Strawberry Entomologist Research Fellow
The Strawberry Center at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo invites applications for a Strawberry Entomologist Research Fellow. This renewable appointment has the potential to be renewed indefinitely contingent on funding and performance. The Strawberry Center's mission is to increase the sustainability of California's $2.2 billion strawberry industry through applied research and education. The Strawberry Center is closely aligned with the California strawberry industry and receives significant financial and advisory support from the California Strawberry Commission. The successful applicant is expected to develop a strong applied research program addressing applied entomological problems for the industry. These problems include important management challenges with lygus, mites and other arthropod pests. Losses to the California strawberry industry from these pests are estimated to be greater than $100 million/year. The successful candidate will conduct high impact research focused on improving the management of strawberry arthropod pests. Candidates with established records of productive applied research programs and broad agricultural entomology and IPM experience are encouraged to apply.
This position reports to the Strawberry Director and will focus primarily on applied research. This position will also assist the Director of the Strawberry Center with administrative oversight of the Center. Funding for up to five years is available with potential renewal beyond five years based on available funding and a productive research program. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is located on California's Central Coast, with all strawberry production regions within 2.5 hours driving time of campus. The Strawberry Center is housed at Technology Park and the main campus with access to 10 acres of campus research fields within walking distance. Collaboration with local strawberry growers is encouraged with Santa Maria offering the closest opportunity (30 miles).
To apply, go to www.calpolyjobs.org/applicants/Central?quickFind=166695