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Vertebrate Ecophysiologist

Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, United States
Job Description

The Department of Integrative Biology invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 9-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor in Vertebrate Ecophysiology. We particularly seek those whose research and teaching focuses on integrative and innovative approaches to determine the physiological mechanisms that underpin natural history and shape biotic responses to global change. Preference will be given to candidates with postdoctoral experience and whose research focuses on tetrapods. This person is expected to develop a vigorous, externally funded research program that will enhance existing strengths in organismal biology, teach and mentor undergraduate and graduate students (this may include a majors-level course in environmental physiology), and participate in service, including student advising.

The Department of Integrative Biology receives support for its academic program from the College of Science and has a doctoral program that is internationally ranked. Our existing faculty have expertise in marine, aquatic, and terrestrial ecology, evolution, organismal biology, disease ecology, and conservation biology, and take innovative and quantitative approaches that span molecules to ecosystems. We are thus seeking a colleague with high potential for engaging in both self-initiated and collaborative research across fields. In addition to the faculty’s activities in research and service, the department has teaching responsibilities in nearly every undergraduate major at OSU, and an important role to play in enhancing student success. Thus, we are particularly interested in candidates with a demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching, and experience collaborating with, advocating for, and mentoring people of diverse backgrounds. The department is committed to fostering an open and inclusive environment in which to learn and work, enhancing the diversity and equity of the university community, and improving access to higher education for underrepresented students. More information about the department is available at http://ib.oregonstate.edu.

The College of Science provides a core instructional role at Oregon State University (OSU), supporting the ideals of learning, discovery, and engagement that are the foundation of a land-grant university. The College embraces instruction and research, in disciplines ranging from the physical, mathematical, statistical sciences to the life sciences that are based in unbiased inquiry and a dedication to discovery and innovation. The College of Science is committed to partnering with industry and public agencies to address some of the most compelling challenges of today and tomorrow. The College of Science is an essential partner for three of the university’s world-class research centers, namely the Linus Pauling Institute, the Hatfield Marine Science Center, and the Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing. OSU is also home to large regionally and nationally important vertebrate research collections that include fish, reptiles/amphibians, birds and mammals.

OSU is one of only two American universities to hold the Land Grant, Sea Grant, Space Grant, and Sun Grant designation and is a Carnegie Doctoral/Research-Extensive university. OSU is located in Corvallis, a community of 57,000 people situated in the Willamette Valley between Portland and Eugene. Ocean beaches, lakes, rivers, forests, high desert, and the rugged Cascade and Coast Ranges are all within a 100-mile drive of Corvallis. Approximately 25,700 undergraduate and 4,700 graduate students are enrolled at OSU, with US students of color, first generation college students, and international students representing 25%, 23%, and 11% of the student population, respectively. The university has an institution-wide commitment to inclusive excellence, recognizing that success in all our endeavors is dependent on, and directly tied to, equitable access to opportunities and how we value, engage, and include the rich diversity within our community. There is an expectation that employees will support and model these shared fundamental values. OSU’s commitment to student success includes hiring, retaining, and developing diverse faculty to mentor and educate our undergraduate and graduate students from entry through graduation. This commitment is reflected in OSU’s membership in the University Innovation Alliance, a national network of 11 public universities with a shared mission of increasing graduation rates across the socioeconomic spectrum. In 2017, the Brookings Institution ranked OSU as a national leader in access to higher education, based on a combination of extending social mobility to students from underrepresented backgrounds and university research output. For more information, visit: http://diversity.oregonstate.edu, http://oregonstate.edu/leadership/strategicplan/phase3, www.theuia.org.

Position Duties

45% Scholarship and Creative Activity:

Develop a program of research and scholarship in ecophysiology that is recognized at the national and international level. Disseminate the research and scholarship results by publishing in peer-reviewed journals and books. This includes leading original data analysis and synthesis, initiating, supervising and completing original research projects, collaborating with colleagues on and off campus as appropriate in the development of scholarly work, obtaining and administering external funding from competitive grant sources, disseminating research results by publication in high-impact peer-reviewed journals, presentations at scientific meetings, and by other discipline-appropriate means, and supervising lab personnel.

45% Teaching, Advising, and Other Assigned Duties:

Teach effectively at the undergraduate and graduate level through innovative pedagogical approaches that foster student success and reach out to a diverse student population. This includes staying current in appropriate disciplines to continually develop and improve course content, supervising and guiding graduate teaching assistants in courses as needed, leading lectures, discussions, laboratories, and assignments, holding office hours, administering exams and writing assignments, and providing grades. Advising includes guiding and supporting both undergraduate and graduate students in their academic programs, research, and career directions, and participating on M.S. and Ph.D. graduate committees. Mentoring also includes supporting students in research projects, internships, or seminars and in the writing and publication of their results.

10% Service:

Participate in committees, meetings, and/or panels at the departmental, university, professional, and community level.

Job Requirements

Minimum Qualifications

  • PhD (or foreign equivalent) in Biology or related field by the date of appointment.
  • Demonstrated expertise in the field of Vertebrate Ecophysiology.
  • This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a criminal history check and be determined to be position qualified as per OSU Standard 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in youth programs may have additional criminal history checks every 24 months. Offers of employment are contingent upon meeting all minimum qualifications including the criminal history check requirement.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Relevant postdoctoral (or professional) experience that will enhance their ability to establish a vigorous research program, manage projects, obtain funding, and/or teach and mentor effectively
  • A demonstrable ability to initiate and complete original research projects (including publications in peer-reviewed journals)
  • A demonstrable ability to obtain funding from competitive sources
  • A a research focus on tetrapods
  • A research program that relates to issues of global change
  • A demonstrable ability to teach and mentor effectively at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
  • A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.

 

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by February 4, 2019. Applications will continue to be accepted after the full consideration date, until a sufficient applicant pool has been achieved or the position is filled. The closing date is subject to change without notice to applicants.

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

1) A resume/CV; and

2) Cover letter, indicating how your qualifications and experiences have prepared you for this position (2 pages).

3) Research statement that includes how your activities intersect with any or all preferred qualifications, and lend themselves to different types of roles (e.g., scholarly work that is self-initiated, collaborative, senior author, publishing with students, etc.) (2 pages).

4) Teaching statement that includes your teaching philosophy followed by a summary of your experience and/or training (1 page).

5) Diversity statement that includes your experience, training, and/or accomplishments in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion (through research, teaching, outreach, mentorship, or service), followed by your plans for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion at OSU and/or within your field (1 page).

You will also be required to submit the names of at least three professional references, their e-mail addresses and telephone numbers as part of the application process.

For additional information please contact: Dr. Rebecca Terry, search committee chair, at terryr@oregonstate.edu.

OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

Letters of Reference are required for this position. When applying, you will be asked to provide the email address and telephone number for three (3) referees who will be sent a secure quicklink that will allow them to upload the requested letters of reference on your behalf.

This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a criminal history check and be determined to be position qualified as per OSU Standard 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in youth programs may have additional criminal history checks every 24 months. Offers of employment are contingent upon meeting all minimum qualifications including the criminal history check requirement.

 

 

JOB DETAILS
POSTED
07 January 2019
CLOSES
06 February 2019
JOB TYPE
Full-Time
REQUIRED EDUCATION
Doctorate/PhD
SALARY (USD)
Open
TITLE / ROLE
Assistant Professor
INDUSTRY / FIELD
Biology