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The position: Fruit crops horticulturist for Virginia Tech

Location: Winchester, Va.

Job duties: Develop research and extension programs to support and improve the productivity and profitability of Virginia’s fruit producers. The horticulturist will be expected to develop a nationally recognized research program. Specific focuses might include fruit crop diversification, plant pathology, entomology, organic production options and orchid design and management systems. This position also entails mentoring master's degree and PhD students and publishing research in peer-reviewed scientific journals. The horticulturist will also serve as a full-time AREC faculty member with an administrative link to the Department of Horticulture at Virginia Tech's main campus.

The company: Virginia Tech's Agricultural Research and Extension Center serves the tree fruit and wine grape industries of Virginia. Its facilities include a 124-acre research farm –with apple, peach and cherry orchards –and a modern lab/office complex.

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Requirements: Applicants must hold a doctorate degree in either horticulture or plant sciences by January 1, 2011. They also must have postdoctoral research experience. Preference will be given to applicants with demonstrated excellence in research and experience in the development and delivery of outreach and extension programs. Knowledge of tree fruit production systems is a plus.

Extra perks: Virginia Tech offers a comprehensive benefits package, which includes tuition waivers for courses taken at the school. There are also childcare and elder care programs on hand, as well as facilities for nursing mothers and relocation assistance.

Interesting info: The job posting has no specified closing date, but review of applications begins September 1.

Other opportunities: Virginia Tech has many current opportunities for staff as well as faculty, department heads and administrators. They need research associates, academic advisors, web designers and housing staff.

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