Job ID: 169661

Assistant Professor - Tree Fruit Entomologist

Michigan State University

  • Oct. 15, 2021
  • Assistant Professor - Tree Fruit Entomologist
  • Entomology
  • Michigan State University
    East Lansing, MI
  • Open until filled
  • Available immediately
  • Assistant Professor
  • Entomology

The Department of Entomology at Michigan State University (MSU) seeks candidates for a tenure-system position (12 month) in Tree Fruit Entomology at the Assistant Professor rank, to conduct research and extension in one of the leading and most agriculturally-diverse fruit-growing states in the U.S. The successful candidate develop management programs for arthropod pests of tree fruits (apples, cherries, etc.) of economic importance in the Great Lakes region, with an emphasis on alternatives to conventional insecticides such as novel chemistries, biological control, mating disruption, cultural control, and resistant varieties.

Responsibilities: Assignment – research (45%), extension (45%), teaching (10%). Expectations for the position are to develop an internationally-recognized program implementing IPM systems and control strategies to mitigate the impacts of domestic and invasive arthropod pests of tree fruit; secure substantial competitive external funding; publish in peer-reviewed journals; develop Extension educational materials; and recruit and mentor graduate students to graduation. A collaborative and multidisciplinary approach to research and extension efforts is preferred, thus the candidate will be expected to work with growers, Extension educators, private industry, and other stakeholders in the tree fruit industry. In addition, the successful candidate will develop and teach an annual seminar course of their choosing.

Qualifications: Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Entomology, Ecology, or related discipline; demonstrated training and expertise in integrated pest management, applied ecology, chemical ecology, or other disciplines that have application in managing tree fruit pests or other arthropods of economic importance; and a record of scholarly activities in their field as demonstrated by peer-reviewed publications; and clear evidence of research funding. Postdoctoral experience with expertise in integrating multidisciplinary areas of tree fruit entomology, and a record of funding from competitive state, national and/or international agencies, are desired.

Review of applications begins after November 15, 2021.

The Entomology Department and the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) at MSU are committed to achieving excellence by creating and sustaining an accessible and inclusive culture that values cultural and academic diversity. We are an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and are particularly interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that academic excellence is achieved through open access and proactive inclusion. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.

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  • Chris DiFonzo
    Michigan State University
    East Lansing, MI 48824

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