Assistant Professor (Water Quality)

University of Arkansas

Fayetteville, AR, USA 🇺🇸

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Type of Position: Faculty – Tenure/Tenure Track

Workstudy Position:No

Job Type: Regular

Work Shift: Day Shift (United States of America)

Sponsorship Available: No

Institution Name: University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas is a land grant institution, classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the nation’s top 2 percent of universities with the highest level of research activity. The University of Arkansas works to advance Arkansas and build a better world through education, research and outreach by providing transformational opportunities and skills, promoting an inclusive and diverse culture and climate, and nurturing creativity, discovery and the spread of new ideas and innovations.

The University of Arkansas campus is located in Fayetteville, a welcoming community ranked as one of the best places to live in the U.S. The growing region surrounding Fayetteville is home to numerous Fortune 500 companies and one of the nation’s strongest economies. Northwest Arkansas is also quickly gaining a national reputation for its focus on the arts and overall quality of life.

As an employer, the University of Arkansas offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance. The benefits package includes university contributions to health, dental, life and disability insurance, tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate leave accrual, and a choice of retirement programs with university contributions ranging from 5 to 10% of employee salary.

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Department: TCSE | Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences

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Summary of Job Duties:

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences at the University of Arkansas invite applications for a 12-month, tenure-track position (75% research, 25% teaching) in the area of water quality.

The Assistant Professor – Water Quality offers the opportunity to provide leadership on research and education activities in environmental and agricultural water quality in Arkansas. An integrative and applied approach to research is expected, working with multidisciplinary teams of research scientists, extension specialists, and stakeholders. Leadership is needed in the development, evaluation, interpretation, and application of new approaches for effective watershed-scale and regional applications of laboratory-, plot-, and field-based research. Research will address problems related to agricultural water quality and related environmental impacts, including, but not limited to, risk assessment and resource management of cropland, grasslands, waterways, and/or forests; irrigation water quality and its relationship to salinity; groundwater quality and quantity; water quality protection in recycled tail-water recovery and reservoir systems; stormwater management and the effectiveness of urban management practices such as rain gardens and retention basins; and how to incorporate techniques and integrate systems for improved ecosystem functioning within urban and agricultural landscapes.

Interest in, and demonstrated experience with, physically or statistically based watershed simulation models, such as SWAT, BASINS, and/or SPARROW, would be advantageous. Furthermore, applied research leadership is needed to develop technologies that combine landscape-scale GIS with field-scale expertise currently in place. With all the reservoirs in Arkansas, and in the region in general, and the importance of groundwater to Arkansas agriculture, water quality is a critical research area of need to contribute to improved management and sustainability of Arkansas’ surface and groundwater resources, as well as productive agricultural systems.

The Assistant Professor – Water Quality is expected to integrate new and novel technologies into their research program. The incumbent will be expected to develop a strong, externally funded, and nationally recognized research program, publish in refereed journals, and train undergraduate and graduate students. The incumbent will be expected to work closely with Extension Specialists to translate research findings into better recommendations to protect valuable water resources and maintain agricultural productivity, such as for irrigation water management. Many opportunities exist at the University of Arkansas to collaborate with nationally recognized scientists and programs. The primary research emphasis will be on applied environmental resources and agricultural water quality. Opportunities for regional cooperation and collaborations through direct contacts with regional colleagues are available and encouraged.

Teaching Responsibilities for this position will be responsible for teaching an undergraduate/graduate course in water quality (ENSC 4023/5023) with lab (ENSC 4021L/5021L) and teaching at least one additional undergraduate-/graduate-level course on topics in water quality to complement existing curricula, such as watershed ecology or agricultural water chemistry, related to the incumbent’s area of expertise. This position will also be expected to contribute to undergraduate advising in the Environmental, Soil, and Water Science major.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • A Ph. D. in a field related to agricultural water quality with training in the impact of land use on water quality
  • Demonstrated experience in conducting research that integrates basic and applied principles to solve environmental, water, and soil management issues as they interact with vegetative cover, agriculture, and climate across landscapes and regions, in acquiring competitive grant funding, publishing research findings in peer-reviewed journals, and in developing and presenting outreach and classroom educational programs
  • Demonstrated excellent written and oral communication skills and a demonstrated ability to work effectively with other researchers and clientele groups  

Salary Information:Commensurate with education and experience

Required Documents to Apply:Cover Letter/Letter of Application, Curriculum Vitae, Listing of Publications, List of three Professional References (name, email, business title), Statement of Research Philosophy, Statement of Teaching Philosophy, Unofficial/Official Transcript(s)

Optional Documents:Proof of Veteran Status

Recruitment Contact Information:Dr. Kristofor Brye; [email protected]

All application materials must be uploaded to the University of Arkansas System Career Site  

Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.

Additional Information:

Completed applications received by October 1, 2021, will be assured full consideration. Late applications will be reviewed as necessary to fill the position.

Pre-employment Screening Requirements:

Criminal Background Check and Sex Offender Registry

Pre-employment Screening Requirements:

Criminal Background Check, Sex Offender Registry

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The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The university welcomes applications without regard to race/color, sex, gender, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran or military status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal or state law. 

Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

Constant Physical Activity: Manipulate items with fingers, including keyboarding, Repetitive Motion, Sitting

Frequent Physical Activity: Standing, Talking, Walking

Occasional Physical Activity: Hearing, Pulling, Pushing

Benefits Eligible: Yes