[ES_JOBS_NET] Microbial Ecosystem Ecologist at Colorado State University

Erika Marín-Spiotta marinspiotta at wisc.edu
Wed Jan 13 19:19:46 MST 2016

*Position Announcement*

*Colorado State University*

*Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability*

*POSITION:* Assistant Professor, Microbial Ecosystem Ecology

*DESCRIPTION:* Tenure track, 9-month academic faculty position

The Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability at Colorado State
University (CSU) invites applications for a tenure track faculty position
in Microbial Ecosystem Ecology at the rank of assistant professor. We seek
applications from candidates who have expertise in the role of
environmental microbiomes in ecosystem processes and research interests
that lie at the nexus of Watershed, Ecosystem, and Sustainability Sciences,
disciplines of long-standing strength at CSU. We are especially interested
in applicants with research that addresses the roles of microbiomes in
terrestrial ecosystems, water quality, or ecosystem modeling.

This position is part of a cluster hire of faculty focused on understanding
the functional and structural basis of microbiomes, and their ecological
relevance and applications to human, animal, plant and/or soil biology in
addition to environmental systems. Faculty hired in this cluster will
complement and extend ongoing microbiome research in the Colleges of
Agricultural Sciences, Health and Human Sciences, Natural Resources,
Natural Sciences, Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and
Engineering, and projects under the umbrella of the School of Global and
Environmental Sustainability (SOGES). This position is expected to
collaborate with other microbiome researchers across campus to enhance
interdisciplinary microbiome research.

The Department offers B.S. and M.S. degrees in Watershed Science and a B.S.
degree in Ecosystem Science and Sustainability. A Ph.D. program in Earth
Resources with a Watershed Science specialization is housed in the
Department of Geosciences, and faculty also advise M.S. and Ph.D. students
through the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology. General information about
the Department can be found at http://www.warnercnr.colostate.edu/dess-home/


Required: 1) A Ph.D. in microbial ecology or a closely related field
(completed by July 2016), and 2) Experience with modern molecular or
modeling approaches for assessing microbial community composition or

Desirable: 1) Strong teaching abilities; 2) Ability to link microbial
community composition with ecosystem functioning; 3) Strong publication
record; 4) Demonstrated ability to generate external funding; 5) Ability to
communicate scientific knowledge to a range of stakeholders; 6) Ability to
address sustainability challenges through interdisciplinary approaches

*DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: *1) Teach undergraduate and graduate courses
in Ecosystem Science and Sustainability; 2) Establish an externally-funded
research program, including support for graduate students; 3) Advise
undergraduate and graduate students; 4) Collaborate with other members of
the Department, the microbiome cluster, college, and university in
research, teaching, and outreach; 5) Conduct service and outreach
activities to various communities, including the university and the broader
academic community, resource managers, and various discipline-based
professional organizations. Personal and professional commitment to
diversity as demonstrated by involvement in teaching, research, creative
activity, service to the profession and/or diversity/inclusion activities.

*SALARY AND FRINGE BENEFITS:* Salary commensurate with appointment level,
qualifications and experience. Benefits include sick and maternity leave,
group health, life, dental, disability, and retirement.

*APPLICATION PROCEDURE:* Application materials include: letter of
application, curriculum vitae, names and contact information for four
references. A five-page (max) statement that describes a vision for your
research program, teaching, and engagement activities. The statement should
convey how those activities will be integrated, and how they will address
current sustainability challenges. All application materials should be
submitted at the following site:


For questions contact: Matthew Wallenstein, Search Chair

*DEADLINE:* Applications and nominations will be considered until the
position is filled; however, for full consideration, applications are due
electronically by *February 28, 2016*.

*Please Note*: Once finalists have been identified by the search committee,
department faculty will have access to those application materials.

*POSITION AVAILABLE:* August 16, 2016

Colorado State University is a land grant institution with an enrollment of
approximately 27,000 students. It is located in Fort Collins, Colorado, an
attractive and dynamic community of 135,000 people at the base of the Rocky
Mountains. Fort Collins has been named one of the most desirable places to
live by a variety of organizations. The region is home to a diverse range
of ecosystems and land uses, and offers numerous outdoor recreational

As a land grant University and as nationally recognized innovators, we are
committed to the foundational principles of diversity and inclusion. We
recognize that our institutional success depends on how well we welcome,
value, and affirm all members of the Colorado State community and how we
represent diverse perspectives in our teaching, research, and service
throughout all disciplines.

Colorado State University is committed to providing a safe and productive
learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background
investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment.
Background checks may include, but are not limited to, criminal history,
national sex offender search and motor vehicle history.
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