Agroecology Post-Doc position at Montana State

Post Doctoral Researcher, Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences and Department of Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology,

Montana State University-Bozeman, Montana



Starting Date: Negotiable, preferred start date is 9/1/15.

Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications. Group medical, dental and optical insurance plan; TIAA/CREF, vacation and sick leave.

Duties & Responsibilities: We seek a highly motivated candidate to help coordinate research assessing 1) the re-integration of crop and livestock production in organic cropping systems, and 2) the role of mite-transmitted wheat viruses in mediating crop-weed competitive interactions. The successful candidate will be part of two multidisciplinary regional projects aimed at increasing our understanding of the ecological underpinnings of sustainable cropping systems in the Northern Great Plains.

The successful candidate will initiate and supervise field, greenhouse, and laboratory experiments. Greenhouse and laboratory activities will include mechanical transmission of viruses, mite transmission of viruses, ELISA, PCR, and associated tasks. Field duties include plot establishment and maintenance, and measurement of pathogen and plant variables. Further duties include assisting in the supervision of graduate and undergraduate students, development of appropriate experiments, collection and analysis of data, interpretation of results, formulation of conclusions, and documentation in a final written form.

 Required Qualifications:

  1. PhD in ecology, agroecology, weed science, plant pathology, entomology or a related field.
  2. Strong statistical foundation
  3. Excellent writing skills.
  4. A valid driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications may include any of the following:

  1. Ability to work in a multidisciplinary environment.
  2. Interest and knowledge in agroecology and sustainable food production systems.
  3. Excellent verbal communication skills.

The successful candidate will also have the ability to multi-task and give careful attention to detail.

Application procedure: Please send as PDF files a letter of interest describing the candidate’s fulfillment of required and preferred qualifications, a CV or resume, transcripts, and names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of three references to either:

Dr. Fabián Menalled,  Land Resources and Env. Sciences
(406) 994-4783


Dr. Mary Burrows, Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology
(406) 994-7612

Screening will continue until the position is filled and references will be requested prior to an interview.

ADA/EO/AA/Veteran’s Preference: In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. MSU makes accommodations for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To claim veteran’s preference or request accommodation, contact Human Resources/Affirmative Action, Montana Hall, MSU, Bozeman, MT 59717-2430; 406-994-2042 (TTD: 406-994-4191).