We are searching for a Forest Pathologist, MS minimum, or Ph.D. (Faculty Research
Assistant) to work with the Swiss Needle Cast Cooperative here at Oregon State University,
in the Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management.
Description of position below, To review posting and apply, go to
. Apply to posting #0008642.
Position closes 03-11-2012
Faculty Research Assistant
Faculty Research Assistant
Academic Teaching/Research Faculty
Forest Eng/Resourcs/Mgmt 231600 FOR
The Department of Forest Engineering, Resources & Management (FERM) invites
applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Faculty Research Assistant
position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Department Head.
This position independently performs project development (proposal and design), set-up and
maintenance, including data collection, work with fungal disease agents and hosts,
management and statistical analyses, for the Swiss Needle Cast Cooperative (SNCC). The
SNCC is a research cooperative mandated and funded by the State of Oregon to serve forest
land owners in Oregon and Washington by managing research projects that examine the health
of coast range forest affected by the disease. This position is key to the operations and
management of the SNCC and several other forest health projects aimed at providing
managers with valuable information on various forest health issues. This involves working
with fungal forest pathogens, project design and implementation, travel to remote field
sites for collection of data, data management and analysis. The position will include the
hiring, training and supervision of multiple temporary employees, both in the lab and the
field. He/she will write and review scientific publications to disseminate information to
the scientific and land management audiences, reviewing and maintaining budgets, and
preparing and submitting proposals for future Swiss needle cast projects.
30% -- Project management for several ongoing research projects. Makes decisions
independently regarding; the collection of field and laboratory data and samples (e.g.,
foliage, soils, tree increments, etc), development of protocols for collecting data and
samples, selection of sites for data and sample collection, determination of equipment
necessary to collect samples and data, accurate recording of data and processing of
samples, and hiring, training, and supervision of multiple student and/or temporary
employees for lab work and data collection in the field. Expected to travel to field
locations to collect data.
30% -- Field and lab data collection and work with fungi and host plants. Data management
and analysis: Independent development of databases for data collected in the field and
laboratory, maintenance of databases, manipulation of data structure to apply statistical
procedures, application of statistical procedures using a variety of statistical
programming packages, and summarization of findings from statistical analyses into reports
20% -- Writes and reviews manuscripts and annual reports: Independently prepares figures
and tables from statistical analyses, reviews relevant literature, writes and reviews
manuscripts, submits manuscripts to scientific journals, and responds to comments from
reviewers. Assists in writing the SNCC annual report, which reviews the research findings
and accounting of the SNCC for the preceding year.
10% -- Budgets: Organizes, reviews, and maintains research budgets in Forest Health
program, specifically the Swiss Needle Cast Budget. This includes tracking spending,
coordinating with investigators, and reporting spending to participating agencies for
various research projects.
10% -- Assists in grant proposal writing and preparation: Organizes, submits, and assists
in writing grant proposals to multiple agencies, using multiple avenues of grant
submission, e.g., grants.gov
and Fastlane (National Science Foundation). Primarily
responsible for coordination of scientific ideas and proposed budgets between
Position Duties (continued):
Working Conditions/Work Schedule:
The SNCC FRA will be working in a wide variety of field settings. Working conditions in
the field can include work on steep terrain and dense forests, hiking through forests,
using compass and GPS to navigate in the field, work during cold, rainy, and otherwise
inclement weather. Employee must be physically able to work in these field conditions.
However, most field work will occur between April and October. Work will include tree
measurement, sampling for foliage diseases, establishing plots for long term monitoring.
M.S. in Forest Pathology or related field.
Experience working in the area of forest pathology with a focus on fungi causing tree
Experience with statistical analyses.
Use of statistical program packages such as SAS and S-Plus.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Willingness to learn tree climbing.
A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.
Scholarly Outcomes for Position (academic faculty only)
Indicate how you intend to recruit for this search:
Competitive / External - open to ALL qualified applicants
For Full Consideration Date
Recommended Full-Time Salary Range
Salary is commensurate with education and experience.
A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity is:
A preferred qualification
Special Instructions to Applicants
When applying you will be required to attach the following electronic documents:
1) A resume/CV that includes the names of at least three professional references, their
e-mail addresses and telephone contact numbers (Upload as 'Other Document' if not
included with your resume/vitae).
2) A cover letter indicating how your qualifications and experience have prepared you for
For additional information please contact: Susan Ullstad at 541-737-9253 or
OSU is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.
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Extension Forest Health Specialist and Director, Swiss Needle Cast Cooperative
Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management (Associate Professor)
College of Forestry, Oregon State University
Corvallis, Oregon 97331
Swiss Needle Cast Cooperative: http://sncc.forestry.oregonstate.edu/
FERM page: http://ferm.forestry.oregonstate.edu/facstaff/shaw-david