Blue Flower

The University of Montana

 

College of Forestry and Conservation

 

Assistant/Associate Professor of Fire Ecology

 

 

The Department of Ecosystem and Conservation Sciences in the College of Forestry and Conservation at the University of Montana - Missoula seeks applications for the position of Assistant/Associate Professor of Fire Ecology. The Department desires an individual who will develop an externally-funded research program that addresses basic and applied ecological questions in fire-affected ecosystems and teach undergraduate and graduate courses in fire science. The successful candidate will mentor and advise undergraduate students in the Fire Science Minor and Ecological Restoration Major (BS), and graduate students in the Systems Ecology (M.S., Ph.D.), Forestry (M.S., Ph.D.), and/or Resource Conservation (M.S.) programs. A Ph.D. in ecology or a related field is required.

 

Applicants should have a strong record of scholarly publication in peer-reviewed ecological journals. Post-doctoral experience, evidence of successful grant-acquisition, and university-level teaching are preferred.University of Montana is highly committed to building a culturally diverse environment. Women and all minorities are encouraged to apply.

 

The position will be a full-time, nine-month tenure-track appointment expected to begin fall semester 2015.

 

Position Responsibilities

 

Develop a program of internationally recognized research and scholarship in the area of fire ecology.

Teach, on average, 9 credits per year, including undergraduate courses in the Fire Sciences Minor and a graduate-level course in her or his specialty related to fire ecology.

Participate in collaborative research and teaching with faculty in the Department of Ecosystem and Conservation Sciences, the College of Forestry and Conservation, and related programs.

Recruit and mentor graduate students and advise undergraduate students.

Actively engage in service roles within the Department, the College, the University, and professional groups and associations.

Interact and work with external, agency, academic, and other professional groups and associations.

Academic and Professional Qualifications

 

The successful candidate will possess the following qualifications prior to employment:

 

Ph.D. in ecology or related fields.

Evidence of ability to develop and manage an active research program, including a record of peer-reviewed publications in ecology.

Demonstrated, or potential for, excellence in teaching.

Preferred qualifications include:

 

Teaching experience at the university level on related subjects.

Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with students, scientists, resource managers, and the general public.

Demonstrated success in securing research funding.

Experience working with fire managers.

Willingness to mentor members of underrepresented groups.

Active participation in professional organizations.

Preference may be given to applicants whose research complements existing programs in the College of Forestry and Conservation and the University of Montana.

 

About the Department of Ecosystem and Conservation Sciences

 

The Department of Ecosystem and Conservation Sciences (DECS;http://www.cfc.umt.edu/about/departments/decs/) is one of three units within the College of Forestry and Conservation (CFC; http://www.cfc.umt.edu/default.php) at University of Montana. It has fourteen tenure-track faculty, and adjunct and affiliate members. Half of DECS faculty are aligned with the Wildlife Biology Program (a UM "Program of Distinction"). The other half consists of scientists who study various aspects of the environment, primarily from an ecosystem approach, and participate in the College's Forestry, Systems Ecology, Ecological Restoration, and Resource Conservation Programs. Research conducted by members of DECS, as a whole, focuses on using basic science to address current challenges in natural resource conservation. Opportunities for further research collaboration exist within the College, the Division of Biological Sciences (http://cas.umt.edu/dbs/), the Montana Institute on Ecosystems (http://www.montanaioe.org/), the Fire Center (http://firecenter.umt.edu/) and the USDA Forest Service Fire Sciences Lab (http://www.firelab.org/)%20>) and with the many state and federal agencies and NGOs locally based in Missoula. University of Montana is known for excellence in ecology and conservation biology and ranks in the top 10 academic institutions in North America for scholarly contributions in these fields.

 

About the University of Montana

 

University of Montana (http://www.umt.edu/) is a unit of the Montana University System with a student enrollment of 14,943 and 600+ full-time faculty members. It is located in Missoula, a culturally vibrant community of 67,000 that is surrounded by mountain grandeur and which was recently ranked in the "top 20 best college towns with a population of less than 250,000" by the American Institute for Economic Research. The city has been singled out in national publications for its high quality of life. Abundant recreational opportunities in surrounding state and national forests and nearby Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park complement a thriving intellectual atmosphere.

 

How to Apply

 

Please apply at http://bit.ly/1150fire. Application review begins on February 23, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled.

 

To apply, upload a single PDF, with all of the documents listed below, organized in order. (If you are unable to combine all files into a single PDF due to large file size or other reasons, please combine documents into five or less files, as the upload system only allows for five attachments per application). Applications must be submitted online at http://bit.ly/1150fire.

 

Letter of application (two page max.)

Curriculum vitae

Statement of research intent (two pages max.)

Statement of teaching philosophy (two pages max.)

Three recent publications

Names of and contact information for five professional references

ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran's Preference Employer. Finalists must submit to a criminal background check.