Position InformationAnnouncement Number FAC - VA - 24011
For questions regarding this position, please contact:
Tim Covino at [email protected]
Classification Title Working Title Assistant Professor of Land-Atmosphere Interactions Brief Position Overview
The Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana invites applications for a tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor with expertise in Land-Atmosphere Interactions for a preferred start date of August 2024.
Faculty Tenure Track Yes Faculty Rank TT Position Number 4A3343 Department Land Resources & Environ Sci Division College of Agriculture/MAES Appointment Type Faculty Contract Term Academic Year Semester If other, specify From date If other, specify End date Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining FTE 1.0 Benefits Eligible Eligible Salary Salary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications. Contract Type MUS If other, please specify Recruitment Type Open
The Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences at Montana State University seeks a collaborative colleague who will embrace a multidisciplinary approach to investigating land-atmosphere interactions with specific attention to belowground hydrology and soil-water dynamics, and application to sustainable management of natural and agricultural ecosystems. The successful candidate will have experience in land-atmosphere exchange, ecohydrology, critical zone hydrology, or a closely related field.
This is a nine-month (academic year), tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level with research (60%), teaching (30%), and service (10%) responsibilities funded by the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station and the College of Agriculture.
Duties and Responsibilities
Research responsibilities include developing a regionally and nationally recognized program focused on land-atmosphere interactions including the exchange of water, carbon, and other constituents within and between soils, vegetation, and the atmosphere. The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to conceive, design, and carry out a wide range of studies on both traditional and novel topics. Examples of important research areas include but are not limited to: water-use efficiency in natural and agricultural systems, soil and critical zone hydrology, and the exchange of mass and energy between land and atmosphere. Expertise in quantitative analysis, scientific writing for a variety of audiences, and oral presentation skills are essential. Close collaboration with colleagues across scientific disciplines is expected. Our research network includes seven Agricultural Research Centers across Montana, and our college and department include a strong Extension component. Engagement with stakeholders, Extension staff, and Research Centers to inform discovery about land-atmosphere interaction is an important component of this position.
The successful candidate will develop an excellent teaching and mentoring program, including teaching undergraduate and/or graduate courses in subjects such as surface-atmosphere exchange, biometeorology, environmental biophysics, and critical zone hydrology, depending on departmental teaching needs. Responsibilities include undergraduate curricular advising, undergraduate research advising, and training of graduate students. The hiring department has a strong history of securing extramural funding to support graduate students. Service responsibilities include departmental citizenship, participation in professional societies, 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
Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
The Successful Candidate Will
A dynamic scientist and educator who will:
Position Special Requirements/Additional Information
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Physical Demands The Program The Department
The Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences (LRES) is in the College of Agriculture at Montana State University. Our work spans land resources and environmental science and management, and includes cutting-edge, innovative teaching, fundamental and applied research, and highly effective outreach and service to a broad range of public and private entities. Our faculty offer broad expertise related to soils, microorganisms, insects, plants, climate and water to achieve an integrated multi-scale and multi- disciplinary approach to understanding and managing ecosystems. We address issues related to natural and managed landscapes such as cropland, rangeland, forests, reclaimed land, polar and geothermal environments, and protected natural areas, with fundamental and applied investigations in agriculture, environmental science, land management, and natural resources. We advance scientific understanding across spatial and temporal scales, and apply this understanding for effective land management, informed adoption of sustainability practices, and broad education of students in preparation for careers in the agricultural and environmental sciences. LRES consists of 35 research and teaching faculty, about 300 undergraduate students, 25 thesis MS, 120 online MS, 25 Ph.D. students, and 40 technical and postdoctoral scientists, and has a strong tradition of interdisciplinary collaboration within the department and across the institution and state of Montana. The Department is supported through the College of Agriculture, the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station, and the Extension Service, which work together to generate and disseminate knowledge and technological solutions to increase the competitiveness of Montana agricultural and natural resource enterprises.
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Desired Start Date Upon completion of a successful search. Position End Date (if temporary) Open Date Close Date Applications will be:
Screening of applications will begin November 3, 2023. However, applications will continue to be accepted until a robust applicant pool is established.
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Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.
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