Assistant Professor | Specialty Crops Entomologist

The Department of Entomology at Purdue University invites outstanding candidates in the field of insect pest management and ecology to apply for a 10-month, tenure-track, applied research/teaching faculty position. 

Position: Assistant Professor (tenure track)


Opportunities and expectations. This position is one of three new hires in the designed to increase our current capacity in specialty crops (fruit, vegetables, nuts), and contribute to the development of an interdisciplinary, sustainable agriculture curriculum.  The successful candidate will establish a state-of-the-art, externally funded and internationally recognized research and education program that brings a science-based approach to managing arthropod pests of specialty crops.  This should include, but is not limited to, one or more of the following aspects: plant-insect interactions, plant disease vectors, molecular biology, population biology, pest management, including chemical, cultural, and biological control, behavior modification, organic and sustainable production methods, etc.  Preference will be given to candidates who have a strong applied research background, interdisciplinary skills, and a desire to apply fundamental concepts to field situations.  This is an academic year appointment with a primary research and secondary teaching appointment.  The new hire is expected to contribute to our teaching mission and mentor graduate students as a member of the graduate faculty.  Numerous opportunities exist for collaborations within the department and across the strong research community on campus. The incumbent is expected to work as a member of the specialty crops cluster at .  Collaborations at regional, national, and international levels are strongly encouraged. Further information about the position may be obtained from the chair of the search committee: Clifford S. Sadof, Department of Entomology (


Qualifications.  A Ph.D. in a suitable area of biology or entomology is required. Experience with specialty crops is preferred, but candidates with experience in other plant-arthropod systems that can be applied to specialty crops will be considered seriously.  Postdoctoral and applicable professional experiences are highly desirable. Excellent oral and written communications skills are critical to this position. The ability to work as a member of multi-disciplinary teams is important.  Interest or experience in international dimensions of sustainable production is desirable. Women and minorities are particularly encouraged to apply.


Salary.  Commensurate with professional experience.  The position is an academic year (10-month) appointment with an excellent fringe benefits package that includes the TIAA-CREF retirement program, medical, life, and disability insurance, and sabbatical-leave opportunity.


Application.  Screening of applicants will begin March 15, 2009, although applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Qualified persons are requested to submit a letter of application that includes a statement of professional goals for their research and teaching programs, a curriculum vitae including publications, and the names and contact information of four referees. All application material should be sent electronically as .pdf files to:


Ms. Paula Layden
Department of Entomology
Purdue University
Phone:  765-496-1119       
Fax: 765-494-7197


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