Deadline Dec. 31, 2016
Date Posted Nov. 19, 2016
Scope of Job
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley ( UTRGV ) Department of Biology seeks to fill a tenure track Assistant Professor position in Entomology with preferred emphasis on integrated pest management, insect agroecology, and/or biological control. The successful candidate is expected to complement the strengths of current faculty in the Biology Department and in the School for Earth, Environmental, and Marine Sciences working on food and agriculturally-important problems in the region. Several faculty are also involved in collaborative research with local USDA agencies, as well as with local area farmers, providing numerous opportunities for collaborative mission-oriented research. Applicants with evidence of effective interdisciplinary collaboration and applied entomology research experience will be strongly considered.
The position provides opportunities for the successful candidate to develop their own externally-funded research program, teach advanced courses, and participate in the mentoring of graduate students. The successful candidate will be expected to teach both undergraduate and graduate courses, including Entomology, Biological Control, and Integrated Pest Management; conduct externally-funded research; and participate in departmental and professional service activities.
UTRGV is located in an agriculturally-important region with unusual biological diversity, the subtropical Rio Grande Valley, bordering the Gulf of Mexico. UTRGV is a new university composed of members and assets of the former University of Texas – Pan American and University of Texas at Brownsville. UTRGV is one of the largest public universities in Texas, with over 28,000 students. Already considered one of the premier Hispanic Serving Institutions in the US, UTRGV is developing initiatives to become the premier research institution in South Texas.
The primary appointment for this position will be at the Edinburg Campus, although travel to other campuses may be expected. More information about UTRGV , the College of Sciences and the Department can be found at www.utrgv.edu and www.utrgv.edu/biology.
Ph.D. in Biology, Entomology, or closely related area from an accredited university.
Discipline Specific Required Qualifications
Background in Applied Entomology with a strong commitment to research and teaching excellence, mentorship of students and service to the community.
Postdoctoral research experience is preferred.