Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Wildlife Disease Ecology

The University of Delaware
Newark, Delaware (US)
November 13 2018
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Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Wildlife Disease Ecology

The Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology

The University Of Delaware

Newark, DE

The Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware seeks to fill a tenure-track faculty position in Wildlife Disease Ecology at the Assistant Professor level.  The position is a 9-month appointment (paid over 12 months) with responsibilities in teaching, research, and service; responsibilities are allocated as 60% research, 35% teaching, and 5% service.  This position is a component of the Department’s “One Health” cluster hire in disease ecology that also includes a new position in wildlife disease ecology providing the potential for synergies and collaborations. Candidates for both positions will be interviewed during the same period and by the same search committee.  Our department’s cross disciplinary expertise in entomology and wildlife ecology allows a unique focus on One Health topics, as many of the diseases of concern to humans, domestic livestock, and wildlife are transmitted by arthropod vectors from wildlife reservoirs.


Research:  The Wildlife Disease Ecologist will develop a novel and high impact research program focused on increasing our understanding of wildlife disease ecology and developing solutions to limit disease spread.  The candidate will be expected to garner extramural funding to build a research program in wildlife disease ecology that will integrate approaches in mitigating disease spread and identify emerging diseases.  The successful candidate will be expected to support graduate education and mentor graduate students as part of the wildlife disease ecology program.

Teaching:  The successful candidate will contribute to academic programs through three courses:  Wildlife Diseases (4 credits with lab, 30 graduate and undergraduate students), Wildlife Physiology (4 credits with lab, 30 graduate and undergraduate students), and Wildlife Management (3 credits, 75 undergraduate students).

General Information:

The Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology within the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources has 12 faculty, 3 extension specialists, and 17 affiliated faculty including instructors.  Additional world-class faculty and professionals in other departments within the College provide excellent opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration.  Research facilities include two research farms (~350 acres each) and excellent greenhouse and laboratory facilities (see http://canr.udel.edu/enwc/).  Recognized for the past five years by the Chronicle of Higher Education as one of America’s best universities to work for, the University of Delaware is located in scenic Newark, Delaware, within 2 hours of New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C.  The University is a Land Grant, Sea Grant, Space Grant, and Carnegie Research University, with external funding exceeding $200 million.  US News and World Report ranks UD in the top 40 public research universities in the country. With a $30 million renovation of the College’s main teaching & research lab building underway, enrollment increasing, and several new faculty searches recently closed or in progress, the College is growing and is poised for success.  The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from minority group members and women.

SALARY: University of Delaware salaries and fringe benefit packages are highly competitive. The salary is paid over 12 months; faculty are expected to focus primarily on research during the summer months, and additional summer salary may be sought through grants.  Tenure-track Assistant Professors receive a third-year sabbatical leave.  A competitive start-up package will be provided.

DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin on 1 December 2018, and continue until the position is filled.

CONTACT: For more information, contact Dr. Greg Shriver (gshriver@udel.edu), Chair, One Health Cluster Hire Search Committee, Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware.


Ph.D. in wildlife disease ecology, wildlife conservation, or related field.  Post-doctoral experience preferred with a demonstrated publication record in peer-reviewed journals and demonstrated ability to successfully compete for grant funding.  Strong quantitative skills.  Candidates with both a PhD and DVM will be especially competitive and are encouraged to apply.  

Application Instructions:

To apply, submit a letter of application, vitae, one-page statements of research and teaching interests, a sample of research, and the contact information for four references via the Interfolio website https://apply.interfolio.com/52718 . Please do not submit application materials via email. Submitted documents will be shared with departmental faculty.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer which encourages applications from minority group members, women, individuals with a disability and veterans.  The University's Notice of Non-Discrimination can be found at http://www.udel.edu/aboutus/legalnotices.html. Employment offers will be conditioned upon successful completion of a criminal background check.  A conviction will not necessarily exclude you from employment.