Assistant Professor-Tenure System

Job description

Job no: 667988
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Natural Science
Department: Kellogg Biological Station Nat. Sci. 10032500
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: 60000.00-100000.00 Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: Hickory Corners
Categories: Full Time (90-100%), Tenure System Faculty, Research/Scientific, Non-Union
Position Summary

The W.K. Kellogg Biological Station (KBS) at Michigan State University (MSU) is accepting applications for an Assistant Professor position, with a preferred start date of August 2021; this is the first of three planned faculty hires. The ideal candidate in this broadly defined search will have a strong conceptual basis to their research, addressing fundamental questions in the fields of ecology and/or evolutionary biology, with the intention to make use of KBS’s unique assets. This is a tenure-stream faculty appointment, based at KBS with a joint appointment (and tenure home) in a campus department within the College of Natural Science ( that best fits the candidate’s interests and departmental goals. Successful grantsmanship and peer reviewed publications will be important criteria for meeting the position's research expectations. Teaching will include a campus undergraduate or graduate course as well as graduate and postdoctoral training and participation in the KBS academic programs. Service will include participation in KBS, campus, national and international programs as appropriate. KBS is keenly interested in diversifying its faculty and encourages applications from diverse candidates, including women and minorities.

KBS is a world-renowned biological field station located 65 miles from the MSU main campus ( that facilitates observational, experimental, and theoretical approaches to research and training ranging from molecules to ecosystems. KBS integrates fundamental research in ecology and evolution from molecules to ecosystems with application of this fundamental knowledge to sustainable agriculture, restoration, and conservation, and has a strong focus on climate change and interactions among organisms across the tree of life. KBS is unique in the integration of 1,500 hectares of land representative of the diverse aquatic and terrestrial habitats of the region with 30,000 sq. ft. of research buildings, including state of the art laboratory, growth chamber, and greenhouse facilities. This integration enables a variety of major field experiments, including those for an NSF-funded Long-term Ecological Research site, the DOE-funded Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, and a USDA-funded Long-term Agroecosystem Research site. There are also outstanding opportunities to collaborate with campus-based colleagues in various departments, several of whom already have major research programs at KBS; a directory of faculty affiliated with MSU's Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, & Behavior (EEBB) graduate degree program is found at

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Doctorate -ecology, evolutionary biology, environme

Minimum Requirements

Ph.D. or equivalent in ecology, evolutionary biology, environmental science, geography, or a related field.

Desired Qualifications

Post-doctoral experience is preferred.

Required Application Materials

Applications should include: (1) a cover letter describing the applicant’s interest in the position; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) contact information for three references; (4) a summary of research accomplishments and future research directions; (5) a statement of teaching and mentoring interests and experience; and (6) a statement describing the applicant's past experiences, as well as past activities and planned commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion (guidance for preparing this statement available here).

Special Instructions

Review of applications will begin October 5th, 2020, and will continue until a suitable candidate is identified. Questions regarding this position may be directed to Dr. Jeff Conner, search committee chair ([email protected]).

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Department Statement

Michigan State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of race, sex, gender identity and expression, age, religion, color, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

Advertised: Aug 31, 2020 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Aug 30, 2022 Eastern Daylight Time




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Posted: 9/8/2020
Application Due: 5/21/2021
Work Type: Full Time