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PRECISION PEST ECOLOGIST / FIELD CROPS ENTOMOLOGIST

Apply now Job no: 242147-FA
Work type: Faculty-Full Time
Department:CALS/ENTOMOLOGY
Location: Madison
Categories: Agricultural, Animal, Biological and Life Sciences, Extension, Outreach, Public Engagement, Research, Scientific

Position Summary:

The Department of Entomology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is a national and international leader in basic and applied aspects of insect biology, and has expertise ranging from molecular and sub-organismal biology to applied ecology. A core strength of the department is in agroecosystems ecology and applied pest management. We seek to further develop that strength in the department with a new position in precision pest ecology and management in Wisconsin field crop agriculture.

We seek to hire an Integrated Precision Pest Ecologist faculty position, with a particular research and extension focus emphasizing precision pest ecology in forage and row crop agroecosystems. This new faculty position will take novel approaches to integrated insect pest management that would develop more predictive approaches to sustainable pest management within a broader agroecological context, integrating climate change, water quality, ecosystem services, and pests and agronomic management. This position will depend heavily on data-driven techniques and approaches that integrate field, climate/weather and landscape data toward the development of ?precision? pest management within an agroecology context. The data science revolution that is changing other fields of agriculture will be able to integrate agronomic management, climate, and pest and beneficial insect biology to develop forward-thinking pest management strategies. Applied research will emphasize novel plant protection strategies drawn from application of modern geospatial techniques from field- to landscape-scales to improve understanding of pest ecology in forage and row crop agroecosystems. Challenges in these production systems include: the increasing intensification of row crop production, the effective utilization of precision agricultural technologies, the development of landscape-scale approaches, pesticide resistance management recommendations, coping with increasing climatic variability, range shifts/expansion of insect species, and the continual establishment of invasive species.

This position will help maintain strong interactions among the basic and applied research missions of the Entomology Department, as well as complement existing programs in the Division of Extension and other College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) Departments. A vital aspect of this integrated and interdisciplinary position is the extension (outreach) component, and it is imperative that relevant and applicable information generated from both basic and applied research be delivered to respective constituents in a timely manner. Such clientele will include farmers, independent crop consultants, Certified Crop Advisors, agronomists, agribusiness and county extension educators/agents/faculty, and federal and state agencies. Extension programming provides effective, modern, sustainable, economic and environmentally sound IPM practices that benefit the state, the nation, and the world.

This position is a tenure-track, academic year 9-month appointment at the level of Assistant Professor (and is funded 60% by the division of extension, and 40% by CALS) at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, Division of Extension and College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. The position carries a commitment to the three important functions of resident instruction, research, and outreach, as well as professional and university service as appropriate to the faculty rank.

The UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences is committed to maintaining and growing a culture that embraces diversity, inclusion and equity, believing that these values are foundational elements of our excellence and fundamental components of a positive and enriching learning and working environment for all students, faculty and staff.

Principal Duties:

1) CALS Extension-funded faculty are expected to generate, translate, and apply research-based knowledge and methods to issues and problems by integrating research and educational activities into a coherent body of work. CALS Extension-funded faculty are expected to provide leadership in the design, development, and implementation of educational programs and to document the impact of these efforts.
2) Develop a strong, independent, extramurally funded research program;
3) Develop an innovative undergraduate and graduate teaching program. Teach a course in the emerging undergraduate Agricultural Ecosystems major. Contribute to the graduate seminar series and mentor undergraduate students in independent studies. Train graduate students and post-doctoral researchers.
4) Build collaborative relationships in research, outreach and instructional programs;
5) Contribute to service and outreach functions of the Department, College, University and professional societies.
6) Contribute to programs aimed at increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion within the department, college, and university. Promote an inclusive and diverse climate within our campus and associated communities.

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion

Degree and Area of Specialization:

PhD in Biological Sciences, with expertise in integrated pest management, precision agriculture, pest ecology, or field crops entomology required.

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

Preference will be given to candidates that demonstrate experience and scholarly credentials to include publications in peer-reviewed journals, success in attracting extramural funding, evidence of extension and/or outreach activities, and evidence of a sustained record of professional results presentation. Post-doctoral experience is highly desirable.

Additional Information:

Applicants can find relevant information about the Department of Entomology at http://www.entomology.wisc.edu, and interested individuals are welcome to contact Associate Professor Christelle Guedot (guedot@wisc.edu) to discuss this opportunity.

The UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences is committed to maintaining and growing a culture that embraces diversity, inclusion and equity, believing that these values are foundational elements of our excellence and fundamental components of a positive and enriching learning and working environment for all students, faculty and staff.

Department(s):

A073600-COL OF AG & LIFE SCIENCES/ENTOMOLOGY

Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

Appointment Type, Duration:

Ongoing/Renewable

Anticipated Begin Date:

JULY 01, 2022

Salary:

Negotiable
ACADEMIC (9 months)

Instructions to Applicants:

Apply online at "Jobs at UW" (http://jobs.wisc.edu) under job number 242147. Applications must be received by the deadline through the UW-Madison's online application system.

To begin the process, please click "Apply Now".
Applicants should upload the following materials as a single PDF document:
1. Cover letter
2. Curriculum vitae
3. Names and contact information of three potential letter-writers
4. Two-page statement of research interests and future research plans, highlighting your fit to this position and how you would complement the departmental expertise
5. Two-page statement of extension philosophy, approach and experiences
6. One-page statement on how your scholarship, teaching, and mentoring align with the commitment of the Department of Entomology to foster an inclusive and diverse academic community
7. One PDF document demonstrating a representative sample of published papers (3 max)

The deadline for assuring full consideration is December 5, 2021.
We advise that applicants notify potential letter-writers in advance that letters will be required to the department by January 10, 2022, if the candidate is advanced to the next round of screening.

Contact:

Christelle Guedot
guedot@wisc.edu
608-262-0899
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )



Official Title:

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR(C40NN)

Employment Class:

Faculty

Job Number:

242147-FA

  The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability, you can find information about how to make a request at the following website: https://employeedisabilities.wisc.edu/disability-accommodation-information-for-applicants/

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