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Assistant Professor, Plant-Microbe Interactions

The University of Arizona
Job Location:
Tucson, Arizona
Plant and Soil Science

Posting Number: req7655

Department: School of Plant Sciences-Res

Location: Main Campus

Address: Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

The School of Plant Sciences at the University of Arizona seeks applications for an Assistant Professor position (9-month, tenure track) in the broad area of plant-microbe interactions. Applicants with experience using large-scale sequencing, computational methods, molecular and genomic methods, and/or relevant experimental approaches are particularly encouraged to apply, as are those whose research aims are relevant to plant pathology or plant-microbial biology in wild, managed, model systems, or modern agricultural systems. The University of Arizona is an arid lands research institution that offers unique opportunities to study the impact of climate and related biotic stress conditions on plants and the roles that microbes may play in relieving those stresses. The University of Arizona has diverse expertise and resources for program development including the UA CyVerse group, NSF Center for Research on Programmable Plant Systems, NSF NRT in Ecosystem Genomics, and the UArizona's network of agricultural research centers located throughout the state. Applicants are expected to have a proven track record of research productivity and publications in the broadly-defined area of plant-microbe interactions relevant to achieving fundamental, new knowledge and translational outcomes.

Plant Sciences at the University of Arizona is a leading unit in basic and applied plant and microbial science, with faculty engaged in research ranging from sustainable agriculture and ecology to genetics, genomics, and biochemistry. State of the art facilities are available for genomics, bioinformatics, imaging, microscopy, phenomics, greenhouse studies, and related research needs.

The University is located in Tucson, a welcoming and livable city in the beautiful Sonoran Desert, surrounded by spectacular scenery, national forests and national parks, and areas of cultural interest. The city is recognized for its culture of food and was the first UNESCO World City of Gastronomy named in the United States. The University is located conveniently with respect to affordable and beautiful neighborhoods with high-quality schools. Arts, music, history, cultural diversity, and outdoor activities are all part of Tucson life.

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Duties & Responsibilities


  • Develop a cutting-edge externally funded research program in plant-microbe interactions.
  • Apply genomic, metagenomic, bioinformatic and/or genetic approaches in plant microbial research toward understanding beneficial and/or detrimental interactions with plants.
  • Interact with faculty within and outside of the School of Plant Sciences in the areas of plant-microbe interactions, data sciences, ecosystem genomics, ecology, evolutionary biology, microbiology, digital agriculture, bio-computation and modeling and related disciplines.
  • Teach undergraduate and graduate courses (in plant-microbial interactions) for students in areas such as microbiology, plant science, sustainable plant systems, biotechnology, and related fields.
  • Mentor undergraduate and graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars to train the next generation of plant-microbial scientists.


  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

Minimum Qualifications


  • A Ph.D. in microbiology, plant pathology, or related discipline.
  • Postdoctoral and/or other relevant experience
  • Evidence of scholarly productivity

Preferred Qualifications

Track record in research using genomic, genetic, metagenomic and/or bioinformatic approaches to study plant-microbe interactions or microbial communities in the promotion of plant health or to counter biotic stresses in arid land agricultural systems.

Rank: Assistant Professor

Tenure Information

Tenure Track (T/TE)

FLSA: Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40

Job FTE: 1.0

Work Calendar: Academic

Job Category: Research Faculty

Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay: DOE

Compensation Type: salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)

Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies: 1

Contact Information for Candidates

For additional information, please contact the Search Committee chair: Dr. Marc Orbach at

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Curriculum Vitae (CV), Cover Letter, and Three Additional Documents

Special Instructions to Applicant

Qualified applicants should submit a Cover Letter of application, a current CV, (in One Additional Document slot) a summary of research accomplishments and future research objectives, a description of teaching interests, (in One Additional Document slot) contact information for at least three references and a personal statement describing your experience in working with diverse students, (in One Additional Document slot) diversifying a department, or demonstrating success in increasing a sense of academic inclusiveness.

Review of applications will begin as they are received, and continue until the position is filled. Applications received by January 3, 2022 are guaranteed review.

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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