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Assistant Professor, Functional Genomics Entomology

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, United States
Job Description

The Department of Entomology at the University of Minnesota seeks to fill a tenure track position in Functional Genomics Entomology. This is a nine-month appointment at the level of assistant professor with primary research (60%) and teaching (40%) responsibilities.

The Department seeks a candidate whose research focuses on state-of-the-art agricultural pest management. Given current challenges with conventional controls such as pressure from regulatory concerns, environmental risks, and pest resistance, the successful candidate will use functional genomics with the goal of improving agricultural pest management.

The successful candidate will establish an externally funded, highly competitive and innovative research program. The Department of Entomology seeks individuals with research interests that will complement and expand its existing strengths (https://www.entomology.umn.edu/faculty-staff/faculty). The candidate will be encouraged to collaborate with faculty and students in the Department and with other programs in the plant or animal sciences. The successful candidate will have access to existing core facility strengths at University of Minnesota such as the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute, Microbial and Plant Genomics Institute, UMN Genomics Center, GCD Bioinformatics Resources, and Center for Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics, as well as associated networks.


The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the teaching mission of the Department of Entomology. Thus they will be expected to teach an undergraduate course with broad appeal, and a graduate course in their area of specialty or other topic complementing the current teaching strengths of the Department. Faculty in the Department teach undergraduate courses for students in the Entomology Minor, and students across majors in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resources Sciences (CFANS), and the Honors Program. The candidate will be expected to mentor students in the Entomology Graduate Program and undergraduates in CFANS.


RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Develop a nationally and internationally recognized, externally funded research program in functional genomics related to agricultural pests
  • Work synergistically with researchers in the Department of Entomology and others throughout the University, such as the Departments of Agronomy & Plant Genetics, Plant Biology, Horticulture, Plant Pathology, Animal Science, Veterinary Medicine, etc.
  • Teach undergraduate and graduate courses on campus and/or online
  • Mentor graduate and undergraduate students
  • Deliver or assist in delivery of research results to agricultural stakeholders
Job Requirements

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Ph.D. or internationally equivalent degree in entomology, or related field of biological sciences
  • Relevant training and experience in functional genomics research
  • Demonstrated record of working in a collaborative capacity (e.g., contributions made to multi-author publications and/or grant proposals)
  • Record of research productivity (e.g., refereed publications)
  • Record of teaching, training or mentoring undergraduate or graduate students
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills as demonstrated by research/teaching statements


PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusiveness
  • Demonstrated record to develop, evaluate and improve functional genomic approaches to agricultural pest management
  • Demonstrated record to work with interdisciplinary teams, industry and stakeholders to identify research needs and knowledge gaps
  • Demonstrated record in obtaining extramural funding (e.g. state, federal, and other types of grants and contracts)
  • Demonstrated experience with course development and delivery, especially at the undergraduate or graduate level
  • Demonstrated experience training students in molecular entomology concepts and techniques 

SALARY AND BENEFITS

Salary will be competitive and commensurate with professional experience and qualifications. Two months of summer salary will be provided for the first three years; thereafter summer salary may be supplemented by grants. Benefits include employee health, dental, and faculty life/disability insurance, faculty retirement and opportunities for professional development, including sabbatical and semester leave opportunities. Benefits are described at: http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/benefits/index.html.

APPLICATION

Initial screening of applicant files will begin on February 22, 2019. For full consideration, application materials should be received by this date. 

Apply at https://hr.myu.umn.edu/jobs/ext/328282.

For questions about the position, please contact Prof. Tim Kurtti, Chair of the Search Committee at kurtt001@umn.edu.

 

 

JOB DETAILS
POSTED
24 January 2019
CLOSES
23 February 2019
JOB TYPE
Full-Time
REQUIRED EDUCATION
Doctorate/PhD
SALARY (USD)
Open
TITLE / ROLE
Assistant Professor
INDUSTRY / FIELD
Entomology