Assistant Professor – Vector Biology (2 positions) (71248)

Vero Beach, FL
Mar 07, 2021
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Assistant Professor – Vector Biology (2 positions) (71248)

Vero Beach, FL
Open Date:
Mar 5, 2021

The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is committed to creating an environment that affirms diversity across a variety of dimensions, including ability, class, ethnicity/race, gender identity and expression. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service. We strongly encourage historically underrepresented groups to apply.

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These are 9-month tenure-accruing positions that will be 90% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station) and 10% extension (Florida Cooperative Extension Service,, available at the Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, of the University of Florida. This assignment may change in accordance with the needs of the unit. Duties will include research and extension focusing on the biology and control of vectors and vector-borne pathogens with emphasis on vector physiology, behavior, or management / surveillance. Tenure will accrue in the Entomology and Nematology Department UF-IFAS.  The faculty member will participate actively in undergraduate education and graduate education by chairing graduate committees, serving on graduate committees, supervising thesis and dissertation research, supervising undergraduate research, and publishing the results with their graduate students.  The faculty member will seek contract and grant funding actively to support their program.  The faculty member will engage in Extension activities in their program area.  The FMEL seeks candidates who demonstrate research interests complementary to those of current FMEL faculty and that will promote intra- and extramural research collaborations, including international programs.

Because of the IFAS land-grant mission, all faculty members are expected to be supportive of and engaged in all three mission areas—Research, Teaching, and Extension—regardless of the assignment split specified in the position description.

Background Information:

Florida is comprised of a diverse human population, culture and ecological habitat. The Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory ( is located on a 38-acre campus, much of which is comprised of native Florida coastal hammock habitat, 5 miles south of downtown Vero Beach, Florida. Faculty and staff at the FMEL perform research on diverse topics related to human/animal pathogens and their arthropod vectors. Facilities include biosafety levels 2 and 3 laboratories,  arthropod containment levels 2 and  3 laboratories, a library, mechanical shop facilities, an animal holding and rearing facility, comprehensive computing equipment, a vehicle pool, and mosquito rearing facilities. Current laboratory staff includes 13 faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduate students and ~ 20 support personnel.



A doctorate (foreign equivalent acceptable) in a relevant biological science is required. Candidates should have demonstrated skills in verbal and written communication, interpersonal relationships, and procurement of extramural funding. Candidates must be supportive of the mission of the Land-Grant system. Candidates must also have a commitment to IFAS core values of excellence, diversity, global involvement, and accountability. 


Postdoctoral experience is desirable. Special consideration will be given to candidates with research programs in physiology (e.g., olfaction, chemical ecology, etc.); behavior (e.g., blood seeking, feeding, etc.); and or surveillance/management of vectors and vector-borne diseases.  Successful candidates will also have experience using modern approaches and techniques in other disciplines which may include, but are not limited to, landscape/spatial ecology, molecular biology, ecology, toxicology, biochemistry, evolutionary biology, genetics, ecosystem interactions, and epidemiology of vector-borne diseases.

Application Instructions:

For full consideration, candidates should apply online and submit additional materials by May 1, 2021.  These positions will remain open until a viable applicant pool is obtained. 


Nominations are welcome. Nominations need to include the complete name and address of the nominee. This information should be sent to:

Please refer to Requisition # 71248

Dr. Eva Buckner

Chair, Search and Screen Committee

University of Florida

Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory

200 9th St, SE

Vero Beach, FL 32962

Telephone:                              (772) 226-6606

Facsimile:                               (772) 778-7205

Electronic Mail:                      [email protected]

Application Information

  • Two positions are available. Individuals wishing to apply should go online to and submit:
    • Cover letter that states applicant’s interest in the positions and qualifications relative to the credentials listed.
    • Statement of research interests.
    • Curriculum Vitae.
    • Contact information (including email addresses) of individuals willing to write  letters of recommendation for the candidate.
    • Unofficial transcripts.
  • All inquiries should be made by email to Dr. Eva Buckner ([email protected])

Selected candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible.  Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).

Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. The University of Florida is a public institution and subject to all requirements under Florida Sunshine and Public Record laws.

The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. The University and greater Gainesville community enjoy a diversity of cultural events, restaurants, year-round outdoor recreational activities, and social opportunities.


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