Assistant Professor of Sustainable Pest Management

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Job Title:

Assistant Professor of Sustainable Pest Management

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Work Location:

Lexington, KY

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Tenure Track Status:

Tenure Track

Required Education:

Ph.D. in Entomology or related discipline

Required Related Experience:

Demonstrated experience with pest management research

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Job Summary:

The Department of Entomology at the University of Kentucky invites applicants for a tenure-track faculty position in sustainable management of arthropods in agricultural systems. The ideal candidate will develop a creative program focused on managing economic pests in a manner that improves ecosystem services, decreases reliance on chemical pest management, and considers stakeholder needs. We seek an innovative candidate who will use ecological, technological, genetic, geographic, computational, and/or microbial tools to address pest problems with the goal of developing field-scale and/or landscape solutions. Enthusiasm for interdisciplinary collaboration is particularly encouraged. The successful candidate will have broad knowledge of arthropod biology, ecology, and/or insect interactions with plants and microbes. Expertise in biological control, resistance management, invasive or emergent pests, and/or agricultural systems are strengths. Selection criteria will include complementarity with existing departmental expertise, demonstrated experience translating research findings into management strategies, enthusiasm for teaching and mentorship, and ability to interact with diverse stakeholder groups. In addition to conducting research, this position includes teaching up to two courses per year, including Integrated Pest Management and/or Biological Control, and a new course in the candidate’s area of expertise. Other responsibilities will include advising graduate students and contributing to department, college, and university governance.

The successful applicant must have a Ph.D. in Entomology or related discipline with demonstrated experience in pest management research, seeking external funding, teaching, and excellent oral and written communication skills. Salary is commensurate with background and experience; overview of benefits: Compensation is based on qualifications and experience. Position is available January 1, 2022 or as mutually agreed upon.

Applications must be submitted electronically via the University of Kentucky website. Applicants should submit a CV, statements of research and teaching interests (2-3 pages each; upload under Specific Request 1), a statement of diversity indicating how your previous experiences have prepared you to contribute to an inclusive institutional culture (1 page; upload under Specific Request 2), up to five selected reprints (upload under Specific Request 3), and an application letter describing background and expertise specifically related to this position at the University of Kentucky (upload under Cover Letter). Please also include the names and addresses of four individuals who may be contacted for letters of reference when prompted in the application process.

Candidates may contact Drs. Jen White ([email protected]) or David Gonthier ([email protected]) Co-chairs, Search Committee.

Application Deadline is July 31, 2021 or until a suitable candidate is identified

Skills / Knowledge / Abilities:

excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to use social media to reach diverse audiences; and experience with extension and outreach.

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Open Until Filled:


University Community of Inclusion:

The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.

Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.




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Posted: 5/15/2021
Application Due: 8/13/2021
Work Type: Full Time