Commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications
Internal Number: FAC - VA - 23008
The Western Triangle Agricultural Research Center (WTARC) seeks a talented and self-motivated scientist who will lead the development of effective and economical strategies for controlling insect pests of dryland and irrigated field crops in the Golden Triangle region of Montana. The successful candidate will use a team approach that includes other research staff at the WTARC and across the Department of Research Centers with expertise in agronomy, animal and crop science, horticulture, microbiology, pathology, plant ecology, soil and weed sciences. Similar collaboration with other researchers located on the main campus in Bozeman and at other institutions is encouraged. This is a 12-month tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level with research (80%), teaching/outreach (10%) and service (10%) responsibilities funded by the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station, Bozeman, MT.
The Department of Research Centers represents the faculty and staff who conduct research and outreach programs at seven off-campus Agricultural Research Centers (ARC) located near Conrad, Corvallis, Havre, Huntley, Kalispell, Moccasin, and Sidney, Montana. Faculty at each ARC is expected to develop both independent and collaborative research programs addressing local, regional and/or statewide production issues. Collaboration with other scientists, particularly on-campus faculty in the College of Agriculture, is strongly encouraged.
Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting, and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.
Research duties include development of a nationally competitive, field-oriented program focused on understanding the biological and ecological processes affecting insect pests and sharing this knowledge to inform management that mitigates crop losses. The primary focus will be on arthropod pests of small-grain, pulse, and oilseed crops in the Golden Triangle and similar agro-ecoregions. Current insect pests of concern include the wheat stem sawfly and wireworms in wheat, pea leaf weevils in pulses, and flea beetles in canola, among others. We anticipate that integrated approaches will be developed which are economical and can be adopted by dryland and irrigated farmers for managing arthropod pests in field crops.
Teaching/outreach duties include the timely transfer of knowledge regarding insect pest management to farmers and other stakeholders in the region served by the WTARC, as well as other farmers across Montana. Participation at field days and other farmer-directed events is expected as part of the teaching/outreach effort. Scholarly presentations of research results at professional scientific meetings are an additional expectation. The successful candidate will participate in training graduate and undergraduate students with recruiting and funding doctoral students being a priority.
The successful candidate is expected to collaborate with other scientists, educators, farmers and related industry, advisory and commodity groups to develop research priorities and actively participate in developing recommendations for management of crop insect pests that are important economically in the region. Securing extramural funds from state, regional and national grant programs as well as the agricultural industry is required to develop a successful research program. The position is expected to communicate research findings in oral and written formats, including refereed and extension or outreach publications. Participation in professional service activities is expected.
A completed Ph.D. in Entomology, Agronomy, Plant Sciences, or a related discipline.
Demonstrated experience in planning, designing, and implementing field research, and interpreting research results using accepted, innovative, and strategic scientific methodology.
Knowledge of insect ecology, risk assessment, bio-control strategies, host-plant resistance and/or integrated crop production practices that are required to manage insect pests in crop production systems.
Demonstrated experience working in interdisciplinary teams in problem solving.
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, with scientists, farmers, and other clientele associated with agriculture.
Documented grant writing success.
Post-doctoral experience in agricultural insect pest management.
Experience with insect pest management in small grain production under semi-arid conditions.
Experience in overall management of a research team.
The successful candidate will:
Have an appreciation of diverse constituencies and add intellectual diversity to the department.
Have dedication to supporting and enhancing Montana State University’s initiative for diversity, equity and inclusiveness.
Montana State University was established in 1893 under the land grant mission to further the education of students in the region and to institute research facilities to serve the broader constituency. Located in Bozeman, in the beautiful Gallatin Valley of Southwest Montana, the outdoors are an important part of our classroom and laboratory. MSU has by far the largest enrollment and is the largest research university in Montana. For a third year running, Montana State University recorded an all-time high for research expenditures, tallying more than $193 million for the fiscal year ending in June 2021. Over the last decade, MSU has earned a reputation for high research activity. Currently MSU is ranked as "very high research activity" under The Carnegie Classification of Institutions. The Entomology Group is a multi-departmental group of faculty that teach and advise graduate students in the Entomology MS and Entomology Minor programs, as well as related Ph.D. programs. Specialized entomology facilities include an insect quarantine facility in the Plant Growth Center, a bee yard, the Pollinator Health Center, the Schutter Diagnostic Lab, and the Montana Entomology Collection. Entom...ology teaching collections for general entomology, insect identification, aquatic entomology, veterinary entomology and insect morphology are also available.
The Department of Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology has 29 tenured/tenure-track faculty, with major emphases on plant genetics and plant pathology. The PSPP department is a team of scientists and educators passionate about plants, their associated organisms, and environments. We strive to create and disseminate new knowledge to advance an understanding of fundamental questions in plant sciences and plant pathology and applied aspects of agriculture, horticulture, and the designed landscape, based on community-driven needs and promote environmental stewardship at local, national, and international scales. We provide a robust and future-oriented education to a highly motivated, critical-thinking, and diverse student body that equips them to succeed. The faculty includes plant breeders, plant physiologists, horticulturists, entomologists, plant pathologists, and virologists. The departmental research focus on plant genetics and plant pathology provides excellent opportunities for collaboration. The Department and University have state-of-the-art facilities for electron microscopy, mass spectrometry, and excellent plant growth facilities. Field research facilities are available both near campus and at seven Research Centers located strategically throughout the state. The Department offers both MS and PhD degrees in Plant Pathology and Plant Science.
The Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences (LRES) is in the College of Agriculture at Montana State University. Our work spans land resources and environmental science and management, and includes cutting-edge, innovative teaching, fundamental and applied research, and highly effective outreach and service to a broad range of public and private entities. Our faculty offer broad expertise related to soils, microorganisms, insects, plants, climate and water to achieve an integrated multi-scale and multi-disciplinary approach to understanding and managing ecosystems. We address issues related to natural and managed landscapes such as cropland, rangeland, forests, reclaimed land, polar and geothermal environments, and protected natural areas, with fundamental and applied investigations in agriculture, environmental science, land management, and natural resources. We advance scientific understanding across spatial and temporal scales, and apply this understanding for effective land management, informed adoption of sustainability practices, and broad education of students in preparation for careers in the agricultural and environmental sciences. LRES consists of 35 research and teaching faculty, about 250 undergraduate students, 25 thesis M.S., 110 online MS, and 25 Ph.D. graduate students, and 40 technical and postdoctoral scientists, and has a strong tradition of interdisciplinary collaboration within the department and across the institution and State. The Department is supported through the College of Agriculture, the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station, and the Extension Service, which work together to generate and disseminate knowledge and technological solutions to increase the competitiveness of Montana agricultural and natural resource enterprises.
The Department of Research Centers represents the faculty and staff who conduct research and outreach programs at seven off-campus Agricultural Research Centers (ARC) located near Corvallis, Conrad, Havre, Huntley, Kalispell, Moccasin, and Sidney, Montana. Faculty members at each ARC are expected to develop both independent and collaborative research programs addressing local, regional and/or statewide production issues. Collaboration with other scientists, particularly on-campus faculty in the College of Agriculture, is strongly encouraged.