Research Associate – Turfgrass Pathology

Job Summary

The Research Associate will provide technical research assistance to a new extension turfgrass pathology program in the Department of Botany & Plant Pathology. Dr. Gerald (Lee) Miller leads this program and will be the position supervisor. Key responsibilities of this position will include:

  • Provide technical support in field, laboratory and greenhouse research on diseases affecting turfgrasses
  • Provide assistance in planning, organizing and conducting field testing of new turfgrass disease management strategies
  • Record keeping, analysis, and writing of research reports
  • Inoculum preparation and other microbiological laboratory procedures
  • Collaborate with turf industry organizations and effectively communicate research results to them
  • Supervise student employees and provide direction for graduate students on their research projects

  • Bachelor’s degree in Plant Pathology, Plant Sciences, Biological Sciences, Agronomy, Horticulture or related disciplines
  • 1 year work experience in one of the related disciplines
  • Knowledge in experimental plot design and statistical analysis of research results.
  • Advanced skills in the use of Microsoft Office
  • Proficiency in scientific writing and presentation of research
  • Candidate will need to have or have the ability to obtain a Pesticide Applicators License for the State of Indiana
  • Travel



  • Beginner to advanced skills in ARM or SAS statistical analysis software


Additional Information:

  • All new hires will be expected to follow Protect Purdue guidelines. To learn more, visit https://bit.ly/3DH3z6f
  • Purdue will not sponsor an employment related visa for this position.
  • A background check will be required for employment.
  • FLSA: Exempt (Not Eligible for Overtime)
  • Retirement Eligibility: Defined Contribution Waiting Period.
  • Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer.  All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.