The Department of Botany and Plant Pathology at Purdue University is seeking applications for a faculty position in applied plant pathology at the Assistant Professor level. The position is tenure track, with an academic year appointment and potential for summer Extension support. 

The primary responsibility of the successful candidate is the extension of applied and translational research for the control of fungal turfgrass pathogens important to Indiana stakeholders. The candidate is expected to develop a nationally and internationally recognized research program focused on plant disease epidemiology, applied organismal biology, and/or plant disease management. 

 Extension activities will include, but not be limited to, the development of educational materials and programming (including distance learning and social media) that focus on practical solutions to turf disease problems for a broad range of commercial stakeholders. 

The successful candidate will be required to mentor graduate students, contribute to teaching undergraduate or graduate courses (10% effort), and participate in departmental, college and university committees. 

The successful candidate will also be expected to forge a synergistic working relationship with the Midwest Regional Turf Foundation (MRTF); a dedicated partner with a long track record of supporting research, extension and undergraduate education activities of Purdue’s Turfgrass Science Program. 

The successful candidate will be expected to attract external support and collaborate effectively with other faculty within the department and across disciplines at Purdue to improve our understanding of the turfgrass pathology and the economics of plant disease control. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with professional experience.

The Department

The Department of Botany and Plant Pathology has a diverse and creative faculty that conducts research in plant pathology, plant biology, and weed science. The department is part of a dynamic research community of scientists in the College of Agriculture and across the university. 

The department is located in Lilly Hall with research labs, greenhouse space, and plant growth facilities. The MRTF supports the Daniel Turfgrass Research and Diagnostic Center, a state-of-the-art research and education facility that provides the opportunity to conduct research on contemporary turfgrass management issues.

The College

The Department is an integral part of the College of Agriculture, one of the world’s leading colleges of agricultural, food, life, and natural resource sciences and ranked seventh in the US in the 2020 QS World University Rankings. 

 The College is deeply committed to the three land-grant missions (teaching, research, and Extension), and to excellence in international activities and perspectives that span all mission areas.  The College has 11 academic departments and includes 295 faculty, 2731 undergraduate students, and 681 graduate students. 


Qualified candidates must have a Ph.D. degree in plant pathology or closely related field. Applied, field experience working with fungal pathogens in the areas of disease ecology, epidemiology, management, modeling, statistics, or related research areas are preferred. Excellent written and oral communication skills are essential and candidates should be able to demonstrate good teaching skills.

Application Instructions

Interested applicants must submit an application packet that outlines their research interests, a statement of their Extension philosophy, professional goals, diversity statement, a complete curriculum vitae that includes a summary of academic and other professional experiences, and the names and contact information for four references. 

All materials must be combined into one pdf and submitted electronically via this site – Review of applications has been extended and will begin again on January 31, 2021 and continue until a suitable candidate is identified. Address questions to Janna Beckerman ( A background check will be required for employment in this position.

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