University of Wisconsin - Madison

Position Vacancy Listing

PVL # 91479



Working Title:
Assistant Professor - Insect Vector Biologist / Insect Physiologist
Official Title:
Degree and area of specialization:
PhD in Entomology or a related field of the Biological Sciences is required.
Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:
Evidence of established scholarship including a strong record of publishing in peer-reviewed journals together with the potential for contributions of national and international significance at the Assistant Professor level; Evidence of success in securing extramural funding; Evidence of excellent teaching skills.
Principal duties:
The individual will provide core expertise in unraveling the physiological and molecular interactions between insect vectors and their associated microbes, the physiological and biochemical processes that are unique to insects as vectors of human and animal pathogens, and their responses to the environment. Potential research areas of interest may include, but are not limited to, impacts of microbes on insect vector competence, metabolic and physiological responses, responsiveness to environmental change, and the mechanisms by which microbes alter the ecological niches of insects, the role of microbes in altering vector insect interactions with viruses/parasites and in reducing vector susceptibility to insecticides. The candidate is expected to create strong interactions among the research, teaching and outreach missions of the Entomology Department and the UW College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, as well as complement existing programs in other UW Colleges and Departments. This position would also strengthen the new $10 million CDC-funded Midwestern Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Disease (MCE-VBD) located in the Department of Entomology.
The candidate is expected to contribute to both undergraduate and graduate instruction. She/he will be responsible for developing and teaching a course in Insect Physiology and another course in their specific area of interest, each offered every other year. All of our faculty contribute to our graduate seminar series and mentor undergraduate independent studies. The candidate would be expected to train graduate students and post-doctoral researchers.

The successful candidate will develop a strong, independent, extramurally funded research program; develop an innovative undergraduate and graduate teaching program; build collaborative relationships in research and instructional programs; and contribute to service and outreach functions of the Department, College, University and professional societies.

This position is a tenure-track, nine-month appointment at the level of Assistant Professor (a combination of teaching and research). The position carries a commitment to the three important functions of resident instruction, research, and outreach, as well as professional and university service as appropriate to Faculty rank.

  Additional Information
 Applicants can find relevant information at, and interested individuals are welcome to contact Professor Russell L. Groves at, to discuss this opportunity.
A criminal background check will be conducted prior to hiring.

  Employee Class:
Full Time Salary Rate:Negotiable
ACADEMIC (9 months)
Appointment percent:100%
Anticipated begin date:MARCH 01, 2018
Number of Positions:1

Application must be received by: NOVEMBER 15, 2017
Applications must be received through UW-Madison's online application system (via by the deadline date to ensure consideration.

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Please upload the following 3 items: 1) Curriculum Vitae, 2) a single, two-page statement of research interests and plans, and 3) a similar statement of teaching philosophy. In addition, you will be asked to include contact information for three letter-writers.

The deadline for assuring full consideration is November 15, 2017, at which time we will begin reviewing applications. However, this position will remain open and applications may be considered until the position is filled.

Questions about the position can be directed to:
Russell Groves
Phone: 608-262-3229
1630 Linden Dr   
Fax: N/A
537 Russell Laboratories   
Madison, WI 53706-1598   
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