The Graduate Program in Plant Pathology of the Universidade Federal de Viçosa (Viçosa, MG Brasil) is offering a post-doctoral position funded by the CAPES-PNPD (Postdoctoral National Program). This position targets early-career international researchers (including Brazilians with satisfactory international work experience), with both good writing and speaking English skills, and having a documented experience on the biocontrol of plant-parasitic nematode (PPN) research.

The primary responsibilities will include, but are not limited to: 1) working under Prof. Leandro G. Freitas’ guidance towards proposing, managing and conducting research activities on PPN; 2) advising and assisting undergrad and graduate students’ research Reporting research results in peer-reviewed publications and scientific meetings; 3) working with industry partners and collaborating in ongoing projects; 4) co-teaching English-taught lectures on PPN for undergraduate students (Agronomy majors); and 5) co-teaching English-taught course (special topics in nematology) at the graduate level.

The successful candidate for this position is expected to have earned a D.Sc./Ph.D. in plant pathology/nematology or related areas provided that documented doctoral studies have been conducted or further demonstrated experience focused on PPN biocontrol research is presented.

In order to apply for this position please send cover letter, CV/resume, and contact information for three references to Prof. Emerson Del Ponte at

Salary (12-month, no tax): R$49,200 (BRL)
Research/work travel support: R$5,000/year (BRL)
Start date: July 10, 2019 or earlier if possible.
Applications will be considered through May 24, 2019. Applicants with the desired profile may be invited for an interview via videoconference.
Expected duration of the position: 2 years with possible two 1-year extensions

The Graduate Program in Plant Pathology at UFV was the first in this field in Brazil to reach the top score of 7, or excellence and international quality, according to CAPES (Brazilian Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education) evaluation since 2007. Currently, the Program is composed of 14 advisors, 65 graduate students (average yearly output of 20 MSc and DSc) and 20 postdoctoral researchers. Agreements for jointly offering a dual-degree in Plant Pathology are in place with the University of Kentucky (USA) and Washington State University (USA).

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