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Assistant Professor in Insect Genomics

University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY
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Nov 30, 2021

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Assistant Professor in Insect Genomics Position: Assistant Professor of Entomology,
Insect Genomics, twelve-month, tenure-eligible appointment in the
regular title series with an anticipated distribution of effort of
research (70%), instruction (25%) and service (5%).
Description: The Department of Entomology at
the University of Kentucky is seeking a genome biologist who uses
computational and/or experimental approaches to investigate the
structure and function of insect genomes. Specializations can
include any area of functional genomics, such as application to
disease vectors, insect pathology and immunology, microbial
genomics, insect symbioses, and ecological interactions. We are
particularly interested in candidates with strong bioinformatics
experience who use systems-wide approaches to address their
questions. The Department of Entomology has strengths in behavior
and neurobiology, integrated pest management, ecology and
evolution, and medical entomology. The successful candidate will
complement these strengths and join a vibrant, collaborative
research, teaching, and service environment. The successful
applicant will develop an internationally recognized and
extramurally funded research program that incorporates MS and Ph.D.
students and undergraduate researchers. The anticipated teaching
load will be two courses per year in the interdisciplinary
Agricultural and Medical Biotechnology (AMBT) program and advising
AMBT students. Distribution of effort is considered each year in
the context of the individual faculty member and the
department/college. Relevant courses could include molecular
genetics, special topics seminars and/or a bioinformatics course
for graduate students and upper-level undergraduates. Our new
colleague is expected to contribute to institutional service and
the research, teaching, and extension missions of the College of
Agriculture, Food and Environment. The Department of Entomology and
the University of Kentucky are committed to diversity and
inclusion, and candidates from underrepresented groups are strongly
encouraged to apply.
Qualifications: The appointed applicant will
have a Ph.D. in Entomology, Biology, or a related field with
experience in insect genomics research, computational methods,
securing extramural funding, college level teaching, as well as
excellent oral and written communication skills.
Salary and Benefits: Salary commensurate with
background and experience; an overview of benefits can be found at
The College of Agriculture, Food and Environment (CAFE) is
fulfilling the land-grant promise of
educational excellence, civic leadership, transformational
research, and shared knowledge serving the common good. We
serve the people of the Commonwealth and
across the world through education, outreach, service, and research
by finding solutions to improve lives today and create a
sustainable future. We integrate teaching, research, and extension
in our work. We recruit, retain, and graduate students who are
competent, responsible, and workforce ready. For more than 130
years, CAFE has provided research results to the community. From
traditional labs and research farms to high-tech diagnostic and
research centers, we offer science-based, practical solutions that
affect the everyday lives of Kentuckians and people around the
world. Our Cooperative Extension programs are engaged in Kentucky's
120 counties, identifying and addressing needs not only in
agriculture and natural resources, but also 4-H and youth
development, family and consumer sciences, as well as community
& economic development. We create a welcoming and inclusive
environment that allows our faculty, staff, and students to reach
their highest potential. We recognize people with diverse
backgrounds and experiences are essential to decision making,
problem solving, and innovation each and every day.
The University of Kentucky is a university with approximately
23,000 undergraduate and 7,000 graduate students. UK is Kentucky's
flagship university and a land grant institution. We have a
university commitment to improve the lives of Kentuckians and
beyond and that is why environmental stewardship and sustainability
are core parts of our institution's legacy. We are recognized as a
Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, a Gold level Bicycle
Friendly University by The League of American Bicyclists, and are
recognized as a STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment &
Rating System) Silver Rating by the Association for the Advancement
of Sustainability in Higher Education. The university is
geographically near downtown Lexington, which offers the vibrancy
of an urban location while being in close proximity to working
landscapes and recognized wilderness areas. Lexington is a thriving
community of 300,000+ with a strong commitment to quality of life,
education, and the arts. Lexington is in the Bluegrass Region, an
internationally acclaimed cultural landscape and agricultural
The University of Kentucky and the College of Agriculture, Food
and Environment (CAFE) are committed to creating a diverse,
equitable and inclusive environment of mutual respect where all
members of our community are able to fully engage, belong, and
succeed. We support and welcome applicants of all identities such
as but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender identity and
expression, perspectives, beliefs, sexual orientation, national
origin, religious belief, age, and, all qualified candidates are
encouraged to apply. The University of Kentucky is an equal
opportunity university. We encourage applications from women,
minorities, and all interested and qualified people. The EEO
Coordinator is Tim West, S-105 Agricultural Science North,
University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40546-0091.
Application Procedure: Application must be
submitted electronically via the University of Kentucky jobs site: Applicants should
submit 1) a CV, 2) cover letter describing background and interest
in this position, 3) a research statement (2-3 pages), 4) a
teaching statement (2-3 pages), 5) a statement of diversity
indicating how your previous experiences have prepared you to
contribute to an inclusive institutional culture (1 page), and 6)
two select reprints. Please also include the names and email
addresses of four individuals who may be contacted for letters of
Application Deadline: Position will remain open
until filled but in order to have full consideration, please apply
by December 6, 2021
Start Date: July 1, 2022, or as mutually agreed
Contact: Drs. Nick Teets ( or
Xuguo "Joe" Zhou (, co-chairs of the search
committee. The Chronicle of Higher Education. Keywords: Assistant Professor, Location: Lexington, KY - 40546
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