Utah State University

Researcher I - Arthropod Diagnostician

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 1 month ago(5/28/2020 9:53 AM)
Requisition ID
2020-2676
# of Openings
1
Job Locations
US-UT-Logan
Category (Portal Searching)
Other
Position Type
Benefited Full-Time
Job Classification
Exempt
College
College of Science
Department
Biology
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with experience and education, plus excellent benefits

Overview

The Arthropod Diagnostician and Urban IPM Associate (Researcher I, non-faculty, exempt position) is a 100% Extension position housed within the Biology Department. This is a full time (40 hr/week), 12-month position, with an excellent benefits package and annual reappointment contingent upon annual review and the availability of funding.

 

The Arthropod Diagnostician (AD) will work within the Utah Plant Pest Diagnostic Lab (UPPDL), under the supervision of the Extension Plant Pathologist. The AD processes and diagnoses plant pest and general arthropod samples from agriculture, green industry, homeowners, and more. Samples are primarily submitted as physical specimens in person or mail, but email and phone inquiries are common. The incumbent will work closely with the Plant Pathologist and other UPPDL staff to diagnose plant-pest and arthropod pest issues, culminating in the development of pest management recommendations for clients. The AD will oversee and maintain databases related to samples processed by the UPPDL.

 

The AD will also work collaboratively with members of the Extension pest management group at Utah State University, known collectively as Utah Pests, to develop and implement Extension programming and outreach. Outreach includes written and oral format such as overseeing the UPPDL website, developing Extension fact sheets, writing articles and publications, and presentations focused on a wide range of pest management topics to audiences such as Master Gardeners, the landscape and building pest managers and other types of pesticide applicators.

 

In addition to diagnosing plant-pest issues, the AD will also address public inquiries and develop Extension programming for arthropod pests of urban and structural settings, and health-related (spiders, stinging insects). This includes promoting integrated pest management in schools in collaboration with the Coalition for IPM in Schools and Utah health departments via organizing workshops, delivering newsletters, attending committee meetings, conducting school IPM assessments, and more.

 

Some day trips and overnight travel will be required.

Responsibilities

  • Works closely with the Extension Plant Pathologist and UPPDL staff to identify plant-pest and arthropod specimens submitted to the UPPDL and prepare timely responses to clientele. Responds to email and phone inquiries about arthropod identification.
  • Interacts frequently with members of the general public, state and federal agencies, members of the Utah Pests team, pesticide applicators, and various plant production industries in Utah (landscape, nursery, agriculture).
  • Participates in outreach educational programs and develop educational materials and programs to individuals and interested groups.
  • Maintains arthropod and plant disease records for the UPPDL.
  • Maintains the UPPDL website.
  • Maintains the UPPDL lab safety requirements and safety standard operating procedures.
  • Develops an expertise in urban, structural, and health pest management.
  • Facilitates Utah's School Integrated Pest Management Program and be a member of the Coalition for IPM in Schools.
  • Drives University vehicles to go to/from work sites and extension centers to perform their duties including, but limited to, transporting students who are not authorized to drive University vehicles. 

  • Participates in grant-writing and budget management, where appropriate.
  • Other duties as assigned. 

Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in a biological science and at least 2 years arthropod diagnostic experience.
  • Have taken at least 2 courses focused in entomology.
  • Strong interest in participating in outreach education to homeowners and professionals in Utah's urban and horticultural sectors.
  • Strong oral communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to communicate with broad audiences and general public about pests and pest management information.
  • Ability to work well in a team atmosphere.
  • Must be self-motivated, organized, and able to work independently.
  • Technical editing and writing skills.
  • Knowledge of website editing, image editing, and computer software such as MS Office, Adobe Creative Suite, Filemaker, or ability to learn.
  • Strong desire to be a part of USU Extension.
  • Must be able to comply with the University Vehicle Use Policy.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in Entomology or a related degree (with an entomology emphasis).
  • Experience with arthropod and plant-pest diagnostics in a client-based, clinical setting.
  • Subject area expertise in one or more of the following subject areas: general integrated pest management; structural pest management; school integrated pest management; horticultural entomology; turfgrass entomology and management; plant science; plant pathology and disease diagnostics.

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

 

1. Resume to be uploaded in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”

2. Transcripts to be uploaded under "Documents 1-5" under the Candidate Profile

3. Cover Letter to be typed/pasted at the end of your application

 

**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with experience and education, plus excellent benefits

ADA

Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.

College/Department Highlights

The UPPDL is a service lab within the Department of Biology and has been operating for more than 30 years. Members of the UPPDL include Plant Pathology and Entomology Extension Specialists and other technical staff. The Arthropod Diagnostician will work closely with members of the Utah Pests group (visit utahpests.usu.edu) and members of USU Extension. The UPPDL provides diagnostics for plant and urban pests and related problems for the citizens of Utah.

 

The Department of Biology has over 700 undergraduate students, nearly 60 graduate students, more than 45 faculty at 6 campuses across the State, 11 administrative staff members, and well over 100 hourly employees. Biology instructors serve over 4,380 students each year through our general education courses. The Department of Biology maintains a large research enterprise. Biology and USU fosters innovation and professional development of faculty in their efforts to enhance student learning and engagement in offering support of professional association membership, conference/academy attendance, and an Empowering Teaching Excellence program offered by the Provost's Office.

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah's land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 28,000 students (25,000 undergraduates and 3,000 graduate students) on the Logan main campus, four regional campuses, two USU Eastern campuses, and 28 centers throughout the state. USU offers 162 undergraduate majors, 153 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. The 2018 rankings from Washington Monthly ranked USU as one of the top 30 national Universities and the 5th best public national university in the nation. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found at: https://www.usu.edu/about/at-a-glance/.

 

A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.

The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region. Additional information about Logan can be found at: http://www.loganutah.org/visitors/about_logan/index.php.

USU recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the university's academic mission of learning, discovery, and engagement (https://www.usu.edu/president/missionstatement/). USU is an AA/EO employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity/expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy or local, state, or federal law. Learn more at www.aaeo.usu.edu/non-discrimination. USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program. Additional information can be found at: http://www.usu.edu/provost/faculty-life/dual-career-assistance.cfm.

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 27,800 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,140 graduate students) on the Logan main campus. Utah State’s statewide system features eight campuses and 23 education centers and serves all counties in the state with Extension programs. USU offers 165 undergraduate majors, 138 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. Washington Monthly ranked USU 14th in their national university rankings in 2019 and the 5th best public national university in the nation in 2018. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found here.

 

A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.

 

The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.

 

Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:

 

Executive Director of the Office of Equity Alison Adams-Perlac, alison.adams-perlac@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, titleix@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266.

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visithttps://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov

 

USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.

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