Assistant Professor, Insect Toxicology and Physiology

Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech’s Department of Entomology invites applications for a tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor in the area of insect toxicology and physiology starting in Fall 2017. The nine-month, 70% research and 30% teaching appointment will be based on the campus at Virginia Tech, a land-grant university in the scenic New River Valley of Virginia.

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will be expected to develop an extramurally funded internationally recognized research program and provide leadership in the toxicology and physiology of insects. Areas of research could include (but not limited to): insecticide modes of action, resistance management, insecticide discovery, etc. Collaboration is expected with existing programs such as the vector-borne disease, biomedical, biomolecular, global change, and biotechnology groups on campus.

Teaching responsibilities will include graduate level courses in insect toxicology and insect physiology (offered in alternate years), as well as participation in other courses. The successful applicant will also be expected to recruit and direct graduate students and to participate in the Entomology Department graduate program. In addition, the successful applicant will have the opportunity to engage in interdisciplinary graduate education programs such as those in Global Change ( and Genetics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology (
Preference will be given to individuals with an established track record in research relating to the toxicology and physiology of insects, and a demonstrated ability to secure extramural funding and publish in high quality, peer-reviewed journals. The incumbent will also support the mission of the land-grant university by participating in outreach and engaging local, state, and regional stakeholders. Applicants with demonstrated postdoctoral research experience with arthropod physiology and toxicology are strongly encouraged to apply.

Virginia Tech recognizes the critical importance of diverse teams of scholars. It seeks to diversify its faculty along multiple dimensions, including those that have been historically marginalized and excluded. Virginia Tech is a public land‐grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence—InclusiveVT. We seek candidates who adopt and practice efforts to increase access and inclusion to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Qualifications: Applicants are required to hold a Ph.D. in entomology or related discipline in the Life Sciences with expertise in insect toxicology and physiology. A demonstrated ability to conduct research with a publication record that indicates the potential to establish and maintain a productive research program and attract grant funding is required.

Application: Applications will be accepted online at where you will attach a formal cover letter addressing research interests and qualifications, statements of a research plan and teaching philosophy, a current curriculum vita, and the names and contact information of three references who can assess the applicant’s qualifications for this position. Inquiries concerning the position or application process should be directed to Dr. Carlyle Brewster (540-231-6826), chair the search committee, Department of Entomology (0319), 202 Price Hall, 170 Drillfield Dr., Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Review of applications will begin Jan. 15, 2017 and continue until a suitable candidate is selected.

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