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Michigan State University

Postdoctoral Researcher

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research associate position in the Department of Entomology at Michigan State University. Funding is available through a USDA-NIFA Specialty Crop Research Initiative grant that will examine how neonicotinoid pesticides in cucurbits can be used to manage pests while protecting the health of honeybees and other beneficial pollinating insects. The postdoc will supervise the measurement of pest abundance on plants, pollinator visitation to flowers, collection of seasonal records of pesticide inputs, collaborate with beekeepers who rent hives to cucurbit growers, and systematically take plant and soil samples for pesticide analysis. Close collaboration with cucurbit growers and team members at other universities is an essential part of the day-to-day duties.

Interested individuals must have a PhD in entomology, ecology or a related field. Demonstrated experience working in the field, knowledge of insect taxonomy and statistical approaches is required. Interest and experience with on farm research, pollinators and sustainable agriculture are definite pluses. Postdoctoral associates are required to fluently communicate in English scientific results to both technical and lay audiences in written and presentation formats. Funding is provided for 1 year, with potential to continue, based on satisfactory performance. Starting salary is $47,500/year with a benefits package. The preferred start date for this position is spring 2017.

Interested persons should email a current CV, a statement of research interests, copies of recent publications and contact information for three references to Dr. Zsofia Szendrei (). Please combine all documents into a single PDF file and write “SCRI Postdoc” in the subject line of the email. For more information about the lab please visit http://vegetable.ent.msu.edu. Review of applications will begin on Nov. 1, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled.

MSU is an equal opportunity employer and the Department of Entomology is committed to promoting diversity in research.