Job description


Job no: 100769-FA
Work type: Faculty-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Instructional, Natural Resources, Environmental Sciences, Research, Scientific

Position Summary:

The University of Wisconsin-Madison seeks to fill one position for an assistant professor (tenure-track) faculty position in polar /Arctic ecosystems and ecological modeling. This position is part of a campus-wide cluster hiring initiative to add to the vibrant community focused on "The Emerging Polar Regions" that would work at the intersections among earth system components (cryosphere, atmosphere/ocean, and biosphere). The cluster joins a landscape of existing--and historical--strengths in diverse aspects of polar research at UW-Madison. Units participating in the cluster hire include the Departments of Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences, Botany, Forest and Wildlife Ecology, Geography, Geosciences, and Integrative Biology. Tenure home will be determined at the time of hire based on the selected candidate's qualifications and interests. Further information regarding this initiative can be found at:

Principal Duties:

The selected individual is expected to develop a nationally recognized program of scholarly research; teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate level; advise and mentor undergraduate and graduate students; and contribute to local, university, and national service as appropriate for career stage. We are particularly interested in candidates who will contribute to an inclusive environment, bring new perspectives on mentoring and educating students from diverse backgrounds, and pursue novel approaches to research.

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion

Degree and Area of Specialization:

Doctorate required in biogeography, ecology, ecosystem science, environmental science, integrative biology, or closely related field.

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

The primary selection criteria will be evidence of potential for developing a significant research program in polar / Arctic ecology and ecosystems with a focus on modeling or data-model integration, the ability to contribute to teaching that integrates ecology with other earth system disciplines, a demonstrated commitment to enhancing inclusivity and diversity, and a strong commitment to the intellectual and academic mission of the associated home department(s) and university as a whole.

This position is a full-time, tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level, to start August 2020. Applications at the associate professor level may be considered in exceptional cases.

Additional Information:

UW-Madison is seeking a diverse set of faculty candidates who will deepen our campus' interdisciplinary research strength in key areas of current and future research promise, as well as faculty candidates who will approach their work in a manner that advances our commitment to research excellence.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison seeks to fill one position for an assistant professor (tenure-track) faculty position in polar /Arctic ecosystems and ecological modeling as part of a cluster hire focused on "The Emerging Polar Regions". The ideal candidate will be innovatively developing and using ecological models at broad scales, possibly in combination with in situ observations, remote sensing, and geospatial or environmental informatics, to address fundamental problems in polar ecology and earth system science and improve ecological forecasts. Focal ecosystems may include terrestrial, freshwater and / or marine ecosystems. We seek candidates able to work across system boundaries and able to build research linkages to other cluster hires and to other polar researchers on campus. Candidates will also be evaluated on their potential for contributing to inclusivity and diversity in the classroom, in research and mentoring, and in the departments, campus, and discipline.

"The Emerging Polar Regions" is an interdisciplinary and integrated hire focused on the intersections among earth system components with three tenure-track hires in the cryosphere [PVL 100768], polar climate [PVL 100766], and polar ecology and ecosystems [this position; PVL 100769]. Applications are encouraged from scientists representing a broad spectrum of research interests in polar / Arctic ecology, including coupling between polar terrestrial or marine ecosystems and the polar ocean, atmosphere, and / or ice sheets. The position home for this faculty position will be in or split between one or more of the departments of (in alphabetical order) Botany, Forest and Wildlife Ecology, Geography, and Integrative Biology; the position home will depend on the specific research interests of the chosen candidate.

The UW Cluster Hiring Initiative is designed to foster collaborative research, education and outreach by creating new interdisciplinary areas of knowledge that cross the boundaries of existing academic departments. Further information regarding this initiative can be found at:

"The Emerging Polar Regions" leverages a diverse landscape of existing and historical strengths in polar and global-change research at UW-Madison that spans many departments, research centers, and units on campus including Botany, Forest and Wildlife Ecology, Geography, Integrative Biology, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Geoscience, the Center for Limnology, the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS), the Antarctic Meteorological Research Center (AMRC), the Nelson Institute's Center for Climatic Research (CCR) and Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE), and Wisconsin Ecology.

The successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment.



Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

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Anticipated Begin Date:

AUGUST 17, 2020


ACADEMIC (9 months)

Instructions to Applicants:

Applicants should submit a single PDF that includes: cover letter, curriculum vitae, the names and contact information of three references, and three statements discussing 1) research interests and directions, 2) teaching interest and philosophy, and 3) contributions to diversity and inclusion, respectively. References of finalists will be contacted and asked to provide a letter of recommendation. These materials must be submitted online at: (search for PVL 100769). The appointment may begin as early as August 17, 2020. The deadline for ensuring full consideration is November 22, 2019, however the position will remain open and applications may be considered until the position is filled. For further information or questions, please direct all correspondence to [email protected]

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. A criminal background check will be required prior to employment.


Jack Williams
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