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Post Doctoral Fellow
University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas
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Date Posted December 10, 2019
Employment Type Full-time
Application Deadline Open until filled

About the University

About the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture
The Division of Agriculture is a state wide campus, with faculty based on University campuses, at Research and Extension Centers and in every Arkansas County. It consists of the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station (AAES) and the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service (CES), and is home to more than 1400 employees. The Division was established in 1959 and is headed by the Vice-President for Agriculture. The Division headquarters is located in Little Rock with the rest of the University of Arkansas System Administration.
As an employer, the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance. The benefits package includes university contributions to health, dental, life and disability insurance, tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate leave accrual, and a choice of retirement programs with university contributions ranging from 5 to 10% of employee salary.

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Summary of Job Duties

A full-time Postdoctoral Fellow position is available in the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Arkansas/USDA Salinas, CA. The successful applicant will be responsible for conducting research on the epidemiology of the downy mildew pathogen of spinach (Peronospora effusa). The successful candidate will conduct applied and basic research on the epidemiology, genetics, population biology, disease management, and host resistance. The support for the position is from spinach stakeholders and includes the California Seed Association and Plantum, a company- based consortium in the Netherlands.

The position will be under the overall supervision of the Correll lab, but will be located at the USDA/ARS Klosterman lab in Salinas, CA. The effort will evaluate the type and relative importance of difference sources of primary inoculum. This effort will involve virulence/race characterization of the pathogen, phenotyping and genotyping of field isolates, genetic crosses of isolates of opposite mating type, and the evaluation of oospore germination, isolation, and etiology of the infection process. The applicant is expected to design and conduct experiments independently, present research findings at scientific meetings and prepare manuscripts for publication in peer reviewed journals. Funding is initially available for a two-year period with potential for additional funding.

Minimum Qualifications: Please ensure that all relevant application materials include details addressing the minimum qualifications. Applicants not meeting the minimum qualifications will be disqualified from consideration.

PhD in plant pathology, epidemiology, oomycete genetics, molecular biology, and population biology. The position requires experience in basic techniques in molecular biology, such as isolation of DNA, PCR, and experience with basic bioinformatic tools. Experience operating and maintaining general lab equipment is required.

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Preferred Qualifications

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)

The position requires experience in basic techniques in molecular biology, such as isolation of DNA, PCR, and experience with basic bioinformatic tools.

Physical activities associated with this position

For questions regarding reasonable accommodations please contact the Division’s Office of Affirmative Action at bbatiste@uark.edu.

Physical Conditions

The employee is subject to both environmental conditions. Activities occur inside and outside.

Work Schedule

M-F 8:00-4:30

Overtime Eligible


Is this position weather/event essential? If yes, the employee in this position will report to work at the scheduled time when the University is closed due to inclement conditions.


Work Location/Building

USDA/ARS Klosterman lab in Salinas, CA

Benefits Eligible


Appointment Percent



Commensurate with experience.

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Does this position require a substance abuse test?


Pre-employment Screening Requirements

Posting Detail Information

Future Open Date

Close Date


Open Until Filled


Anticipated Start Date

Anticipated End Date (for temporary appointments)

Recruitment Contact Information

Please contact Jim Correll (jcorrell@uark.edu or 479-283-1628) or Steve Klosterman
(Steve.Klosterman@ARS.USDA.GOV) if you have any questions about the position.

Special Instructions Summary

Hiring Location

222 Administration Building Fayetteville, AR 72701.

EEO Statement

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs and services without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Fayetteville, AR

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