Assistant Research Professor of Aquatic Science

Penn State University
University Park, PA, United States
Position Type: 
Full-Time
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Doctorate

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JOB DESCRIPTION AND POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

Position:              Assistant Research Professor of Aquatic Science

Starting Date:    July 1, 2021 or as negotiated

Location:              Department of Ecosystem Science and Management

                                College of Agricultural Sciences

                                The Pennsylvania State University

                                University Park, PA 16802

Responsibilities. The Department of Ecosystem Science and Management (ESM) seeks to fill a non-tenure track Assistant Research Professor position with 75% research and 25% teaching responsibilities. The position calls for 36 weeks of service annually. This is a fixed term three-year appointment with an excellent chance for renewal. The individual will be part of a department-wide expansion in freshwater science that links ESM to Penn State’s Water Initiative. We are specifically looking for someone with expertise in freshwater invertebrate zoology, particularly someone with a specialization in benthic insects and crustacean zooplankton that inhabit lentic ecosystems (wetlands and lakes). The candidate’s research program should focus on how stressors like climate change (e.g., water warming) and pollution (e.g., insecticides, road salt) interact to affect invertebrate communities and their predators like fish and waterfowl. Candidates who use a variety of approaches in their work are preferred, including use of historical datasets (e.g., paleolimnology), lab and field-based experiments, large-scale surveys, and participation in global research coordination networks (e.g., GLEON, NEON). The successful candidate will teach classes in aquatic entomology, limnology, and/or invertebrate zoology.

Qualifications. Individuals must have a Ph.D. in Biology, Biological Oceanography, or related field with degree requirements complete by the application date. Candidates with experience in water resources management, particularly those who have experience working with management agencies in the government or private-sector are particularly encouraged to apply. A strong publication record and evidence of extramural funding from state and federal agencies that support water management (e.g., EPA, USGS, etc.) is required. Candidates should also have teaching experience in limnology, entomology, or invertebrate zoology, as well as evidence of graduate and undergraduate mentoring in aquatic science.

Application. Applications are due by April 1, 2021. Candidates should provide a cover letter, curriculum vitae, the names and contact information for three references, three representative publications, a statement of research experiences/future interests, and a statement of teaching pedagogy/interests. Applicants should provide evidence, either woven through their application materials or as a separate diversity statement, of a commitment to fostering diversity, equity, inclusive excellence, and belonging and of engagement which creates an inclusive environment in their classroom, department, and the University. Employment will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies.

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