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Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Arthropod Vectored Disease Ecology / Medical Entomology

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Work type: Faculty
Location: Newark
Categories: Entomology & Wildlife Ecology, Full Time

The Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware seeks to fill a tenure-track faculty position in Arthropod Vector Ecology / Medical Entomology.  The position is a 9-month appointment (paid over 12 months) with responsibilities in teaching and research; responsibilities are allocated as 65% research, 30% teaching, and 5% service.

The combination of entomology and wildlife ecology is unique to our department and positions us well to holistically address research on arthropod vectored pathogens that cause diseases in domestic livestock, humans, or wildlife, especially where wildlife populations serve as reservoirs.  This position will contribute to the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) initiative in One Health and strengthen our department leadership in this emerging field. 


Research:  The Arthropod Vector Ecologist / Medical Entomologist will develop a visible and high impact research program in parasite-vector-host interactions with emphasis on infectious disease of humans and/or other animals that are transmitted by arthropods such as mosquitoes or ticks.  The successful candidate will need to establish and support a research program using external funding from agencies such as NIH, USDA, NSF, FDA, USEPA, USFWS and other federal and state agencies and industry concerned with arthropod vectored disease ecology.  The candidate should balance both applied and basic research, focused on vector biology and vector-borne disease ecology at the whole organism level.  

Teaching:  The successful candidate will contribute to academic programs through teaching three courses: Medical Entomology and Insect and Wildlife Physiology, and Insects and Society (introductory entomology course). 


General Information:

The Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology within the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources has 12 faculty and 17 affiliated faculty including instructors.  Additional world-class faculty and professionals in other departments within the College provide excellent opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration.  Research facilities include two research farms  and excellent greenhouse and laboratory facilities (see  Recognized for the past five years by the Chronicle of Higher Education as one of America’s best universities to work for, the University of Delaware is located in scenic Newark, Delaware, within two hours of New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C.  The University is a Land Grant, Sea Grant, Space Grant, and Carnegie Research University, with external funding exceeding $240 million.  The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages applications from minority group members and women.

SALARY: University of Delaware salaries and fringe benefit packages are highly competitive. The salary is paid over 12 months; faculty are expected to focus primarily on research during the summer months, and additional summer salary may be sought through grants.  Tenure-track Assistant Professors receive a third-year sabbatical leave.  A competitive start-up package will be provided.

DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin early December 2019, and continue until the position is filled.

CONTACT: For more information, contact Dr. Greg Shriver (, Chair, One Health Cluster Hire Search Committee, Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware. 


Ph.D. in entomology or closely related discipline.  Post-doctoral experience preferred with a demonstrated publication record in peer-reviewed journals and demonstrated ability to successfully compete for grant funding.  Candidates with experience and expertise in field-scale entomological research focused on mosquitoes and / or ticks are encouraged to apply.  Candidates must have the educational background to teach courses in an entomology program.


Application Instructions

To apply, submit a letter of application, vitae, one-page statements of research and teaching interests, and three letters of references. Application materials submitted via email will not be considered. Submitted documents will be shared with departmental faculty. The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer which encourages applications from minority group members and women. The University’s Notice of Non-Discrimination can be found at Employment offers will be conditioned upon successful completion of a criminal background check. A conviction will not necessarily exclude a candidate from employment.  Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States.

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