Mississippi State University is currently seeking qualified individuals for a research (75%) and Extension (25%) faculty position (non-tenure track) to conduct research and Extension in an area of pollinator health and/or pollinator ecology as it relates to agricultural crop production. The incumbent will be administratively responsible to the Delta Research and Extension Center, and will be a formal member of the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology at the main campus in Starkville, MS. The candidate will also work closely with scientists from ARS/USDA, other universities and on-campus scientists.
Salary Grade: UC
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The Delta Research and Extension Center (DREC) serves as Mississippi State University's Research and Extension arm for the Delta region of Mississippi. The Delta is an alluvial floodplain that encompasses an 18 county area in northwest Mississippi. The Delta is an area of intense agricultural production.
Area of Specialization:
Entomology/ Apiculture Specialist
Anticipated Appointment Date:
July 1, 2020
Tenure Track Status:
Regular Non-tenure track 12-month position
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
The incumbent will be expected to conduct innovative and comprehensive research focusing on improving honey bee (Apis mellifera) health in intensive agricultural systems. The incumbent will be expected to manage honey bee colonies suitable for year-round research investigating their interactions with the local agro-ecosystem. Research may focus on, but is not limited to, biological interactions with agricultural crop production in the region and other stressors that have been implicated in declining pollinator health, including diseases and parasites, toxicity of and exposure to pesticides, sub-lethal effects of pesticides in the food chain, effects of monoculture in agriculture on the nutritional environment for pollinators, and interactions among these and other factors.
To develop an effective research and Extension program, the incumbent will work with commodity groups, producers, and allied groups in pollinator health and ecology. Incumbent will also be expected to develop and maintain a cooperative relationship with other scientists across Mississippi and other areas of the southern U.S., including USDA-ARS. The successful
candidate will be responsible for information transfer to stakeholders of research-based pollinator ecology and management recommendations through the use of appropriate technologies. The incumbent will submit and/or partner with colleagues in grant and contract proposals seeking funding to support applied research efforts. Furthermore, the incumbent will demonstrate and present information and updates through effective program delivery by planning and participating in local, state, regional and national meetings with clientele.
The incumbent should have a demonstrated ability to effectively communicate research findings and troubleshoot problems with producers and extension personnel. The incumbent will also be expected to publish research findings in appropriate professional research journals and make presentations at professional meetings. Participation in graduate student training and contributions to collaborative teaching in off-campus and campus-based educational programs in entomology/apiculture will be encouraged. The incumbent will also be expected to actively participate in professional societies/organizations as well as appropriate DREC and MSU committees and commodity groups.
An earned Ph.D. in entomology or a closely related field from an accredited institution of higher learning with a strong emphasis in apiculture. Individuals who are ABD (all but dissertation) will be considered. Acceptable candidate must have outstanding English verbal and written communication skills, experience with managing honey bees and agricultural production, statistics, and experimental design. Experience in grant writing and pursuit of extramural funding is required. The level of appointment and/or rank and salary will be commensurate to the individual's qualifications and experience.
ABDs or degree pending considered (all but DISS):
ABDs will be considered.
Strong experience in honey bee health, ecology, and management and demonstrated excellence in research, extramural grant writing, and senior author publication. Familiarity with the production of agronomic crops such as corn, soybean, and cotton that form the pollinator ecosystem is desirable. Ph.D. and Post-Doctoral experience is preferred.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
• Ability to work individually or as a part of a team to plan and conduct research, publish results in refereed journals and other appropriate publications, and orally communicate results to peers and producers at relevant meetings.
• Desire to work collaboratively with farmers and commercial beekeepers
• Excellent working knowledge of laboratory and field research safety requirements.
• Ability to secure extramural funding to support research efforts.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills.
• Technical knowledge of honey bee biology, ecosystems, and management.
• Expertise in experimental design and statistical analysis.
• Ability to work outside with pollinators in extreme environmental conditions, especially heat.
• Must be cognizant and tolerant of hazards associated with pollinator work including stings.
Instructions for Applying:
Application must be submitted online at www.msujobs.msstate.edu. Applicants should submit the following documents: 1) curriculum vita; 2) academic transcripts (official transcripts will be required prior to offer to successful applicant); 3) cover letter including candidate’s interest, qualifications, and vision for the position; 4) three letters of reference, physical or digital to:
Dr. Jeff Gore, Research Professor, Delta Research and Extension Center, 82 Stoneville Rd., P.O. Box 197, Stoneville, MS. firstname.lastname@example.org
Any social security numbers included on requested transcripts should be redacted prior to submitting online.
Screening of applicants is expected to begin May 1, 2020, but the position will remain open until a suitable candidate is identified.
Position is contingent upon continued availability of funding.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.