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Post-Doc Research Assc Lybil Lab Mngr

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN

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Post Doc LYBIL Lab Manager

Location: ETREC Beneficial Insect Lab, 1752 Alcoa Hyw, Knoxville, TN

The Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology is in search of a Post Doc to supervise, manage and perform the daily operations of the Lyndsay Young Beneficial Insects Laboratory with the focus of mass rearing of predators of the hemlock wooly adelgid, an invasive and deadly pest of the hemlock trees.  Field testing includes the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cherokee National Forest, Cumberland Gap National Historic Park as well as other state forests, parks, natural areas, and wildlife management areas.


    Long-term maintenance of lab colonies of predatorsOverseeing reproduction (mating and oviposition) of predatorsCaring of newly emerged predatorsPreparing predators for field releasesCollecting adelgid-infested foliagePrepare reports and propose budgets for USDA FS as the sponsoring agencySupervise the work of 2 employees responsible for routine support in the laboratoryParticipate in outreach and educational activities

    PhD Entomology, zoology, or other life sciences.  2 Years of research experience involving insect rearing. Valid Driver’s licenseAbility to hike off trailAdvanced knowledge of insect biology, including life cycles and stages. Ability to communicate effectively with lab team members and stakeholders.Ability to use a microscope, including to identify reared predators and related species. Knowledge, skills and abilities to use appropriate software (spreadsheets, word processing, presentation).Ability to identify and collect adelgid-infested foliage in the field.   Able to work independently
Preferred Qualifications

    PhD with study emphasis related to insect rearingExperience in rearing predators of the hemlock woolly adelgid is preferred.Ability to identify and modify predator rearing protocols in need of improvement. Knowledge of the basic concepts and procedures of statistical analysis.This is a full time regular position with full benefits dependent on available agency funding.
Apply online at and submit a complete CV, a cover letter describing research interests and career goals, and the contact information for two professional references.

Job: Research Professional
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-knoxville
Organization: Entomology & Plant Path - Res
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Jun 21, 2022, 2:17:24 PM


Working at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied public universities. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution includes the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The university embodies excellence in teaching, discovery, scholarship, research, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. Known as the Volunteers, we lead with a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and courage, and strive to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion

UT Knoxville is a Research 1 university with 11 academic colleges and more than 900 programs of study. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, our academic programs are repeatedly ranked top in their class. The university co-manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the country’s most prominent national lab, driving innovation in advanced manufacturing and materials, national security, and more. We are closely connected with our communities through outreach and extension efforts across Tennessee and through partnerships with non-profits, corporations, and industries—regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

The city of Knoxville is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The modern, thriving community is surrounded by gorgeous lakes and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails. Situated along the banks of the Tennessee River, our beautiful features an eclectic music scene, internationally recognized festivals, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural activities. Knoxville is located within a day’s drive of Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people. The region houses many leading corporations and organizations, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pilot/Flying J, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Regal Cinemas, along with HGTV, Food Network, and other networks owned by Discovery Inc.

As a member of the UT family, you will be surrounded by top-notch faculty, staff, and students from around the world. You will be part of a diverse campus community that is passionate about changing the world and cheering for the Vols on game day.

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