[ES_JOBS_NET] Research Assistant Professor in Ecosystem Ecology

Erika Marín-Spiotta marinspiotta at wisc.edu
Fri Jan 20 22:13:10 MST 2017

Date:    Thu, 19 Jan 2017 22:54:26 -0500
From:    =?windows-1252?Q?Jennie_McLaren?= <jennie.mclaren at GMAIL.COM>
Subject: Research Assistant Professor in Ecosystem Ecology

The University of Texas at El Paso
College of Science, Department of Biological Sciences and the Environmental
Science and Engineering Program
Position: Research Assistant Professor in Ecosystem Ecology

Position Description: The Systems Ecology Lab (SEL) housed within the
Department of Biological Science and the Environmental Science and
Engineering Program at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) announces a
non-tenure track Research Assistant Professorship in Dryland Ecosystem
Ecology. We are particularly interested in candidates wishing to pursue a
career in academia who have a publication record in dryland ecosystem
ecology, land-atmosphere carbon, water and energy exchange, and/or site
based integration and synthesis of eddy covariance, phenological,
micrometeorological and/or remotely sensed data. It is expected that the
successful candidate will oversee and coordinate SEL's research activities
on the USDA Jornada Experimental Range in southern New Mexico, co-teach
classes in ecosystem science and related fields, mentor student
research,and assist with grant writing. Ongoing dryland research within SEL
is supported by NSF-CREST, NSF-LTER, and USDA awards. A demonstrated
ability to mentor students; collaborate with scientists across multiple
disciplines, institutions and agencies; and interact with scientific
networks is highly desired. The successful candidate will receive extensive
career mentorship and be encouraged to seek independent funding. This
position is particularly well suited to candidates who have completed a
postdoc and wish to gain
additional experience to be competitive in the academic job market over the
next 2-3 years.

The Systems Ecology Lab (SEL): SEL was established in 2005 and consists of
an interdisciplinary team of postdocs with expertise in ecological and data
science; technicians with expertise in GIS, remote sensing, software
engineering, data science and sensor hardware design and development; and
graduate (PhD and MSc) and undergraduate students from nine academic
programs spanning science and engineering. The lab includes an ecology lab,
GIS-remote sensing and software engineering lab, and a lab for hardware
engineering. We conduct research throughout the northern Chihuahuan Desert,
the Arctic, and East Kalimantan on the island of Borneo. These activities
are funded by NSF, USDA, USAID, BOEM, USFWS, NOAA and DHS and generally
include extensive local to international collaboration. Graduates from SEL
have gained employment in academia, national labs, state and federal
agencies, the private sector, and in non-for-profit organizations.

About UTEP and El Paso: The University of Texas at El Paso is a burgeoning
national and international research university committed to access and
excellence. A leader among Hispanic-serving institutions, UTEP enrolls over
23,000 students and is the only doctoral research university in the nation
with a majority Mexican-American student body. UTEP is designated by the
Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as Community Engaged,
and UTEP faculty have been nationally recognized for their commitment to
student success, teaching, research, and scholarship.

As a center for intellectual capital, UTEP has awarded more than 110,000
degrees since its founding in 1914 and is one of the major economic engines
in the Paso Del Norte region. UTEP offers exciting programs that are open to
the public, including: Division I athletics, award-winning theater, dance,
and music, the internationally acclaimed Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for
the Visual Arts, the Centennial Museum and Desert Gardens, and continuing
and lifelong educational opportunities.

El Paso County is a highly livable, bi-cultural community of approximately
800,000 people, which offers affordable homes and attractive neighborhoods.
It is the safest large city of its size in the United States. Embraced by
mountains on three sides, El Paso experiences more than 300 days of sunshine
annually and a dry climate, making it possible to enjoy outdoor activities
year round. The city of El Paso is adjacent to both the state of New Mexico
and the country of Mexico, making it the nation=92s leading area for
diversity and border health research. El Paso comprises 248 square
miles,making it the 6th largest city in Texas and 19th largest city in the

Required Qualifications: The successful candidates must have a Ph.D. degr=
in a relevant field at the time of appointment and a demonstrated capacit=
to manage an eddy covariance (EC) tower, processes EC data, and synthesiz=
results into manuscripts. Candidates capable of building active research
programs, teaching at all levels, and engaging in collaborative research =
encouraged to apply. The successful applicant must be physically able to
conduct field work (carry heavy loads, climb towers, drive a vehicle etc)=

Preferred Qualifications: Postdoctoral training in a relevant field is
preferred, as is a track record of peer-reviewed publication and attainme=
of research funding in related disciplines. Experience in mentoring
students, managing an interdisciplinary team, and teaching in the field,
laboratory or classroom is desired. Demonstrated participation in nationa=
and international networks and collaborations will be valued highly.

Application Procedures: Review of applications will begin immediately and=

will continue until the positions are filled. The anticipated appointment=

date is Spring 2017. Applications must be submitted electronically via em=
as a single PDF file that includes the following: (1) a letter of
application; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a description of career goals; (=
a manuscript related to the position description; and (5) complete contac=
information for at least three references.

For applications, please include =93Research Assistant Professor Position=
YOUR NAME=94 in the subject block of the email addressed to:
Dr. Craig E. Tweedie.
ctweedie at utep,edu
Professor, Department of Biological Science
Director, Environmental Science and Engineering Program

This position is state-funded and will be renewable annually, contingent
upon the successful candidate=92s performance and available budget.

The University of Texas at El Paso is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative
Action Employer. The University does not discriminate on the basis of rac=
color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, genetic informati=
veteran status, sexual orientation or gender identity in employment or th=
provision of services.
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