The Plant Disease and Insect Clinic at NC State University provides plant disease diagnostic, arthropod and vertebrate identification and recommendation services to help county agent, consultant, business and homeowner clients manage urban, ornamental, crop pests and pests of humans, animals and structures. The Plant Disease and Insect Clinic was established as the Plant Disease Clinic in the Department of Plant Pathology at NC State University in 1951. With the addition of entomologists from the Department of Entomology in 1970, it became the Plant Disease and Insect Clinic. The Plant Disease and Insect Clinic is a member of the National Plant Diagnostic Network and the Southern Plant Diagnostic Network
Essential Job Duties
The primary responsibility of the successful candidate will be to provide taxonomic expertise for identification of arthropod-related samples (arthropod specimens as well as damage caused by these pests) submitted to the Plant Disease and Insect Clinic ( PDIC ) at North Carolina State University. Demonstrated skills in insect identification and systematics are essential. This position will provide rapid identification of arthropods submitted to the North Carolina Plant Disease and Insect Clinic from structures, agricultural sites, home and commercial landscapes, ornamental nurseries and greenhouses, and other sites throughout the state. An outcome of identification is immediate collaboration with appropriate specialists and the communication of the recommendation to the client in a timely fashion. The candidate will also be expected to participate in outreach and extension activities to inform the public, extension agents, and other clientele about arthropod pests and their management. Outreach and extension will focus on the identification and management of home and garden pests and may include presentations, webinars, newsletter articles, blogs, and other modern communication methods that are audience appropriate, responsive to clientele needs and support county extension programs. The candidate will collaborate with Extension IT personnel and Entomology Extension Specialists to develop tools that streamline clinic reporting and improve information delivery to county agents, homeowners and other clientele. Examples include database archiving of identified Clinic specimens and employing emerging technologies such as image recognition software. Collaboration with personnel in the PDIC , other departments within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences ( CALS ), the NC Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, the US Department of Agriculture, and other groups with related concerns is expected.
The successful candidate will be expected to support discovery of knowledge by providing identification expertise to researchers in CALS , other colleges at NCSU , and other universities and state agencies in NC. Support of the growth and improvement of the NCSU Insect Collection by providing specimens and photographs from extension and research sources, and with identification assistance, is expected, as well as pursuit of appropriate independent research as time permits.
The successful candidate will also be expected to provide service to the Department, University and Professional Societies This may include active membership in and service to societies appropriate to their career and interests. Service on departmental, Plant Disease and Insect Clinic and other committees within the University, as requested and as time permits, is expected.
- Work within a modern interdisciplinary disease and insect clinic;
- Rapidly identify Clinic-related specimens and pass along information to appropriate commodity specialists;
- Develop tools that streamline clinic reporting and improve information delivery
- M.S. or Ph.D. in Entomology is required;
- Four or more years’ experience in insect taxonomy beyond the M.S. or Ph.D. degree.
Departmental Required Skills
- taxonomic expertise and demonstrated skills in identification of a wide range of arthropods and non-arthropods;
- excellent oral, written and modern electronic communication skills;
- demonstrated digital imaging expertise;
- ability to develop and deliver arthropod-related identification and management services to a wide range of audiences via traditional and electronic delivery systems;
- familiarity with the development and archiving of large databases.
Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education
- insect museum-related experience;
- comprehensive knowledge of the arthropod fauna of North Carolina preferred;
- documented history of collaboration
experience with online information delivery systems;
- skills in imaging software and photography are preferred.
Required License or Certification
Contact information for three references
Statement of how qualifications benefit the Plant Disease and Insect Clinic (attach via Other Doc (1))