Distinguished Professorship and Endowed Chair in Stream / River Ecology Associate or Full Professor

University of Montana

Polson, MT, US

Job Description

Applications are requested for a tenure-track endowed faculty position at the Flathead Lake Biological Station (FLBS) to develop a novel research and training program focusing on stream / river ecology. This is a resident position at FLBS with its academic home at the University of Montana Missoula campus and teaching duties in the FLBS summer academic program and an annual course associated with the main campus. The position’s specific academic unit (likely the Department of Ecosystem and Conservation Sciences (DECS) or the Department of Organismal Biology, Ecology, and Evolution (OBEE)) will be established by mutual consensus during and after the interview process.  The successful applicant is expected to be an internationally recognized/accomplished scientist with leading national and international credentials evidenced by exemplary scholarship in stream / river ecology. A substantive endowment provides additional resources to advance discovery and education.   

We seek an outstanding, collaborative stream / river ecologist using advanced, contemporary approaches to address questions of ecological structure and function in flowing waters. We invite applications from individuals who have established world-class research and training programs within or across any of the sub-disciplines of stream / river ecology (e.g., population dynamics, community structure and diversity, food-web interactions, biogeochemical cycling) at any scale and including riparian habitats and river-associated wetlands. We are especially interested in applicants who can build on the broad foundation of past research on streams and rivers in the Flathead Lake catchment, including extensive monitoring and experimentation at FLBS’ research floodplain (Nyack, Middle Fork Flathead River). The successful applicant will be able to leverage her/his research efforts via a foundation of ongoing ecological research built on FLBS’ permanent endowment, its biennial legislative funding, and various research grants as well as our close ties with state and federal agencies and local community groups. In addition to professional collaboration with other resident faculty and campus colleagues, the job provides the opportunity to work routinely with outstanding field and laboratory staff and in FLBS’ recently upgraded facility for analytical chemistry and microscopic analysis. The successful applicant will make creative contributions to FLBS’ summer teaching mission that includes stream ecology. We seek individuals with demonstrated success in mentoring graduate and postgraduate scholars, and who also can effectively communicate their research via the station’s active public engagement programs. We emphasize strong, cooperative interactions among FLBS faculty members and affiliates but allow considerable latitude for individual creativity. Join us! 

About the Flathead Lake Biological Station

Located on the eastern shore of one of North America’s largest lakes, FLBS is a modern ecological research and education facility adjacent to Glacier National Park in the heart of the Crown of Continent ecoregion. Established in 1899, the mission of the station is to conduct basic and applied ecological research with emphasis on fresh water; provide field ecology courses for advanced undergraduate and graduate students; and provide scientific data, interpretation, and outreach to help resolve environmental problems and inform public policy locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. The FLBS strives especially to advance understanding of complex linkages among atmospheric, terrestrial, aquatic, and human components of watershed ecosystems. This requires a “genes to ecosystems” approach and, therefore, the faculty at FLBS is strongly interdisciplinary. Research foci at FLBS include limnology of Flathead and other large river-lake systems; water quality and supply in changing landscapes; ecological stoichiometry; systems ecology and modeling of large river ecosystems; microbial ecology; nutrient limitation and biogeochemistry; biodiversity conservation; evolutionary biology of animal, plant, and microbial taxa; ecology of invasive species; remote sensing of climate-mediated landscape change; and integration of social and ecological processes in a systems framework. Major FLBS facilities are recently remodeled and fully equipped for on-site research and education. The station has recently come under new leadership under Director James Elser and is in a stage of growth and renewal.

How to Apply

Screening of applications begins 7 September 2016; position will remain open until filled.  Upload the following materials but note that only five (5) attachments are allowed per application; combine documents accordingly.

  • Letter of Interest – describing research, mentoring, and teaching skills and experience as well as articulating a vision for establishing a world-class program based at FLBS
  • Vita – education and professional experience, including a list of peer reviewed publications (up to 3 representative papers may be submitted in PDF format as part of the Vita)*
  • Names and contact information for three professional references

*Please note: Maximum file size per attachment is 3 MB.  Please combine documents accordingly.

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Polson, Montana, United States
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