Assistant Professor of Entomology- Classical Biological Control of Invasive Insects and Mites

The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Florida is committed to creating an environment that affirms diversity across a variety of dimensions, including ability, class, ethnicity/race, gender identity, and expression. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service. We strongly encourage historically underrepresented groups to apply.

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This is a 12-month tenure-accruing position that will be 20% teaching (College of Agricultural and Life Sciences) and 80% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station), available in the Indian River Research & Education Center, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, at the University of Florida. This assignment may change in accordance with the needs of the unit. Duties will be to establish and lead an independent, nationally and internationally recognized program in classical (importation) biological control of invasive insects and mites affecting natural and agricultural areas in Florida, at IRREC’s Hayslip Biological Control Research and Containment Laboratory, a USDA-certified facility that includes both quarantine and non-quarantine laboratories, greenhouses, and office space. The appointee will develop a research program that leads to publication of results in peer-reviewed journals and competently trained professional scientists. Tenure will accrue in the Entomology and Nematology Department. The faculty member will participate actively in undergraduate education and graduate education by chairing graduate committees, serving on graduate committees, supervising thesis and dissertation research, supervising undergraduate research, and publishing the results with their students.  The faculty member will actively seek contract and grant funding to support their program. Although not in the formal position appointment, the faculty member is expected to contribute to all land grant missions and will engage in Extension activities in their program area.

The successful candidate will engage in scholarly activities related to instruction, including teaching undergraduate and/or graduate courses (Biological Control, Tropical Entomology, Tropical Entomology Field Lab), advising and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, participating in curriculum revision and enhancement, seeking funding for the teaching program, supervising undergraduate and graduate research and creative work, publishing teaching-related scholarship, and producing learning tools. Faculty are expected to engage in professional development activities related to teaching and advising, mentoring, and diversity training.  Faculty are encouraged to support and participate in the CALS Honors Program, distance education, and international education.

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.

Individuals wishing to apply should go online to and submit:

  • Cover letter that states applicant’s interest in the position, qualifications relative to the credentials listed above, teaching and research philosophies, and a diversity statement.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Contact information (including email addresses) for 4 individuals willing to write letters of recommendation
  • Unofficial transcripts
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Job Listing Expiration: 
60 Days
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University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
Name of Contact Person: 
Dr. Carey Minteer
Contact Person's Phone: 
Fort Pierce
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