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Program Associate

University of Arkansas

University of Arkansas

Fayetteville, AR, USA
Posted on Wednesday, May 8, 2024

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Division of Agriculture of the University of Arkansas

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is a state wide campus, with faculty based on University campuses, at Research and Extension Centers and in every Arkansas county. It consists of the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) and the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service (CES), and is home to more than 1400 employees. The Division was established in 1959 and is headed by the Vice-President for Agriculture. The Division headquarters is located in Little Rock with the rest of the University of Arkansas System Administration. As an employer, the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance.

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ENPL | Medical and Veterinary Entomology 02

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Summary of Job Duties:

The successful candidate will be responsible for conducting field and laboratory-based research on the biology and control of insects and other arthropods of medical and veterinary importance. Additionally, the applicant will manage the day-to-day operations of the lab, including supervising undergraduate students, maintaining permits, ordering supplies, tracking safety audits, and tracking reagent inventories. The applicant will also be responsible for the management of insect colonies maintained in the laboratory. Specific duties include, insect rearing, project management, data collection.


Minimum qualifications:

  • MS in entomology, biology, zoology, or a related field, or BS with at least two years of relevant laboratory research experience.
  • Proficiency with basic molecular biology techniques, including DNA/RNA extraction, PCR/qPCR, and gel electrophoresis.
  • Valid driver’s license, ability to lift up to 50 pounds, ability to walk long distances (up to 1 mile) in uneven field conditions, ability to work outdoors under challenging environmental conditions (e.g. heat, cold).

Preferred qualifications (be as specific as you can to ensure candidates with the right qualifications):

  • Experience rearing and maintaining insect colonies in the laboratory, particularly mosquitoes or other medically relevant species.
  • Experience identifying insects/ticks to species using dichotomous keys, particularly mosquitoes or other medically relevant species.
  • Experience handling and applying pesticides.
  • Experience conducting field work, and comfortable working in the vicinity of, or directly with, large animals.
  • Comfortable working with human and animal pathogens, and live, infected vectors. Previous experience working in BSL-2/ACL-2 conditions is desirable.
  • Previous course work in entomology covering insect biology and anatomy/physiology, or demonstration of informal instruction from other sources (e.g. previous entomology research experience).

Additional Information:

  • Knowledge of general entomology, including insect biology and physiology
  • Insect rearing
  • Basic molecular biology techniques, including DNA/RNA extraction, PCR/qPCR, and gel electrophoresis
  • Pesticide handling and application
  • Manuscript and proposal writing
  • Ability to adhere to schedules and deadlines
  • Organization and project management
  • Written and oral communication skills

Salary Information:

Commensurate with education and experience.

Required Documents to Apply:

Cover Letter/Letter of Application, Curriculum Vitae, List of three Professional References (name, email, business title)

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Recruitment Contact Information:

Emily McDermott, Assistant Professor, 479.575.6446, emcdermo@uark.edu

All application materials must be uploaded to the University of Arkansas System Career Site https://uasys.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/UASYS

Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.

Pre-employment Screening Requirements:

Motor Vehicle Reports Check

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture may conduct pre-employment background checks on certain positions for applicants being considered for employment. The background checks may include a criminal background check and a sex offender registry check. Required checks are identified in the position listing. A criminal background check or arrest pending adjudication information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absences of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a consistent, non-discriminatory manner consistent with the state and federal law.

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The University does not discriminate in its education programs or activities (including in admission and employment) on the basis of age, race, color, national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, or sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity). Federal law prohibits the University from discriminating on these bases. Questions or concerns about the application of Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, may be sent to the University's Title IX Coordinator and to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights.

Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment.

All application information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

Constant Physical Activity:

Balancing, Feeling

Frequent Physical Activity:

Lifting, Manipulate items with fingers, including keyboarding, Pulling

Occasional Physical Activity:

Driving, Hearing

Benefits Eligible: