PhD position available

The Invasive Plant Science Lab at Utah State University in Logan, UT is seeking to fill a PhD position in cropping systems. The research will focus on the use of cover crops to address invasive plants in agronomic crops of the Intermountain and Western US. Funding has been secured from the Western IPM Center to support the project, which has the potential for expanding into a variety of crops and systems, including organic.

We seek candidates with: 1) strong quantitative and statistical skills, 2) demonstrated research excellence and 3) strong oral and written communication skills. Preference will be given to applicants whose research interests and expertise complement the research project but outstanding applicants looking to broaden their field of interest will also be seriously considered.

Send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, and names and addresses of three references as email attachments (pdf or word formats) to Dr. Steve Young at steve.young@usu.edu. For earliest consideration, apply by May 1, 2018. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Utah State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity/ADA Employer.  

WSSA Seeking New NIFA Fellow

The Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) is seeking a qualified individual to serve as a Weed Science resource for USDA’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and to act as a liaison between WSSA members and USDA-NIFA employees.  Dr. Donn Shilling from the University of Georgia has served in this role for the past three years, but plans to step down from this position in 2018.  Our intention is for Donn and the new NIFA Fellow to initially work together during the transition period.  Ideally, the new individual will travel to Washington, D.C. approximately once every 6 – 8 weeks to interact and work with USDA-NIFA employees during the week.  The NIFA Fellow will provide input on a wide range of topics such as current weed management practices, herbicide resistance management, weed biology and ecology, invasive plants, and the potential for new weed management paradigms such as the use of weed genomics and intelligent weed removal technologies.  A key role for the NIFA Fellow is to connect USDA-NIFA staff with WSSA committees and members to leverage their expertise to address these and other Weed Science topics. Continue reading

Assistant Professor, Apiculturist (12-month, tenure-track, 100% Extension)

The successful applicant will develop and deliver a vibrant Extension Apiculture educational program with a supporting applied-research component designed to resolve problems of importance to the beekeeping industry in Tennessee. This individual will provide leadership in Extension and outreach education that meets the needs of clientele regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, religion or veteran status. Continue reading

PhD student or a Postdoc position: Invasive wood borers

Join the Forest Entomology team (http://www.ambrosiasymbiosis.org/) at the University of Florida on our quest to discover which of the thousands of wood borer species in exotic jungles have the potential to be the next big invader into American forests. We are looking for passion in areas ranging from molecular ecology to integrative taxonomy to biosecurity regulation, someone who can master the flow of material from a foreign jungle to a DNA sequencer, someone who will love analyzing their data, writing their manuscripts, and strategically posting on social media. Continue reading

UGA Forestry Position Announcement – Assistant Professor – Outreach/Extension Silviculture

The Assistant Professor position in the UGA Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources focused on Outreach/Extension Silviculture is to be located in Tifton, Georgia.  

POSITION AND RESPONSIBILITIES: This is a fiscal year (12-month, 1.0 EFT) tenure-track, 75% outreach and 25% research appointment offered at the rank of Assistant Professor and is stationed at the University of Georgia Campus in Tifton, GA. Individuals with expertise in the broad area of silvicultural issues relevant to southern ecosystems are encouraged to apply. Responsibilities will include the development of externally funded applied research and outreach/extension programs that produce relevant, refereed literature and science-based information. The focus area will be in vegetation management, including native and invasive plants, use of prescribed burning, establishment and management of southern pine stands or related topics to the state and region. The successful candidate is expected to establish a regionally/nationally recognized program in applied silviculture. The successful candidate will be expected to obtain external funding, publish research findings in the peer-reviewed scientific literature and widely disseminated extension literature, direct/mentor graduate students, collaborate with faculty and stakeholders, serve on School/University committees, and actively participate in professional /scientific societies. Continue reading

Biological Sciences Technician for Emerald Ash Borer Biological Control Facility

Emerald Ash Borer Biological Control Rearing Facility is looking for a biological sciences technician to support research on emerald ash borer and the natural enemies (parasitoid wasps) that are being reared for release to control this invasive insect.  Research will concentrate on three areas: optimizing rearing production, production of EAB eggs and natural enemies to support field research, and evaluating the establishment of natural enemies throughout the U.S. The position will involve mostly laboratory work but will include trips to the field to collect ash logs and foliage for feeding the beetles. The incumbent will work at the EAB Biocontrol Laboratory in Brighton, MI, but this position is administered by North Carolina State University under a cooperative agreement.

The position is expected to be filled for several years at approximately $41,000 per year.  The incumbent will do the following:

1)     Assist the Emerald Ash Borer Rearing facility in producing EAB natural enemies and EAB eggs for use by researchers in the field.  This will include all aspects of rearing (e.g. rearing EAB adults and collecting eggs, cutting logs, infesting logs with eggs, caring for the natural enemy colonies, etc.).

2)     Process yellow pan trap samples collected by cooperators throughout the country. The incumbent will receive and record yellow pan trap samples and store them for future processing.  The incumbent will learn how to identify EAB natural enemies, go through the samples and collect all suspect EAB natural enemies, and ship potential specimens for positive identification.

3)     Conduct rearing studies to optimize storage of parasitoids. These studies will be designed by an APHIS Science and Technology scientist and the EAB Rearing Facility director. The incumbent will follow experimental protocols and collect and summarize data.

Please send an email with a cover letter and resume to Benjamin.h.slager@aphis.usda.gov

If they have questions about the position they can contact Ben at 810-844-2704.

IPM Institute seeking Coordinator, Sustainable Food Group

Full-time, mid-level position available with a growing independent non-profit organization working to improve sustainability in agriculture and communities through Integrated Pest Management (IPM). Responsibilities include providing audit and administrative support to several supply chain sustainability programs with food retailers and coordinating the development and implementation of a new sustainability certification for agricultural producers.

The individual in this position will work with project teams, project partners and clients to coordinate program development and verification, which supports growers and businesses around the world as they improve their sustainability performance. Responsibilities include coordinating calls with project partners, ensuring tasks are completed in a timely manner, providing consistent and accurate review of information reported by growers and other clients against established program criteria, providing support to growers and clients, scheduling evaluation visits with auditors and producing detailed and accurate reports. Continue reading