Laboratory Technician in Urban Entomology

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Position Description and Responsibilities: The newly established DeVries Lab at the University of Kentucky is hiring a Laboratory Technician (full-time) to assist in urban entomology research and extension efforts. Defined broadly, urban entomology encompasses a multitude of topics relating to pests found indoors and around structures. The primary responsibilities of this position include: initially assisting in setting up a new laboratory, ordering supplies, rearing insects (primarily cockroaches and bed bugs), conducting experiments independently and as part of a team, working in homes with pest infestations, delivering education materials to the public (homeowners, pest control operators, chemical companies), helping students, and overseeing day-to-day lab operation.

Qualifications: A bachelor’s degree in biology or a closely related field is required. Experience working with insects (collecting, rearing, conducting experiments), conducting research, and interacting with the public (especially speaking Spanish) are a plus. The successful applicant will have a passion for improving urban pest management and mitigating health risks associated with urban pests.

Life in Lexington: Lexington is a vibrant city that maintains a collegiate atmosphere. Ranked #29 in the US News and World Report Best Places to Live, Lexington boasts a wide variety of restaurants and shopping, and is close to some wonderful hiking trails (1 hour to the Red River Gorge). Also, due to its central location, travel (driving and flying) to and from Lexington is both easy and convenient.

Start Date and Compensation: The successful applicant will start In January 2020 (or soon thereafter, if mutually agreed upon). Salary is commensurate with education and experience.

Application Procedure: Interested applicants should submit the following to Zachary DeVries via email ( 1. Cover letter describing your experience and interest in the position 2. CV 3. Unofficial transcript(s) 4. Name and contact information for three professional references Interested individuals are also welcome to contact me with any questions regarding the position.

Contact: Zachary DeVries Email: Office: 919-515-1820 Web:

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