Assistant Professor of Entomology: Arthropod Vectors of Vertebrate Diseases – Penn State University

STARTING DATE:  January 1, 2017 or as negotiated

LOCATION: Department of Entomology
College of Agricultural Sciences
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802

As part of Penn State’s continuing dedication to develop excellence in the area of infectious disease dynamics, we seek to strengthen the Department of Entomology with a scientist whose program is focused on arthropods and vertebrate diseases.

RESPONSIBILITIES:  We expect the candidate to develop a research program focused on the ecology and biology of arthropods affecting animal and public health, and advance our understanding of extant and emerging pests and vectors associated with zoonotic diseases relevant to Pennsylvania, Northeast Regional, National and International stakeholders. In addition to graduate student advising, the candidate will acquire and maintain extramural funding to support research and outreach programs.  As a member of the Extension Animal System(s) State Team, the individual will participate in the identification of educational program needs, develop educational events and materials to support programs and participate in evaluations to measure the program and team’s success.  Specifically, the candidate will create and maintain a statewide and regional education program in arthropods affecting domesticated animals and wildlife that includes pests such as ticks, mosquitoes, bed bugs, flies, etc. Interactions with Penn State Extension and faculty and staff of the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences and the Animal Diagnostic Laboratory is strongly expected and the candidate is expected to lead a statewide program team to facilitate advances in domesticated and wildlife animal entomology to meet future societal needs.  Additional responsibilities include engagement in appropriate interdisciplinary activities within and outside the Department, including in the Center for Molecular Immunology and Infectious Diseases and/or the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics.  Candidates may have access to Penn State’s Pell laboratory, which is a modern BSL-3 facility that features both insect and laboratory animal capabilities.

QUALIFICATIONS:  Ph.D. in entomology, ecology, biology, or related scientific discipline with demonstrated accomplishments in research relevant to vertebrate pests or vectors. Expertise in those areas that will complement existing departmental strengths in IPM, chemical ecology, vector biology, genomics or disease ecology is desired. Candidates must demonstrate an interest in advancing modern and diverse pest management technologies in domesticated animal and wildlife entomology, and the delivery of information to diverse audiences with traditional and information-technology methods. Requires competence and comfort in working with multiple stakeholders involved directly in management of these systems.  The ability to engage professionally with a diverse population of faculty, staff, and students across the university is required.

SALARY:  Commensurate with qualifications and experience. An excellent benefits package is provided.

Review of applications will begin on October 7, 2016. Applications received before October 1, 2016 will be included in the search committee’s original screening. Applications will be received until the position is filled.

Applicants should upload a letter of application, names and addresses of three professional references, curriculum vitae, statement of research and extension interests and official transcripts. Questions can be directed to:

Dr. Gary W. Felton, Head

Department of Entomology

The Pennsylvania State University

501 Agricultural Sciences and Industries Bldg.

University Park, PA 16802

(814) 863-7789

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