Assistant Professor and Assistant Entomologist: Biological Control of Invasive Insects and/or Weeds

University of California Riverside
Riverside, California
Closing date
Nov 28, 2022

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Job Type
Faculty, Assistant Professor
Organization Type

Department of Entomology
College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences

Assistant Professor and Assistant Entomologist: Biological Control of Invasive Insects and/or Weeds
The Department of Entomology at the University of California, Riverside ( invites applicants for an Assistant Professor and Assistant Entomologist to develop an innovative, fundamental and applied research program on the biological control of invasive arthropods and/or weeds. This 9-month, tenure-track position is a 60% Organized Research and 40% Instruction appointment and will be available starting July 1, 2023. The successful candidate will develop a creative, collaborative, extramurally funded research program that focuses on the biological control of invasive arthropod and/or weed species of importance to California’s urban, agricultural, or natural ecosystems. Research areas could include, but are not limited to, biology and behavior of invasive pests/weeds and their biological control agents, biotic and abiotic determinants of invasion success, ecological interactions of pests and natural enemies at the community level, pre- and post-invasion/release genetics and evolution of pests and natural enemies, and the landscape and spatial ecology of pest impacts and natural enemy efficacy. The Department seeks an individual who will complement existing expertise in insect ecology and integrated pest management, and who can work collaboratively with faculty across academic departments, colleges and UC campuses. Teaching responsibilities may include participation in existing courses on biological control, insect ecology, population biology, and pest management, developing new courses in the ecological and pest management sciences, as well as supervision of graduate students.

Required qualifications for this position that must be met by the date of application include: a Ph.D. in Entomology or in a related biological science.

Additional qualifications for this position that must be met by the date of hire include: Candidates should have a strong background and experience in the biological control of insects and/or with insect biocontrol agents of weeds.

Postdoctoral experience is preferred.

Advancement through the Professorial ranks at the University of California is through a series of structured, merit-based evaluations, occurring every 2-3 years, each of which includes substantial peer input.

To apply: submit the following to

Cover Letter – Short cover letter describing background and interests.
Curriculum Vitae
Statement of Teaching (2 page maximum)
Statement of Research/Scholarly Activities (2 page maximum)
Statement of Past and/or Planned Future Contributions to Advancing Diversity and Inclusive Excellence – Applicants should summarize how they have promoted and plan to promote a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment. These efforts can be reflected through research, teaching, supervision, mentoring, community engagement, service, and any of the other varied activities that are a part of an academic career (2 page maximum).
Letters of Reference – At time of submission, applicants should provide contact information and request letters of recommendation from 3 referees to be submitted through AP Recruit.

Review of applications will commence on December 2, 2022, and proceed until position is filled. We will give full consideration to all applications completed before the deadline.

For more information about this position, please contact Professor Erin Rankin, Chair of the Search Committee, Department of Entomology, at HYPERLINK "" For questions on application procedures and requirements, please contact Mrs. Kendall Dunmore-Balderrama, Academic Personnel, at HYPERLINK ""

UCR is a world-class research university with an exceptionally diverse undergraduate student body. Its mission is explicitly linked to providing routes to educational success for underrepresented and first- generation college students. A commitment to this mission is a preferred qualification.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
University of California COVID-19 Vaccination Program Policy: As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for the deadlines applicable to new University of California employees. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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