Post-Doctoral Associate – Entomologist/Applied Insect Ecologist
The successful candidate will develop and implement an effective IPM program for onion thrips (Thrips tabaci) and Stemphylium leaf blight (caused by Stemphylium vesicarum) that will ensure the sustainability and profitability of organic onion production in the Great Lakes region of the U.S. Onion thrips and Stemphylium leaf blight have been identified by stakeholders as the most important insect pest and foliar disease of onion in this region, respectively. The successful candidate will address several project objectives including an evaluation of OMRI-approved crop protectants and new thrips-resistant onion cultivars in field studies, some of which will be on organic farms. Additional responsibilities will be determined based on the candidate’s research and extension interests and expertise. This position requires collaboration with entomologists, plant pathologists, plant breeders, extension educators and organic vegetable growers.
Funding is available for an initial 12 months with the potential to extend. The desired start date is in the winter of 2018. The position requires a Ph.D. in entomology or related discipline with a background in applied insect ecology, IPM, statistics and familiarity with plant disease management. Experience working in agricultural cropping systems is highly desirable, especially vegetable crops.
Salary is $52,000/year and Cornell University offers an excellent benefits package. For more information, contact Dr. Brian A. Nault at firstname.lastname@example.org or 315-787-2354. To apply, send a letter of interest, Curriculum Vitae, and names and contact information of 3 references to the email above or hard copies to the address below.
Dr. Brian A. Nault
Dept. of Entomology
630 W North Street
Geneva, NY 14456