Assistant Professor in Insect Physiology

Washington State University Published: April 7, 2020
Pullman, Washington
Job Type
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~ We are a group of students, staff, and faculty that are exploring basic and applied aspects of biology and our chosen field, entomology.  ~

Our outstanding permanent and adjunct faculty, high quality facilities that include an insectary, greenhouses, apiary, well-equipped labs, and the 2.5 million specimen M. T. James Entomological Collection, make WSU an exceptional place to study and conduct research.

Our faculty are housed at the main campus in Pullman, one of our branch campuses in Tri-Cities, and at Research and Extension Centers throughout the state. The diversity of our faculty, both in terms of geographic distribution and discipline provide students exceptional classroom and research opportunities. Additionally, we have a group of exceptional affiliate and adjunct faculty, several of which are located at the USDA/ARS Yakima Agricultural Research Lab located in Wapato, Washington, with whom students may study.

  • The main areas of emphasis of the Department are biologically-based beneficial and pest arthropod management, human and environmental health as they relate to entomological issues, and teaching.
  • We encourage you to explore your options and opportunities with Entomology at Washington State University.

Position Overview

The successful candidate will support and mentor entomology graduate students and post-doctoral scientists, and teach a graduate course in Insect Physiology and other courses as designated by the department/university.


Required Qualifications:

  • Earned Ph.D. in Entomology or related discipline at the date of hire.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated ability to develop a high-quality, extramurally funded research program addressing some aspect of insect physiology.
  • Applicants with a wide range of expertise will be considered, including sensory physiology, pheromone biology, insect nutrition/digestive physiology, ecological/ environmental physiology, insect pathology, or diapause/overwintering biology.
  • Collaboration is expected within and outside the department and institution, and applicants should demonstrate strong potential for collaboration with other existing programs (e.g., toxicology, metabolomics, insect-microbe and insect-plant interactions).
  • The successful candidate will be expected to publish research results in high quality, peer reviewed journals.
  • The candidate will also be expected to conduct research relevant to Washington’s diverse agricultural industries, and to interact directly with major and specialty commodity groups in Washington.
  • Demonstrated success in collaborative/team research projects.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in developing and delivering graduate level courses, and evidence of a commitment to excellence in graduate education.

To Apply

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

  • Screening of applications will begin January 2, 2020 and continue until the position has been filled.

Applicants must attach the following documents to their online application:

  • Letter of application addressing the required and preferred qualifications, areas of expertise, and research interests;
  • A current curriculum vitae
  • Statement of vision and goals for the position that describes how you would approach the position (upload as “Other”)
  • Electronic copies of graduate and undergraduate academic transcripts (upload as “Other 2”), and
  • Names and contact information for four professional references.

Please contact Dr. Doug Walsh, Search Committee Chair, 509-786-9287, for questions about this position. Letters of recommendation will be requested for the finalists.

~ Washington State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Educator and Employer. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veterans, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU is committed to excellence through diversity and faculty-friendly policy action, including partner accommodation and NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation programs.

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521(v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or ~

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