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POSTED: 3-24-2014


Tenure-track faculty position in Ecohydrology


The Department of Biological & Ecological Engineering at Oregon State University invites applications for a tenure track position in the field of Ecohydrology, with an emphasis on plant-water interactions and the biological mediation of hydrological processes. An ideal candidate will be prepared to work across multiple scales, ranging from the scale of individual sites, to plant-water interactions at landscape scales, to regional analyses of biophysics and biogeochemistry, such as the improvement and application of earth system models.


Research in this area will contribute fundamental knowledge on the Earth¡¦s ¡§critical zone,¡¨ the layer that extends from the top of vegetation down into the groundwater, where water, atmosphere, ecosystems, soil, and rock interact. The faculty member is expected to advance a number of related fields through field studies and through numerical and biophysical modeling. Examples of primary topics include biomass production, food security and sustainable agriculture, plant-soil system sustainability, and feedbacks between vegetation and climate change. The successful candidate will be joining a dynamic and collaborative water resources community, which includes recent hires in remote sensing and large-scale climate modeling, as well as a large group of faculty at OSU with research emphasizing the hydrology of rivers, the subsurface, and land surface.


The appointment includes expectations for research and teaching. Courses could include: Ecohydrology at the undergraduate and graduate levels, Undergraduate Ecohydraulic Engineering, in addition to courses on emerging issues.


Candidates must possess a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, Water Resources Engineering, Agricultural Engineering, Biological Engineering, or related field and have experience in field measurements and numerical modeling of soil, plant, and hydrologic processes.  Other required qualifications include: evident commitment to cultural diversity & educational equity; evidence of good judgment and the ability to work independently; commitment to working in multidisciplinary teams; and excellent oral and written communication skills. 


It is anticipated that the appointment will be at the assistant professor level, but higher-rank appointments may be considered in exceptional circumstances.


To review posting and apply, go to Posting #0012123. You will be required to electronically submit a resume/CV that includes the names and phone numbers of at least three professional references, a cover letter including a statement on your philosophy and/or evidence of commitment to mentoring and advancing diversity, 1-page teaching philosophy, and 1-page research statement.  Contact John Bolte at 541-737-6303 or with questions.   Closing date is May 1, 2014. 


OSU is committed to a culture of civility, respect, and inclusivity.  As an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, OSU values diversity in our faculty and staff regardless of their self-identity; to that end, we particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, veterans, women, LGBTQ community members, and others who share our vision of an inclusive community. Absolute respect for the equal rights of all colleagues and students is essential in this position, in this department, and at this university. 


The Department of Biological & Ecological Engineering (BEE) offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees, with approximately 100 undergraduate majors in the first ABET-accredited Ecological Engineering BS in the nation, as well as 15 graduate students in the department and 17 students advised in the Water Resources Graduate Program.


POSTED: 3-24-2014


Stream Ecologist (9-month, 1.0 FTE)


FTE:    0.60 University General and Education, 0.40 Agricultural Experiment Station


LOCATION:   Corvallis, Oregon



This tenure track position has responsibilities for teaching, advising, research and outreach in ecology, conservation and management of stream ecosystems. 


Qualifications: Applicants must have a PhD or equivalent advanced degree in ecology, fisheries, conservation biology, zoology, or a related biological discipline at the time of appointment. Significant expertise in stream ecology and a demonstrated interest in teaching are expected.  Research should relate to one of the following areas of stream and river ecology: population, community, ecosystem or restoration ecology, hydrology or landscape ecology. The ability to identify and willingness to address significant natural resource problems and collaborate with resource managers, administrators, and multiple stakeholders is essential. The successful applicant must have a demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity. Demonstrated extramural grantsmanship, postdoctoral experience, and knowledge of resource management, limnology, distance delivery of educational programs and outreach are desirable.


General Responsibilities: The appointee will teach two undergraduate classes and a graduate class annually, including Stream Ecology and Restoration Ecology, as well as advise undergraduate and graduate students. On alternate years, appointee will teach an additional graduate seminar. Appointee will develop and maintain an active, extramurally funded research program as well as lead and participate in outreach activities relating to lotic ecosystem management, conservation and restoration. 


Teaching, Advising and Other Education Duties- 50%

1.    Teach two undergraduate classes annually.

2.    Advise 25-35 undergraduate majors annually.

3.    Teach one graduate class annually and lead a graduate seminar, special topics courses or other educational experience in alternate years.

4.    Mentor graduate students and serve on graduate committees inside and outside the department.

5.    Help review and develop the department¡¦s on-campus and on-line curriculum, and contribute to the scholarship of teaching as appropriate.


Research and Integrative Scholarship- 40%

1.     Maintain an active, externally-funded research program on ecology, conservation and management of lotic ecosystems. 

