Assistant/Associate Professor of Watershed Analysis

University of Montana

Bozeman, MT, US

Duties and Responsibilities

Research responsibilities include developing a nationally competitive program in quantitative watershed science and environmental simulation modeling. The position is a key element to maintain MSU’s recognized strengths in environmental hydrology, which complement expertise in soil science, aquatic and terrestrial landscape hydroecology, biogeochemistry, land-atmosphere interactions, restoration ecology, cropping systems, land reclamation, and spatial sciences. Examples of research areas with departmental synergies may include (but are not limited to): analysis of hydrological and associated environmental systems using applied or theoretical simulation modeling at Earth system or regional scales; understanding the influence of drought and climate variability on water resources; development, evaluation, and selection of mechanistically and theoretically appropriate precipitation-runoff models; integrative modeling of the interfaces among hydroecology, biogeochemistry, and water quality; integrating watershed models with simulations of agronomic subsystems or other coupled human infrastructure; scaling understanding of land use change from the headwater to meso- and regional scales; data assimilation and validation techniques; and uncertainty analyses in hydrological and environmental modeling. The position is responsible for teaching courses that emphasize quantitative analysis and geophysical simulation modeling at undergraduate and graduate levels.

The successful candidate will participate in high-quality graduate and undergraduate programs, including undergraduate curricular advising, undergraduate research advising, and training of graduate students with an expectation of recruiting and funding doctoral students as a priority. The hiring department has a historically strong extramural funding ethic and enterprise for supporting graduate students. Additional service responsibilities include departmental citizenship and engagement with the community consistent with the missions of a Land-Grant University and the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station.

Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  1. Ph.D. in Hydrology or closely related field with a background in quantitative hydrology, spatial and numerical modeling techniques, and statistical analysis.
  2. Demonstrated research achievement in the hydrological sciences.
  3. Demonstrated potential for excellence in undergraduate and/or graduate instruction and student mentoring.
  4. Publication record in peer-reviewed journals commensurate with time since terminal degree.

Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  1. Demonstrated or potential ability to secure extramural funding, independently and with interdisciplinary teams.
  2. Experience in quality undergraduate and/or graduate instruction and mentoring.
  3. Academic or professional training in supportive fields, including environmental simulation modeling and model optimization.
  4. Evidence of success in modeling and integrated multi-disciplinary watershed research leading to the development of principles and concepts important to land resource management in agricultural and natural ecosystems.
  5. Ability to interact across academic disciplines and cultural diversity, both within the university and with external constituents.
  6. Ability to mentor a diverse student body, including women and minorities.





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