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Assistant Professor of Quantitative Population Ecology

Utah State University
Utah, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Oct 10, 2022

Assistant Professor of Quantitative Population Ecology

Requisition ID: 2022-5764
# of Openings: 1
Location: US-UT-Logan
Category: Faculty
Position Type: Benefited Full-Time
Job Classification: Faculty
College: Quinney College of Natural Resourcs
Department: Wildland Resources
Advertised Salary: Commensurate With Experience

The Utah State University Department of Wildland Resources and the Ecology Center are seeking applications for a full-time, 9-month tenure-track faculty position in quantitative population ecology. The position, to be filled at the Assistant Professor level, will be 50% research, 40% teaching, and 10% service.

We seek an innovative scholar who develops and applies state-of-the-art quantitative approaches to advance empirical and theoretical understanding of fundamental and applied questions in population ecology. Specific themes of interest include development of new inferential techniques within maximum likelihood, Bayesian, or information theoretic-based frameworks, demography, spatial or movement ecology, conservation biology, trophic interactions, biological invasions, and the ecology and management of exploited populations. We are especially interested in candidates keen to develop research in the Intermountain West that will complement existing research programs in the Quinney College of Natural Resources and the Ecology Center in population and community ecology, wildlife ecology and management, disease ecology, environmental assessment and monitoring, restoration ecology, landscape and population genetics, physiological ecology, and ecological forecasting. Integrating with the department's established researchers will be easiest for candidates with an interest in both applied and theoretical problems, experience operationalizing research for species restoration, conservation, or management, and/or the ability to translate modeling approaches across the plant-animal boundary.

Please contact the search committee chair, Peter Adler ( with questions. Review of applications begins December 5, 2022. Anticipated start date: August 1, 2023.

For additional information see position flyer HERE

The candidate is expected to have or develop a regionally, nationally and internationally recognized research program, mentor graduate and undergraduate students in the candidate’s area of expertise, and teach both graduate and undergraduate population ecology courses to students from diverse backgrounds. In particular, the successful candidate will be equipped to teach graduate courses on methods including integrated population models, multi-state models, resource selection models, N-mixture models, and spatially explicit capture-recapture techniques, along with more conventional population estimators.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • An earned Ph.D. in fields such as, but not limited to, ecology, zoology, wildlife biology, or statistics.
  • Demonstrated research expertise related to population ecology.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Evidence of the potential to develop an externally funded research program in quantitative population ecology based on innovative and transformative research.
  • Relevant postdoctoral experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to work productively with personnel in state, federal, or non-governmental land and wildlife management agencies and various stakeholder groups.
  • A clear commitment to increasing the participation of under-represented groups in ecology and natural resources.
  • Evidence of effective teaching and mentoring of undergraduate or graduate students.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate scientific issues to diverse audiences.
  • Research experience relevant to at least one of the “themes of interest”, above.
  • Complementarity to existing faculty expertise in the USU Quinney College of Natural Resources (Wildland Resources, Watershed Sciences, or Environment and Society Departments) and the USU Biology Department.

Required Documents
Along with the online application, please attach:
  1. Resume to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”
  2. Research statement to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Documents 1-10”
  3. Teaching philosophy to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Documents 1-10”
  4. Names and contact information for at least three professional references to be provided at the beginning of your application in the candidate profile
  5. Cover letter to be typed/pasted at the end of your application

**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary
Commensurate With Experience

Employees typically work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.

University Highlights
The S. J. & Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources is nationally and internationally recognized for its research, extension, and teaching on natural and socio-environmental ecosystems. It is a high-impact college at Utah State University with almost $11M in research funding annually, 61 tenure-track faculty in three departments, and close partnerships with federal and state natural resource agencies. The Quinney College of Natural Resources is a welcoming, socially active community of faculty, students and staff recruited to Logan from all parts of the US and the world.

The Department of Wildland Resources in QCNR encompasses research in applied terrestrial ecology, including the ecology and management of wildlife, forests, rangelands, conservation biology, and climate change adaptation. Award-winning faculty teach courses that prepare students for professional careers in many natural resources fields, including programs accredited by the Society of American Foresters and the Society for Range Management and aligned with the Society of Ecological Restoration.

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is one of only 146 research institutions in the U.S. classified as R1 “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU provides a high-quality education at an affordable price. With its main campus in Logan, the university serves approximately 27,500 students, including 24,255 undergraduates and 3,171 graduate students. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for 25 years.

USU’s statewide system features three residential campuses, 30 total campus locations, and 23 Extension education centers. The university employs 903 full-time faculty members, 124 executive administrators, and 1,649 full-time support staff. USU offers 115 undergraduate majors, as well as 91 master’s and 42 doctoral degrees. Learn more about USU.

A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.

The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah, a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.

USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.

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