Montana State University Assistant Professor of Plant Physiological Ecology in Bozeman, Montana

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Position Information

Announcement Number FAC - VA - 19030

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Jim Barutha (406) 994-4481

Classification Title Assistant Professor

Working Title Assistant Professor of Plant Physiological Ecology

Brief Position Overview

The Ecology Department at Montana State University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Plant Physiological Ecology. We seek candidates with a promising research and teaching record focused on responses of vegetation to climate and global change, with interests in the Greater Yellowstone region, the Intermountain West, the Northern Great Plains, and similar ecosystems globally.

Faculty Tenure Track Yes

Faculty Rank Assistant Professor

Position Number 4A3573

Department Ecology

Division College of Letters & Science

Appointment Type Faculty

Contract Term Academic Year


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Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining

FTE 1.0

Benefits Eligible Eligible

Salary Salary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications.

Contract Type MUS

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Recruitment Type Open

Position Details

General Statement

The Ecology Department at Montana State University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Plant Physiological Ecology. We seek candidates with a strong interest in collaborative, interdisciplinary research, particularly in pressing ecological questions in the Greater Yellowstone region, the Intermountain West, the Northern Great Plains, and similar ecosystems globally. The successful candidate is expected to maintain an excellent program of research and publication funded by competitive grant programs, and to support and mentor graduate students. The Department of Ecology is highly committed to quality undergraduate and graduate education, and the successful candidate is expected to participate actively in the department curriculum. The specific teaching assignment is negotiable with respect to candidate interests and departmental needs, but will likely include: an undergraduate course in ecological responses to climate change, a graduate-level course in plant physiological ecology, and a contribution to undergraduate biology/ecology.

Because increasing the diversity of the profession is one of our strategic priorities, women and underrepresented minorities in ecological sciences are particularly encouraged to apply.

We seek individuals who work professionally and effectively with diverse individuals, possess effective interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills and have the ability to contribute positively to the academic success of the students and the mission of Montana State University.

Duties and Responsibilities

The department seeks an Assistant Professor of Plant Physiological Ecology with a promising research and teaching record focused on responses of vegetation to climate and global change. We are particularly interested in candidates whose research examines one or more of the following:

  • Effects of climate change or related issues on plant physiology and consequences for vegetation composition, plant quality, and/or productivity.

  • Mechanisms of physiological response of vegetation to the interactive effects of water, light, temperature, and nutrients.

  • Linkages between plant-level physiological response and patterns or processes at broad spatial and temporal scales.

  • Use of mechanistic simulation models or other quantitative tools to forecast vegetation patterns under global change.

Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • PhD in Ecology or closely related field.

  • Strong background and interest in undergraduate and graduate education with a demonstrated record of, or high potential for, effective teaching at the college or university-level.

  • A solid record of research and publication in plant physiological ecology, commensurate with time expired since the candidate received his/her degree.

  • Demonstrated record of, or high potential for, securing extramural funding.

  • Ability to effectively mentor a diverse student body, including women and minorities.

Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Research experience that addresses both basic ecology and applied problem solving.

  • Interest in interdisciplinary or collaborative research and funding.

  • Ability to combine theory, field measurements, and modeling to understand effects of global change at multiple scales.

  • Expertise in two or more of the core research topics listed above.

  • Demonstrated commitment to student, faculty, and staff diversity.

The Successful Candidate Will

  • Be a dynamic teacher and scholar.

  • Have the ability to inspire and mentor students.

  • Have excellent written and oral communication skills.

  • Have effective interpersonal skills including the ability to communicate successfully and maintain cooperative working relationships with faculty, staff, and students.

  • Demonstrate an appreciation for diverse constituencies, and the ability to help students from underrepresented backgrounds succeed.

Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

  • Ability to traverse uneven ground while on field trips and/or performing field work.

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

The Program

The Department

The Department of Ecology at Montana State University is part of the College of Letters and Science. Ecology is a leading department in both teaching and research that addresses fundamental and applied ecological questions for Montana, the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, the Northern Rockies, and further afield. The department offers a B.S. degree with four options (Conservation Biology and Ecology, Fish and Wildlife Ecology and Management, Organismal Biology, and Biology Teaching), and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Ecology and Environmental Sciences, Fish and Wildlife Biology, and Biological Sciences.

Ecology is the largest major in the College of Letters and Science with more than 500 undergraduates in our four B.S. degree options. With approximately 60 graduate students, the department has one of the largest and most active graduate programs at Montana State University. The department also houses Montana’s USGS Cooperative Fishery Research Unit.

The department maintains close ties with the Montana Institute on Ecosystems, and the Departments of Mathematical Sciences, Land Resources and Environmental Sciences, Plant Science and Plant Pathology, and Animal and Range Sciences. Collaborating resource agencies include Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and the USGS Northern Rockies Science Center (both headquartered on campus), Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, and the Custer-Gallatin National Forest. Montana State University is a founding member of the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) and affiliated with the Yellowstone NEON ecological observatory.

The College

The College of Letters and Science (L&S), the largest center for learning, teaching and research at Montana State University, offers students an excellent liberal arts and sciences education in nearly 50 majors, 25 minors and over 25 graduate degrees within the four areas of the humanities, natural sciences, mathematics and social sciences.

Building on the great strength of our traditional disciplines, the college provides exciting opportunities for faculty and students at the cutting edge of interdisciplinary inquiry. L&S is dedicated to supporting student success, discovering and disseminating new knowledge, and providing an atmosphere in which discovery and learning are integrated and valued. L&S is at the confluence of intellectual tradition, discovery, and innovation.

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies 1

Desired Start Date August 2019

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Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on November 5, 2018; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions

Applicants should upload 1.) a letter of interest addressing the required and preferred qualifications 2.) a CV 3.) description of research accomplishments and future directions 4.) statement of teaching experience and interests 5.) one required publication 6.) two optional publications

Please note: A list of 3 references with their contact information will need to be provided on the online application form when applying for this position.

Diversity Statement

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.

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, national origin, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran’s status, sex, age, political ideas, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; .

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