Assistant Professor (Arthropod Ecology and Trophic Interactions)

Penn State University

University Park Campus
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Date Closing:
open until filled
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College of Agricultural Sciences


The Department of Entomology at The Pennsylvania State University invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor, Arthropod Ecology and Trophic Interactions. This is a nine-month, tenure track position with a 75% research and 25% teaching appointment. Successful candidates will be expected to lead research focused on the integration of basic insect ecology and applied pest management to understand arthropod-mediated ecosystem services in working landscapes. The expectation is that experimental field manipulations will be integrated with controlled laboratory experiments to understand interspecific interactions between herbivorous insects, natural enemies, and their role in shaping ecological outcomes. We expect that the research will unite chemical, behavioral, physiological, and spatial dynamics in the study of insect-environment interactions and is at the nexus of basic and applied research. By asking fundamental questions in trophic ecology while quantifying potential cascading effects that benefit plant health, environmental well-being, and food security, one application of this work is to inform the design of sustainable agro-ecosystems. By understanding the mechanisms that drive these multitrophic interactions, this work provides an opportunity to use manipulative behavioral and chemical ecology as methods for sustainable integrated pest management, ultimately informing attempts to reduce the use of harmful pesticides and impacts on nontarget species. The successful candidate will have teaching responsibilities for Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and a course in Applied Biostatistical Techniques. The position requires a Ph.D. in entomology, ecology, or related sciences with demonstrated accomplishments in research relevant to arthropod ecology and trophic interactions involving natural enemies. The successful candidate must have completed all degree requirements by the appointment date. Expertise that will complement existing departmental strengths in ecology, IPM, and chemical ecology must be demonstrated. Candidates should have an interest in advancing modern and diverse pest management technologies. Teaching experience with applied biostatistics is required. The ability to engage a diverse population of faculty, staff, and students at the Departmental, College, and University levels is an important aspect of this academic appointment. A complete application includes the following: a letter of application, names and addresses of three professional references, curriculum vitae and statement of research and teaching interests.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088