Kearns Metcalf and Flint Endowed Chair in Insect Toxicology

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Urbana-Champaign, Illinois
Jan 07, 2020
Feb 06, 2020
Position Type
Full Time

Kearns Metcalf and Flint Endowed Chair in Insect Toxicology

Department of Entomology

School of Integrative Biology

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


The School of Integrative Biology and the Department of Entomology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invite applications from outstanding scholars with a stellar record of accomplishments and an international reputation for excellence to hold the Kearns Metcalf and Flint Endowed Chair in Insect Toxicology, a full-time, 9-month faculty position at the level of full professor with indefinite tenure. Salary is commensurate with qualifications. Toxicology is defined broadly here to encompass the study of any chemical substance with detrimental effects on arthropods and thus candidates working in the areas of chemical ecology, venom biology, insect pathology, plant-insect interactions, chemical signaling, and allied disciplines are welcome to apply, as are candidates working on pesticide mode of action, detoxification, environmental persistence, and resistance evolution. The successful candidate will be expected to develop an externally funded research program, teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and collaborate with other faculty to develop research initiatives. The ideal candidate will work at the interface of some combination of toxicology, physiology, molecular genetics, and genomics. A PhD in biology, entomology, plant biology, physiology, molecular genetics, genomics, or other relevant areas is required. The proposed start date is August 16, 2020.


The Illinois College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is a world leader in research, teaching, and public engagement. Faculty in the College create knowledge, address critical societal needs through the transfer and application of knowledge, and prepare students for lives of impact in the state, nation, and globally. To meet these objectives, the College embraces and values diversity and difference through hiring faculty candidates who can contribute through their research, teaching, and/or service to the diversity and excellence of the Illinois community.


The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit  


The Department of Entomology has a longstanding reputation for its paradigm-changing research in entomology and its distinguished graduates who have provided leadership in research, teaching, and professional service to the discipline of entomology. Our emphasis is on basic biology, with the goal of discovering new knowledge about the biology of insects as models for understanding basic principles and as organisms whose distinctive attributes have contributed to unparalleled diversity and economic impact. Within entomology, core strengths are in ecology, systematics and evolution, physiology and behavior, genomics, and integrative pest management, with vector-borne disease, invasion ecology, chemical ecology, and pollinator health as major areas of interest. Complementing line faculty are more than a dozen campus affiliates from four Colleges and the Illinois Natural History Survey.


To ensure full consideration please create your candidate profile through and upload your application materials: application letter addressed to search committee chair Dr. Gene Robinson, curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, statement of teaching philosophy and experience, and contact information for three or more professional references by the closing date of January 20, 2020. Letters of recommendation may be requested electronically from referees at a later date. Only applications submitted through the University of Illinois Job Board will be considered. For further information, contact Kearns Metcalf and Flint Endowed Chair in Insect Toxicology Search Committee or call 217 333-3488. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date.  


The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.


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