Entomologist/Applied Insect Ecologist
Entomologist/Applied Insect Ecologist – 12-month appointment with potential to extend to multiple years.
AVAILABLE: As early as November 1, 2018.
RESEARCH: This is a 12-month appointment at Mid-Florida Research and Education Center, University of Florida. However, there is an option that the candidate can work out of Dr. Cindy McKenzie’s USDA-ARS laboratory in Fort Pierce, Florida. This assignment may change in accordance with the needs of the unit. The successful candidate will be expected to develop an independent research program in biological control of invasive ornamental and landscape pests that leads to publishing research in peer-reviewed journals. Duties will include: conduct applied research on previously funded projects on chilli thrips and MEAM/MED whitefly control; develop protocols and conduct research on ornamental banker plant based management of invasive pests of interest; develop research program for integration of predatory mites, parasitoids and entomopathogenic fungi in an IPM program for invasive pests.
QUALIFICATIONS: A doctorate (foreign equivalent acceptable) in entomology or closely related discipline with a specialization in IPM or biological control using arthropod natural enemies is required. Candidates should have demonstrated skills in verbal and written communication, interpersonal relationships, interdisciplinary national/international collaboration, and procurement of extramural funding. Previous experience with extension activities, molecular biology, thrips taxonomy, phytoseiid mite rearing, banker plant system, application of chemical insecticides and entomopathogenic fungi would be advantageous.
SALARY: Starting $52,000/year with an excellent benefits package.
APPLICATION: Send letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the names and email addresses of three references to: