Spotted Wing Drosophila biology and management
We are seeking an outstanding, motivated post doctoral researcher who will be responsible for the conduct, analysis, and reporting of on farm field research activities with the goal of developing management programs for Drosophila suzukii, also referred to as the spotted wing drosophila, an invasive pest of soft skinned fruit. Specifically, the post doc is expected to work directly with grower stakeholders to implement field scale research experiments assessing D. suzukii management programs and their potential non target impacts. This will involve travel, including overnight, within North Carolina and nearby states during the growing season. The post doc will be expected to lead teams of hourly workers and to communicate effectively with farm workers and growers. In addition to research activities, the post doc is encouraged to participate in extension education and to contribute to the collaborative and intellectual climate in the Specialty Crop IPM Laboratory.
Start as early at April 2013, applications will be reviewed until position is filled. Funding is available for one year, renewable dependent upon results. The incumbent will be encouraged to participate in the development of promising projects for continued funding.
March 15, 2013
Specialty Crop IPM Laboratory
Method Road - Unit I
Candidates should have a PhD in entomology or a related field. Because this position will lead field research activities, the successful candidate must be able to work independently in summer and winter conditions and to drive to off campus locations. Research activities will involve the use of pesticides, and the post doc should be familiar with safe use practices.
Salary commensurate with experience.
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