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Spectrum Volume 19 Issue 32 - June 5, 1997

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Agricultural Technology Program. Lecturer, Agricultural Technology. Expectations will include being an effective teacher in the Agricultural Technology Program, and providing leadership for the Landscape and Turf Management Option. The faculty member will be expected to teach the horticulture-production, landscape-contracting, and herbaceous-plant materials courses in the two-year program, and floriculture crops in the four-year program. Teaching style and methods must emphasize a hands-on, practical educational learning experience for students. Responsibilities will include serving as academic advisor to the Landscape and Turf Management Option students, recruiting students for the program, supervising internship experiences, curriculum development, identification of internship sites for students, assist in advising the Ag Tech Club, and helping to place students in the labor market. The individual in this position will be expected to cooperate with the head of the Horticulture Department and faculty in that department in activities that naturally benefit both the two- and four-year programs. While scholarly research and writing are not required in this position, the faculty member will be encouraged to pursue these areas if interested. The faculty member will be responsible to the director of agricultural technology. Qualifications: 1) Ph.D. preferred (master's required) in horticulture or agricultural education with a minor in horticulture; 2) teaching experience in a post-secondary setting, preferably in an associate-degree program; 3) excellent communications, human relations, and leadership skills; and 4) a professional dedication and belief that the associate degree is a viable and worthy degree in the agricultural industry. Salary dependent upon qualifications. A 12-month, two-year appointment. Reappointment depends upon successful completion of position expectations. Non-tenure track. Position available July 1, 1997. Location: Blacksburg, Virginia. Deadline date: June 13, 1997. Letters of applications with accompanying vita and three letters of recommendation should be sent to: Dr. John R. Crunkilton, Associate Dean and Director of Agricultural Technology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, 1060 Litton Reaves Hall, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0334.
Computer science department. Assistant Professor(s) (ad revised and extended). The department seeks to fill one or more anticipated positions at the assistant-professor level, starting January 1998. The department is primarily in the areas of software engineering distributed-computing networking and information systems, visualization, multimedia, and problem-solving environments. The department has special strengths in human-computer interaction (HCI), scientific computing, and software engineering. Research funding is strong, more than $2M/year. We are in the final stages of an NSF Research Infrastructure grant in HCI and an NSF Educational Infrastructure grant in the use of digital libraries and the WWW in computer-science education. We are in the second year of a five-year NSF Graduate Research Traineeship Program in HCI. A new NSF Academic Research Infrastructure grant has provided a CAVE virtual environment to be placed within the $26M Advanced Communications and Information Technology Center soon to be constructed on campus. Applicants should send a curriculum vitae, a one-to-two page statement of research plans and goals, and have at least three letters of reference sent to Faculty Search, Computer Science Department, 660 McBryde Hall, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0106. Review of candidates will begin September 20 and continue until the positions are filled. For more information, see http://www.cs.vt.edu.
Entomology Department. Assistant Professor. Landscape and turf entomologist. Applicants are invited to apply for a 12-month, tenure-track position in the department. The successful candidate must provide state-wide leadership to an applied research and Extension program that addresses arthropods attacking turf and other landscape plants in Virginia. This program should emphasize emerging technologies that will result in novel approaches to pest management. For example, applications of biologically based control tactics, precision agricultural methods, landscape ecology, new pesticides and pesticide-application technologies, and geographically referenced sampling systems could significantly improve landscape-management systems. It is expected that there will be close collaboration with on- and off-campus faculty members in entomology and related disciplines, including crop and soil science, horticulture, plant pathology, weed science, biological systems engineering, and economics. The successful candidate will also be expected to assist in teaching one or more undergraduate courses related to landscape pest problems. Candidates should have a Ph.D. in entomology or a related field and have experience with integrated pest management. Preference will be given to candidates who have demonstrated expertise with new technologies and with strong interpersonal communication skills. Salary and rank will be commensurate with qualifications of the successful candidate. The application deadline is Aug. 15, 1997, or until a suitable candidate is found. Candidates should provide a letter of application, curriculum vita, copy of transcripts, and names, addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses for three references. Candidates should also develop a one-page description of their envisioned landscape and turf entomology program. Application materials should be sent to Dr. F.W. Ravlin, Chair, Landscape and Turf Entomologist Search Committee, Department of Entomology, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0319. Phone: 1-6826. Fax: 1-9131. E-mail: ravlin@vt.edu.
