Assistant Professor Microbial Ecology
The Division of Biology at Kansas State University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Microbial Ecology at the level of Assistant Professor, beginning in the 2013-2014 academic year. We seek candidates addressing cutting-edge questions in microbial ecology using modern methods (molecular and otherwise) with a focus on the effects of Bacteria and/or Archaea on ecological processes. Potential areas of study include, but are not limited to, microbial community structure and function, controls of biogeochemical processes, microbial food web interactions, and/or microbial responses to environmental change. Candidates should complement existing strengths in the Division of Biology (www.ksu.edu/biology), and be able to contribute to collaborative initiatives such as the Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) program at Konza Prairie (www.konza.ksu.edu) and the Ecological Genomics Institute (www.ecogen.ksu.edu).
The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong commitment to excellence in scholarship, and will be expected to develop an independent extramurally-funded research program in his/her area of expertise, to contribute collaboratively to interdisciplinary research programs as appropriate, and to participate in teaching and mentoring a diverse population of undergraduate and graduate students. Minimum requirements include a Ph.D. or equivalent at the time of appointment, and post-doctoral experience is preferred.
The Division of Biology includes a large, diverse and collegial faculty with an excellent record of research and teaching. Extramural research funding in the Division averages approximately $10M per year. We have a broad research program that includes numerous faculty scientists with research interests in ecology, microbiology and related disciplines. The Division is also home to an internationally-recognized program in grassland ecology, centered on the Konza Prairie Biological Station, a 3,487-ha grassland research site supported by the National Science Foundationís LTER program and other sources (www.konza.ksu.edu). Kansas State University is located in the city of Manhattan (www.ci.manhattan.ks.us), a dynamic college community of about 50,000 located in the scenic Flint Hills of northeastern Kansas. Local recreational opportunities include a large lake/park system, diverse outdoor activities, and a rich program in the performing arts. Manhattan also serves as the regional center for education, health care, commerce, entertainment and communications.
Application materials and letters of reference should be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org, following instructions online at www.ksu.edu/biology/employment.html. Inquiries only may be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. John Blair (email@example.com). Review of applications will begin December 3, 2012, and continue until the position is filled. KSU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, and actively seeks diversity among its employees. A background check is required.