2.     Collaborate with other scientists as well as with tribal, state and federal agencies, in planning and conducting scholarly studies as appropriate.

3.     Regularly publish the results of original research in peer-reviewed journals, reports, and other outlets intended for peer scientists and other natural resources professionals. 

4.     Present current research findings at regional and national conferences. 


Service and Outreach- 10%

1.     Assume an equitable share of governance and committee duties in the department, college, and university.  Show initiative and cooperative spirit in carrying out obligations as a member of academia, a state employee, and of the community.

2.     Understand stakeholder needs and periodically develop and communicate technical and non-technical information to natural resource professionals, Extension agents, educators, and the public. Cooperate with Extension Specialists and other educators to support educational programming for professionals and life-long learning for the public.

3.     Participate in professional societies.




A complete application must consist of (1) a cover letter addressing your qualifications and aspirations as they relate to the specific duties and responsibilities described in the position description; (2) a full-length curriculum vitae (CV); (3) a two-page teaching philosophy; (4) a two-page research statement; and (5) the names and contact information (email, telephone and mail) of three referees who may be contacted by the search committee. For full consideration, applications must be received by April 14, 2014.



POSTED: 3-12-2014




The Ohio State University ¡V Ecological Engineering Program & Aquatic Ecology Laboratory


Description: Drs. Jay F. Martin and Stuart A. Ludsin have 2 years of support for a Post-doctoral Scientist to contribute to an ongoing biophysical modeling project that is focused on Lake Erie and its watershed.


The incumbent will lead a major modeling effort in support of a funded 4-year NSF Combined Human and Natural Systems project that is investigating linkages among climate change, ecology, and human behavior (e.g., farmers, decision-makers) in the largely agricultural Maumee River watershed, which is a primary source of sediments and nutrients to western Lake Erie. The Post-doc¡¦s primary responsibilities will be two- fold: 1) predict how climate and watershed land use interact to affect downstream (Lake Erie) ecosystem attributes (e.g., water clarity, harmful algal blooms, fisheries production) by integrating an existing SWAT watershed model that is driven by climate and land use/management with established statistical models from western Lake Erie; and 2) to determine if changes in human behavior across the watershed can offset the expected impacts of climate change on Lake Erie ecosystem services.  This latter objective will be achieved by modeling ecosystem scenarios in which a regional climate model is used to drive linked, spatially-explicit models of public policy, farmer behavior, land management change, and the biophysical system. Because the SWAT model has been calibrated and validated, the successful candidate can immediately begin performing management and climate scenarios, as well as publishing results.


The Post-doc will be co-supervised by Drs. Martin and Ludsin and work closely with an interdisciplinary team of Ohio State faculty, researchers, and students that includes social scientists, economists and communication specialists.


The Post-doc is expected to write manuscripts, present scientific papers, and help mentor students that are conducting related field, laboratory, and modeling research. Opportunities, if interested, would exist to participate in field and lab work, gain university teaching experience, attend training workshops, and write research grants. Support to attend scientific meetings will be provided annually.


Location: The incumbent would join a dynamic, interactive group of faculty, post-docs, and students at the Aquatic Ecology Laboratory (AEL;, which is housed within the Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology (, or the Ecological Engineering Program, which is located within the department of Food, Agricultural & Biological Engineering ( Office space would be provided on Ohio State¡¦s main campus in Columbus.


Qualifications: A successful applicant will be creative, motivated, and capable of working both independently and cooperatively within an interdisciplinary group. Minimum qualifications include a PhD in ecology, engineering, aquatic sciences, biostatistics, or a related field. Strong quantitative and communication skills are required. Ideal candidates will have extensive experience using SWAT models to analyze watershed hydrology and nutrient transport. Additional experience in ecological engineering, aquatic ecology and familiarity with GIS is desired.


How to apply: Electronically submit a cover letter, CV, and names/contact information of three references to Stuart Ludsin at and Jay Martin at (please put ¡§NSF-CHNS Post- Doc¡¨ in the subject line). We have begun reviewing applications and will continue until a suitable candidate is found. An ideal start date would be March 2014. Feel free to direct questions to Drs. Ludsin and Martin.


POSTED: 3-12-2014




The USDA-ARS Hydrology and Remote Sensing Lab in Beltsville, Maryland is soliciting applications for a postdoctoral research associate to assist in the watershed scale modeling of wetland functions within the Mid-Atlantic Region. Applicants must have received a doctoral degree in environmental science, geography, environmental engineering, hydrology, or a similar field prior to the desired starting date, or be able to obtain a letter from their graduate department stating that all requirements for a PhD have been fulfilled. A background in watershed hydrology (surface and groundwater), wetland hydrology, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and mechanistic modeling (e.g., SWAT, APEX, DNDC) and/or groundwater modeling (e.g, MODFLOW), is highly desired. The applicant should have experience in using ArcGIS, and would ideally have experience using SWAT and/or related models and excellent writing skills. Experience with using scripting or coding languages (e.g., MATLAB, Python, C++, FORTRAN) and wetland biogeochemistry is also desirable.