Physics Department. Assistant Professor. Assistant professor of experimental condensed-matter physics. Tenure-track position is available August 1998. Active areas include studies of polymers, fullerenes, ferroelectrics, ceramics, and semiconductors--using techniques including nonlinear optics, Raman, IR, and EELS. A Ph.D. degree is necessary and postdoctoral experience is desirable. Candidates should have the interest and ability to teach effectively at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, and should demonstrate strong promise for developing an active research program which will include collaborations with materials-related activities both inside and outside the Physics Department. Applicants should send a resume, a statement of research interests, and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to Dr. A.L. Ritter, Chair, Condensed Matter Search Committee, Physics Department, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0435. The search committee will begin the review of applications on Nov. 1, 1997, and will continue to accept applications until the position is filled.
Physics Department. Assistant Professor. Assistant professor of theoretical condensed matter physics. Tenure-track position is available August 1998. A Ph.D. degree is necessary and postdoctoral experience is desirable. Candidates should have the interest and ability to teach effectively at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, and should demonstrate strong promise for developing an active research program. Those with expertise in large scale computing or field theoretic techniques are especially encouraged to apply. Further information may be found on URL: http://www.phys.vt.edu/~rkpzia/cmt-search.html. Applicants should send a resume, a statement of research interests, and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to Prof. R.K.P. Zia, Chair, Condensed Matter Theory Search Committee, Physics Department, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0435. Electronic submission will be accepted at search @entertprise. phys.vt.edu, provided the format is plain text or postscript. The search committee will begin reviewing applications on Jan. 15, 1998, and will continue to accept applications until the position is filled.
Alumni Relations. Associate/Assistant Director. Applications are invited for an administrative staff member of the Virginia Tech Alumni Relations department. This individual will serve as both the department's computing administrator and as team leader for coordination of all alumni reunions. Candidates should possess strong written and verbal, organizational, and interpersonal skills. The computing administration requires a working knowledge of information systems, particularly Oracle forms-based relational databases, Windows NT, Windows 95, and MacOS mixed-platform networks, and Internet design and publishing. The administrator will need to be team-oriented and lead other staff members through a migration from IMS mainframe alumni-records database to a new SCT Banner database. The reunion coordination requires oversight of the annual reunion program for classes, academic colleges and departments, and other special affinity groups. Experience as an event planner using volunteer support is strongly preferred. Additional responsibilities include traveling to and assisting alumni-chapter events, and assisting with other on-campus alumni programs. Bachelor's degree required, advanced degree or at least three years of experience in higher-education-administration programming preferred. Must be willing to travel throughout Virginia and other states as needed and be comfortable making group presentations, with demonstrated ability to train and motivate volunteers, working both independently and as part of a team. Knowledge of Virginia Tech would be extremely helpful. Interested candidates hold send a cover letter, resume, and names of five references to Thomas C. Tillar, Jr., Vice President for Alumni Relations, Alumni Hall, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0102. Review of applications will begin June 13, 1997, and continue until the position is filled. July is the approximate target month for filling the position.
Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology Department. Post doctoral position. Two-year postdoctoral position available July 1 to develop molecular methods for the reliable and sensitive detection and identification of mycobacterial pathogens (e.g., Mycobacterium marinum and M fortuitum, etc.) in fish and water samples from intensive aquaculture systems. Individual applying should have documented experience in microbiology and molecular biological techniques (e.g., DNA sequencing, PCR, DNA probes, DNA fingerprinting). Salary of $24,000 per year plus fringe benefits with second year of employment dependent upon successful completion of first year. For additional information contact either Stephen A. Smith, DVM, Ph.D., Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0442; e-mail stsmith7@vt.edu or Joseph O. Falkinham III, Ph.D., Fralin Biotechnology Center, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0346; e-mail jofiii@vt.edu. For those interested in applying, send cover letter, resume, and names of three references to Stephen A. Smith, Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, Phase II, Duck Pond Drive, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0442; telephone 1-5131. Applications will be accepted until position is filled.
University Libraries. College Librarian for the College of Arts and Sciences, Social Sciences Area. The college librarian, a library faculty position, offers faculty members and students in the College of Arts and Sciences, Social Science Area (for more information see http://www.cas.vt.edu/a&s.html) on-site, intradepartmental, discipline-related consulting to expand their awareness and use of information and technological resources, both internal and external to the university. This faculty position reports to the head of User Services and the principal bibliographer. The college librarian will work with the departments of political science, history, geography, international studies, and the centers for the Study of Science in Society, Women's Studies, Humanities, and Black Studies in the college to advance the use of computing and information resources in research and teaching. Responsibilities include assisting faculty members with the use of World Wide Web technology, collection development, library instruction, and providing reference service at the main library. Qualifications: MLS from an ALA-accredited library school. Bachelor's degree in one of the above fields of study. Two years or more experience in providing reference liaison work or academic consulting; knowledge of the information needs of scholars and students in social-science fields, primarily in the areas mentioned above. Demonstrated ability to initiate, plan, and implement effective programs and services. The college librarian must have technical competencies and experience in the use of networked information resources, be resourceful, demonstrate effective instructional and communication skills, and have a strong client ethic. Preferred: Advanced degree in a social science discipline. Twelve-month faculty appointment; rank and anticipated salary in $30,000s commensurate with experience and credentials. Send letter of application, resume, and names, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three references to Cathy Pillow, Personnel Services, University Libraries, P.O. Box 90001, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24062-9001. Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations in the application process should notify Pillow. Review of applications will begin Aug. 15, 1997.
Athletic Department. Assistant Women's Softball Coach. The department is seeking applications for a full-time, 12-month position for a highly competitive Division I program. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, coaching with a preference for pitching experience, scouting, recruitment of prospective student athletes, conditioning, monitoring academic progress, coordinating team travel, and other duties to accomplish the goals and objectives of the softball program. Qualifications include a bachelor's degree, with master's preferred. Collegiate playing and coaching experience, preferably in a Division I program. The ability to recruit highly skilled athletes, strong communication and interpersonal communication skills. Candidates must demonstrate a thorough knowledge of and adherence to NCAA and university rules and regulations. Applicants should forward a resume with names and phone numbers of three references to Scot Thomas, Head Women's Softball Coach, 218 Cassell Coliseum, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0502. Salary will be commensurate with experience, review of applications will begin June 1, and the search is expected to continue until successful candidates are selected.
