The Pennsylvania State University
The Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology in the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences of The Pennsylvania State University are seeking an Assistant Professor of Virus Ecology. This position has 75% research and 25% teaching responsibility on a tenure-track 36-week appointment. The successful applicant is expected to develop an externally funded, high impact research program exploring virus ecology and evolution. We anticipate applicants that seek to understand and harness viruses (including viromes) for increased sustainability and resilience of agricultural and natural systems. Examples of potential research topics include but are not limited to applied evolution, impact of viral infection in multitrophic interactions and virus vectors biology, spatio-temporal distribution of virus communities, invasion biology, biological control, and the influence of the abundance and diversity of viruses in agricultural and natural ecosystems. Research may be conducted across scales. The successful applicant will have opportunities to collaborate with other faculty in one or more key areas in the department and with Faculty across the College, the Huck Institute and University. Teaching responsibilities will include teaching PPEM 454 Virus Ecology and a general education course in line with the teaching goals of the department and relevant to the expertise of the candidate. Applied research and outreach opportunities exist for contributing to a diverse variety of crop industries in the state, including but not limited to mushrooms, vegetables, horticultural crops, and field crops.
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