Principal Entomologist

Job description

Posting Number:


Internal Recruitment :


Working Title:

Principal Entomologist

Anticipated Hiring Range:

Commensurate with Education and Experience ($90,000 - $95,000)

Work Schedule:

40 hours/week

Job Location:

Raleigh, NC

Department :

IR-4 Project

About the Department:

The IR-4 Project is a national Federal/State partnership research program to assist farmers of fruits, vegetables, nuts, herbs, ornamentals and other specialty crops by facilitating registration of safe and effective chemical and bio-based pest management products. The IR-4 Project is needed because the crop protection industry focuses their research efforts on major crops such as corn, soybean and cotton that provide the companies adequate return on their development investment.

Without IR-4, farmers of specialty crops would only have access to a few crop protection products to protect their crops. IR-4 Project Headquarters provides national leadership, coordination and regulatory compliance for the IR-4 Project research activities performed by approx. 125 scientists at over 20 public sector research farms and five analytical laboratories throughout the United States.

Essential Job Duties:

Reporting to the Assistant Director for Research Planning and Product Performance, the Principal Entomologist will be an integral part of the IR-4 Research Unit.

The position will be expected to:
Manage the technical handling of new IR-4 request for assistance for products that manage insects and other arthropod pests (40%):

  • Critically review and provide comments all new IR-4 Request for Assistance (PRs) with insecticides regulators in IR-4’s Food Program, including request for residue research, product performance, and integrated solutions projects. Perform same function for new Request for Assistance within the Environmental Horticulture Program when needed.
  • Interpret if the product use proposed in Request for Assistance is covered by existing Federal and/or State registrations. If it is not deemed not registered, utilizing knowledge of the insecticides, the proposed use pattern, target insects and sensitivity of the crop along with any preliminary data, develop an assessment of the data required for registration and/or project classification.
  • Send formal IR-4 inquiry to cooperating company (owner of pest management technology) explaining justification of assessment and survey if the company is interesting in registering the use. Based on assessment of existing data, develop and share recommendations to the company on proposed next steps needed for successful registration.
  • Receive and review assessment from company. If appropriate, develop a response and/or provide clarity or additional information.
  • Attend annual company meeting as part of the IR-4 team. On behalf of IR-4 lead all discussions about products that can be used to manage insects and other arthropods.
  • Develop a potential list of open/research projects with insecticides and other technology that manages insects/arthropods for consideration in the initial steps of IR-4 priority setting.
  • Contact IR-4 network of researchers to inquire about initial and preliminary results of their research. Encourage the submission of new requests if products are showing significant promise.
  • Follow-up with companies to ensure the most up-to-date information is in the IR-4 databases.
  • Participate in regional conference call and meetings to assist in preliminary priority setting activities.
  • Manage the discussions and subsequent development of priorities about national and regional projects that manage insects/arthropods at the IR-4 priority setting workshops. Develop and distribute information that assists stakeholders in their selection of the safest and most effective products.
  • Assist stakeholders in the development of Priority Upgrade Proposals and Regional Upgrades.
  • Participate in selection of national Priority Upgrade Proposals and Regional Upgrades.

Manage IR-4’s national efforts with product performance and integrated solutions research with insecticides and other insect management technology (30%):

  • Actively solicit information from IR-4’s national/international network of entomologist to gather information that is relevant products in research protocols and studies. Review preliminary data and develop extrapolation plans.
  • Draft all efficacy and crop safety protocols used in IR-4’s research with insecticides.
  • Draft all integrated solutions protocols used in IR-4’s research with insecticides.
  • Provide guidance and answer questions by research community in regards to IR-4’s research protocols.
  • Visit some of IR-4’s key research sites throughout the United States to assess performance of products in tests.
  • Review the results of research, checking at first was the research performed according to provisions in the protocol.
  • Develop a summary report of the national/international research. Transmit research summary reports to appropriate companies and other stakeholders.

Support for Residue Research Program with Insecticides (15%):

  • Working with the assigned study director draft the directions for use section in IR-4 GLP residue studies with insecticides.
  • During the conduct of the study, assist the study director with any questions/issues on insecticides, crop injury or general crop biology.
  • Draft the public interest finding section of petition and discuss the existing product comparison, product performance and biology attributes.

Represent IR-4 and various regional, national, and international meetings and conferences regarding IR-4 activities to manage insects/arthropods (10%):

  • Attend the annual Entomology Society of America meeting. Participate on relevant committees.
  • As resources are available, attend other relevant section and/or international entomology meetings.
  • Field questions from stakeholders on insecticides. Serve as resource individual to stakeholders in entomology issues.

Other activities involving insecticides (5%):

  • Ensure that IR-4 database with insecticides is accurate and up-to-date.
  • Monitor and assess new registrations and provide closure to open files when the new uses are approved.
  • Follow up on labels after tolerances are set.
  • Keep track all new insecticide technology with information available for multiple resources.
  • Utilize knowledge to provide stakeholders with sound recommendations on products that may solve problems.
  • As part of the IR-4 team assist with the education of involving entomology including formal lectures on insecticide technology, regulatory affairs, graduate student, etc.

The position will also be expected to flexible to complete other duties as assigned and must be willing to travel to attend major IR-4 meetings throughout the United States.

Other Responsibilities:

Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Experience and Education:

  • PhD in Entomology or another pest management area (Weed Science, Plant Pathology), horticulture, agronomy, chemistry, or related area with at least 8 years of direct experience in applied weed science/pest management research or regulatory sciences, or a Masters of Science degree in one of the above areas with at least 10 years of direct experience in applied weed science/pest management research or regulatory sciences.

Other Required Qualifications:

  • Masters degree in Entomology or related discipline, with 5 years of related and relevant professional work experience in applied research in entomology.
  • Ability to maintain attention to details, prioritize and meet deadlines.
  • Must be comfortable to lead work groups and perform job functions closely with other.
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Good Laboratory Practice Regulations.

Required License(s) or Certification(s):

  • A valid drivers license is required for travel. NC drivers license required within 60 days of hire and must be maintained.

Valid NC Driver's License required:


Commercial Driver's License required:


Job Open Date:


Anticipated Close Date:

Open Until Filled.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

In addition to your application please submit a cover letter, CV, and the contact information for at least three professional references.

Position Number:


Position Type:

EHRA Non-Faculty

Full Time Equivalent (FTE) (1.0 = 40 hours/week):



12 Month Recurring

Mandatory Designation - Adverse Weather:

Non Mandatory - Adverse Weather

Mandatory Designation - Emergency Events:

Non Mandatory - Emergency Event

Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies?:


Department ID:

110313 - IR-4 Project


NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or [email protected] Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. If highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree equivalency verified at or equivalent service. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

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Posted: 11/10/2020
Application Due: 1/9/2021
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