Washington State University, Department of Horticulture
WSU Position: 111723
■ Endowed Chair in Raspberry Breeding
■ Permanent 12-month tenure track hired at the Assistant, Associate, or Professor level commensurate with the level of experience.
■ Washington State University (WSU)— Mount Vernon Northwestern Washington Research & Extension Center
■ Competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience
■ Aug 1, 2024 (negotiable)
The Department of Horticulture within the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural
Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) at Washington State University (WSU) is recruiting an Endowed Chair in Raspberry Breeding to join an extraordinary team of scientists and extension experts at Washington State University. The position is supported by a $1.5 million investment by the Washington Red Raspberry Commission. Washington leads the nation in processed red raspberry production with this high quality, machine-harvested crop transformed into high-value products including individually quick frozen whole fruits and crumbles, purees, and juice.
The position is permanent 12-month tenure track, and will be hired at the Assistant, Associate, or
Professor level commensurate with the level of experience of the successful candidate. The position will be based at the WSU Mount Vernon Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center (WSU NWREC) with additional resources in the Lynden area of Whatcom County and Puyallup Research and Extension Center. Washington State University has strong expertise in the areas of small fruit horticulture, genomics of Rosaceae fruit crops, arthropod pest and disease management, and extension. The raspberry breeder will join this strong, collaborative team that serves the Pacific Northwest region. Furthermore, the region has a strong and collaborative network of public and private small fruit crop breeders in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia, Canada. The successful candidate will be expected to engage with these collaborative programs to further enhance their statewide, national, and international impact.
The incumbent will lead a nationally recognized and regionally relevant program focused on raspberry breeding and cultivar release to enhance crop productivity and profitability. Washington State University has a successful history in raspberry breeding dating back to 1929 with important contributions in machine harvestability, Phytophthora root rot tolerance, and Raspberry bush dwarf virus (RBDV) resistance. Opportunities may also arise to expand the program to include other commercially important and/or alternative small fruit crops, but the primary focus shall be on raspberry. The endowment is funded by the Washington Red Raspberry Commission and the successful incumbent will work in partnership with grower-stakeholders in Whatcom County and an endowment advisory committee to enhance the red raspberry program success and impact.
The incumbent's program is expected to also engage in discipline-appropriate outreach and teaching.
The individual will contribute to undergraduate or graduate education in the Department of Horticulture. Teaching will be expected after three years in the position with the expectation to teach three credits every year. Mentorship of graduate students is expected within the first year in the position, as this is a critical component of workforce development and addressing the needs of the region. Excellence in mentorship and maintaining standards of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the recruitment of students and staff are expected.
Required for all ranks:
● A PhD degree in plant breeding or a closely related field.
● Demonstrated record of scholarly accomplishments in research, extension, and/or teaching commensurate with career level within the field of plant breeding (or a closely related field).
● Qualified for appointment at Assistant Professor rank, must have experience in an assistant-rank position or equivalent with an established record of accomplishments in program leadership, scholarship, and extramural funding.
● Qualifications for appointment at Associate or Professor rank must meet criteria outlined in the WSU Faculty Manual (https://provost.wsu.edu/manuals-and-forms/)
Preferred for all ranks:
● Demonstrated experience in perennial fruit crop breeding and development/release of new cultivars.
● Demonstrated ability to conduct original research.
● Demonstrated ability to communicate (oral, written, and electronic) effectively with technical and nontechnical audiences.
● Demonstrated record of or capacity to acquire and/or manage extramural competitive grant support.
● Ability or capacity to teach/mentor undergraduate and graduate students.
● Ability to work effectively with interdisciplinary teams and stakeholders.
THE DEPARTMENT OF HORTICULTURE:
The Department of Horticulture is in the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS, http://www.cahnrs.wsu.edu). The Department has fully integrated programs in teaching, research, and extension, involving approximately 18 faculty (supporting research, teaching, and extension), 19 active adjunct faculty, numerous research associates, postdoctoral researchers, and administrative professionals. The administrative office is located on the main campus in Pullman with approximately two thirds of the faculty located across four statewide Research and Extension Centers:
● WSU Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center in Prosser, Washington (https://iarec.wsu.edu/)
● WSU Mount Vernon Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center (http://www.mtvernon.wsu.edu)
● WSU Puyallup Research and Extension Center (http://www.puyallup.wsu.edu)
● WSU Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center in Wenatchee, Washington (http://www.tfrec.wsu.edu)
The Department of Horticulture contributes to the Integrated Plant Science (IPS) undergraduate degree program (http://ips.wsu.edu/) administered through CAHNRS. Horticulture-based majors include: Fruit & Vegetable Management; Landscape, Nursery & Greenhouse Management; and Agricultural Biotechnology. The department also participates in the interdisciplinary Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and Food Systems (AFS) degree program (http://afs.wsu.edu/). Faculty also participate in the CAHNRS Organic and Sustainable Agriculture Program housed at WSU Everett. Fostering undergraduate experience in research and creative practice is a departmental priority. The department has a robust and growing graduate program with approximately 50 graduate students seeking degrees in Horticulture (MS and PhD) and interdisciplinary degrees in Molecular Plant Science (PhD), and Master of Agriculture (MSAg) programs. The department also supports graduate students mentored by faculty in the Department of Viticulture and Enology (https://wine.wsu.edu/).
