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Assistant Professor in Ecology

Employer
Michigan State University
Location
East Lansing, Michigan

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Position Type
Assistant Professor
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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The Department of Plant Biology at Michigan State University invites applications for a tenure system Assistant Professor position in Ecology. We welcome applications from individuals who work primarily on plants (or other photosynthetic organisms), including those who work at the interface of plants and other areas in ecology (e.g., plant-microbe interactions, plant-insect interactions, ecosystem dynamics, macroecology, etc.), so long as plants are a strong component of the candidate's research. In addition to developing a nationally recognized, externally funded research program, the successful candidate will be expected to contribute high-quality teaching and service/outreach, and have a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The ideal start date will be August 2022. MSU is world-renowned for fundamental and applied plant research and the Department of Plant Biology (https://plantbiology.natsci.msu.edu/) includes vibrant research programs spanning molecules to ecosystems. Members of the department strive for an inclusive atmosphere that provides support for success and a welcoming place to work. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to participate in the interdepartmental Program in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior (https://eeb.msu.edu/).

To apply, applicants should prepare a single PDF containing:

  1. A one-page cover letter that frames the application in context of this ad and the Department of Plant Biology at Michigan State University.
  2. A curriculum vitae, including a list of publications, accepted proposals for funding or other resources, contributed or invited presentations, teaching and mentoring experiences, leadership positions, contributions to the academic community, and public outreach efforts. Other professional information may also be included, as the applicant sees fit.
  3. A 2-3 page summary of research focus including the relevance of the research, research accomplishments, and future research plans. This statement should also describe past experiences with and future plans to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in research (e.g., through grant-funded research, publications, etc.).
  4. A 1-2 page description of teaching and mentoring philosophy, experiences, goals, and plans to address these goals. This statement should also describe past experiences with and future plans to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in teaching and mentoring (e.g., through mentoring, pedagogy, etc.).
  5. The names and email contact information for three individuals who can provide reference letters. References will be contacted for candidates selected for a ~20 person shortlist.
  6. A copy of one lead-author publication that the applicant would most like the search committee to read (can be included as a separate file, if combining is problematic).

Please title each section of your application PDF.

A Ph.D. is required prior to the start of employment and post-doctoral experience is preferred. Meeting the position's research expectations will require obtaining external funding and publishing peer-reviewed papers in national and international journals. Teaching will include one undergraduate or graduate course per year as well as graduate and postdoctoral training. Service will include participation in campus and national/international programs. Michigan State University is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer and is committed to achieving excellence through diversity. The University actively encourages applications of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities, and we endeavor to facilitate employment assistance to spouses or partners of candidates for faculty and academic staff positions.

Applications should be submitted to the MSU Human Resources site at careers.msu.edu (posting no. 732996).

Review of applications will begin November 1, 2021 and continue until a suitable candidate is identified. While letters will not be solicited for the initial evaluation of candidates, applicants should ensure that letters will be submitted promptly upon request. Questions can be emailed to Dr. Lars Brudvig, search chair, at [email protected].

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Working at Michigan State University 

Spartans work every day to advance the common good in uncommon ways.

Together, we tackle some of the world’s toughest problems to find solutions that make life better—from alternative energy to better food safety to breakthrough medical and environmental applications achieved through rare isotope research.

We teach. We explore and we discover. We collaborate and lead. We innovate, inspire, and empower. We achieve our potential and create circumstances that help our students and others achieve theirs.

We're good at it, and we've been at it for more than 150 years.

The nation’s pioneer land-grant university, MSU began as a bold experiment that democratized higher education and helped bring science and innovation into everyday life. The revolutionary concept became a model for the nation.

Today, MSU is one of the top research universities in the world—on one of the biggest, greenest campuses in the nation. Home to nationally ranked and recognized academic, residential college, and service-learning programs, we’re a diverse community of dedicated students and scholars, athletes and artists, scientists and leaders.

In ways both practical and profound, we work to create a stronger, more sustainable, and more hopeful future for all.

Top Distinctions

U.S. News & World Report ranks MSU

  • 29th among the nation’s public universities
  • First in the nation for 19 years for graduate programs in elementary and secondary education
  • First in the nation for graduate programs in nuclear physics and industrial and organizational psychology
  • First in the nation for undergraduate program in supply chain

Recognized for 11 consecutive years as one of the top 100 universities in the world by Shanghai Jiao Tong University in its annual Academic Ranking of World Universities

Ranks 46th among public universities for in-state students in Kiplinger’s 2013 edition of Best Values in Public Colleges

Silver rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s STARS program, which measures and encourages sustainability in education and research; operations; and planning, administration, and engagement

Member of the prestigious 62-member Association of American Universities

Only university in the country with on-campus medical schools graduating allopathic (MD) and osteopathic (DO) physicians, and veterinarians (DVMs)

Among the largest single-campus residence hall system in the country with 27 halls in five neighborhoods and two apartment villages.

 

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