Assistant/Associate Professor in Microbial Ecology
The W.K. Kellogg Biological Station (KBS) of Michigan State University seeks to fill a tenure-track, academic year faculty position in microbial ecology. This position is part of a University-wide Global Water Initiative to enhance and expand the capacity of MSU to address fundamental and applied research questions related to the sustainable use of water. The position is available beginning in Fall 2013 and can be filled at either the Assistant or Associate Professor level.
Applicants should show evidence of their capacity to develop externally funded and collaborative research that uses microbes to address fundamental ecological and evolutionary questions. KBS is ideally suited to a field-focused research program that links microbial processes and population, community, ecosystem, and/or landscape dynamics. While the specific research area of interest is open, the individual selected for this position should have a demonstrated interest in research involving aquatic systems.
The successful applicant will be expected to contribute to graduate research training at KBS and in their on-campus department and participate in summer teaching and research programs at KBS. Joint appointments in the Departments of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Zoology or Plant Biology, which would be the tenure home for the successful applicant, will be evaluated as part of the search process. The specific campus teaching assignment for this position will depend on the candidate’s home department, but will be equivalent to one course per year. They will also be expected to participate in the interdepartmental graduate training programs at MSU in Ecology, Evolution and Behavioral Biology (EEBB) and/or Environmental Science and Public Policy (ESPP). Opportunities for research in collaboration with other KBS faculty and in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Plant Biology, Zoology, Geology and other departments involved in the establishment of the MSU Global Water Initiative will be encouraged.
The position is based at KBS, an MSU off-campus research facility that supports the research programs of 14 resident faculty, as well as campus-based and visiting faculty from other institutions. KBS has state of the art laboratory and field research facilities and is located approximately 65 miles from the main East Lansing campus of MSU (www.kbs.msu.edu). The 3000+ acre land base of KBS and proximity to a diversity of aquatic habitats provide ample opportunity for a field-based research program in microbial ecology. There is a rich history in both microbial and aquatic ecology research at KBS that provides a foundation for the research to be developed by a new faculty member. KBS also hosts an NSF Long-term Ecological Research site that can provide opportunities for research collaboration nationally.
Applications will be considered until the position is filled. Review of applications will begin on 1 December 2012. Application materials should be submitted to MSU's online application website (https://jobs.msu.edu; position number 30198796, posting number 6950), including: a letter of interest, CV, a statement of research accomplishments and goals, a statement of teaching accomplishments and goals, and contact information for three references. Questions about these positions should be addressed to MicrobialEcologySearch@kbs.msu.edu or Dr. Steve Hamilton (Hamilton@kbs.msu.edu), Chair of the Search Committee.
Michigan State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women and members of under-represented groups are strongly encouraged. Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.