Assistant Professor of Arthropod Ecology

When February 20, 2021 9:00 PM to March 31, 2021 10:00 PM

Where University Park, PA

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Penn State Entomology is hiring an Assistant Professor of Arthropod Ecology! For more details and to apply, please see this link.


The Department of Entomology at Penn State invites applications in the area of Arthropod Ecology for a tenure track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level with a focus on the interactions among insects, plants and other organisms, and the evolution of the plant traits that mediate those interactions. Expertise that will complement existing departmental strengths in insect-plant interactions, chemical ecology, and symbiosis is expected. This is a 9 month appointment, 75% research and 25% teaching.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The successful applicant will conduct empirical or theoretical research focused on the ecology of multitrophic interactions among insect, plants, and other organisms. An integrative approach involving field observation, experiments, phylogenetic comparative methods,  metagenomics, and transcriptomics is expected. The successful applicant will establish a strong externally funded research program, conduct independent high-quality research, publish in leading scholarly journals, and mentor graduate students. Teaching responsibilities include developing a course in Insect Ecology and teaching in the Intercollege Ecology Graduate Program (ECLGY 510 Classical Ecology and/or ECLGY 590 Colloquium). The ability to engage a diverse population of faculty, staff, and students at the Departmental, College, and University levels is an important aspect of this academic appointment. 

QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. in ecology, or related life  sciences with demonstrated accomplishments in field research relevant to multitrophic interactions of plants, arthropods, and microbes. The successful candidate must have completed all degree requirements by the appointment date. Expertise in field research in non-managed ecosystems, phylogenetic comparative methods, DNA metabarcoding/metagenomics, and transcriptomics is preferred.

The position will be affiliated with the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences to facilitate participation in interdisciplinary research initiatives such as the Insect Biodiversity CenterCenter for Chemical Ecology, Center for Parasitic and Carnivorous Plants, Microbiome Center, Ecology Institute and Plant Institute.  The successful applicant will join faculty members with complementary, interdisciplinary research interests, and have access to excellent core facilities

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: In addition to a letter of application, candidates must provide a curriculum vita, copies of graduate transcripts, a statement of pedagogical approach to teaching, and a statement of future interests in research, and a list of three references. Applicants should provide evidence, either woven through their application materials or as a separate diversity statement, of a commitment to fostering diversity, equity, inclusive excellence, and belonging and of engagement which creates an inclusive environment in their classroom, department, and the University

STARTING DATE: July 1, 2021 or as negotiated 


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