The Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture (HLA) at Colorado State University and specifically, Dr. Eduardo Gutierrez Rodriguez fresh produce safety research group, has a PhD position in food safety with an emphasis on irrigation water safety, irrigation treatments, microbiomes, and environmental impacts of sanitizers on soil health. The position is available starting August 1st, 2021 (summer to fall semester). The position will be located at the Colorado State University main campus in Fort Collins.
The successful candidate will participate in a collaborative project and execute basic and applied research on the role of sanitizers, irrigation water treatments, inactivation of enteric pathogens from irrigation water and the impact of those treatments on soil health and plant productivity. The project includes lab, greenhouse, and field trials with corresponding travel to farms for sample collection and application of treatments. Through this project, the candidate will acquire strong technical expertise in advanced microbiology including molecular biology techniques, use and management of irrigation systems, sanitizers, and irrigation water field equipment, growing of horticultural crops and microbiome analysis. The selected candidate will also have the opportunity to participate in future training opportunities, direct contact with members of the sanitizer and fresh produce industry and development of professional and personal skills, including project management, mentorship, technical writing, and science communication.
Applicants must hold a thesis-based M.Sc. degree with a strong background either in microbiology, horticulture, molecular biology, microbiomes, or similar fields, and demonstrate strong technical skills in general and molecular microbiology, such as PCR, post-PCR analysis, and sequence analysis.
Practical experience in horticulture, management of enteric pathogens, microbiome data analysis is highly desired. We recognize the potential candidates for this position may not completely match with the advertised position needs; however, we encourage students with diverse backgrounds within the suggested fields to apply to this position. Colorado State University, HLA and the research group support and foster diversity and inclusion in the workplace and encourage any individual with a strong record of research productivity and relevant experience to apply.
Please submit the following documents for an initial evaluation to firstname.lastname@example.org (Dr. Gutierrez-Rodriguez).
Curriculum vitae, including a list of publications/presentations.
Statement of research experience and goals (2-page max, single space, font 11-12 Arial or Calibri, 1” Margins.
List of 3 references (email, phone number and role of the reference).
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the candidate is selected. After selection, the candidate must also apply to the Ph.D. program in the Horticulture and Landscape Architecture at Colorado State University to complete the entire process. The position will begin once the selected candidate is accepted into the graduate program. Salary will be commensurate with experience. Full time employment through summertime is available if needed.
The application process follows the CSU and HLA requirements and guidelines listed here:
Eduardo Gutierrez-Rodriguez, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in Food Safety, Colorado State University, Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, e-mail: email@example.com
Equal employment opportunity statement
Colorado State University is committed to non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations, genetic information, and veteran status in all aspects of employment including recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline, terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, and training.
About Colorado State University
The faculty, staff, and students of our department work to feed people body and soul in Colorado and around the world. The challenge is great with population growth, urbanization, and climate change setting the context in which we work. Our goal is not just to meet people’s minimal caloric needs, but to provide nutritious, safe food and beautiful environments that contribute to all aspects of individual and community health.
Some of these aspects include:
parks and sports fields where we relax and exercise,
national parks and forests where the environment is preserved while we enjoy it,
vegetable and fruit production to nourish us,
packing and storage sheds to keep our food safe and secure,
entrepreneurs, small businesses, and corporations that sustain our economy,
mines and wind farms designed to balance use and preservation of resources,
flowers and landscapes that beautify our urban, suburban, and rural communities,
built, natural, and social environments where individuals and society can flourish, and
hops fields and vineyards that improve the quality of our lives and bring us joy.
The fields of horticulture and landscape arc...hitecture are widely diverse, and the people of CSU’s Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture improve lives in many ways all over the world!