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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, 2019.

 Responsibilities: The successful candidate will be responsible for developing a nationally recognized program on fundamental aspects of the mechanisms of interactions of insect vectors with plant pathogens. 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 molecular biology, genomics, metagenomics, 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 molecular biology, next generation sequencing, comparative genomics and bioinformatics, genetic manipulations, and statistical analyses to understand insect vector borne plant diseases will be appropriate for this position. The successful candidate will be expected to secure extramural funding to support programs and summer salary, publish refereed and technical 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, IPM, and biotechnology and primary instruction in 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 is expected. 

Qualifications: Minimum qualifications include an earned Ph.D. in Entomology and/or a related discipline by the expected position start date from an accredited institution. Candidates should have a strong entomological foundation with knowledge and background in insect vector biology, plant pathogens, vector/pathogen/host interactions. 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 interact effectively 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, grant writing experience, as well as familiarity with molecular biology, genetics, biotechnology and genomic approaches. 

Application: Applicants must apply for the position by visiting the link: 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 one-two page statement of research interests and accomplishments, and 5) onetwo page statement of teaching philosophy. When prompted during the on-line process, names, phone numbers and email addresses of three 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 30, 2018. The search will continue until the position is filled.

Questions about the position should be directed to: Dr. Arthur Appel, Search Committee Chair, email: 

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 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


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Job Listing Expiration: 
60 Days
Company Name: 
Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology of the College of Agriculture at Auburn University
Name of Contact Person: 
Dr. Arthur Appel
Contact Person's Email:
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