SUSTAINABLE AGROECOSYSTEMS ENTOMOLOGIST – Department of Entomology at University of Maryland

SUSTAINABLE AGROECOSYSTEMS ENTOMOLOGIST – The Department of Entomology at the University of Maryland, College Park, seeks a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Sustainable Agricultural Ecosystems (50% Research / 40% Extension /10% Instruction). The chosen candidate will build a nationally prominent, externally funded research program committed to developing sustainable approaches to the challenges of 21st century agriculture and food security. The candidate will provide statewide leadership in extension that is responsive to needs of local and regional commodity groups in a mixed urban-suburban-agricultural state. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in a relevant field and demonstrable excellence in research and extension based on a record of scholarly achievement and ability to obtain external funding. Research specialties may include: ecological assessment of emerging technologies such as transgenic crops and other biotechnologies; integrated ecological approaches to managing pests; biology and management of emerging invasive pests; and/or assessment of, and adaptation to, impacts of global change on agroecosystems. Extension responsibilities include delivering research-generated information to the agricultural sector, developing or adopting new technologies and ecologically-based pest management, and assessing risks and effectiveness of biotechnologies for sustainability. The selected individual will contribute to the teaching program in the Department and mentor graduate and undergraduate students.

The University of Maryland, College Park is the flagship campus of the University System of Maryland and is one of the most rapidly advancing public research universities in the country. Our close proximity to Washington D.C., the Chesapeake Bay and the Appalachian mountains facilitates interactions with researchers at an extraordinary range of institutions (e.g., Smithsonian Institution, the USDA Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, EPA, and FDA). The Department of Entomology is a key partner in the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) in Annapolis, whose mission is to solve society’s most challenging and complex environmental problems. The Department of Entomology is a significant contributor to the land grant mission of the University of Maryland. Off-campus research and Extension support is provided by the Maryland Agriculture Experiment Station which operates 4 research and education centers and 23 Extension offices across the state.

Applicants should submit a cover letter of intent addressed to Dr. Daniel Gruner, Search Committee Chair, Department of Entomology; curriculum vitae; a statement addressing current and future research, extension, and teaching interests; up to 3 research and/or extension publications; names and contact information for three references specifying their relationships to applicant. Electronic submission of application through the University’s web page is required: <https://ejobs.umd.edu/postings/22741>. For best consideration, submit application by January 17, 2014. Closing date is January 31, 2014. For more information visit: <http://entomology.umd.edu/> or contact the search chair, Dr. Daniel Gruner <dsgruner@umd.edu>. The University of Maryland actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, marital status, genetic information, or political affiliation. Minorities and women are strongly encouraged to apply.

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