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Research assistantship working with saproxylic insects in southeastern U.S. forests

Position description and background:

The Entomology Department at the University of Georgia is looking for a PhD student (research assistantship) to work on projects addressing the diversity, ecology and conservation of saproxylic insects (those that depend on dying or dead wood) in the southeastern United States. Saproxylic insects account for at least one fifth of forest insect biodiversity, provide many important ecosystem services, and are sensitive to activities that reduce the abundance and variety of dead wood in forests. This position represents an opportunity to address some major knowledge gaps concerning this group in North America. Focal areas for this research include, but are not limited to, the following: Continue reading

Research assistant position, Center for IPM

The National Science Foundation Center for Integrated Pest Management is seeking candidates for a research assistant position.

The successful applicant will carry out work supporting cooperative activities of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the NSF Center for Integrated Pest Management. This work will entail the collection development, evaluation, analysis and communication of biological information. The primary responsibility of this position will be to research, write, and present reports on various exotic plant pathogens, which will be used to develop pest forecast models to support USDA APHIS decision making processes. The work will involve performing literature searches, reviewing and interpreting highly technical scientific information and government reports, corresponding with subject matter experts, and analyzing information to produce written reports that will then be presented to a team of analysts. Continue reading

Research assistants sought for project in Florida

The Center for Integrated Pest Management at NC State University is hiring up to 3 research assistants to be based in Fort Pierce, FL.

Up to 3 Research Assistant positions are available to work with citrus or other fruit tree diseases and/or insect vector systems to advance basic and applied understanding or the biology, detection, sampling and/or management of associated plant pathogens. The incumbents will be responsible for: (1) Active participation in one or more phases of the research process by performing a variety of microbiological, epidemiological, and molecular techniques for laboratory, greenhouse or field experiments; (2) Independent research design and performance of protocols for molecular and epidemiological studies using specialized equipment such as real-time PCR apparatus, compound and stereo microscopes, and have the ability to adjust protocols and develop new methods when necessary; (3) Independent performance of statistical analyses of experimental data using general statistical packages as well as specific software supplied by the lead scientist, tabulation and summarization of statistical output, preparation of graphical presentation of results and aid in preparation of written reports; (4) work in collaboration with other Biological Scientists and Technicians in conduct of laboratory, field, or greenhouse research, and assurance that they comply with procedures for research conduct under quarantine conditions. The incumbent’s duty station will be the USDA, Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Horticultural Research Laboratory in Fort Pierce, Florida. Continue reading

Research Assistant – PestLens

The individual in this position will engage in research in support of USDA/APHIS/PPQ and Center for IPM cooperative activities (PestLens) related to the collection and analysis of exotic plant pathogen data with application to early warning systems for plant health. The successful applicant will conduct literature searches, design and conduct advanced internet searches, analyze information about invasive plant pests, and enter information into database systems. This position will focus on producing reports for an early warning system designed to help protect U.S. agriculture from exotic plant pests. Additional opportunities in the areas of pest risk analysis, international trade regulation, and invasive species management may be available. The individual will be required to work closely with others in a team environment. Continue reading