Assistant Professor - Insect Vector Borne Plant Diseases
The Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology of the College of Agriculture at Auburn University is seeking applications for the position of Assistant Professor- Insect Vector Borne Plant Diseases. This faculty position will be a nine-month, tenure-track position with a 75% research and 25% teaching appointment. The projected start date is August 16, 2018.
Responsibilities: The successful candidate will be responsible for developing a nationally recognized program on fundamental aspects of insect vector borne plant diseases. The successful candidate will lead a vigorous research program on understanding insect vector biology, plant pathogen(s), and interaction(s) between insect vector(s) and plant pathogens associated with crops of agricultural importance for Alabama and the U.S. The successful candidate will use diverse approaches such as genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, and population genetics to understand the molecular mechanisms associated with insect vectors and plant pathogens. A candidate with state of the art skills in next generation sequencing, comparative genomics and bioinformatics, genetic manipulations, and statistical analyses will be appropriate for this position. The successful candidate will be expected to secure extramural funding to support programs and summer salary, publish technical and refereed articles, and collaborate effectively with departmental faculty and colleagues in related disciplines. Teaching responsibilities include providing instruction support and expertise in the areas of entomology, plant pathology, and biotechnology and teaching one to two classes per academic year. The successful candidate would also be expected to recruit, train, and mentor graduate and undergraduate students. Departmental, college, and university committee service are expected.
Qualifications: Minimum qualifications include an earned Ph.D. from an accredited institution in Entomology with a strong knowledge and background in insect vector biology, plant pathogens, vector/pathogen/host interactions, and/or a related discipline by the expected position start date. Documented evidence of individual and/or collaborative research and teaching resulting in peer‐reviewed publications is required. Candidates should be able to demonstrate the ability to work cooperatively with colleagues across disciplines and develop a collaborative research program. The successful candidate must possess excellent written and interpersonal skills to effectively interact with diverse audiences. The successful candidate must meet eligibility requirements for work in the United States at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the term of employment. Desired qualifications include: post-doctoral experience, grantsmanship experience, as well as familiarity with molecular biology, genetics, biotechnology and genomic approaches.
Application: Applicants must apply for the position by visiting the link: http://aufacultypositions.peopleadmin.com/postings/2442
and attaching the following: 1) a cover letter that addresses the experience pertinent to the responsibilities of the position, 2) current curriculum vita, 3) copies of ALL academic transcripts, 4) a statement of research interests and accomplishments, and 5) statement of teaching philosophy. When prompted during the on-line process, names, phone numbers and email addresses of five professional references should be provided. Only complete applications will be considered. To ensure consideration for the position, applicants are encouraged to apply by the end of business on November 15, 2017. The search will continue until the position is filled. Questions about the position should be directed to: Dr. Joseph Kloepper, Search Committee Chair, email: email@example.com
The University: Auburn University is one of the nation’s premier land, sea, and space grant institutions with an enrollment of more than 28,000 graduate and undergraduate students. The University is located in the city of Auburn in east-central Alabama near the metropolitan areas of Montgomery and Birmingham, Alabama, and Columbus and Atlanta, Georgia, with a highly ranked public school system, a vibrant economy and an excellent quality of life. Auburn University is ranked in the top 50 public universities for its undergraduate programs. Interested applicants are encouraged to visit www.auburn.edu for more information.
The Department: The Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology is one of eight departments in the College of Agriculture with 20 faculty across both disciplines. The College of Agriculture’s mission is to prepare students to become future leaders in agriculture and environmental sciences, agribusiness and society, and to make scientific discoveries and innovations related to food, energy, the environment, and human health and well-being. Additional information can be found at www.ag.auburn.edu/enpl/.
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