Two years after I arrived at Central Oregon Agricultural Research Center, I am hiring a new Research Assistant to replace Rhonda Simmons who is a Senior Faculty Research Assistant and has worked on various agronomy and plant pathology research projects. With four plant pathology research projects funded, I have hoped that Rhonda could work full time in plant pathology, but she is more interested in agronomy and honey bee research projects, and decided to take a new position with Marv to work on those projects. Although it is a challenge for me to find somebody as good as her, very enthusiastic in her work, working hard and with extensive experience in agronomy and plant pathology research, I am glad that she can work on research projects that are very interesting to her, and wish her good luck in her future research career. Since the growing seasons for carrot and peppermint, two major crops I am working on, are starting soon, there is not much time left for me to find a new research assistant. Thanks to Rhonda, Leta Morton who is our retired Office Specialist and Katie Remiyac who is the one in charge of hiring at OSU, for their quick action, I have just had a job advertisement posted at OSU online job center (http://oregonstate.edu/jobs. Apply to posting #0006852. ) and at the American Phytopathological Society onlince job center (http://www.apsnet.org/careers/jobcenter/Pages/FindaJob.aspx). I take this as an opportunity to find a research assistant who is dedicated to plant pathology research, with experience in field trials and good laboratory techniques, particularly skills in PCR and ELISA. I am looking forward to seeing some good qualified candidates from local community , from other parts of Oregon and from other states.