Assistant Professor- Insect Vector Borne Plant Diseases

Auburn, Alabama (US)
Sep 26, 2017
Nov 25, 2017
Organization Type
University and College

Assistant Professor- Insect Vector Borne Plant Diseases

Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology of the College of Agriculture

Auburn University

The Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology of the College of Agriculture at Auburn University is seeking applications for the position of Assistant Professor- Insect Vector Borne Plant Diseases. This faculty position will be a nine-month, tenure-track position with a 75% research and 25% teaching appointment.  The projected start date is August 16, 2018.

The successful candidate will be responsible for developing a nationally recognized program on fundamental aspects of insect vector borne plant diseases. The successful candidate will lead a vigorous research program on understanding insect vector biology, plant pathogen(s), and interaction(s) between insect vector(s) and plant pathogens associated with crops of agricultural importance for Alabama and the U.S. The successful candidate will use diverse approaches such as genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, and population genetics to understand the molecular mechanisms associated with insect vectors and plant pathogens. A candidate with state of the art skills in next generation sequencing, comparative genomics and bioinformatics, genetic manipulations, and statistical analyses will be appropriate for this position. The successful candidate will be expected to secure extramural funding to support programs and summer salary, publish technical and refereed articles, and collaborate effectively with departmental faculty and colleagues in related disciplines. Teaching responsibilities include providing instruction support and expertise in the areas of entomology, plant pathology, and biotechnology and teaching one to two classes per academic year. The successful candidate would also be expected to recruit, train, and mentor graduate and undergraduate students. Departmental, college, and university committee service are expected.

Minimum qualifications include an earned Ph.D. from an accredited institution in Entomology with a strong knowledge and background in insect vector biology, plant pathogens, vector/pathogen/host interactions, and/or a related discipline by the expected position start date. Documented evidence of individual and/or collaborative research and teaching resulting in peer‐reviewed publications is required. Candidates should be able to demonstrate the ability to work cooperatively with colleagues across disciplines and develop a collaborative research program. The successful candidate must possess excellent written and interpersonal skills to effectively interact with diverse audiences. The successful candidate must meet eligibility requirements for work in the United States at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the term of employment. Desired qualifications include: post-doctoral experience, grantsmanship experience, as well as familiarity with molecular biology, genetics, biotechnology and genomic approaches.

Applicants must apply for the position by visiting the link: and attaching the following: 1) a cover letter that addresses the experience pertinent to the responsibilities of the position, 2) current curriculum vita, 3) copies of ALL academic transcripts, 4) a statement of research interests and accomplishments, and 5) statement of teaching philosophy. When prompted during the on-line process, names, phone numbers and email addresses of five professional references should be provided. Only complete applications will be considered. To ensure consideration for the position, applicants are encouraged to apply by the end of business on November 15, 2017. The search will continue until the position is filled. Questions about the position should be directed to: Dr. Joseph Kloepper, Search Committee Chair, email: 

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