Assistant Professor in Insect Pathology/Symbiosis sought

Position announcement # 00013269
Requisition # 497420
Title: Assistant Professor in Insect Pathology/Symbiosis Job Opportunity
Location: Entomology & Nematology Department
University of Florida
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS)
Gainesville, Florida
Salary: Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience
Review Date: For full consideration, candidates should apply and submit additional
materials by July 18, 2016. The position will remain open until a viable applicant pool is determined.

Duties and Responsibilities
This is a 12-month tenure-accruing position that will be 80% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station) and 20% teaching (College of Agricultural and Life Sciences), available in the Entomology & Nematology Department, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, at the University of Florida. This assignment may change in accordance with the needs of the unit. Tenure will accrue in the Entomology & Nematology Department.
This faculty member’s proposed research should target the mechanisms underlying host-microbe interactions of both pest and beneficial insects. Research may involve identification of either defense/resistance mechanisms that affect pathogen virulence or specific virulence factors that can be exploited for insect control. Microbial interactions that impact host nutrition, development, and/or responses to environmental stresses (e.g., temperature, chemical exposure) also are of interest. The faculty member’s research, incorporating collaborative efforts, should develop his or her discoveries into novel management approaches. The faculty member will actively seek federal and private contract and grant funding to support and to develop an internationally recognized, competitive insect pathology/microbiology research program.

The faculty member will participate actively in undergraduate and graduate education by
supervising undergraduate, thesis, and dissertation research, publishing the results with his/her graduate students, as well as by serving on additional graduate committees.
Entomology & Nematology Department
Steinmetz Hall
1881 Natural Area Drive
(352) 273-3901
(352) 392-0190 (Fax)
The Foundation for The Gator Nation
An Equal Opportunity Institution include engaging in scholarly activities such as participating in curriculum revision and enhancement, seeking funding for the teaching program, publishing teaching-related scholarship, producing learning tools, and engaging in professional development activities related to teaching and advising. The faculty member should support and participate in the CALS Honors Program, distance education, and international education.
Because of the IFAS land-grant mission, all faculty are expected to be supportive of and engaged in all three mission areas—Research, Teaching and Extension—regardless of the assignment split specified in the position description.

A doctorate (foreign equivalent acceptable) in Entomology, Microbiology, Comparative
Pathology and Immunology, or a closely related discipline is required. Post-doctoral research and training in molecular and cell biology, genomics, and bioinformatics is desirable. Candidates should have demonstrated skills in verbal and written communication, interpersonal relationships, and success in the procurement of extramural funding. Candidates must be supportive of the mission of the land-grant system. Candidates also must be committed to IFAS core values of excellence, diversity, global involvement, and accountability.

Background Information
The Entomology and Nematology Department ( has diverse
teaching, research, and extension programs with 29 faculty members located on the
main campus in Gainesville plus 38 faculty located at 11 Research and Education
Centers (RECs) throughout the state.
University of Florida  is a Land-Grant, Sea-Grant, and Space-Grant
institution, encompassing virtually all academic and professional disciplines, with an enrollment of more than 50,000 students. UF is a member of The Association of American Universities.
The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences ( includes the College of
Agricultural and Life Sciences (, the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station (, the Florida Cooperative Extension Service
(, the College of Veterinary Medicine, and the Florida Sea Grant program (, and it encompasses 16 oncampus
academic departments and schools, 12 Research and Educational Centers (RECs) located
throughout the state, six Research sites/demonstration units administered by RECs or academic departments, and Florida Cooperative Extension Service offices in all 67 counties in the state, which the counties operate and maintain. Further, the School of Natural Resources and Environment is an interdisciplinary unit housed in IFAS and managed by several colleges on campus. IFAS employs over 2500 people, including approximately 900 faculty and 1200 support personnel located in Gainesville and throughout the state. IFAS, one of the nation’s largest agricultural and natural resources research and education organizations, is administered by a Senior Vice President and four deans: the Dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, the Dean for Extension and Director of the Florida Cooperative Extension Service, the Dean for Research and Director of the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station, and the Dean for the College of Veterinary Medicine. UF/IFAS also engages in cooperative work with Florida
A&M University in Tallahassee. The Foundation for The Gator Nation is
an Equal Opportunity Institution

Employment Conditions
This position is available September 1, 2016, and it will be filled when a suitable applicant is available. Compensation is commensurate with the education, experience, and qualifications of the selected applicant.
Nominations are welcome. They need to include the complete name and address of the nominee.
This information should be sent to the address below.
Application Information
Individuals wishing to apply should go online to
job/497420 and submit:
-Cover letter that states applicant’s interest in the position and qualifications
relative to the credentials listed above
-Statement of research interests and teaching philosophy
-Curriculum vitae
-Contact information (including email addresses) for three individuals willing to
write letters of recommendation
Please refer to Requisition # 497420
Dr. Phillip Kaufman
Chair, Search and Screen Committee
University of Florida
Entomology & Nematology Department
Steinmetz Hall
1881 Natural Area Drive
Gainesville FL 32611-0620
Telephone: 352-273-3904
Facsimile: 352-392-0190
Electronic Mail:

The final candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at .

The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. The selection process will be conducted in accord with the provisions of Florida’s ‘Government in the Sunshine’ and Public Records Laws. Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.

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