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Assistant Professor
Area:   Ecological Theory/Modeling
Position Title:   Assistant Professor
Position Code:   ASNS4975A
Status:   Closed
Description:   The University of California, Merced is a dynamic new university campus in Merced, California, which opened in September 2005 as the tenth campus of the University of California and the first American research university in the 21st century. In keeping with the mission of the University to provide teaching, research and public service of the highest quality, UC Merced offers research-centered and student-oriented educational opportunities at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels through three academic schools: Engineering, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences/Humanities/Arts.

The School of Natural Sciences at the University of California, Merced invites qualified applications for a tenure-track position in Ecological Theory and/or Modeling at the Assistant Professor level.

This position is part of a Global Change Sciences Cluster hire in the Environmental Systems Graduate Group that includes positions in Evolutionary Biology (School of Natural Sciences), Ecological Theory/Modeling (School of Natural Sciences), and Environmental/Ecological Engineering (School of Engineering). The ES Graduate Group brings together a diverse group of faculty, graduate students, and research scholars with a shared interest in interdisciplinary research of natural and human-impacted environmental systems. The ES faculty belong to all three schools of the campus, with representation from the faculty in Engineering (Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Material Science and Engineering), Natural Sciences (Life and Environmental Sciences), and Social Sciences, Humanities and the Arts (Geography/Cognitive and Information Sciences).

We seek an individual with expertise in ecological or ecosystem modeling and/or theory related to global change. Development of new theory and models forms an important part of ecology, and we are interested in a faculty member with expertise across different spatial and temporal scales (e.g., between community ecology and macro ecology or paleoecology and neoecology), or in developing new theory, models, and approaches for different study systems (e.g. microorganisms, biodiversity loss, habitat fragmentation, disease ecology), with a particular interest in approaches that integrate ecological systems with drivers of global change. Application of mechanistic and/or statistical approaches to ecological and ecosystem modeling, and scaling of space and time phenomena, would support research themes in biodiversity, biogeochemistry, climate science, ecology, evolution, geosciences, and spatial analysis. The successful applicant should be broadly interested in biodiversity and its role in ecosystem, landscape, and global ecology and have interests that complement existing faculty in the LES group. http://les.ucmerced.edu

The University of California, Merced is ideally located for research in the environmental sciences, with close proximity to a diversity of natural and managed environments from the Sierra Nevada to the Pacific Ocean. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to participate in the Sierra Nevada Research Institute, a research unit at UC Merced focusing on interdisciplinary environmental studies, and in partnerships with Yosemite and Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks. UC Merced offers access to the UC Natural Reserve System and opportunities for collaboration with other UC campuses and UC affiliated national laboratories.

The University of California, Merced is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty, staff, and students. The University is supportive of dual career couples.
Qualifications:   Applicants must have a Ph.D. in the biological sciences or other relevant field, a strong publication record, and demonstrated potential to develop an independent, innovative research program. Applicants must be able to teach effectively at both undergraduate and graduate levels, and teach and mentor students of a diverse student population. Potential courses that could be taught by the successful applicant include ecological modeling, quantitative ecology, theoretical ecology, and related topics.
Salary:   Negotiable, based on University of California Academic Salary Scales
Closing Date:   01/10/2014
To Apply:   Interested applicants are required to submit 1) a cover letter 2) curriculum vitae 3) statement of research 4) statement of teaching 5) contact information for three references and 6) statement of diversity summarizing past or potential contributions to diversity.

Applications must be submitted via this website.

NOTICE: This position is not open. We are not accepting applications at this time.

As of January 1, 2014 the University of California, Merced will be a smoke and tobacco free workplace. Information and the Smoke and Tobacco Free policy is available at

For more information:   Please contact Professor Stephen Hart by email at shart4@ucmerced.edu

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