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Assistant Professor of Entomology - Arthropod Systematics / Biodiversity

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Posting Details

Posting Details

Job Title Assistant Professor of Entomology - Arthropod Systematics / Biodiversity
Requisition Number FE01244
Working Title Arthropod Systematist
Department Name 81080:ENTOMOLOGY
Work Location Lexington, KY
Type of Position Faculty
Position Time Status Full-Time
Tenure Track Status Tenure Track
Required Education

The successful applicant must have a PhD in Entomology or related discipline with demonstrated experience and publications in arthropod systematics/biodiversity.

Required Related Experience

Applicants should have demonstrated expertise in integrated systematic research, including molecular, genomic, morphological, and statistical methods.

Required License/Registration/Certification


Job Summary

The Department of Entomology at the University of Kentucky is seeking a broadly trained arthropod biologist with interest in systematics, biodiversity and/or conservation. The candidate is expected to develop an internationally recognized, externally funded research program that integrates evolutionary, ecological, molecular and/or bioinformatic approaches to study arthropods of agricultural, medical and/or conservation importance and that complements existing research programs at the University of Kentucky.

This position has a 20% teaching responsibility, including teaching a graduate-level course in Insect Taxonomy and developing an undergraduate or graduate course in the field of candidate’s specialty. Qualified candidates will participate in the graduate training of students, whose interests vary from population management and organismal insect biology to molecular biology and genomics.

The 15% service responsibility includes overseeing management of the >250,000 specimen University of Kentucky Insect Museum, housed in a newly renovated facility with a collection compactor system and independent environmental control, and developing it into a vibrant, active resource for research, teaching, and outreach activities.

Applicants should submit an application letter, a statement of research interests (upload under Specific Request 1), and a statement of teaching interests and philosophy specifically related to this position at the University of Kentucky (upload under Specific Request 2). Applicants should also submit a CV that includes a list of publications.
Please also include the names and contact information for at least four references when prompted in the application. This information may be used to solicit reference letters from your references within the employment system.

Questions should be directed to John J. Obrycki, Chair of the Search Committee,, PH 859-323-6062.

Applications will be reviewed beginning December 31, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled. Start date is July 1, 2018, or as mutually agreed upon.

Skills / Knowledge / Abilities
Does this position have supervisory responsibilities? Yes
Preferred Education/Experience

Post-doctoral research, potential as both an independent researcher and as a member of a multidisciplinary team, and teaching experience are highly desirable.

Deadline to Apply
Open Until Filled Yes
University Community of Inclusion

The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.

Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.

Posting Specific Questions

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  1. * Where did you first see this position advertised other than on UK's Online Employment System?
    • The Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Inside Higher Ed
    • Higher Ed
    • (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
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    • A colleague, friend, and/or family member
    • None of the Above

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vita
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Specific Request 1
  4. Specific Request 2
Optional Documents