Assistant Professor

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month, Full-Time 9-Month
Department: 011900 - Biochem,MolBio,Entmology&Plant Path
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Faculty
Position Open Date:

Position Function:

The Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology, and Plant Pathology at Mississippi State University seeks to fill a 9 or 12 month (depending on candidate and duty location). tenure-track, assistant professor position in plant pathology, with a focus on fungal pathogens and diseases of Mississippi’s economically important agricultural and specialty crops, including turfgrass, sweet potato and vegetable crops. The position will be based at either the main campus in Starkville or the North Mississippi Research and Extension Center in Verona, as deemed most suitable to support the research program of the applicant.

Employees hired into Intermittent positions are limited to working no more than 720 hours per fiscal year.

Salary Grade:  UC

Please see Staff Compensation Structure or Skilled Crafts and Service Maintenance Compensation Schedule for salary ranges.  For salary grade UC, these positions are "Unclassified" and salary ranges are determined by the hiring department.

Department Profile:

The Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology pursues an academic research and service mission within the traditions of Land-Grant Universities. The Department offers B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees and currently advises approximately 500 undergraduate and 50 graduate students.

Area of Specialization:

Plant Pathology

Anticipated Appointment Date:

January 1, 2023. 

Tenure Track Status:


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The successful candidate will be expected to develop a multidisciplinary, nationally/internationally-recognized, and extramurally-funded research program that uses both field and laboratory-based approaches to address applied research topics that synergize with existing departmental strengths in plant systems ( Research areas of interest include, but are not limited to, plant-pathogen interactions, plant pathogen-vector interactions, microbiomes in plant disease, spatial epidemiology, and plant disease management. Experience with molecular-based methods is highly desirable. Collaboration with other researchers and Extension Service colleagues both on- and off-campus is expected. The successful applicant will have a strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate education, teaching foundation courses in plant pathology as well as advanced courses relevant to their area of expertise and serving on graduate student committees. The development of on-line courses is encouraged. Candidates with the ability to develop courses and reach student audiences outside the plant agricultural community would be highly considered. The successful candidate is expected to be an interactive member of the faculty as well as contribute to relevant scientific/professional societies.

Minimum Qualifications:

A Ph.D. in plant pathology or a related field is required with demonstrated scholarly productivity and excellence in written and oral communication. Exceptional ABD candidates may be considered, but preference will be given to applicants with post-doctoral experience. Candidates with teaching experience, evidence of multidisciplinary collaborations, experience integrating basic and applied research, a record of leadership and service, and the ability to secure extramural funding will be given priority.

ABDs or degree pending considered (all but DISS):


Instructions for Applying:

Link to apply:

Applications must be submitted through the MSU employment website at Completed applications will include: the Personal Data Information Form (available online) as well as a current curriculum vitae, statements of research interests and teaching philosophy, copies of up to five relevant publications, transcripts, and contact information for at least three references. Any social security numbers on requested transcripts should be redacted prior to submitting online. References will not be contacted before a candidate is selected to interview. Review of applications will begin on September 16, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. Questions or requests for further information may be routed to Ms. Kathy Breland (

Screening Date:

August 12, 2022 until filled. 

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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