Assistant Professor (Entomology) (73229)

Florida, United States
Salary Not Specified
Apr 27, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Florida is committed to creating an environment that affirms diversity across a variety of dimensions, including ability, class, ethnicity/race, gender identity, and expression. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service. We strongly encourage historically underrepresented groups to apply.

If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352-392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800-955-8771 (TDD) or visit Accessibility at UF .

This is a 12-month tenure-accruing position that will be 20% teaching (College of Agricultural and Life Sciences) and 80% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station), available in the Indian River Research & Education Center, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, at the University of Florida. This assignment may change in accordance with the needs of the unit. Duties will be to establish and lead an independent, nationally and internationally recognized program in classical (importation) biological control of invasive insects and mites affecting natural and agricultural areas in Florida, at IRREC’s Hayslip Biological Control Research and Containment Laboratory, a USDA-certified facility that includes both quarantine and non-quarantine laboratories, greenhouses, and office space. The appointee will develop a research program that leads to publication of results in peer-reviewed journals and competently trained professional scientists. Tenure will accrue in the Entomology and Nematology Department. The faculty member will participate actively in undergraduate education and graduate education by chairing graduate committees, serving on graduate committees, supervising thesis and dissertation research, supervising undergraduate research, and publishing the results with their students. The faculty member will actively seek contract and grant funding to support their program. Although not in the formal position appointment, the faculty member is expected to contribute to all land grant missions and will engage in Extension activities in their program area.

The successful candidate will engage in scholarly activities related to instruction, including teaching undergraduate and/or graduate courses (Biological Control, Tropical Entomology, Tropical Entomology Field Lab), advising and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, participating in curriculum revision and enhancement, seeking funding for the teaching program, supervising undergraduate and graduate research and creative work, publishing teaching-related scholarship, and producing learning tools. Faculty are expected to engage in professional development activities related to teaching and advising, mentoring, and diversity training. Faculty are encouraged to support and participate in the CALS Honors Program, distance education, and international education.

Because of the IFAS land-grant mission, all faculty are expected to be supportive of and engaged in all three mission areas—Research, Teaching, and Extension—regardless of the assignment split specified in the position description.

Background Information :

The Indian River Research and Education Center is a unit of the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) at the University of Florida, and is located on a 700-acre site west of Fort Pierce, St. Lucie County. Fort Pierce is located on the east coast of Florida, 50 miles north of West Palm Beach. The internationally recognized research center is located in a major agricultural region in which nurseries, citrus, beef cattle, and vegetables are major industries. The IRREC is an interdisciplinary unit of the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station, the Florida Cooperative Extension Service, and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, all of which are administered by IFAS to serve the land-grant mission.


A doctorate (foreign equivalent acceptable) in entomology, zoology, biology, ecology, or a closely related discipline is required. The candidate is expected to be well versed and have published in the field of biological control of insects and mites, insect biology, and ecology. Candidates should have demonstrated proficiency in verbal and written communication, interpersonal relationships, and procurement of extramural funding. Candidates must be supportive of the mission of the Land-Grant system. Candidates must also have a commitment to the IFAS core values of excellence, diversity, global involvement, and accountability.


Postdoctoral and college-level course instruction experience is preferred.

To ensure full consideration, please apply online and submit additional materials by June 30, 2021. Position will remain open until a viable applicant pool is determined.


Nominations are welcome. Nominations need to include the complete name and address of the nominee. This information should be sent to:

Please refer to Position # 00014123

Dr. Carey Minteer

Chair, Search and Screen Committee

University of Florida

Indian River Research and Education Center

2199 South Rock Road

Ft. Pierce, FL 34945-3138

Telephone: 772-577-7379

Fax: 772-468-5668

Electronic Mail:

Application Information

Individuals wishing to apply should go online to and submit:

  • Cover letter that states applicant’s interest in the position, qualifications relative to the credentials listed above, teaching and research philosophies, and a diversity statement.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Contact information (including email addresses) for 4 individuals willing to write letters of recommendation
  • Unofficial transcripts

Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the USA. The University of Florida is a public institution and subject to all requirements under Florida Sunshine and Public Record laws.

Final candidate will be required to provide official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at .

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff.

The University of Florida is An Equal Employment Opportunity Institution. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352/392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800/955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law. The University and greater Gainesville and Ft. Pierce communities enjoy a diversity of cultural events, restaurants, year-round outdoor recreational activities, and social opportunities.


The University of Florida is committed to non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations, genetic information and veteran status in all aspects of employment including recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline, terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, and training.

Similar jobs

Similar jobs