The position is open until filled, but would ideally begin on or before June 1, 2014. The applicant must be currently approved to work in the US. The position will be located in Beltsville, Maryland. Please send questions and application materials, including a cover letter explaining your interest in the position and a current CV, transcripts, and a list of references to Dr. Megan Lang at 10300 Baltimore Avenue; Bldg. 007, Rm. 104 BARC-West; Beltsville, MD 20705 or


POSTED: 2-24-2014


Research Associate 5 (Systems Ecology)

Coastal Sustainability Studio, College of Art and Design

Louisiana State University


The Coastal Sustainability Studio is a rapidly growing program where scientists, engineers, and designers come together to intensively study and respond to issues of settlement, coastal restoration, flood protection, and the economy in Coastal Louisiana. CSS was conceived as a design laboratory to develop strategies that reduce risk to social, economic, and natural resources. The results provide a sound basis for major policy decisions for adaptation through more sustainable land-use planning, protection, and education. Primarily made up of faculty, research fellows, and graduate students, the studio is an energetic and growing presence on LSU's Baton Rouge campus.


We are looking for highly motivated people who have some experience in their fields but very much want to engage in a broader multidisciplinary space focused on the issues facing coastal Louisiana.


Work as a Systems Ecologist as part of a joint program between the Department of Oceanography, Coastal Science, and the Coastal Sustainability Studio. Work with professionals from design and engineering fields in projects to restore, reshape, and enhance Coastal Louisiana. Work with graduate students, staff and faculty on studio projects, research and publish on challenges to developing sustainable design of natural and social systems in the Mississippi River Delta. Also participate in research on nutrient biogeochemistry of Mississippi River Delta and its relationship to restoration design features and public education.


Required Qualifications:  PhD in Systems Ecology, Coastal Science, Environmental Science, or a related discipline; one year of experience; interest and aptitude in coastal science, restoration, and community development. Additional Qualifications: Two to four years of experience; experience working with different aspects of the environmental and social sciences that lead to leadership in sustainability issues.


An offer of employment is contingent on passing a pre-employment criminal background check.  Application deadline is March 24, 2014. Apply online and view a more detailed ad at: Position #037790




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POSTED: 2-24-2014


Assistant Professor in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science

University of Nevada Reno


The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science at the University of Nevada Reno ( seeks an Ecohydrologist at the Assistant Professor level to conduct research, teach undergraduate and graduate courses, and to provide outreach in Ecohydrology, which involves the interactions and associated feedbacks between ecological systems and the hydrologic cycle. The Department is very interdisciplinary with faculty having expertise and research interests in the areas of hydrology, limnology, plant sciences, forestry, soil science, environmental science, landscape ecology, and wildlife science. The Department maintains a Master¡¦s of Science program and offers doctoral degrees through three interdisciplinary programs managed by the University of Nevada, including the Graduate Program of Hydrologic Sciences (, a collaborative effort between UNR and the Desert Research Institute that offers excellent opportunities for teaching and research. In addition, the Department has developed and offers the only undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree in Ecohydrology in the nation ( The desired candidate is expected to collaborate broadly across the Department, the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology, and Natural Resources, the University, and Federal, State, and local agencies, and will play a fundamental role in the Ecohydrology undergraduate major.


Successful applicants are expected to:

¡P         establish a nationally-recognized, competitive research program in the broad area of Ecohydrology

¡P         publish in peer-reviewed journals

¡P         obtain extramural grant support

¡P         teach undergraduate and graduate courses in Ecohydrology and introductory hydrology that are required for Departmental and interdisciplinary academic programs

¡P         teach additional courses within their area of specialization

¡P         advise undergraduate and graduate students in the Department and in appropriate interdisciplinary graduate programs; and

¡P         provide outreach research, education, and leadership to academic, State, professional, and public stakeholders

The position is expected to be filled as a 9-month tenure track position at the Assistant Professor level. A start date of August 1, 2014 is desired, but can be negotiated.


Required qualifications: Candidates must have a Ph.D. in hydrology, ecology, or a related field in the natural sciences or engineering, have strong quantitative skills, and a record of scholarly activity in the form of publications and grants in the field of ecohydrology.


Preferred qualifications: Postdoctoral or supervisory experience with students at graduate and undergraduate levels.


To apply: Submit (1) a cover letter of application; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a statement of research interests; (4) a statement of teaching interests and philosophy; and (5) contact information for three references electronically at


In their application package candidates should articulate the following qualifications:

¡P         An interest in collaborating broadly across disciplines and University academic units to explore questions relating to Ecohydrology.

