University of California, Riverside Seeks Assistant Professor and Assistant Entomologist

Posted on September 30, 2022
University of California, Riverside Seeks Assistant Professor and Assistant Entomologist
Position Title: 

Assistant Professor and Assistant Entomologist:

Biological Control of Invasive Insects and/or Weeds


Position Summary:
The Department of Entomology at the University of California, Riverside ( invites applicants for an Assistant Professor and Assistant Entomologist to develop an innovative, fundamental and applied research program on the biological control of invasive arthropods and/or weeds. This 9-month, tenure-track position is a 60% Organized Research and 40% Instruction appointment and will be available starting July 1, 2023.
The successful candidate will develop a creative, collaborative, extramurally funded research program that focuses on biological control of invasive arthropod and/or weed species of importance to California’s urban, agricultural, or natural ecosystems. Research areas could include, but are not limited to, biology and behavior of invasive pests/weeds and their biological control agents, biotic and abiotic determinants of invasion success, ecological interactions of pests and natural enemies at the community level, pre- and post-invasion/release genetics and evolution of pests and natural enemies, and the landscape and spatial ecology of pest impacts and natural enemy efficacy. The Department seeks an individual who will complement existing expertise in insect ecology and integrated pest management, and who can work collaboratively with faculty across academic departments, colleges and UC campuses. Teaching responsibilities may include participation in existing courses on biological control, insect ecology, population biology, and pest management, developing new courses in the ecological and pest management sciences, and the supervision of graduate students.
Required qualifications that must be met by the date of application include:
  • a Ph.D. in Entomology or in a related biological science
  • postdoctoral experience is preferred. Candidates should have a strong background and experience in the biological control of insects and/or with insect biocontrol agents of weeds.
  • Advancement through the Professorial ranks at the University of California is through a series of structured, merit-based evaluations.
To apply
Submit the following to
• Cover Letter describing background and interests.
• Curriculum Vitae
• Statement of Teaching (2 page maximum)
• Statement of Research/Scholarly Activities (2 page maximum)
• Statement of Past and/or Planned Future Contributions to Advancing Diversity and Inclusive Excellence (2 page maximum).
• Letters of Reference – Applicants should provide contact information for 3 letters of reference.
Review of applications will commence on December 2, 2022, and proceed until position is filled. We will give full consideration to all applications completed before the deadline.
For more information, please contact Professor Erin Rankin, Search Committee Chair, Department of Entomology, For questions on application procedures, please contact Mrs. Kendall Dunmore-Balderrama, Academic Personnel,

UCR is a world-class research university with an exceptionally diverse undergraduate student body. Its mission is explicitly linked to providing routes to educational success for underrepresented and first-generation college students. A commitment to this mission is a preferred qualification.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
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