Drs. Mendu, Weaver, and Marla, will be interviewing for the position of Winifred Asbjornson Plant Sciences Endowed Chair on the dates below. WebEx links to the seminars and all meetings are below.

Please note that research seminars will take place at 9:30 a.m. in 108 PBB for Drs. Mendu and Marla, 138 ABB for Dr. Weaver; please attend in person if possible.   

The members of the search committee are Kevin McPhee, Chair, Jamie Sherman, Dale Schuler, and Bob Sharrock. Please give your feedback using the attached evaluation form or by emailing Kevin McPhee at kevin.mcphee@montana.edu.  Your feedback is greatly appreciated! 

  1. Venugopal Mendu (click for Dr. Mendu's CV) – August 6, sessions at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. MST: Join the Webex call here
  2. David Weaver (click for Dr. Weaver's CV)– August 10 sessions at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m., : Join the Webex call here.
  3. Sandeep Marla (click for Dr. Marla's CV) – August 11, sessions at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. MST: Join the Webex call here

Download the feedback form here.

About the Position The Winifred Asbjornson Plant Sciences Chair will develop a competitive research program that will use modern techniques in plant molecular biology and genomics to address problems that pose the greatest economic threats in cereal production agriculture in Montana. The Chair will have an advisory council made up of representatives from Montana’s crop production industry and will actively collaborate with agronomists, breeders, entomologists, and plant pathologists to address the challenges of greatest economic significance. Current examples of issues of economic importance include herbicide resistance in economically important weeds, resistance to wheat stem sawfly and heat stress in cereals. Future examples may include control of orange wheat blossom midge and other cereal pests, the role of micronutrients in cereal health, nitrogen management in low pH soils, and improvements in winter-hardiness of fall-seeded rotational crops. The Chair will contribute to undergraduate and graduate courses and advising in plant molecular genetics or metabolomics, genetics/breeding and/or other areas of interest. He/she will provide appropriate public, departmental and university service.
Required Qualifications
  1. PhD in Plant Science or related field.
  2. Record of publishing in refereed journals.
  3. Research in molecular genetics and/or metabolomic analyses relevant to crop improvement.
  4. Experience in teaching.
Preferred Qualifications
  1. Experience working with cereal crops.
  2. Successful collaboration in research.
  3. Post-doctoral experience and demonstrated productivity in basic and applied biological research using plants.
  4. Demonstrated application of research methods and technology to promote sustainable crop production.
The successful candidate will:
  • Have excellence in written and oral communications.
  • Have demonstrated the ability to work with diverse students and colleagues.
  • Add intellectual diversity to the department and campus.
  • Exhibit excellence in writing skills as evidenced by peer reviewed publications and/or awarded grants, and exceptional speaking/teaching skills as evidenced by national and/or international oral presentations and teaching experience.
  • Be a dynamic and visionary scientist and educator who will advance MSU’s goals of outstanding research, teaching, and service.
Special Requirements In accordance with MSU policy, hiring will be conditional upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check.
Physical Demands
  • Ability to maneuver 50 lbs.
  • Work among known allergens and work in inclement weather conditions.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.