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(Assistant Professor of Ecosystem Modeling)

Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences

Open for Recruitment:  November 18, 2013 - February 2, 2014
Announcement #:  10000074207
Salary Range:  Commensurate with Experience
Full or Part Time:  Full Time
Location: Moscow

Materials Required:
    Online Application
    One Page Cover Letter
    Statements of Teaching Philosophy and Research Interests
    Curriculum Vitae
    Academic Transcripts
    Contact Information for 3 References


Assistant Professor of Ecosystem Modeling
Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences
College of Natural Resources
University of Idaho
The Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences at the University of Idaho ( seeks a new faculty member with expertise in quantitative ecosystem modeling and particular interest in research that integrates multiple disciplines (e.g., eco-physiology, hydrology, disturbances, biogeochemistry, social-economics). We invite applications for an academic-year, tenure-track faculty position as an Assistant Professor to complement and integrate with our diverse and productive faculty. The position is being hired under the Idaho NSF EPSCoR research programís ( new award Managing Idahoís Landscapes for Ecosystem Services (MILES). The successful candidate will be partially involved in EPSCoR-funded research activities in Idaho focused on evaluating changes in ecosystem services with shifts in climate and urbanization by incorporating a diverse array of biophysical, social, and statistical models.
The position is approximately 60% research, 35% teaching and advising, and 5% outreach/service.

         Research responsibilities: Develop an internationally-recognized, externally-funded research program that develops or integrates ecosystem models for use in diverse applications including, but not limited to: forecasting ecosystem function, investigating feedbacks and interactions among different models, or developing early warning systems to identify vulnerable ecosystem services.

         Teaching responsibilities: Teach one undergraduate course that contributes to one or more of the degrees offered by the Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences. Teach one graduate course in the candidateís area of expertise. Advise undergraduate and graduate students within one or more of the departmental programs.

         Service and outreach responsibilities: Collaborate and coordinate project-specific research with the NSF Idaho EPSCoR project team across the state of Idaho. Participation in the external engagement and workforce development goals of Idaho EPSCoR is also expected.

Completed Ph.D. at the time of starting the position with experience in developing and/or applying of ecosystem models; potential to compete for external funding to support research; research submitted to refereed journals; and potential to excel in teaching undergraduate and graduate courses.


Must:  Applicants who are selected as final possible candidates must be able to pass a criminal background check.*


Demonstrated ability to publish articles in refereed journals, demonstrated ability to secure external funding to support research; experience in developing and teaching undergraduate and graduate courses; proficiency in using integrative modeling platforms; willingness to work with a variety of model types (statistical, spatial, biophysical, systems, or agent-based); experience with analyzing feedbacks and interactions among different models; experience in working with a diverse research team; interest in working across diverse disciplines; and familiarity with the mission of the College of Natural Resources and the Idaho NSF EPSCoR program.
Apply online at We request a 1 page cover letter; a 2-3 page statement of your teaching and research interests; full curriculum vitae; copies of academic transcripts/degrees; up to 2 example publications highlighting your research (please describe your role in the research if not lead author); and contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin January 13th 2014 and will continue until a successful candidate is chosen with a prospective starting date of August 1st 2014. Any questions should be directed to the search chair:
Dr. Alistair Smith, Chair of Search Committee
College of Natural Resources                         
University of Idaho
Moscow, ID  83844-1133
About the University of Idaho
Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho is the stateís land-grant institution and its principal graduate education and research university, bringing insight and innovation to the state, the nation and the world. University researchers attract nearly $100 million in research grants and contracts each year. The University of Idaho is the only institution in the state to be classified by the prestigious Carnegie Foundation as high research activity. The student population of 12,000 includes first-generation college students and ethnically diverse scholars, who select from more than 130 degree options in the colleges of Agricultural and Life Sciences; Art and Architecture; Business and Economics; Education; Engineering; Law; Letters, Arts and Social Sciences; Natural Resources; and Science. The university also is charged with the statewide mission for medical education through the WWAMI program. The university combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities and focuses on helping students to succeed and become leaders. It is home to the Vandals, and competes in the Western Athletic Conference. For more information, visit

Moscow, the home of the University of Idaho is a city of 22,000 people, nestled between Moscow Mountain and the beautiful rolling hills of the Palouse. With a small town friendliness and safety, Moscow is referred to as the "Heart of the Arts," featuring an annual international Jazz Festival, live music on the town, the Rendezvous in the Park, and summer theatre. Moscow is a great place for those who love the outdoors, with beautiful rivers, lakes, and diverse mountains within short driving distance. Moscow is also a great location for higher education.  The University of Idaho and Washington State University, just eight miles apart, share a large number of cross-listed courses and many collaborative programs and research activities. Moscow is 80 miles from Spokane, Washington, and an hourís flight from Seattle. 


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