Assistant Professor-Entomology

Assistant Professor (Entomology)

Indian River Research and Education Center,

University of Florida, IFAS, Ft. Pierce, Florida

Duties and Responsibilities

This is a 12-month, tenure-accruing position with 80% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station) and 20% teaching (College of Agricultural and Life Sciences) responsibilities located at the University of Florida's Indian River Research and Education Center (IRREC) in Fort Pierce, Florida. The appointee will accrue tenure in the Entomology and Nematology Department. The appointee will lead a program in biological control of invasive insects and mites at IRREC’s Hayslip Biological Control Research and Containment Laboratory, a USDA-certified facility which includes both quarantine and non-quarantine laboratories, greenhouses, and office space. The successful candidate will be expected to develop an independent, nationally and internationally recognized program in biological control of invasive insects and mites affecting agricultural and natural areas in Florida. The appointee will develop a strong extramurally funded research program that leads to publication of results in peer-reviewed journals. The appointee will also develop a scholarly teaching program that develops and teaches innovative courses on biological control and tropical entomology that contribute to the academic needs of the Entomology and Nematology Department and have measurable impacts on student learning. Course instruction will use modern online delivery techniques that meet the UF Markers of Excellence for Teaching Online and Blended Courses. The successful candidate will participate in graduate education by chairing and serving on graduate committees, supervising thesis and dissertation research, and publishing research results with students. Because of the IFAS land-grant mission, all faculty are expected to be supportive of and engaged in all three mission areas—Research, Teaching, and Extension—regardless of the assignment split specified in the position description.


This position requires a Ph.D. (foreign equivalent acceptable) in Entomology, Zoology, or a closely related field. The candidate is expected to be well versed and have published in the field of biological control of insects and mites, insect biology, and ecology. Candidates should have demonstrated skills in verbal and written communication, interpersonal relationships, and procurement of extramural funding. Candidates must be supportive of the mission of the Land-Grant system. Candidates must also have a commitment to IFAS core values of excellence, diversity, global involvement, and accountability.

Preferred Qualifications

Postdoctoral and teaching college-level course instruction experience is preferred. Expertise in biological control of invasive insects and mites, foreign exploration, and insect rearing is highly desirable.

To ensure full consideration, please apply online and submit additional materials by May 16, 2019. Individuals wishing to apply should go online to and submit:

· Application

· Cover letter that describes the applicant’s interest in the position, qualifications relative to the credentials listed above, and teaching and research philosophies

· Curriculum vitae

· Unofficial transcript showing receipt of the doctoral degree

· Three letters of recommendation sent to Dr. Carey Minteer (see below).

Please refer to Position # 00014123.


Dr. Carey Minteer

Chair, Search and Screen Committee

Indian River Research and Education Center

2199 South Rock Road

Ft. Pierce, FL 34945-3138

Phone: 772-577-7379

Fax: 772-468-5668

Job Type: 
Job Listing Expiration: 
60 Days
Company Name: 
University of Florida-Indian River Research & Education Center
Name of Contact Person: 
Dr. Carey Minteer
Contact Person's Phone: 
Fort Pierce
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