Position Information

This position is for an entomology postdoctoral research associate under the supervision of Dr. Louis Nottingham at the WSU Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center (TFREC) in Wenatchee, WA. The successful applicant will lead a funded project to improve IPM practices for commercial pear pests, primarily pear psylla Cacopsylla pyricola, using phenological models and cultural controls. The outcome of this work is to produce a pear psylla phenology-based recommendation tool for WSU’s Decision Aide System (DAS, https://decisionaid.systems). Preference will be given to candidates with strong interest in IPM evaluation and implementation in commercial agriculture, applied modeling and/or ecology, direct collaboration with stakeholders, and extension.    

The desired start date is during the winter of 2021. The successful candidate should have successfully defended their Ph.D. in entomology or a related discipline prior to their start date and must be within 5 years of receiving their degree. The successful candidate will be hired for one year with the potential for renewal upon performance evaluation at the end of the first year. Funding is available for three years, and if desired, the postdoc will have the opportunity to co-write additional grants to extend their term. Other required qualifications include: demonstrate an ability to design experiments, collect and analyze data and publish in peer-reviewed journals; thorough understanding of the basic elements of entomology; knowledge of commercial agriculture and IPM; have or be able to obtain a valid Washington driver’s license at the time of hire. Preferred qualifications include experience with the following: working directly with stakeholders, giving extension presentations, grant writing, handling and applying pesticides; have or be able to obtain a Washington pesticide applicator’s license at the time of hire.

Salary is $51,000/year and Washington State University offers an excellent benefits package. Send letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the names and email addresses of three references to Louis Nottingham at louis.nottingham@wsu.edu. For more information about the lab and location contact me via email or visit my lab website http://tfrec.cahnrs.wsu.edu/nottingham/. The position will remain open until filled. WSU is an EEA/AA educator and employer.

Contact: Louis Nottingham, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor

Institution: Washington State University, Department of Entomology

Location: Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center, 1100 N Western Ave., Wenatchee, WA 98801, Unites States

Email: louis.nottingham@wsu.edu

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