Position Summary: Urban and stored product pests cause infestations in homes and commercial structures that may result in considerable loss of quality of life, discomfort and annoyance, direct injury and vectored disease agents. Chronic infestations of these pests may lead to severe health problems and medical costs. In food production facilities, food may be directly lost or contaminated. Uncontrolled pest activity in commercial structures may result in temporary facility closure to resolve problems. Substantial costs are incurred with the monitoring and control of arthropod infestations, but further exacerbated by facility closures. The Urban and Stored Product research group strives to improve IPM practices against these pests through the following two principles: understanding the aspects of pest biology that enables them to thrive in these habitats, and evaluating and improving prevention and control practices. This research position supports our goals through:
10%: Preparing proposals for initiating research projects, interact with companies and funding agencies, for the purposes of (but not limited to) discussing research priorities, presenting results and planning future courses of work.
30%: Planning and conducting applied and fundamental research on insects, arthropods and other animals considered pests in the indoor urban habitat. Set up experimental design, conduct experiments in both laboratory and field environments, including ecological, physiological, behavioral, and efficacy research on arthropods (e.g., bed bugs, cockroaches, stored product pest insects) and rodents (wild rats and mice). Inspect and review urban field locations and business systems for effectiveness of pest control approaches.
30%: Analyzing data and writing reports for continuing and/or concluding research projects. When research reports (or a combination of reports) have publishable data, modify or combine reports into manuscript form for publication in peer-reviewed journals. Make presentations that include information and conclusions from our research (as well as findings from other research groups) in meetings or during conferences and other events (including as a part of Extension programming events).
10%: Hiring and managing students and other personnel in maintaining laboratory colonies of select insects and arachnids when required for entomological research. Train staff, students, and visiting researchers on protocols incumbent with research performed. Supervise students and junior staff in performing these research projects and monitor the quality of work.
10%: Performing purchasing and receiving duties. Purchase and receive supplies and equipment for conducting research. Plan and forecast costs associated with long-term capital equipment; prepare proposals for funding such purchases. Review cost-accounting statements and forecast expenditures.
10%: Managing the laboratory safety program. Train new and existing staff on safety protocols - (chemical, biohazardous, radiation) enforcement of safety standards for a BSL-2 laboratory. Verify adequate personal protective equipment is available and used correctly by all personnel. Maintain and inventory and catalog all chemical and biological agents in use in laboratory. Ensure hazardous waste disposal conforms to DEHS standards; prepare chemical and biological waste for disposal and/or pick-up. Obtain, post and update safety information such as material safety data sheets (MSDSs), emergency contacts, laboratory entrance/exit requirements. Participate in radiation safety inspections and audits at the request of DEHS
PhD in entomology, ecology or a related field A willingness to work in public assisted housing, low income situations and with Limited English Proficient persons, as well as commercial and industrial situations.
Demonstrated written, oral and quantitative analysis skills; experience in managing insect colonies for research; ability to work independently; recent record of publishing in referred journals, an interest in both the ecological, physiological and applied nature of insect pest management research; and valid driver’s license.
Internal Number: 326618
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