Careers at Virginia Tech

Assistant or Associate Professor - Invasive Species

Apply now Back to search results Job no: 528457
Work type: Teaching & Research Faculty
Senior management: Agriculture & Life Sciences
Department: Entomology
Location: Blacksburg, Virginia
Categories: Agriculture / Life Science

Job Description

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech seeks applicants for a 9-month research (70%) and extension (30%) tenure-track position at the Assistant or Associate Professor rank in the area of invasive species research and Extension as part of a campus wide Invasive Species cluster hire located at the Blacksburg, VA campus. The tenure homes for this position will either be Entomology or the School of Plant and Environmental Sciences. The focus of the position is to develop an innovative program on transdisciplinary research and management of invasive plants, plant pathogens, and/or arthropods to mitigate the threat they pose to managed or natural terrestrial and / or aquatic habitats. The selected candidate is expected to develop an externally funded program that works closely with the Invasive Species Working Group (ISWG), Virginia Cooperative Extension Agents, the Virginia Tech Agricultural Research and Extension Centers, relevant State and Federal Agencies, and other associations in the development and delivery of their research and educational programs. Although there is no formal teaching requirement, the candidate may guest lecture or develop a course associated with this position. The selected candidate is expected to train the next generation of Extension specialists, educators, scientists, and professionals through the mentoring of graduate students.

The individual will be a core member of Virginia Tech’s Invasive Species Destination Area ( This Destination Area is a university-wide initiative fostering growth in transdisciplinary research to develop solutions to complex global problems of invasive species that directly or indirectly impacts the lives or livelihoods of people, costing the global economy an estimated $423 billion annually. The individual will be part of a cluster hire including faculty in environmental law and public policy, technology development, predictive modeling, and research and extension. The successful candidate is expected to leverage the expertise of the Invasive Species Destination Area community at Virginia Tech and engage in team science with associated faculty. The individual will also have the opportunity to contribute to the development of a center of excellence focusing on invasive species science, technology, management, outreach, and policy. International engagement and recognition are encouraged and expected as your career advances.

This position requires occasional travel to attend conferences and meetings. Criminal conviction check required.

Required Qualifications

Ph.D. in invasive species related fields, including biology, ecology, weed science, entomology, plant pathology, or related disciplines by appointment start date; Demonstrated effectiveness in verbal and written communication for a wide range of audiences, including academics, managers, and the public; Demonstrated ability to conduct and present original research results related to invasive species and their management in scientific meetings and peer-reviewed journals; Demonstrated experience or potential for team science collaborations, including academics in other disciplines, state or federal agencies, NGOs, and / or private industry; Position requires occasional travel to attend conferences and meetings.

Preferred Qualifications

Demonstrated experience in contributing to management programs for invasive species.
Experience working with stakeholders, disseminating information, and outreach.
Ability to deliver information via modern media technologies and tools to diverse audiences.
Demonstrated commitment to principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in teaching and research.

Appointment Type


Salary Information

85,000 - 110,000

Review Date


Additional Information

This position will be housed EITHER in Entomology or SPES. Fund numbers provided may be changed depending on unit of hire.

Included in the application should be:
1. Cover letter addressed to: Dr. Scott Salom, Search Committee Chair
Department of Entomology, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061-0319
2. Research Statement (1-pg max)
3. Extension Statement (1-pg max)
4. DEI Statement (1-pg max)
5. CV, including a list of references

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.


About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Dr. Scott Salom at during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

Applications close:

Back to search results Apply now Refer a friend