Graduate Research Assistantship in Stored Product Entomology | Entomological Society of America

One graduate research assistantship is available for a Ph.D. student in the Department of Entomology at Kansas State University. The research will focus on the development of behaviorally-based management strategies such as attract-and-kill and the use of long-lasting insecticide netting to prevent infestation by a range of stored product insects (e.g., red flour beetle, lesser grain borer, Indian meal moth) in mills, warehouses, and other facilities. This will include laboratory assays, semi-field experiments, and field trials.

The student will be co-advised by faculty from the USDA-ARS Center for Grain and Animal Health Research in Manhattan, KS. Successful candidates for this position should possess a M.S. in entomology, biology, or a related field. The student is expected to be supported for at least three years, which includes an annual stipend of $25,000, graduate student fringe benefits, and tuition and fees applied towards the Ph.D. program. The position will be available starting in January 2018, or until a qualified candidate has been identified. Interested individuals should send their curriculum vitae, a cover letter, and the contact information for three references to either Dr. Rob Morrison (william.morrison@ars.usda.gov) or Dr. Kun Yan Zhu (kzhu@ksu.edu) by September 30, 2017 or as soon as possible. However, complete applications must be submitted online at http://entomology.k-state.edu/for-students/admissions.html.

New Mexico Forest Entomologist and Forest Health Program Coordinator

Job Title: Forest Health Program Manager (EMNRD Position #59953)

Closing Date/Time: Friday 9/15/2017 11:59 PM Mountain Time

Salary: $31,782.00 – $55,307.00 Annually

Job Type: Permanent Position

Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico Continue reading

Vector Biologist of Plant Pathogens, Assistant Professor

The Department of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management at Colorado State University seeks a tenure-track faculty at the assistant professor level to study arthropod vectors of plant pathogens, including viruses, bacteria, fungi, and/or nematodes. The successful candidate will be expected to develop an extramurally-funded research program. Possible research areas may include, but are not limited to, epidemiology, evolution, ecology, genetics, molecular biology, behavior, or interactions of arthropod vectors and their pathogens. Outreach and engagement with local/regional vegetable producers is encouraged and excellent opportunities exist for working with vegetable growers in the State on a wide variety of arthropod-vectored plant pathogens. The successful candidate will also be expected to contribute to undergraduate and graduate teaching in the Department and College. In addition to collaborations with the Department and College, many possibilities for collaborations exist within the Microbiome Cluster, the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology, and the Cell & Molecular Biology Graduate Program. Consistent with the mission of a land-grant university, all faculty members are expected to contribute to education, research/creative performance/scholarship, and service/engagement/outreach functions. The position includes an extension component. The division of the successful candidate’s responsibilities will approximate 25% instruction/advising, 60% research/scholarship, and 15% service/outreach/engagement. At CSU, we consider that a portion of your research/scholarship and your engagement activities will be in support of extension to Colorado agricultural producers.

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NIFA Seeks National Program Leader for Plant Pathology – closes August 23

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) released a vacancy announcement for the position of National Program Leader for Plant Pathology on August 3, 2017.  NIFA is looking for candidates who are competent in their science, skilled at planning and evaluation, experienced at forming strategic partnerships, and capable in all facets of communication.  The person hired for this position will influence the advancement of the science by helping to determine agency investments in plant pathology and coordinating the efforts of scientists throughout the United States.  He or she will provide strategic direction for NIFA activities and initiatives that support the agricultural enterprise and will provide agency-wide leadership for the development, coordination, reporting, and evaluation of the agency’s programs in plant pathology and related areas of plant health and protection.  NIFA is particularly interested in candidates with strong extension credentials. Continue reading

Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist

Integrated Management of Invasive and Endemic Arthropods Attacking Subtropical Fruit Crops University of California, Riverside

The Department of Entomology invites applications for an Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist in the area of integrated management of invasive and endemic arthropod species attacking subtropical fruit crops at the University of California, Riverside. This is a fiscal year position and is available January 1, 2018 with a 90 % Cooperative Extension/10% Organized Research appointment in the Agricultural Experiment Station (http://cnas.ucr.edu/about/aes/). The position will be housed at the University of California Riverside Campus in Riverside, CA. Continue reading

Exotic Forest Pest Educator Position Available Immediately

Purdue University’s Department of Entomology is seeking a creative individual to serve as Exotic Forest Pest Educator.  This individual will develop Indiana’s Forest Pest Outreach Survey & Program to educate citizen scientists about invasive species and how to report them.

Requirements include a Bachelor’s degree in Entomology, Forest Entomology, Urban Forestry, Horticulture, Wildlife, Environmental Science and Technology, Technical Writing, Speech Communication or related field; and at least two years’ experience working with invasive species, the horticultural industry, pests of forests or trees, or in some field of technical mass media communication.  Continue reading

Plant Protection Program Manager – American Public Gardens Association

The American Public Gardens Association seeks a plant protection program manager. The Plant Protection Program Manager will ensure the Plant Protection Program’s ongoing engagement with Association members, recruit and retain new gardens, secure and steward programmatic funding and budgets, and continue to expand the program.  They train staff at several member gardens, coordinate targeted pest surveys, and develop new and revised educational materials about the importance of the urban forest, forest health, and plant protection for various audiences.

The Plant Protection Program currently combines the Sentinel Plant Network, Plant Heroes™, and other important urban forest health elements into a cohesive and powerful platform that positions our gardens as leaders in the battle against invasive species and other threats to healthy forests and gardens. Continue reading