Assistant/Associate Professor & Director

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Position type: Full-Time 9-Month
Department: 011900 - Biochem,MolBio,Entmology&Plant Path
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Faculty
Position Open Date:

Position Function:

The Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology, and Plant Pathology (BCH-EPP) at Mississippi State University seeks to fill a tenure-track, position in entomology at the Assistant or Associate level on the main campus in Starkville. This position will consist of 70% research and 30% Teaching. The successful applicant will also serve as the Director of the MS Entomological Museum.

Salary Grade:  UC

Please see Staff Compensation Structure or Skilled Crafts and Service Maintenance Compensation Schedule for salary ranges.  For salary grade UC, these positions are "Unclassified" and salary ranges are determined by the hiring department.

Department Profile:

The Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology & Plant Pathology is a comprehensive department with an academic, research and service mission. The Department offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from the College of Agriculture and Life Science, and currently advises approximately 330 undergraduates and 60 graduate students.

Area of Specialization:

Entomology & Director of MS Entomological Museum

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The successful candidate will serve as Director of the MS Entomological Museum and develop a multidisciplinary, internationally recognized, and extramurally funded research program that uses innovative approaches to address basic and applied research topics that strengthen the museum and synergize with existing departmental programs ( Research areas of interest include but are not limited to exotic and invasive arthropod pests, molecular systematics, digitized collections and non-destructive sampling, and integration and display of multiscalar data. Collaboration with other researchers and Extension Service colleagues both on and off campus is expected. The successful applicant will have a strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate education, teaching foundation courses in entomology, as well as advanced courses relevant to their areas of expertise, and serving on graduate student committees. The development of on-line courses is strongly encouraged. The successful candidate is expected to be an interactive member of the faculty, as well as contribute to relevant scientific/professional societies.

Minimum Qualifications:

A Ph.D. in entomology or a related field is required with demonstrated scholarly productivity, and excellence in written and oral communication. ABD candidates will not be considered for this position. Candidates with teaching experience, evidence of multidisciplinary collaborations, experience integrating basic and applied research, a record of leadership and service, and the ability to secure extramural funding will be given priority.

Instructions for Applying:

Applications must be submitted through the MSU employment portal at Completed applications will include: a current curriculum vitae, statements of research interests and teaching philosophy, copies of up to five relevant publications, unofficial transcripts and contact information for at least five references. Review of applications will begin on January 4, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. Any social security numbers included on requested transcripts should be redacted prior to submitting online. Questions or requests for further information may be routed to Ms. Kathy Breland (

Mississippi State University ( is a public, land-grant university whose mission is to provide access and opportunity to students from all sectors of the state's diverse population, as well as other states and countries, through excellence in teaching, research, and service. Candidates must be supportive of this mission and commit to Mississippi State University’s core values of diversity, citizenship, leadership, and service. The Carnegie Foundation designates Mississippi State University as a Doctoral/Extensive institution for the Advancement of Teaching, and The Chronicle of Higher Education has designated the university as a “Great College to Work For” (

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.

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