Virginia Tech’s Department of Entomology invites applications for a tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor in the area of Pollinator Biology & Ecology starting in the Fall 2016 semester. This is a nine-month, 70% research and 30% teaching appointment based on campus at Virginia Tech, a land-grant university in the scenic New River Valley of Virginia.
The successful candidate will be expected to develop an extramurally funded research program focused on pollinating insects with emphasis on regional and national concerns related to pollinator declines, species biodiversity losses, ecosystem services, and/or conservation biology. Knowledge of apicultural practices is desirable but not required. Preference will be given to individuals with post-doctoral experience and a demonstrated ability to secure extramural funding and publish in high quality, peer-reviewed journals. The incumbent is expected to teach courses at the undergraduate- and graduate-level, contribute to innovative curricula in entomology and related disciplines, and mentor undergraduate and graduate students. The incumbent will also support the mission of the land-grant university by participating in outreach and engaging local, state, and regional stakeholders. The successful candidate will have access to existing honey bee colonies, apiculture facilities, and land for field research, including diverse native habitats, as well as agronomic, vegetable, and orchard field plots.
Applicants are required to hold a Ph.D. in entomology, zoology, or a closely related field. Applicants with experience in pollinator biology including, but not limited to, the ecology, physiology, molecular biology, genetics, pathology, or behavior of honey bees and/or other pollinating insects are strongly encouraged to apply.