Postdoc Research Associate
This is a twelve month, non-tenure-track position with research responsibilities elucidating sugarcane aphid ecology and pest management for southeastern growers. The position is budgeted at 100% research.
The Department of Entomology at UGA offers a stimulating, multi-campus intellectual environment and has an excellent reputation in teaching, research and extension. The three campuses of the University of Georgia (Athens, Tifton and Griffin) are large and dynamic multidisciplinary, multi-agency facilities with strong research, extension, and teaching activities, and access to multiple well-equipped research farms throughout the state. Opportunities for interdisciplinary and interagency interactions are outstanding, and collaborative activities with colleagues in other departments, institutions and agencies are encouraged.
GENERAL DUTIES AND REQUIREMENTS:
The successful applicant will coordinate, conduct and publish original research to support southeastern growers with management of sugarcane aphid on grain sorghum, forage sorghum and sweet sorghum. The project will integrate knowledge of pest ecology and biology to formulate and test novel pest management strategies to include cultural controls, insecticides, host plant resistance and biological control. Research is expected to include laboratory, greenhouse, plot and on-farm trials and could include aspects of feed and forage quality to large ruminants.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS OF THE JOB:
Applicants must have earned a Ph.D. in Entomology or closely related field with a strong background of relevant course work, a record of peer reviewed scholarly achievement, and excellent communication skills. Previous experience with sugarcane aphid or sorghum production is not required.