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Job ID: 113934

Research Faculty - Ext. Specialist
University of Idaho

Date Posted Oct. 15, 2018
Title Research Faculty - Ext. Specialist
University University of Idaho
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Moscow, ID
    United States
  • Other Administrative Categories
  • Research

University of Idaho

Research Faculty - Ext. Specialist

Location: Parma

Division/College: Col of Agricultural & Life Sciences

Employee Category: Faculty

Pay Range: $84,614.00, commensurate with experience

Full/Part Time: Full Time

Position Summary:

The University of Idaho Department of Entomology, Plant Pathology, and Nematology seeks an entomologist to join the multi-disciplinary Research and Extension team at our PARMA R&E Center.

This is a 12-month tenure track position is allocated 50% Research and 50% Extension at the Assistant Professor level.

The successful candidate will have primary research and Extension responsibility for integrated management of arthropod pests of specialty and seed crops. Area cropping systems are diverse and dynamic (includes hops, alfalfa, beets, beans, corn and mint). The research goal is to further our understanding of insect biology and ecology and to contribute to the development and implementation of integrated approaches to insect management in these and other specialty crops. The candidate could also work on insect identification, oversight of the bee cocoon lab, insect pests of tree fruit crops or other crops as situations arise. The Extension goal is to provide leadership for the development, implementation, evaluation and reporting of Extension education programs relevant to integrated management of arthropod pests of specialty and seed crops. The successful candidate will collaborate with research and Extension faculty in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, and with local, regional, national and international colleagues, present research seminars, participate in professional meetings and publish in peer-refereed journals. The successful candidate must also work with colleagues, commodity groups and others to educate producers and industry professionals about new integrated management technologies via workshops, printed and web-based publications, on-site field demonstrations and other outreach methods. The successful candidate will actively participate in graduate education by chairing and/or serving on graduate committees, supervising theses and dissertation research, and publishing results with graduate students. Extramural program support is expected to be pursued through federal grants, state agencies and private industry. The location is close to USDA and State laboratory facilities that enhance collaborative opportunities.

Specific research responsibilities include: Develop an internationally recognized, externally funded, collaborative research program that (1) investigates the biology and ecology of arthropod pests of specialty crops in western Idaho and (2) develops integrated management solutions for those arthropods. Additional research interests in Landscape Ecology, Landscape Genetics, Vector Biology or other focus areas that complement those of current departmental faculty will be considered.

Specific Extension responsibilities include: (1) in response to clientele requests, develop, deliver, evaluate and report a multi-faceted Extension program that increases adoption of IPM strategies among commercial producers of specialty and tree fruit crops and their pest management advisors, (2) address the entomology needs of University of Idaho county Extension educators, including professional development and identifying and/or developing research-based resources for county Extension educators that can be used on the local level with the general public and support for insect identification and management and (3) assist in diagnostic activity related to entomology as needed.

Expectations include engagement with local stakeholders (agricultural consultants in hops, alfalfa, beans, beets, corn and mint, homeowners, local producers, agricultural county faculty at the University of Idaho and Oregon State University, etc.) and responsiveness to regional, state and national stakeholders.

Minimum Qualifications:

- Earned Ph.D in Entomology or closely related field by December 30, 2018 with emphasis in integrated pest management (IPM).
- Must demonstrate training and interest in fundamental and applied entomological research.
- Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively and effectively with colleagues and clientele in research and Extension programs.
- Must possess a strong commitment to quality and high impact applied research.
- Must possess excellent written and verbal communication.

Preferred Qualifications:

- Demonstrated experience with field crop entomology research and Extension, preferably insect/arthropod pest biology and ecology in agricultural crops.
- Ability to develop and deliver Extension programs to and with the County Extension Educators and other clientele that increase adoption of IPM methods.
- Demonstrated ability to secure extramural funding.
- Strong publication record in research and Extension.
- Interest or experience in training graduate and undergraduate students.
- Ability to communicate in Spanish, both verbally and in writing.

Physical Requirements & Working Conditions:

Posting Number: F000730P

Posting Date: 10/09/2018

Closing Date:

Open Until Filled: Yes

Special Instructions:

First consideration will be given to applicants who apply by December 1, 2018.

To be considered, interested applicants MUST complete the online application, including a letter of application addressing each minimum and preferred qualification, curriculum vitae, academic transcripts (unofficial are acceptable) and contact information for three references.

Candidates that meet the initial screening requirements will be asked to provide at least three letters of reference.

Any questions should be sent to:
Dr. Juliet M. Marshall
Search Committee Chair
Department of Entomology, Plant Pathology and Nematology
University of Idaho 1776 Science Center Drive Suite 205 Idaho Falls, ID 83402 208.529.8376 //

Background Check: Applicants who are selected as final possible candidates must be able to pass a criminal background check.

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EEO Statement

University of Idaho is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer.


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