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Assistant Professor of Sustainable Pest Management
University of Kentucky

Date Posted May 16, 2021
Title Assistant Professor of Sustainable Pest Management
University University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY, United States
Department 81080:ENTOMOLOGY
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Assistant Professor
  • Entomology

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 ( or David Gonthier ( Co-chairs, Search Committee.

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

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