Assistant Professor Specialty Crop Entomology

We seek an outstanding scientist and communicator who will lead a nationally recognized research and extension program that develops new solutions for managing insect pests and promoting the health of pollinators of specialty crops in Illinois. Illinois growers produce a wide variety of specialty crops including apples, peaches, pumpkins, and others that are worth approximately $500 million annually. The successful candidate will have a strong research record in entomology and other disciplines relevant to integrated pest management of specialty crops. The selected candidate will also possess the ability to develop extension and education tools and content for both specialty crop growers in the Midwest and students enrolled at the University of Illinois.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit

A Ph.D. in entomology, plant or crop sciences, or related disciplines is required. Post-doctoral experience demonstrating leadership of independent or team-based research is preferred. The successful applicant must also demonstrate excellent interpersonal and communications skills, ability to collaborate, interest in engaging with industry stakeholders and the public, and the ability to obtain extramural funding in support of their program. Prior experience with extension and public outreach is preferred.

The Department of Crop Sciences and College of Consumer, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences offers world-class laboratory, greenhouse, and field research facilities, The successful candidate will also have the opportunity for close interactions with the Department of Entomology and the Illinois Natural History Survey.

The Department is committed to promoting a diverse workplace and inclusive excellence in our programs. Individuals from underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

This is a 9-month, 100% time academic (65% research, 35% extension), tenure-track position with opportunity for summer appointment. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience and includes a comprehensive benefits package. The position will be available August 16, 2020.

Please create your candidate profile at and upload a cover letter, statements of goals and philosophy with respect to this position for research, extension, and diversity and inclusion, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for 3 professional references. Letters of recommendation and transcripts may be requested at a later date. The closing date for receiving applications is September, 1 2019. All applications received by the closing date will receive full consideration. For further information regarding the application procedures, you may contact Linda Kemplin, For additional information about the position, you may also contact: Dr. Nathan Schroeder, Search Committee Chair, Department of Crop Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1102 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana, Illinois 61801. Telephone: (217) 244-6128, e-mail:

All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered.

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Department of Crop Sciences
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