advances the mission of the Department of Plant Pathology and ANR. The focus of this position will be on diseases of grapevines, strawberries, caneberries, and tree fruits. Accordingly, applicants should have the professional background necessary to conduct original research in applied plant pathology. By developing reciprocal and mutually beneficial relationships with colleagues and with various stakeholders, the candidate should become a knowledge partner who can provide reliable information and build research-informed networks to address issues of regional and statewide importance in the state of California.
A person in this position is expected to provide leadership as a liaison between campus-based researchers, CE campus and county based academics, and clientele and colleague groups such as growers, county advisors, pest control advisors and other agricultural industry professionals. This will include providing information to clientele through print publications, web-based resources and in-person presentations, and serving as a resource for other CE academics.
The successful candidate will: 1) coordinate applied research related to grapevine, strawberry, caneberry, and tree fruit pathology in collaboration with campus faculty, CE academics and other researchers; 2) conduct, and publish the results of applied research or other creative activities designed to resolve disease problems; and 3) emphasize environmentally sound, integrated approaches to disease management. Specific areas of research may include, but are not restricted to: plant disease diagnostics; fungal, bacterial or viral pathogen biology; reduction of fungicide use through forecasting based on disease epidemiology; identification and management of fungicide resistant pathogens; use of biological controls and cultural practices for disease reduction; and development of integrated pest management programs that contribute to sustainability of grapes, strawberries, caneberries, and other tree fruits.
The candidate will be expected to participate in professional society
activities including presenting papers at national and international meetings; reviewing manuscripts and grant proposals in his/her area of expertise; and establishing productive working relationships with scientists and extension personnel in other states and countries. The goal would be to gain national and international recognition for scholarly contributions to the science and practices of plant pathology, as he/she advances to the higher ranks in the UC system. Mentoring of graduate students, participation in and development of outreach programs, and performance of departmental and university service is expected.