Assistant Research Professor

  • Pennsylvania State University
  • University Park, State College, PA, USA
  • Apr 29, 2021
Full time Agriculture/Horticulture & Aquaculture Biology/Biotechnology/Life Sciences Environmental Studies

Job Description



Assistant Research Professor

The Assistant Research Professor will join a team working on the development of IPM strategies for the management of the mushroom phorid fly (Megaselia halterata) and fungus gnat (Lycoriella ingenua). This is a 12-month, non-tenure-track faculty position with a 50% extension, 50% research appointment. The position will have a strong emphasis on on-farm research and extension activities during the peak mushroom phorid fly season (August through December). The candidate will provide guidance to mushroom growers to implement novel IPM strategies tailored to their farm structures and mushroom production practices. They will provide advice and assistance to growers on fly monitoring and IPM decision-making throughout the year. The candidate will also support the mushroom industry through provision of Continuing Education Units (CEUs) in collaboration with Penn State Extension, and participate in the annual Mushroom Short Course.

Other key stakeholders include local residents, the American Mushroom Institute, and local and State legislators. The candidate will communicate with residents about residential fly pest management, attend township meetings, provide research updates, disseminate pertinent information via printed extension materials/fact sheets, website updates, webinars and social media.

Research activities outside of the fly season will be performed at University Park campus. Research priorities will include pesticide screening, data collection for regulatory support, and chemical ecology research related to the isolation and identification of the sex pheromone components of L. ingenua and M. halterata.

The candidate will also be expected to publish research findings in peer-reviewed journals and industry publications, and maintain funding for ongoing research through submission of research proposals to external and internal funding sources.

Individuals with expertise in specialty crops (particularly mushroom production), invasive pest ecology, pest management and extension and communication activities are strongly encouraged to apply. Publication of extension information for stakeholders and research results in scholarly journals, mentoring graduate, and undergraduate students, obtaining external funding, and developing a collaborative research program is expected.

Salary is competitive and is commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits package is provided. This position will be located at The Pennsylvania State University Park campus, but frequent and occasionally extended travel to Chester and Berks counties will be expected.

Preferred and Required Qualifications

Ph.D. in entomology, biology, ecology, or a related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience with demonstrated expertise in research examining the impact of insects in specialty crop systems. The successful candidate must have completed all degree requirements by the appointment date.

Application Details

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.

This position requires that you operate a motor vehicle as a part of your job duties. A valid driver's license and successful completion of a motor vehicle records check will be required in addition to standard background checks.

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