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Deadline:
Employer:
Montana State University
Job Field:
Wildlife
Job Type:
Full Time
Location:
Montana
Location Detail:
Bozeman
Job Description:

The Ecology Department at Montana State University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Wildlife Ecology with a promising research and teaching record focused on large mammals, their population ecology, responses to environmental change, interactions with other species, habitat, and applied uses of such information to achieve societal goals.

General Statement

The Ecology Department at Montana State University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Wildlife Ecology. We seek candidates with a promising research and teaching record focused on large mammals; their population ecology, responses to environmental change, interactions with other species, and habitat; and applied uses of such information to achieve societal goals. The successful candidate is expected to maintain an excellent program of research and publication funded by extramural and competitive grant programs, and to support and mentor graduate students. The Department of Ecology is highly committed to quality undergraduate and graduate education, and the successful candidate is expected to participate actively in the department curriculum. The specific teaching assignment is negotiable with respect to candidate interests and departmental needs but will probably include two team-taught undergraduate courses in fish and wildlife ecology and management and a graduate-level course that complements and expands our existing graduate course offerings. 
 

Because increasing the diversity of the profession is one of our strategic priorities, women and underrepresented minorities in ecological sciences are particularly encouraged to apply.

We seek individuals who work professionally and effectively with diverse individuals, possess effective interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills, and can contribute positively to the academic success of the students and the mission of Montana State University. 

Duties and Responsibilities

The department seeks an Assistant Professor of Wildlife Ecology with a promising research and teaching record focused on large mammals; their population ecology, responses to environmental change, interactions with other species, and habitat; and applied uses of such information to achieve societal goals.  Montana and the surrounding region are experiencing changes in human communities, land use, and other aspects of environmental conditions including habitat, predators, and diseases that have implications for populations of large mammals. 

As a land-grant institution, Montana State University seeks a candidate who will successfully (1) educate and prepare the next generation of scientists, wildlife managers, and decision makers with an excellent knowledge of large mammal ecology and management, (2) conduct research that will help us understand large mammal populations, and (3) coordinate with natural resource agencies to help inform and develop management strategies aimed at achieving societal goals for large mammal populations. 
 

The successful candidate will be expected to develop a progressive and productive research program focused on the ecology, conservation, and management of large mammal populations, and to teach and contribute to the overall mission of the Ecology Department and Montana State University. We seek candidates with research interests and skills that complement those of our current faculty. 

We seek candidates with a strong interest in collaborative, interdisciplinary research, particularly focused on pressing ecological questions in the Greater Yellowstone region, the Intermountain West, the Northern Great Plains, and similar ecosystems globally. The successful candidate is expected to maintain an excellent program of research and publication funded by extramural grant programs.  The Department of Ecology is highly committed to quality undergraduate and graduate education, and the successful candidate is expected to mentor graduate students and participate actively in the department curriculum.  

Qualifications:
Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  1. PhD in wildlife biology, ecology, or closely related field.
  2. Strong background and interest in undergraduate and graduate education, with a demonstrated record of, or high potential for, effective teaching at the college or university level. 
  3. A solid record of research and publication in large mammal ecology commensurate with time expired since the candidate received his/her/their degree.
  4. Demonstrated record of, or high potential for, securing extramural and competitive funding.
  5. Demonstrated record of, or high potential to work effectively with local, state, and/or federal management stakeholders (e.g., Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, NPS, USFWS, USFS, BLM, USGS).
  6. Ability to effectively mentor a diverse student body, including women and minorities. 
Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  1. Research experience or interest that addresses both basic and applied ecology. 
  2. Interest in interdisciplinary or collaborative research and funding.
  3. Expertise in some of the key quantitative methods needed to understand large mammal populations.
  4. Potential to promote the advancement of a diverse, inclusive, and equitable working environment, through research, teaching, advising/mentoring, and/or service. 
The Successful Candidate Will
  • Be a dynamic teacher and scholar.
  • Have the ability to inspire and mentor students.
  • Have excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Have effective interpersonal skills including the ability to communicate successfully and maintain cooperative working relationships with faculty, staff, and students.
  • Demonstrate an appreciation for diverse constituencies and the ability to help students from underrepresented backgrounds succeed. 
Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands

 To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Salary:
Salary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications.
How to Apply:

https://jobs.montana.edu/postings/26346

 

Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on November 15, 2021; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established. On-campus interviews are planned to take place during Spring semester 2022. 

Special Instructions

Applicants should upload 
1) a letter of interest addressing the required and preferred qualifications; 
2) a CV;  
3) a description of research accomplishments and future directions; 
4) a statement of teaching experience and interests; 
5) a statement demonstrating evidence of a commitment to fostering diversity, equity, inclusive excellence, and belonging in teaching, scholarship and service; and 
6) copies of up to 3 publications.

Please note: A list of 3 references with their contact information will need to be provided on the online application form when applying for this position.