Entomologist (Postdoctoral Research Associate) to Conduct Research on Microbial Biocontrol of Ambrosia Beetles – Ithaca, New York
Entomologist (Postdoctoral Research Associate) to Conduct Research on Microbial Biocontrol of Ambrosia Beetles - Ithaca, New York
LOCATION: USDA-ARS, Robert W. Holley Center for Agriculture and Health, Ithaca, New York (located on the Cornell University campus)
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES: A postdoctoral position is available in the U.S. Department of Agriculture- Agricultural Research Service, Emerging Pests and Pathogens Research Unit, Ithaca, NY. The successful applicant will support research efforts within a multi-state funded project to improve the management of ambrosia beetles infesting tree crops. In this position, the incumbent will evaluate entomopathogenic and mycoparasitic fungi against ambrosia beetle pests of apple orchards. The research will investigate the efficacy of microbial biopesticides and optimize application methods, such as application times and rates relative to the insect’s phenology or other aspects of its biology. Job duties include designing, conducting, analyzing, interpreting and reporting research. This work will span from laboratory bioassays to field and greenhouse studies. The incumbent will present results of these studies in publications in scientific journals and at scientific meetings. The successful candidate will function both as a team member and independently.
QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Ph.D. in entomology, mycology or related discipline. Research experience in insect pathology, including culturing fungi, experimental design and statistical analysis is required. Excellent organizational, writing, and interpersonal communication skills are required. Field work will require a valid driver’s license. Experience in insect biology and rearing is desired. Knowledge and/or experience with ambrosia beetles is an advantage, but not required. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, and a background check will be required for the selected candidate.
SALARY AND DURATION: This full-time postdoctoral position will be filled at the GS-11 level: $66,214 annual salary for the location. The position is funded for three years, with an initial two-year appointment with an extension for a third year (contingent upon progress). The preferred start date is November 1, 2022 (negotiable), but applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.
BENEFITS: USDA-ARS postdoctoral research scientists are eligible to enroll in the Federal Employee Health Benefits (FEHB) system, with additional benefit options. For more information on benefits, see: https://www.usa.gov/benefits-for-federal-employees#item-36407. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
TO APPLY: Send a CV and cover letter describing your interest and research experience.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
Dr. Lindsey R. Milbrath, Research Entomologist, USDA-ARS, Robert W. Holley Center for Agriculture and Health, 538 Tower Road, Ithaca, NY 14853
Phone: 607-254-7268 (office); Fax: 607-255-1132
Dr. Brian Lovett, Research Entomologist, USDA-ARS, Robert W. Holley Center for Agriculture and Health Email: firstname.lastname@example.org