This job will involve lab, greenhouse, and field activities that contribute to team-driven research projects. The successful applicant will be responsible for leading a project screening walnut rootstocks for resistance to Phytophthora. The incumbent will also assist with basic and applied research contributing to sustainable management of Prunus replant disease. Specific duties of the position include establishing and managing greenhouse, lab, and field trials; isolating microbes from plant tissue and soil; extracting nucleic acids from complex samples; collecting and analyzing plant data; and producing publication-quality figures. The incumbent will be expected to summarize project progress and findings for meetings, as well as coordinate project goals and timelines between Browne lab and its collaborators. This position also includes responsibility for training and mentoring undergraduate student assistants. As the position progresses, it is expected that the incumbent will begin to participate in the development of manuscripts and grant proposals, and there may be opportunities to present project results at professional meetings.
The Browne lab is committed to the development of sustainable, practical management strategies for soilborne diseases of fruit and nut trees. Lab team projects include determining the etiology of emerging diseases, developing and optimizing soil-amendment-based control strategies for soilborne diseases, and developing walnut and Prunus rootstocks that resist key soilborne pathogens.
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