Welcome to the Department of Entomology at Virginia Tech

Our faculty address a broad range of issues involving insects in most of their habitats:  in our crops, houses,  forests, fields, vegetables, fruits, water, food, and on our bodies.   Research programs are varied and include internationally recognized foundational biomedical research programs emphasizing vector-borne diseases and their transmission by mosquitoes.  Comparative genomics and molecular genetics of these vectors provide insights into our ability to explain their vectorial capacity with the goal of improving pest management and disease reduction.  Faculty are also involved in an incredibly wide variety of applied insect management efforts, including these mosquito vectors as well as pests attacking our food, forests, and homes.  These management efforts focus on the development and application of biologically based and sustainable management tools in novel and exciting ways.  Virginia Tech’s Extension programs effectively communicate the latest developments in pest management and invasive species across the commonwealth.  Extension faculty successfully protect human health and the environment through comprehensive, statewide pesticide safety education efforts.  Research programs are exploring the remarkable biodiversity of insects in the Appalachians and beyond, and a new program in Pollinator Biology and Ecology will add an important dimension to our portfolio.    

Our Extension, research, and outreach programs have had a tremendous global impact, largely due to the energy of a strong graduate student program (>50 M.S. and Ph.D. students and growing!).   Our faculty are deeply committed to providing individual education and professional development opportunities for our students inside and outside the classroom.  We encourage prospective students to explore our department and consider Virginia Tech as you build the foundation for your career as an entomologist.  If you have any questions or comments, we invite you to contact us to learn more about programs and opportunities in the department.

 

 

 

JOB OPENINGS


The Department of Entomology is pleased to announce 2 new tenure-track faculty positions at Virginia Tech.   We are seeking individuals to work in the area of Vector-borne Disease Ecology and Insect Toxicology/Physiology.    We intend to begin initial review of applicants for both positions on 15 January.   Applicants submitting documents after that date should contact the search chair beforehand.

 

 

Position title:   Assistant Professor of Entomology:  Insect Toxicology/Physiology

Virginia Tech's Department of Entomology invites applications for a tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor in the area of insect toxicology and physiology starting in Fall 2017. The nine-month, 70% research and 30% teaching appointment will be based on the campus at Virginia Tech, a land-grant university in the scenic New River Valley of Virginia.  The successful candidate will be expected to develop an extramurally funded internationally recognized research program and provide leadership in the toxicology and physiology of insects.  Areas of research could include (but not limited to): insecticide modes of action, resistance management, insecticide discovery, etc. Collaboration is expected with existing programs such as the vector-borne disease, biomedical, biomolecular, global change, and biotechnology groups on campus. Teaching responsibilities will include graduate level courses in insect toxicology and insect physiology (offered in alternate years), as well as participation in other courses.     

Click HERE for the complete description

Applications will be accepted online at http://listings.jobs.vt.edu/postings/72152

 

 

Position title:   Assistant Professor of Entomology:  Vector-borne Disease Ecologist

Virginia Tech's Department of Entomology invites applications for a tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor in the area of vector-borne disease ecology starting in August 2017. The nine-month, 70% research and 30% teaching appointment will be based on the campus at Virginia Tech, a land-grant university in Blacksburg, Virginia.  This position is part of a new university-wide emphasis that includes the hiring of six faculty members in the area of infectious disease across four colleges.  The successful candidate will be expected to develop an extramurally funded research program focused on the ecology of mosquitoes, ticks, and/or other arthropod vectors of human infectious disease and serve as a member of the established Vector-Borne Disease Research Group in the Fralin Life Sciences Institute at Virginia Tech.  The incumbent is expected to teach and develop courses at the undergraduate and/or graduate level, contribute to innovative curricula, and mentor undergraduate and graduate students.   

Click HERE for the complete description

Applications will be accepted online at https://listings.jobs.vt.edu/postings/72060

 

 

Interested in Virginia Tech?

Are you thinking of studying Entomology at Virginia Tech? Check out these videos of our programs.

 

What's That Bug?

Want to know more about the insect you found?
Check out these fact sheets from our Insect ID Lab.

Department Tours

Would you like to bring your school group to Entomology? We offer a one hour outreach program.  Contact us to schedule.

Alwood Society

The W.B. Alwood Society is our graduate student group, providing social and athletic outlets for our students as well as community outreach and support.

Content Credits

A full listing is available here.