John V. Osmun Endowed Chair in Urban Entomology

Purdue University

The Department of Entomology at Purdue University invites applications for the John V. Osmun Endowed Chair in Urban Entomology. This is a nine-month, tenure track appointment at the associate or full professor level with primary research and secondary extension responsibilities.


• Develop a nationally and internationally recognized, externally funded research program that addresses societal grand challenges through the prism of urban entomology.

• Demonstrate national and international impact in extension by leading the Center for Urban and Industrial Pest Management, leveraging center resources and existing programs, including correspondence courses and Purdue’s Pest Management Conference, and serving the interests of stakeholders in the urban entomology community.

• Work synergistically with faculty from within the department of entomology and across the university to further elevate the University’s research, extension, and teaching & learning profile in urban and structural entomology.

• Mentor and provide opportunities to further the professional development of graduate and undergraduate students, postdoctoral scholars and visiting scientists.

• Contribute to the achievement of instructional outcomes by teaching courses, including online offerings, and developing instructional materials at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Required Qualifications: Must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in Entomology, Biology, Urban Ecology, or a related field. Relevant training or experience in the applied ecology of arthropods associated with human-made structures, urban environments and related infrastructure, human health and well-being, or related interests.

Preferred Skills: Qualified candidates will be able to demonstrate significant research accomplishments in the area of Urban Entomology and clearly articulate a vision for building a robust research and extension program that advances societal understanding of:

1) insect adaptations that enable close and sustained associations with humans,
2) interactions between anthropogenic environments and urban insects, or 3) climate change and it’s impacts on the population dynamics of urban insects.

Application & Review Process: Review of applications will begin after November 22, 2019, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Application materials should include: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, separate statements of research and extension vision and goals, and full contact information for three references.

Purdue is an ADVANCE institution ( and is committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including scholarship, engagement and instruction. Candidates should address diversity and inclusion in at least one of these areas in their application, indicating past experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values and advances diversity and inclusion. All application materials must be combined into one pdf and submitted electronically via

Application materials should be addressed to Dr. Douglas Richmond, Search Committee Chair.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. A background check is required for this position

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