Summary of Duties: This position will run Research and Extension activities for Fire Blight Management as part of a national collaboration as a member of the Washington Tree Fruit Extension program based in Wenatchee WA. This position will also collaborate on Extension activities related to X-disease and Little cherry disease of cherry and stone fruit. The incumbent will: conduct blossom blight protection trials; conduct shoot blight protection trials; conduct on-farm demonstrations of fire blight cultural strategies; and extend research results through local meetings. He or she will perform a wide range of duties including field work, laboratory analysis, data analysis, grant management and organization of workshops and outreach activities. This project will require a high degree of communication and collaboration with industry. The individual will manage the project including overseeing student workers, organizing trials, and working with collaborators. Duties will include actuating spray trials, rating damage, conducting laboratory assays, and communicating with trial hosts. Other required activities include data entry, summary, statistical analysis, preparation of presentations and reports. Experimental and analytical skills, precision, reliability, understanding and knowledge of research theory, excellent organizational skills are required. Extension duties will include creating and giving presentations, writing newsletter and website materials, organizing workshops and creating innovative outreach materials. Ability to work outdoors in all-weather required.
Required Qualifications: Earned Ph.D. in Plant Pathology or closely related science field within the last five years, 2) Strong interest in applied research and outreach,3) Strong analytical and statistical skills, 4) Ability to work independently as well as with an interdisciplinary team of researchers, extension specialists, and other project participants, 5) Interest in apple, pear, integrated pest management and sustainability, 6) Excellent organizational and project management skills, 8) Excellent written and oral communication skills. 9) Have or be able to obtain a valid drivers license at the time of hire.
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