Assistant Professor – Freshwater Ecology and Conservation – Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management
College of Natural Resources – ESPM Organisms & the Environment
Open September 6th, 2016 through October 14th, 2016
The Department of Environmental Science,
Policy, and Management (ESPM) in the College of Natural Resources at the
University of California, Berkeley invites applications for a
tenure-track position at the assistant professor level in Freshwater
Ecology and Conservation with an expected start date of July 1, 2017.
The successful recruit is expected to develop an internationally
recognized research program on the ecology and conservation of
freshwaters. Possible areas of emphasis for this position would include:
• freshwater population, community, or ecosystem ecology
• conservation of freshwater species and populations
• bio-indicators for freshwater ecosystem health and restoration
• population dynamics of key freshwater species or functional groups
• biological responses to hydrologic variability, water resource management, and terrestrial watershed management
• influence of drought and climate change on native and invasive species, and the persistence of freshwater ecosystems
• global change biology with a focus on freshwater systems
Research in these or other areas may represent local, regional, and
global scales and should make contributions to both basic and applied
aspects of freshwater science. We seek an individual who applies
innovative tools and novel approaches to meet public demand for science
that conserves freshwater taxa and ecosystems, particularly in the face
of increasing societal demands on freshwater resources.
Freshwater ecology has enormous social, economic, and political
relevance in California, nationally, and globally. This position will
build synergies and collaborations in ESPM and across our campus with
faculty sharing related interests and expertise in, among others,
ecology, hydrology, fluvial geomorphology, evolution, genetics,
forestry, range management, restoration ecology, and statistics.
Research in freshwater ecology and conservation at UC Berkeley has
tremendous opportunities for funding, extensive possibilities for
collaboration and off-campus outreach, and serves as a major draw to
highly competitive graduate and undergraduate students.
The Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management is a
community of scholars from the biological, physical, and social sciences
who endeavor to understand and sustain the ecosystems of the world. Our
approach is by necessity interdisciplinary given the complexity of the
questions we ask and the problems we confront. We are home to a
top-ranked graduate program in environmental science and a vibrant mix
of undergraduate majors. The Berkeley campus has a rich history in
freshwater science, including aquatic entomology, fish ecology,
hydrology, fluvial geomorphology, and conservation science, and our
department maintains close relationships with the faculty of allied
departments (including Berkeley Law) and museums, including Berkeley’s
Essig Museum of Entomology and the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology. Our
collaborative multi- and interdisciplinary approach to environmental
sciences will provide the successful candidate with outstanding
opportunities for intellectual and professional achievement.
The successful applicant will have or be working toward a Ph.D.
degree in ecology, entomology, zoology, environmental science,
conservation biology, or a related biological discipline with a
record of research excellence using innovative approaches and broad
array of research techniques (e.g., experiments, interdisciplinary
studies, and modeling). At a minimum, applicants must have completed all
degree requirements for the Ph.D. or equivalent degree with the
exception of dissertation at the time of application. Ph.D. or
equivalent degree is required by the appointment start date. Preferred
qualifications include demonstrated excellence in research, extensive
field or lab experience, evidence of outstanding scholarship within a
relevant discipline, a dedication to excellence in teaching at the
undergraduate and graduate level, and a commitment to working in an
inclusive and interdisciplinary environment.
Serious consideration will be given to the candidate’s potential for
success in mentoring Ph.D. students and teaching at both the
undergraduate and graduate levels. Professional service, including
issues of access to and diversity in higher education and the academic
profession will also be considered. The successful applicant will be
responsible for teaching an undergraduate course and graduate course of
their design in freshwater ecology. To learn more about our department
please visit: http://ift.tt/1rHJ2ES.
Applications should be submitted online at http://ift.tt/2cFryqd
Candidates should submit the following materials for a complete application:
• A cover letter
• A current curriculum vitae
• A statement of research interests and experience
• A statement of teaching philosophy including contributions to
diversity (i.e., experience and goals for bringing freshwater science to
• Three publications or other writing samples
• Three letters of recommendation
Each document should be submitted as a separate pdf file. Filenames
should include the applicant’s last and first names. All letters will be
treated as confidential per University of California policy and
California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when
letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career
center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality (http://ift.tt/1u2t7n8) prior to submitting their letters.
The closing date for applications is October 14, 2016. Please direct questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative
Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for
employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual
orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or
protected veteran status. For the complete University of California
nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://ift.tt/1h73V7e.
The department seeks candidates whose research, teaching, or service
has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and
inclusion in higher education. The department is also committed to
addressing the family needs of faculty, including dual career couples
and single parents. For more information, please go to http://ift.tt/1IM8L3j.
Cover Letter – File name should include applicant’s last and first names.
Curriculum Vitae – A current curriculum vitae. File name should include the applicant’s last and first names.
Statement of Research Interests and Experience – File name should include applicant’s last and first names.
Statement of Teaching Philosophy, including contributions to
diversity – i.e., experience and goals for bringing freshwater science
to underrepresented groups. File name should include applicant’s last
and first names.
Publication or writing sample #1 – File name should include applicant’s last and first names.
Publication or writing sample #2 – File name should include applicant’s last and first names.
Publication or writing sample #3 – File name should include applicant’s last and first names.
3 letters of reference required
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