Assistant Professor in Water Quality

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
01 Dec 2016
End of advertisement period
29 Dec 2016
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

The Ecosystem Science and Sustainability department is closely associated with the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory. We are recognized for interdisciplinary research in ecosystem function and ecosystem sustainability, such as sustainability of water, food, and energy systems from technological, social-ecological, and modeling perspectives. ESS faculty whose research lies at the interface of biophysical and social sciences have created open and flexible research and education programs with issues of sustainability as the core focus.
The Department offers a B.S. in Ecosystem Science and Sustainability and a B.S. Watershed Science as well as an M.S. in Watershed Science and a Masters in Greenhouse Gas Management and Accounting. Faculty members may also direct graduate students in the interdisciplinary Graduate Degree Program in Ecology and the Watershed concentration of the Earth Science PhD. The Department has in excess of 300 undergraduate students and 75 graduate students.
The mission of the Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability at Colorado State University is to understand the function of ecosystems and watersheds across space and over time. We assess ecosystem sustainability by examining interactions within and between natural and human systems in the context of current stresses such as changing climate, species introductions, land-use change, and increased demand for water. The department will use state of the art technologies and approaches to provide quality education to future scientists, educators and decision makers, conduct cutting edge interdisciplinary research, and deliver culturally relevant outreach programs that empower our students and the general public locally, nationally, and internationally.

Position Summary

The Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability is seeking Assistant Professor in Water Quality. We seek applications from candidates who have expertise in water quality laboratory analyses, field sampling techniques, water quality regulations, and the effects of land use and land management on water quality. Teaching expectations include lecture and lab-based undergraduate courses in land use and water quality. This position teaches WR418 and WR419 (Land Use and Water Quality and Water Quality Lab) and contributes to other undergraduate and graduate courses in Watershed Science and Ecosystem Science and Sustainability. This position advises undergraduate and graduate students in the department, conducts research related to water quality and contributes to service and outreach activities.

Required Job Qualifications

1. A PhD in a related field completed by start date (anticipated to be August 16, 2017).
2. Experience with field and laboratory-based water quality measurements

Preferred Job Qualifications

1. Experience in applied land use and water quality research
2. Expertise in water chemistry
3. Strong publication record
4. Demonstrated ability or potential for generating external funding
5. Commitment to excellence in teaching
6. Ability to communicate scientific knowledge to practitioners, managers, and policy makers
7. Experience and interest in working on interdisciplinary teams

Special Instructions to Applicants

Application materials include: brief cover letter, curriculum vitae, statements of teaching philosophy and research interests (1-2 pages each) including a vision for how to integrate with existing programs and expertise in the Department, College, and University; names and contact information for four references.
References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.
Application materials for Finalists will be made available to the Faculty of the ESS Department (including Cover letter, CV, Teaching and Research Statements).

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

Diversity Statement

Personal and professional commitment to diversity as demonstrated by involvement in teaching, research, creative activity, service to the profession and/or diversity/inclusion activities.

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Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Research Duty/Responsibility

Establish an internationally recognized externally-funded research program, including support for graduate students. Collaborate with members of the department, college, university, and external partners. Consistent output of peer-reviewed publications.

Percentage Of Time 50 Job Duty Category Outreach Duty/Responsibility

Participate in department, college, and university service. Conduct service and outreach to stakeholders, including the broader academic community, resource managers, professional organizations, and the public.

Percentage Of Time 10 Job Duty Category Teaching Duty/Responsibility

Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in land use and water quality and other core courses in the department. Advise undergraduate and graduate students. Participate in departmental curricular development activities.