Officially known as the University of Central Florida Collection of Arthropods (UCFC), our museum is founded by Stuart M. Fullerton in 1993, who possessed a lifelong passion for entomology.

UCFC possesses one of the largest completely databased collections in the world with over 510,000 specimen records for insects and other arthropods with more being added daily. Check out the Database and see what entomological wonders reside within Central Florida! We especially pride ourselves on our Hymenoptera (ants, bees, and wasps) and Coleoptera (beetles) holdings.

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UCFC is seeking a new curator!

UCFC’s current curator, Dr. Hojun Song, has taken a faculty position at Texas A&M University, leaving the position open. The Department of Biology at the University of Central Florida is very keen to continuing the operation and further development of UCFC and has decided to replace the position with another entomologist. Thus, we are seeking a highly qualified entomologist who can take the collection to the next level.

Here is the job announcement:

Entomology Position

The Department of Biology at the University of Central Florida (UCF) invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor. The candidate’s research will address important questions in entomology using innovative approaches. Individuals with curatorial experience and interests in collections-based research are preferred. Candidates must have a demonstrated ability or strong potential to establish and maintain a vigorous, extramurally-funded research program, facilitate collaborations, and complement departmental strengths. See http://biology.cos.ucf.edu/ for department details.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. from an accredited institution in a relevant field and appropriate post-doctoral training. Successful candidates will contribute to teaching and mentoring students in our undergraduate and graduate programs and oversee and develop as Curator the endowed Stuart M. Fullerton Collection of Arthropods (https://bugcloset.cos.ucf.edu/), a regional insect collection with over 500,000 specimens and with a dedicated collection manager. UCF has a strong research emphasis and provides competitive startup funds and teaching loads.

UCF is designated as a research university of very high activity (RU/VH) by the Carnegie Foundation and an ‘Up-and-Coming School’ by U.S. News and World Report. This hire is part of multiple departmental hires and 200 new faculty positions university-wide in 2015-16, with more hires anticipated in coming years.

Applicants must complete a job application at https://www.jobswithucf.com/postings/39688 for position #36599.  Separately, applicants must e-mail a single PDF document that includes a letter of intent, curriculum vitae, statements of research interests and teaching philosophy, and contact information for three references to: bio-search@ucf.edu with the subject line: #36599

Review of applications will begin January 5, 2015, with an anticipated start date of August 2015.

The University of Central Florida is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply, including minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities. As a Florida public university, UCF makes all application materials and selection procedures available to the public upon request.

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