Job Opening: Potato Physiologist, Washington State University Dept. of Horticulture

Published online: Feb 04, 2020 Articles
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The Department of Horticulture at Washington State University is seeking a candidate who will become a core member of its potato research and extension team in the role of potato physiologist. This tenure-track, 12-month faculty position as assistant or associate professor is located on the WSU-Pullman campus and begins in June/July 2020, as negotiated.


  • Developing a nationally and internationally recognized research program in the general areas of pre- and post-harvest physiology of potato, including storage management, variety development, and crop growth and development with the goal of enhancing the productivity and quality of potato
  • Collaborating with departmental and interdepartmental faculty, university researchers, and USDA-ARS scientists, especially those aligned with the Northwest Potato Variety Development Program
  • Establishing rapport with industry and communicating program results to stakeholders
  • Seeking and securing extramural research funding
  • Contributing to scholarly literature, teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students.


  • Ph.D. in horticulture or related plant science discipline at time of hire
  • Evidence of ability to lead and manage a research program focused on potato physiology
  • Demonstrated record of scholarly accomplishments in basic and applied plant physiology commensurate with career level. (Candidates applying for this position at the associate professor rank must have an equivalent of six years of experience in an assistant-rank position or equivalent position(s) with an established record of accomplishments in program leadership, scholarship and extramural funding commensurate with the associate rank).

Screening of application materials begins March 9, 2020, and will remain open until the position is filled.

To apply visit Applications must include the following materials:

  • A cover letter of application addressing, in distinct sections, all the required and preferred qualifications for the position (including areas of expertise and research interests)
  • A statement of vision and goals for the position that describes how your program would serve the needs of the Pacific Northwest potato industry
  • A current curriculum vitae
  • Electronic copies of graduate program academic transcripts
  • Names and contact information for four professional references. Reference letters will be requested for the finalists.

For questions about the position contact search committee chair Dr. Mark J. Pavek at (509) 335-6861 or

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