THE MOUNT VERNON NORTHWESTERN WASHINGTON RESEARCH & EXTENSION CENTER (WSU NWREC)
The successful candidate will be housed at the WSU NWREC located in Mount Vernon, Washington (https://mtvernon.wsu.edu/). WSU NWREC is one of four research and extension centers of CAHNRS. The mission of WSU NWREC is to serve the agricultural, horticultural, and natural resource science interests of the state through research and extension activities that are enhanced by the unique conditions of western Washington: its mild, marine climate, rich alluvial soils, diverse small and mid-sized farming enterprises, and unique rural-urban interface. The Center houses research programs in entomology, small fruit horticulture, vegetable horticulture, cider apples, vegetable pathology, vegetable seed pathology, soil science, weed science, and plant breeding. Cooperative research between scientists at WSU NWREC and other sites, as well as regional, national and international collaboration, enhances the work of all. Research activities are funded by grants obtained from local, regional, national, and international sources.
The WSU NWREC campus includes the Agricultural Research & Technology Building. Completed in 2006, the building includes offices, modern laboratories (including shared molecular, fruit quality, and processing laboratories), greenhouse bays, a public auditorium and demonstration kitchen, and distance learning and video teleconferencing capabilities. Additionally, the newly built Ruth Wylie Head House provides additional space for offices, teaching, and processing of field samples.
PUYALLUP RESEARCH AND EXTENSION CENTER (PREC)
The successful candidate will also have access to resources available at the PREC. Founded in 1894, the PREC is located in Puyallup, Washington (http://puyallup.wsu.edu/) and serves as another research and extension center within CAHNRS. The previous small fruits breeding program was housed at PREC and resources available there include state-of-the-art greenhouses, laboratory space with instrumentation, tissue culture facilities, virus testing capacity, legacy germplasm, and land historically used to screen for tolerance or resistance to raspberry phytophthora root rot.
THE COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURAL, HUMAN, AND NATURAL RESOURCE SCIENCES:
The College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) at Washington State University is an expansive and diverse college that includes 14 academic units and four Research and Extension Centers distributed across the state. CAHNRS fosters disciplines that serve at the interface of scientific discovery and its application to the advancement of society and improvement of the human experience. Our mission is to provide global leadership in discovering, accessing, and disseminating knowledge that contributes to producing a safe, abundant food and fiber supply; promotes the well-being of individuals, families, and communities; enhances sustainability of agricultural and economic systems; and promotes stewardship of natural resources and ecological systems. CAHNRS personnel embrace the opportunity to fulfill the university's land-grant mission by making groundbreaking research discoveries, by utilizing innovative approaches to teaching and learning, and by delivering relevant, progressive extension programs that synergistically generate outcomes that enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Washington State, as well as for people around the globe.
For more information, visit http://cahnrs.wsu.edu.
WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY
Founded in 1890, Washington State University is a comprehensive land-grant university with teaching, research, and extension missions, and one of two research universities in Washington State. WSU is organized into ten academic colleges, the Honors College, and the Graduate School. It has an enrollment of more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students on five campuses (Pullman, Everett, Spokane, Tri-Cities, and Vancouver) with approximately 20,000 students located on the main campus in Pullman, WA. WSU is a Carnegie I, Doctoral/Research Extensive University. WSU strongly values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students and seeks to ensure a welcoming community for all. Further information about WSU can be found at: http://www.wsu.edu. At
LIFE IN MOUNT VERNON AND WESTERN WASHINGTON:
The region is well known for its scenic beauty that includes beautiful farming operations nestled between the Cascade Mountain Range and Puget Sound. Major cities and their attractions including Seattle and Vancuover, Canada, are accessible via a 2–3-hour drive. The immediate five-county area supports a diversity of agriculture, including dairy and livestock industries, and the production of over 60 fresh-market and processing crops on roughly more than 100,000 acres. Red raspberries, blueberries, strawberries; cabbage, spinach, table beet and more than 20 other vegetable and grass seed crops; cucumbers, green peas, red and yellow potatoes, and specialty vegetables; apple and grape and other specialty fruit cultivars; tulips, daffodils, and irises; turf, nursery and greenhouse crops; and various small grain crops flourish here because of the rich soils and mild, marine climate. The region is also noted for its food culture, which includes local, sustainable, and organic production and processing systems with a focus on value-added enterprises.
WASHINGTON RED RASPBERRY INDUSTRY
Washington leads the nation in processed red raspberry production with ~50 million pounds harvested from 8,800 acres concentrated in Whatcom County. This high quality, machine-harvested
crop is transformed into high-value products including individually quick frozen whole fruits and
crumbles, purees, and juice.
Summer-bearing (i.e., floricane-fruiting) raspberry cultivars are foundational to the industry and help
sustain multi-generational farming operations and the rural economy of northwestern Washington.
However, the industry is in need of new cultivars to aid them in meeting the new and evolving
challenges facing commercial production.
The Washington Red Raspberry Commission has been a long-time supporter of plant breeding and
research. Research priorities are annually reviewed and revised by the industry with development
of cultivars that are summer bearing, high yielding, winter hardy, machine harvestable, disease
resistant, virus resistant, and having superior processed fruit quality being a top-tier priority. Breeding programs and researchers have a history of forming impactful collaborations with other
programs within the Pacific Northwest including Oregon State and British Columbia.
Screening of application materials begins January 15, 2024, and the position will remain open until filled. Visit https://hrs.wsu.edu/jobs/ to apply. Applications must include the following materials: 1) A brief (maximum of 2 pages, single spaced) research statement addressing your research focus and experience in plant breeding/cultivar development; 2) a current curriculum vitae; 3) a statement on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) that addresses your DEI values and philosophy, examples of how you have engaged in DEI, and how you anticipate engaging in DEI if offered the position (maximum of 1 page, single spaced); 4) electronic copies of graduate program academic transcript; and 5) names and contact information for four professional references. Reference letters will be requested for the finalists. Please contact Dr. Lisa Wasko DeVetter, Search Committee Chair, at email@example.com, 360-848-6124 for questions about this position. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.
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