Position Announcements

Assistant-Professor biological limnology

The Large Lakes Observatory (LLO; www.d.umn.edu/llo) in cooperation with the Department  of Biology at the University of Minnesota Duluth invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in biological limnology. We seek, in particular, a phytoplankton ecologist who is both an outstanding researcher and dedicated teacher whose interests may include nutrient dynamics, remote sensing, water column optics, ecophysiology, or other areas that complement the strengths of a highly collaborative faculty.

This position will be filled at the Assistant Professor level and is a nine-month, tenure-track, joint appointment between LLO and the Department of Biology. Tenure resides in the Department of Biology. Research appointments in LLO are subject to review and renewal. Teaching and service loads in the tenure department are commensurate with a split appointment (about two courses per year).

LLO’s and Biology’s research outlook and activities are global, with current research on lakes in East Africa, Asia, and North America (including Canada, Mexico, and the U.S.) as well as coastal ocean environments and ancient aquatic systems. Besides LLO and the Department of Biology, the established community in limnology at the University of Minnesota includes Physics, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Geological Sciences, and the Center for Water and Environment on the Duluth campus and the Limnological Research Center, the Department of Earth Sciences, the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, the Institute on the Environment, and the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory on the Twin Cities campus. LLO and Biology are also affiliated with the Water Resources Science and the Integrated Biosciences Programs (both joint Twin CitiesDuluth M.S.Ph. D. graduate programs). LLO operates the only UNOLS research vessel on the Great Lakes, the R/V Blue Heron.

Required qualifications include a Ph.D. (or equivalent) in biology, limnology, oceanography, or a related field, from a university with the equivalent of “regional accreditation” in the US system, by July 1, 2014. Evidence of potential for successful university-level teaching and externally funded research related to biological limnology or oceanography is also required. Preferred qualifications include one or more years of postdoctoral experience, good interpersonal and oral-communications skills, and evidence of the ability to enhance the University’s commitment to diversity in cultures and communities. 

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A complete application includes a letter of application; curriculum vitae; summary of relevant undergraduate and graduate course work, such as unofficial transcripts or lists of course titles ( Additional Doc 1); a a statement ofresearch interests (Additional Doc 2); and a statement of teaching philosophy, experience, and interests ( Additional Doc 3). Candidates should also arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent (email) to Dr. Sergei Katsev, Chair, LLO/Biology Faculty Search Committee, Large Lakes Observatory, University of Minnesota Duluth, 2205 East 5th Street, Duluth, MN 55812, USA, skatsev@d.umn.edu. Applications received by October 1, 2013 will receive full consideration, although the search will proceed until the position is filled.

The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer.

The University of Minnesota Duluth strongly encourages applications from women and minority candidates

If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the UMD Disability Specialist at 2187267725

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