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The North Willamette Research and Extension Center invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Assistant Professor of Practice position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Director.
This position is located at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center in Aurora, OR.
This position as a Horticultural Crops Research and Registration Specialist, will have an academic home in a department such as Horticulture, Crop and Soil Science, or Botany and Plant Pathology. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Research Center Director. This appointment may be considered at the Associate Professor of Practice level with the candidate’s qualifications demonstrating an exemplary record of scholarly outcomes, extramural funding, outreach, and publications commensurate with this level to be granted the same rank at Oregon State University.
The mission of the Oregon State University Extension Program is to perform research and deliver research-based, objective, informal education to help Oregonians solve problems, develop leadership, and manage resources wisely.
The faculty member is primarily responsible for (1) providing leadership in the development and implementation of a program designed to expedite the registration of pest management products for Oregon specialty crops, and (2) develop outreach programs to educate and inform the horticultural food commodity group, including hop, oilseed, and forage producers, as well as processors, and other ag professionals of the research requirements and processes employed to register safe and effective pest management solutions for specialty crops.
The faculty member will collaborate with Extension Specialists and Field Faculty, university researchers and commodity groups in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest to discover and identify effective pest-mitigating products and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategies that preserve beneficial organisms, have limited environmental impact, enhance resistance management to mitigate the selection of pesticide resistant populations, but still support the goal of optimizing production.
The incumbent will collaborate with the National and Regional Interregional Research Project #4 (IR-4) Project, the Oregon Department of Agriculture and product manufacturers to expedite the registration of these products.
All programs are designed, developed, maintained, and/or carried out to insure that all people have equal employment opportunities and equal program participation.Position Duties
Serve as Director of the OSU IR-4 Field Research Center, also known as the Specially Crops Research and Registration Program, located at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center (NWREC), for expediting the registration of specialty crop pest control products. Participate in and encourage multi-disciplinary and multi-state educational and research programs that focus on resolution of pest management issues.
Provide educational and applied research program leadership designed to evaluate the benefits and suitability of pest mitigating synthetic, bio-rational, and biological compounds for use in agriculture, as well as, the potential of these products for registration. Collaborate with Extension and university colleagues, commodity groups, and clientele in these efforts.
In cooperation with local crop groups, agrochemical representatives, and university colleagues, conduct efficacy field trials, crop safety field trials utilizing Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) for the IR-4 Food Use Program and oversee the establishment and maintenance of crop plantings on which research is conducted to help find pest management solutions for insects, diseases and weeds in a wide range of specially crops grown in Oregon. Maintain updated training in Good Laboratory and Field Practices credentials, as required by the US Environmental Protection Agency, to conduct a magnitude of residue field trials.
Make recommendations on pesticides and to conduct agricultural field research.
Seek grant support for educational and applied research programs.
Collaborate with Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), and pesticide registrants in pesticide registration and regulatory affairs.
Help facilitate export of specialty crops by working on coordination and harmonization of domestic and foreign MRLs.
Liaison between Oregon specialty crops and the regional IR-4 Programs, relaying pest management needs to IR-4 that are specific to Oregon.
Liaison with the State IPM Coordinator, the Pesticide Safety Education
Program Coordinator, and the Director of the OSU Honey Bee Laboratory to coordinate research and outreach education programmatic needs associated with new and existing pesticides.
Communicate new knowledge or creative solutions through presentations and publications at the local, regional, and national level.
Provide leadership and wider access to pesticide regulatory information for OSU Agricultural Extension Agents and professional agricultural consultants in Oregon (e.g. develop a list serve for sharing information about regulatory updates, Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs), label changes, etc.)
Pursue continued professional development relevant to assignments and incorporate new knowledge and skills into Extension programs.
Provide supervision for faculty research assistants, bio-tech research support staff, and summer students and interns. Personnel management activities include hiring, work flow management, and performance evaluation.
10% Scholarship and Creative Activity
Discover new knowledge and develop creative solutions and applications for problems related to pest mitigation in horticultural food commodities.
Communicate new knowledge or creative solutions through presentations and by publishing in proceedings of these meetings, lay journals, and peer-reviewed publications.
The faculty member is expected to provide service to the department, college,
university, and community through committee and community service, leadership, and liaison roles, as appropriate and as requested, by the unit and university administrators.
Serve on local, state, regional, and national advisory committees and task forces, as appropriate, to position responsibilities is encouraged.
Participate in the programs and activities of professional organizations, as appropriate.
Contribute, as needed, to annual revision of the PNW Insect, Disease, and Weed Management Handbooks.
M.S. or equivalent in Horticulture, Crop Science, Entomology, Plant Pathology, Weed Science, or related field.
Demonstrated ability to communicate orally and in writing.
Ability to work independently and cooperatively within a team; and work and communicate with colleagues.
Strong scientific writing and technical presentation skills.
Experience in designing and implementing efficacy and crop safety pest management field research.
Work experience: a minimum of two years in entomology, plant pathology, weed science, and/or integrated pest management systems.
Ability to secure (within 6 months of start date) and maintain Oregon pesticide applicator license.
To be considered at the Associate Professor of Practice level, the candidate must have an exemplary record of scholarly outcomes, extramural funding, outreach, and publications commensurate with this level to be granted the same rank at Oregon State University.
This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Criminal History Check and be determined to be position qualified as per OSU Standard 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in Youth Programs may have additional Criminal History Checks every 24 months.
This position requires driving a University vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the University; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Motor Vehicle History Check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver’s license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions as per OSU Standard 576-056-0000 et seq.Preferred (Special) Qualifications
Experience with and demonstrated ability to conduct Good Laboratory Practices field residue research trials.
Experience conducting efficacy field trials, crop safety field trials utilizing Good Laboratory Practices (GLP).
Demonstrated capacity for collaborative research with industry stakeholders and government agencies, including on-farm research.
Experience sharing outcomes and research at meetings, educational events and through publications with farmers, industry professionals and agencies.
Experience publishing lay journals and peer-reviewed publications.
Experience in securing extramural funding.
Demonstrated ability to manage a research team.
Demonstrated personnel supervisory experience.
Demonstrated knowledge and ability to work effectively with individuals or groups with diverse cultures, backgrounds, and ideologies.
Demonstrated life experience, education, or training that broadens capacity to equalize the success or impact on underserved audiences.
A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.Working Conditions / Work Schedule
Will need to travel independently, work in outside environments in a variety of field and weather conditions and may need to operate a variety of farm-related equipment.This position requires a clear and unambiguous commitment to compliance of all National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) regulations for Division I (FBS) universities. No
When applying you will be required to attach the following electronic documents:
1) A resume/CV; and
2) A cover letter indicating how your qualifications and experience have prepared you for this position.
You will also be required to submit the names of at least three professional references, their e-mail addresses and telephone numbers as part of the application process.
For additional information please contact: Cynthia.Ocamb@oregonstate.edu
OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.
This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Criminal History Check and be determined to be position qualified as per OSU STANDARD 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in Youth Programs may have additional Criminal History Checks every 24 months. Offers of employment are contingent upon meeting all minimum qualifications including the Criminal History Check Requirement.
This position requires driving a University vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the University; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Motor Vehicle History Check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver’s license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions as per OSU STANDARD 576-056-0000 et seq. Offers of employment are contingent upon meeting all minimum qualifications including the Motor Vehicle Check Requirement.