Primary Purpose of Position
Primary responsibilities for this position include, but not limited to, conducting field and laboratory applied ecology and IPM research and other duties to be determined by your direct supervisor. The selected applicant will provide support in research and writing proposals for extramural funding in IPM Research and writing peer-reviewed publications. He/she will conduct research on insect ecology of pests of small fruit and vegetables in rural and urban farms; insecticide and alternative management of pests in organic food production systems
Primary Function of Organizational Unit
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University’s College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences (CAES) has a rich history of innovation and application of cutting-edge technology. From our pioneering Laboratory Animal Science and Landscape Architecture programs to our award-winning Cooperative Extension and Agricultural Research programs, our faculty and staff serve today’s needs while keeping an eye on the future.
With programs and expertise in such areas as biotechnology, agricultural and biosystems engineering, natural resources management, waste management, and food microbiology, the A&T College of Agriculture grows concurrently with the demand for qualified graduates. Our four academic departments are the Department of Agribusiness, Applied Economics and Agriscience Education; the Department of Animal Sciences; the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences; and the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Design. Within these departments, students will find a myriad of opportunities for classroom learning, research and field work.
Through our Agricultural Research Program and our Cooperative Extension Program, we are able to research issues of importance to North Carolina and also provide research-based outreach training to citizens across the state and around the world.
This position requires a Ph.D. in Entomology with strong quantitative skills and experience in conducting research on pests of small fruit (in particular Japanese and June beetles) and/or pests of vegetables; ability to conduct insecticide safety evaluations; writing of research proposals and a culture of scientific publications.
A strong background is required in analytical approach to problem solving in different biological systems, research design and statistical analysis using different platforms. Some training in molecular and/or biochemical sciences would be an advantage.
Preferred Years Experience, Skills, Training, Education
3 years of doctoral research and/or 1 year post-PhD graduation experience in a university or research center. Demonstrated experience in developing proposals and conducting research in insect ecology and pesticide safety; pest management research leading to an applied ecological focus or work related to small-holder agriculture. Proven record of peer-reviewed publications and presentation of research.