¡P         Ability to establish a strong research program that could include experimental, field-based and/or modeling approaches.

¡P         Research and teaching experience related to Ecohydrology.


 Applications received by April 9, 2014 will receive full consideration.


The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences has over 300 undergraduates, 55 graduate students, 19 full-time faculty and an annual average of $3 million in awards from state, regional and national funding competitions. Reno is located on the eastern edge of the Sierra Nevada Mountains near Lake Tahoe and was recently rated one of the best small cities in the US for outdoor recreation and overall quality of life.


The University of Nevada, Reno is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action in recruitment of its students and employees and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, creed, national origin, veteran status, physical or mental disability, and sexual orientation. Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action. Women and underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.



POSTED: 1-9-2014



Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Resources Engineering

State University of New York (SUNY)


The State University of New York (SUNY) College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) in Syracuse, NY, invites applications for an academic-year, tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor specializing in Ecological Engineering in the Department of Environmental Resources Engineering.


Short Position Description:  The Department of Environmental Resources Engineering (ERE) invites applicants with Ecological Engineering expertise and academic training in any related engineering discipline to apply to this tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor. We seek applicants who can develop and support novel research in theory and applications of ecological engineering. Research focus areas may include sustainable ecosystem restoration, modeling of fate and transport phenomena, nutrient cycling, ecosystem services, novel waste management technologies, ecological risk assessment, life cycle analyses, or energy systems. Applicants must be able to teach courses in support of the ABET-accredited undergraduate program in Environmental Resources Engineering. Typical teaching responsibilities include a total of three courses and one seminar annually. Service responsibilities include supporting University, College, Department and the applicant's profession.


Application materials will be reviewed beginning January 15, 2014. This position will remain open until filled with an anticipated start date of August 2014. Applicants must have an undergraduate or graduate degree in engineering. Additional details regarding the position and application process are available at


SUNY-ESF is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer



POSTED: 1-9-2014



Assistant Professor in Ecological Engineering

University of Arkansas


Position Title: Assistant Professor in Ecological Engineering

Appointment: 9-month appointment, Tenure-track


General Duties and Responsibilities: The assistant professor position is within the Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department, College of Engineering of the University of Arkansas.   The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in Bio-systems, Biological, Environmental, or related engineering discipline and be eligible to obtain a Professional Engineering registration within four years. The candidate should have the ability to teach undergraduate and graduate classes such as sustainable watershed engineering, ecological engineering design; and competency and experience in watershed hydrology and/or water management.  The candidate will be expected  to develop an extramurally-funded research program with a potential focus in one or more of the areas on (1) modeling hydrologic and ecosystem processes including  transport phenomena, nutrient cycling, surface and ground water management, agricultural  irrigation, and ecosystem services; (2) investigating and designing systems in urban and rural landscapes, including Low Impact Development design, agricultural Best Management Practices, and stream channel restoration; and (3) water resource management theory, practice and design, including ecological risk assessment, life cycle assessment, habitat management, water process modeling.  The candidate will be expected to advise undergraduate and graduate students in their specialty area. The position will compliment rather than duplicate the existing research team within the department and the University of Arkansas.  Supervision of graduate students supported through extramural grants is a central responsibility for this position, as well as instruction of courses to be assigned by the Department Head.  This person should actively engage faculty from other disciplines.  It is expected that the individual selected will aggressively pursue extramural funding for their research and education programs.


Administrative Relationships: The position reports to the Department Head of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at the University of

Arkansas, Fayetteville.


Qualifications: The candidate must have, by date of appointment, a Ph.D. in Biosystems, Biological, Agricultural, Environmental, or closely- related engineering discipline.  Experience or knowledge of Arkansas agriculture, water management, and water quality issues is desirable. The candidate will be expected to either hold a professional engineering license or be capable of pursuing one in the state of Arkansas. Demonstrated effective verbal and written communication skills are essential. Evidence of potential to secure competitive extramural funding and supervision of M.S. and Ph.D. students is desired. The successful candidate should have the interest and capability to work both independently and as a multidisciplinary team member.


Agency: Biological &Agricultural Engineering Department, College of Engineering, University of Arkansas.


Facilities: The position will be at the Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is selected. Interested candidates should send a letter of application including a

statement of accomplishments and qualifications, curriculum vitae, transcripts, and the name, complete address, and telephone number of at least three references to:


Ms. Linda Pate, Departmental Administrative Manager

Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering

203 Engineering Hall, University of Arkansas

Fayetteville, AR 72701

Telephone: 479-575-2351               Fax: 479-575-2846



Date Position is Available August 2014.


The University of Arkansas is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants are subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act and persons hired must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States. The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution