Genetics/Genomics of Insect Vectors of Disease
This is a 12-month, tenure-track position in the Department of Entomology and Nematology, University of Florida (UF) Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS). Responsibilities of this position will include 90% research in the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station and 10% teaching in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. IFAS and the Emerging Pathogens Institute (EPI), a newly founded interdisciplinary institute (http://epi.ufl.edu), are undertaking the recruitment jointly. This position provides a unique opportunity to develop a strong, multidisciplinary research program with collaboration with investigators from multiple colleges across the campus.
The incumbent is expected to lead an externally funded, internationally recognized research program focused on the genetics of insect vectors of disease. The incumbent’s program may include molecular genetic studies of insect vector genomes, insect vector/pathogen interactions, and arthropod host and pathogen/symbiont genetic interactions. A strong research background with genetics and/or comparative or functional genomics is highly desirable. Initially, the incumbent is expected to study the genetics/genomics of the Asian citrus psyllid, the vector of the citrus greening pathogen (Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus). The appointee will work cooperatively with faculty members in the Entomology and Nematology Department (http://www.entnemdept.ufl.edu) and to be an active member of the EPI and the Genetics Institute. The successful candidate will teach and advise students, should have a strong commitment to research and, long term, will be expected to support his/her program and a portion of his/her salary with competitive research grants.
QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. in Entomology, Genetics, Genomics, or other appropriate field, with a strong background in molecular approaches. Applicant must be experienced in obtaining extramural funding and in supervising and managing support personnel, students, and program funds. To insure full consideration, applications must be submitted by December 15, 2008. A formal review of applications will begin on this date and will continue until a suitable candidate is identified. Applicants must go online (https://jobs.ufl.edu), search for requisition #0800874, and complete the faculty short form. You must also attach: 1) a letter of application that includes a description of your professional interests and a brief description of any graduate level courses you may wish to teach, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) PDF files of 2-3 of your most important publications. In addition, official transcripts of all college and university work should be sent directly from the granting institution, as well as at least 3 letters of reference sent directly by the referees to: Chair, Search Committee, Dr. Marjorie A. Hoy, Dept. of Entomology and Nematology, POB 110620, Bldg. 970, Natural Area Drive, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611-0620. Please reference (0800874). For additional information: Tel: 352-392-1901 X 153, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. The University of Florida is an equal opportunity, equal access, affirmative action employer.