Insect Vector Biologist position open at University of Wisconsin

The Department of Entomology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is a national and international leader in basic and applied aspects of insect biology, and has expertise ranging from molecular and sub-organismal biology to applied ecology. We seek to complement these strengths by establishing a new position in Vector Biology and Insect Interactions with Microbial Associates.

Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:

Evidence of established scholarship including a strong record of publishing in peer-reviewed journals together with the potential for contributions of national and international significance at the Assistant Professor level; Evidence of success in securing extramural funding; Evidence of excellent teaching skills.


Principal duties:

The individual will provide core expertise in unraveling the physiological and molecular interactions between insect vectors and their associated microbes, the physiological and biochemical processes that are unique to insects as vectors of human and animal pathogens, and their responses to the environment. Potential research areas of interest may include, but are not limited to, impacts of microbes on insect vector competence, metabolic and physiological responses, responsiveness to environmental change, and the mechanisms by which microbes alter the ecological niches of insects, the role of microbes in altering vector insect interactions with viruses/parasites and in reducing vector susceptibility to insecticides. The candidate is expected to create strong interactions among the research, teaching and outreach missions of the Entomology Department and the UW College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, as well as complement existing programs in other UW Colleges and Departments. This position would also strengthen the new $10 million CDC-funded Midwestern Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Disease (MCE-VBD) located in the Department of Entomology.

The candidate is expected to contribute to both undergraduate and graduate instruction. She/he will be responsible for developing and teaching a course in Insect Physiology and another course in their specific area of interest, each offered every other year. All of our faculty contribute to our graduate seminar series and mentor undergraduate independent studies. The candidate would be expected to train graduate students and post-doctoral researchers.

The successful candidate will develop a strong, independent, extramurally funded research program; develop an innovative undergraduate and graduate teaching program; build collaborative relationships in research and instructional programs; and contribute to service and outreach functions of the Department, College, University and professional societies.

This position is a tenure-track, nine-month appointment at the level of Assistant Professor (a combination of teaching and research). The position carries a commitment to the three important functions of resident instruction, research, and outreach, as well as professional and university service as appropriate to Faculty rank.

Additional Information

Applicants can find relevant information at, and interested individuals are welcome to contact Professor Russell L. Groves at, to discuss this opportunity.

Click here for the vacancy announcement.


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