[ES_JOBS_NET] Two Tenure Track Assistant Professor Positions in Ecology, University of Maryland College Park

Erika Marín-Spiotta marinspiotta at wisc.edu
Mon Nov 11 22:55:31 MST 2013

Subject: Two Tenure Track Assistant Professor Positions in Ecology,
University of Maryland College Park

The Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture at the
University of Maryland College Park is offering two tenure track
positions in plant ecology.  The two positions described below are in
addition to a tenure track Assistant Professor-level position for a
Sustainable Agroecosystems Entomologist that is currently advertised
through the Department of Entomology (https://ejobs.umd.edu/postings/22741).

Tenure Track Faculty – 9 Month Appointment (100% Teaching)
Position Number: 103650 (https://ejobs.umd.edu/postings/22930)

The Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture in the
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at University of Maryland,
College Park, seeks an Assistant Professor in Landscape Management/Urban
Ecology with a focus in plant ecology of urban landscapes. The position
is allied with the Department’s Landscape Management Program and will
provide leadership to the land care industry within the rapidly
developing, environmentally-sensitive Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

The incumbent will be a collaborative individual who has extensive
training in the ecology or management of urban plant communities and
broad knowledge of landscape construction and management practices. This
individual should be an enthusiastic liaison to organizations and
governmental agencies that have regulatory or advisory responsibilities
to the land care industry. Research interests should address both basic
and applied aspects of land care management. Potential areas of research
emphasis might include quantitative aspects of energy flow in managed
urban landscapes, characterization of biological and physical processes
within urban landscapes, best management practices for plant
establishment and sustainability, biological systems for storm water
management, and cost benefit analysis of plant communities subjected to
interventionist management practices including ecosystem services.
Faculty members are expected to serve the professional community through
review of publications and participation on competitive grant panels, in
national and international professional meetings, and other activities.
It is also expected that this individual will participate in other
duties and committees as required by the department, college, and
university; and interact with organizations representing their field in
the state and region.

Tenure Track Faculty – 9 Month Appointment (50% Research/50% Teaching)
Position Number: 106164 (https://ejobs.umd.edu/postings/22826)

The Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture in the
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at University of Maryland,
College Park, seeks an Assistant Professor in Plant Ecology primarily
related to sustainability of agricultural systems. Based at the flagship
campus of the University System of Maryland, this position will provide
research leadership in a mixed urban-suburban-agricultural state that is
located in the heart of the environmentally-sensitive Chesapeake Bay

We seek a collaborative individual who is broadly trained in ecology
with abilities to integrate their research with the needs of the
agricultural and conservation communities to support sustainable
agricultural practices. This individual should be enthusiastic about
interacting with field faculty, agri-businesses, environmental
constituencies, non-governmental organizations, and governmental
agencies. Research interests could include interactive effects of
changes in land use or climate on agricultural and natural environments,
ecological strategies for sustainable agriculture, ecosystem dynamics
including nutrient cycling, relations between crop and non-crop species,
or biology and management of newly emerging pests. Candidates addressing
questions across a range of spatial and temporal scales that link across
major ecological disciplines are particularly sought.


The University of Maryland, College Park, MD, is a Land Grant
institution with world class research and Extension components located
in suburban Washington, DC. The 1300-acre campus has outstanding
research libraries and Metrorail access to national and international
research institutions, government agency and non-governmental
organization headquarters, and significant cultural landmarks. There are
excellent opportunities for collaboration with across departments and
colleges on campus. Further, proximity to Washington D.C., Baltimore,
Annapolis, and Maryland’s Biotechnology Corridor offers opportunities
for interaction with a range of nearby agencies and research
institutions including USDA, Smithsonian Institution, EPA, NPS, and NSF.
The NSF-sponsored Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center associated with
campus provides potential and resources for collaborative synthetic
research integrating social and environmental science. Access to nearby
field sites is unparalleled due to our location near myriad juxtaposed
land uses as well as to the 6,600 acres USDA Beltsville Agricultural
Research Center and four University of Maryland Research and Education
Centers located in different ecological provinces. State of the Art
Greenhouse and growth chamber facilities provide opportunities for
controlled-environment studies. Laboratory instrumentation provides for
traditional and next generation DNA sequencing, chromatography,
spectrophotometry, elemental analysis, tissue culture, x-ray diffraction
and fluorescence, and other procedures.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a statement
addressing current and future research interests, a statement of
teaching interests, and names and contact information for three
references specifying their relationships to applicant. Electronic
submission of application through the University's web page is required
(see links for each position above).

Applications submitted by November 30, 2013 will receive best
consideration. For more information visit: http://www.psla.umd.edu or
contact the search chairs, Dr. Maile Neel (mneel at umd.edu; chair for the
Agricultural Ecologist) and Dr. Mark Carroll (mcarroll at umd.edu; chair
for the Urban Ecologist). The University of Maryland actively subscribes
to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate
against any employee or applicant because of race, age, sex, color,
sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry or
national origin, marital status, genetic information, or political
affiliation. Minorities and women are strongly encouraged to apply.

Maile Neel
Associate Professor
Director, Norton-Brown Herbarium
Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture &
  Department of Entomology
2116 Plant Sciences Building
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742

Office Phone (301) 405-9780
Cellular Phone (301) 395-0403
Fax: (301) 314-9308
email: mneel at umd.edu

Lab Website: http://alyxia.umd.edu
Herbarium Website: http://www.nbh.psla.umd.edu
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