Assistant Research Professor

Mississippi State University is currently seeking qualified individuals for a research faculty position (funding formula, 100% research; non-tenure track) to conduct research in the area of pollinator health and/or pollinator ecology. Incumbent will be administratively responsible to Coastal Research and Extension Center; however, successful candidate will be a formal member of the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology at the main campus in Starkville, MS. Candidate will also work closely with scientists from ARS/USDA, other universities, and on-campus scientists.

Incumbent will be expected to conduct in-depth research focusing on improving pollinator health in horticultural systems. A primary goal is to improve availability and reliability of key pollinators to various horticultural industries.

An earned Ph.D. in entomology or a closely related field from an accredited institution of higher learning is required. Individuals who are ABD will be considered. Successful candidate must have outstanding English verbal and written communication skills, experience with agricultural production, statistics, experimental design, and evidence of pursuit of extramural funding. Pesticide certification relevant to the position or acquisition of certification within six (6) months of employment is also required.

Preferred qualifications include strong experience in pollinator ecology and management, demonstrated excellence or potential in research, success in extramural funding, senior author publication experience, and familiarity with the production of fruit, vegetable or other agricultural commodities that form the pollinator ecosystem. Ph.D. and/or Post-Doctoral experience is also preferred.

Ability to work individually or as a part of a team to plan and conduct research, publish results in refereed journals and other appropriate publications, and orally communicate results to peers and producers at relevant meetings.

Must be able to work outside in a physically demanding environment, including hot conditions. Must be able to work independently with honey bees. Must be able to tolerate honey bee stings.

Application must be submitted online at -

Applicants should submit the following documents: 1) curriculum vita; 2) academic transcripts (official transcripts will be required prior to offer to successful applicant); 3) cover letter including candidate’s interest, qualifications, and vision for the position; 4) three letters of reference, physical or digital to:

Dr. Patricia R. Knight, Director of Coastal Horticulture Research and Search Committee Chair, Coastal Research and Extension Center, South Mississippi Branch Experiment Station, P.O. Box 193, Poplarville, MS 39470,

Any social numbers included on requested transcripts should be redacted prior to submitting online.

Screening of applicants is expected to begin immediately, but position will remain open until a suitable candidate is identified.

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60 Days
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Mississippi State University, South MS Branch Station
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Dr. Patricia R Knight
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