Assistant Professor

Adair Village, Benton County / Corvallis, Benton County
Apr 04, 2014
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track

Appointment Type: Academic Teaching/Research Faculty

Department: Biol & Ecol Engineering 211700 ABE

Position Summary: The Department of Biological & Ecological Engineering invites applications for a full time (1.00 FTE), 9-month tenure-track Assistant Professor position.

The appointee will be expected to generate grants and/or contracts for any appointment during the summer months.

The person in this position will focus on ecohydrology, with an emphasis on plant-water interactions and the biological mediation of hydrological processes. Research in this area will contribute fundamental knowledge on the Earth's "critical zone," the layer that extends from the top of vegetation down into the groundwater, where water, atmosphere, ecosystems, soil, and rock interact. The faculty member is expected to advance a number of related fields through field experiments and through numerical and physical modeling experiments. Examples of primary topics include biomass production, food security and sustainable agriculture, plant-soil system sustainability, and hydroinformatics. The candidate will be prepared to work across multiple scales, ranging from the scale of individual sites, to plant-water interactions at landscape scales, to regional analyses of biophysics and biogeochemistry, such as the improvement and application of earth system models. Relevant secondary interests, generated through collaboration and/or expanding expertise, include water quality and nutrient dynamics, landscape and slope stability, wetlands, crop water uptake, riparian vegetation consumption of water, and feedbacks between vegetation and climate change.

Teaching responsibilities may include: undergraduate teaching of courses on Ecohydraluics and Ecohydrology and a graduate course on Physical Hydrology.

Position Duties: 45% Research: 
Provide leadership at the regional, national, and international levels on fundamental and applied research advancing plant-water interactions and the biological mediation of hydrological processes. Contribute to understanding on relationships between soil, plant, and water processes. Assess impacts of various management actions on water, energy, and food quality and supply. Develop analytical tools for the analysis and efficient planning and management of water and biomass resources. Develop strategies and technologies for use of green technologies for bioremediation and water quality enhancement. Contribute to the understanding of the role of plants in supporting both ecological services and economic productivity of agriculture and biomass.

Seek and obtain external grants supporting this mission and supervise graduate research assistants.

45% Teaching: 
Develop and deliver a graduate course in Physical Hydrology. 
Develop and deliver undergraduate courses in Ecohydrology and Ecohydraulics. Contribute to development of ecampus courses.

10% Service: 
Maintain active membership and participation in appropriate professional organizations. Serve on University, College, Unit, Department, and Extension committees, as appropriate.

Position Duties (continued):

Working Conditions/Work Schedule:

Minimum/Required Qualifications: PhD related to Civil Engineering, Water Resources Engineering, Ag Engineering, Biological Engineering or related field.

Show evidence of good judgment and ability to work independently. Commitment to working in multidisciplinary teams and excellent oral and written communication skills.

Training and experience in field measurements and numerical modeling of soil, plant, and hydrologic processes.

Equal interest and respect for all people, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, or gender.

A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.

Preferred (Special) Qualifications: Demonstrated abilities in teaching and outreach, experience in systems analysis and modeling, and eligibility for registration as a Professional Engineer.

Experience developing and delivering curricula in the area of Ecohydrology.

Scholarly Outcomes for Position (academic faculty only): Scholarly outcomes for this position include but are not limited to:
Peer-review publications in leading journals; 
Research reports describing results of research to potential stakeholders in the state;
Teaching, discovery, creativity, integration, research, and application that are communicated and validated through regional, statewide, and/or national publications, as appropriate, and/or through presentations at professional meetings;
Demonstrated skills and ability to communicate effectively with a broad range of people, organize educational programs and groups;
Innovative educational materials and effective teaching methods that meet clientele needs, with materials, methods, and outcomes shared with peers in state, region, and/or the nation.
Peer-review publications in leading journals.

Posting Date: 03-21-2014

For Full Consideration Date:

Closing Date: 05-01-2014

Recommended Full-Time Salary Range: Salary is commensurate with education and experience.

Special Instructions to Applicants: When applying you will be required to attach the following electronic documents:

1) A resume/CV that includes the names of at least three professional references, their e-mail addresses and telephone contact numbers (Upload as 'Other Document' if not included with your resume/vitae).

2) A cover letter indicating how your qualifications and experience have prepared you for this position including a statement on the your philosophy and/or evidence of commitment to mentoring and advancing diversity.

3) 1-page teaching philosophy (upload as Other Doc 2).

4) 1-page research statement (upload as Other Doc 3).

For additional information please contact: John Bolte, (541)737-6303,

OSU is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

Posting Number: 0012123

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