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Postdoctoral Research Associate (id:77682)

University of Maine

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Postdoctoral Research Associate (id:77682)

School of Food and Agriculture - OSFA
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Orono ME
Statement of the Job:

The University of Maine, Orono is recruiting a full-time postdoctoral researcher to join in a multistate project – Improving Soil Health in Potato Production System, investigate soil microbiome that impacts soil health, soilborne pathogens and potato yield using biological and cultural practices. The incumbent is expected to conduct independent research in the project. This position will be responsible for coordinating laboratory and field work. Typical hiring range for this soft-money funded position is $45,000 - $55,000 commensurate with experience and qualifications.

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About the University:

The University of Maine is a community of more than 11,900 undergraduate and graduate students, and 2,500 employees located on the Orono campus, the regional campus in Machias, and throughout the state. UMaine is a land, sea and space grant university, and maintains a leadership role as the University of Maine System's flagship institution. UMaine is the state's public research university and a Carnegie R1 top-tier research institution, dedicated to providing excellent teaching, research and service for Maine, the nation and the world. More information about UMaine is at umaine.edu .

The University of Maine offers a wide range of benefits for employees including, but not limited to, tuition benefits (employee and dependent), comprehensive insurance coverage including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and short and long term disability as well as retirement plan options. As a former NSF ADVANCE institution, the University of Maine is committed to diversity in our workforce and to dual-career couples.

UMaine is located in beautiful Central Maine. Many employees report that a primary reason for choosing to come to UMaine is quality of life. Numerous cultural activities, excellent public schools, safe neighborhoods, high quality medical care, little traffic, and a reasonable cost of living make the greater Bangor area a wonderful place to live. Learn more about what the Bangor region has to offer here .

Employees in the University of Maine System are required to comply with UMS COVID protocols which currently include, but are not limited to, being vaccinated, obtaining a qualified vaccination exemption, and/or participating in regular COVID testing. Further information can be found here .



  • A PhD degree in plant pathology, microbiology, or a closely related discipline awarded no more than four years prior to the effective date of the appointment with a minimum of one year of eligibility remaining.
  • A profound understanding of plant epidemiology and disease management
  • Strong statistical analysis and bioinformatics skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills


  • Working experience in soilborne plant diseases
  • Research experience in microbiome
  • Experience working in potato production system
  • Familiar to soil amendment and soil biochemistry

Other Information:

Materials must be submitted via "Apply For Position" below. You will need to create a profile and application; upload:

1.) a cover letter which describes your experience, interests, and suitability for the position
2.) a resume/curriculum vitae
3.) contact information for three professional references

You will also need to submit the affirmative action survey, the self-identification of disability form, and the self-identification of veteran status forms. Incomplete application materials cannot be considered. Materials received after the initial review date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University.

Search Timeline is as follows:
Review of applications to begin: September 1, 2022
Interviews to begin no earlier than: September 6, 2022
Tentative start date: October 1, 2022

For questions about the search, please contact search committee chair Jianjun Hao at Jianjun.hao1@maine.edu or 207-581-2564.

Appropriate background checks are required.

The University of Maine is an EEO/AA employer, and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Amie Parker, Director of Equal Opportunity, 101 North Stevens Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469-5754, 207.581.1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).

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Required Documents:
Cover Letter, References, Resume/CV

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