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Plant Pathologist

Job Id:  2401

Wenatchee, Washington, United States

Department:  R&D
Function:  Research And Development
Employee Type:  Permanent Full Time
Seniority Level:  Associate

The Plant Pathologist leads and coordinates product and technology development on postharvest treatments for pome and other crops, specifically in the areas of pathology and physiology control of fruits.  This person will evaluate and develop postharvest fungicides (conventional and biological) and freshness treatments such as coatings, anti-scald treatments and sanitation treatments.  This person will provide analysis of causal factors in fungal decay and fruit senescence and be an expert consultant to internal DECCO teams as well as customers.


This individual will be the DECCO US representative to the global research community as a leading expert in plant pathology/physiology and other postharvest technologies, and will liaise, influence and collaborate with key university researchers and external technology partners/startups in postharvest technologies. This person will also work to identify additional technologies which will compliment and expand the DECCO postharvest business.  This person will work closely with global DECCO professionals in the areas of plant pathology and physiology.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate and lead product and technology development in the field of pathology/physiology control of fresh fruits (with special focus on pome fruits) using treatments developed within DECCO and externally
  • Develop trial and testing protocols to evaluate various treatments for fungal, bacterial and freshness control
  • Communicate data, results, conclusions to various DECCO teams and to customers on as needed basis
  • Coordinate with US and global DECCO colleagues to conduct lab testing and field trials on fungicides, biofungicides, coatings, plant growth regulators, and sanitation technologies
  • Support sales, technical service, regulatory and marketing teams with advice, consulting, data and conclusions on various product and technology development projects
  • Support other crop groups (citrus etc.) with pathology/physiology expertise
  • Manage and lead product/technology development from ideation & screening to industrial/field trials
  • Work closely with commercial and marketing teams to identify new product opportunities and launch products into the marketplace (with special focus on pome market)
  • Work closely with sales and marketing teams to craft technical messaging to customers and external partners
  • Work closely with R&D management to identify suitable technology partners in the areas of fungal, bacterial and freshness control of fruits
  • Engage, consult and influence key university researchers, extension agents, consultants and customer researchers in the field of plant pathology and physiology
  • Develop knowledge base in all fundamental aspects of fruit pathology and physiology



  • An advanced degree (PhD/Postdoc) degree in Plant Pathology, Plant Biology, Plant Physiology, Horticulture or related areas (Microbiology) is required
  • 3+ years of relevant working experience with fruits is required
  • Ability to work with diverse teams nationally and internationally
  • Ability for multi-tasking, managing short term sales support and long term “stage-gate” structured projects is required
  • Computer skills are required, with expertise in Excel and other MS Office programs
  • Excellent analytical, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Self-starter and have demonstrable ability to manage projects and coordinate with colleagues
  • Good understanding of postharvest processes is highly desirable
  • Good understanding of chemistry and biochemistry basics is highly desirable
  • Fluency in Spanish as a second language is desirable.


Travel: 5% Domestic and occasional international travel may be required