Electrical engineering. Director of Business Development and Staff (Research Associate). The primary duty of this position is to serve as the director of Business Development and Staff for the Mobile and Portable Radio Research Group (MPRG). This position will be responsible for all fiscal, fund-raising, and administrative details of the group and will represent MPRG in a professional manner to organizations both outside and within the university to enhance the business operations of the group. Incumbent will have complete fiscal and managerial responsibility for the group, will be the focal point for all MPRG initiatives to build the MPRG industrial-affiliate program, and will be the primary technical-operations and business contact for the MPRG. This person will also handle all administrative issues and will be responsible for all group administrative decisions and daily group operations; will travel to industrial affiliate and potential affiliate companies to make technical and business presentations; will represent MPRG as a faculty member within the university when the director is unable to attend; will be responsible for the division of labor among group staff and the supervision, evaluation, and promotion of all group staff. Knowledge of business-management concepts, marketing approaches, engineering, and all levels of operation at Virginia Tech required. Proficient in PC-based office environment. Excellent management, organization, oral, and written communication skills. Excellent fiscal-management skills and experience in budget projections, monitoring, and tracking required for contract/budget negotiations. The ability to organize and present ideas, materials, and concepts accurately and creatively; to establish and maintain effective working relationships within and outside the university; and prior experience in planning and maintaining industry-university affiliate membership programs. Ability to work independently without supervision and to work within deadlines and schedules. Excellent computer skills required, with proficiency using all Microsoft Office programs, and experience using the Virginia Tech mainframes. Four-year degree in business management, engineering, or related field required. MBA or MS in a technical field preferred. Minimum of eight years management experience is required. Qualified applicants should send a resume to Dr. T.S. Rappaport, MPRG, 340 Whittemore, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0350. Applications will be accepted until June 13, or until a suitable candidate is selected.
Electrical Engineering. Technical Documentation Researcher (Research Associate). Position is full-time employment as a research associate. Position requires someone capable of editing and combining technical papers, reports, and theses with an understanding of content. Position will support the director of the Mobile and Portable Radio Research Group with research and publishing efforts, including database management and entry, creation of seminar materials, courses, books, and journal and conference papers. Specific tasks will include: editing, typing, graphic design and layout of technical journal articles, conference papers, book chapters, and books from rough draft through final acceptance and publication. Requires technical writing experience (LaTex, Scientific Word, FrameMaker, MS Word and workstation experience preferred); graphic design and layout of technical presentations and short courses, to include creation of technical and presentation graphics (experience using CorelDraw, Painter, Pagemaker, and Photoshop preferred); construction and maintenance of technical-library database containing journals, conference proceedings, texts, articles, and theses; requires database-maintenance experience (experience using MS Access preferred); literature and patent searches; organization and creation of databases and computer records on an as-needed basis; clerical duties may be required to maintain smooth functioning of daily office routine. Position requires a four-year bachelor's degree (MS degree in a scientific field preferred); extensive computer skills with the ability to evaluate software and develop solutions for word processing, desktop publishing, technical, and presentation graphics, and database creation and maintenance; excellent verbal and written communications skills; excellent organizational skills; experience conducting in-depth literature and/or patent searches; experience maintaining, organizing, and creating collections of technical documents. Qualified applicants should send a resume to Dr. T.S. Rappaport, MPRG, 340 Whittemore, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0350. Applications will be accepted until June 13, or until a suitable candidate is selected.
University Unions and Student Activities. Student Activities Program Coordinator. The department invites applications for a 12-month administrative faculty position. Reporting to the assistant director of student activities, the program coordinator will serve as a program advisor to the Black Student Alliance, one of the major student programming organizations on campus. The program coordinator provides event coordination and organizational advice and also serves as a program consultant to other multicultural student programming organizations. The program coordinator will also advise one or more committees of the Virginia Tech Union, a 200-member student programming organization with an annual operating budget of approximately $1 million. The program coordinator is responsible for the negotiation and review of program contracts with promoters and agents and assists with on-going leadership training programs for student organizations. Qualifications include an earned master's degree in student affairs or closely related field and a minimum of one-to-three years full-time experience in a programming/entertainment position. Experience with multicultural programming and major event coordination desired. Ability to advise, counsel, and effectively develop students' abilities to work with performers, agents, patrons, and fellow students required. Ability to effectively communicate and interact with all segments of the university community and to coordinate several projects simultaneously is required. A high degree of professionalism and enthusiasm is also expected. Salary range, $24,500-$27,000 plus full benefit package. Priority consideration will be given to applications received by June 30, but the search will remain open until the position is filled. Position available on or before Aug. 1, 1997. Mail letter of application, resume, and names and phone numbers of three professional references to Alan Glick, Assistant Director of Student Activities, 325 Squires Student Center, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0138.