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Requisition # 71538

Position Basics

Type of PositionTENURE-TRACK
Advertising Ends on:Extended Until Position is Filled
Advertising Started on:Monday, August 28th, 2017
College:College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Department:Geographical and Sustainability Sciences



Position Details

Full/Part Time Status:Full Time
Position Description:

The ideal candidate will be focused on processes at the watershed scale or larger and be motivated by questions at the intersection of natural and human systems. This candidate will also be well versed in the computational methods necessary to understand such processes (e.g., spatial analytical and statistical approaches, spatial simulation). Applicants could work in one of a variety of specialized research areas, including:

  • Resilience and adaptive capacity of ecosystems

  • Socio-ecological systems

  • Ecosystem change and the spread of disease

  • Hydro-ecological systems and flooding

  • Ecosystem modeling and measurement

  • Ecosystem services

The successful candidate will contribute to a broad-based environmental curriculum through introductory to graduate level courses that fulfill requirements for degrees in geography and related fields.  Specific courses taught by an individual hired in this position could include introductory physical geography, ecosystem ecology, field methods, wetlands, and climatology. Successful candidates are expected to conduct cutting-edge research and work effectively in interdisciplinary teams that address significant real-world problems, thereby helping to maintain the department’s active role in collaborative research across campus.

This appointment will begin August 15, 2018. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in geography, ecology, or a related discipline in-hand by that date. Applicants should show promise for gaining external funding. A proven record of research and teaching excellence at the intersection of human and environmental systems is desirable. Applicants should be able to teach introductory physical geography as well as advanced courses in their area of expertise.  Collaborative and interdisciplinary research is encouraged within the department and at UI. The ability to complement existing departmental strengths (e.g., health geography, resilience, vulnerability, land-use science, sustainability, geographic information science, urban ecology) or university initiatives (e.g., water sustainability, adaptation to climate change, informatics), is desirable. 

Submit applications online at https://jobs.uiowa.edu. Attachments to the application should include a letter of application, a CV, a statement of research interest, a statement of teaching interest, and evidence of teaching effectiveness. Three letters of recommendation are required as part of the application process. Upon submission, references selected will receive directions by e-mail regarding the electronic submission of letters to the University of Iowa. Screening of applications begins November 15, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. Direct questions regarding this position to Dr. Heather Sander, heather-a-sander@uiowa.edu


Education Requirement:

Ph.D. in geography, ecology, or a related discipline in-hand by date of hire.

Required Qualifications:

  • Relevant research experience at the intersection human and environmental systems

  • Strong analytical skills for the study of geographical patterns and processes

  • Ability to teach introductory physical geography and more advanced courses in their area of expertise

  • Evidence of excellence in teaching

  • Record of peer-reviewed publications

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Research interest/experience at scales of watershed or above

  • Ability to contribute to interdisciplinary research teams

  • Previous research experience in agro-ecosystems 

  • Evidence of successful grant writing

Online Application Required Documents

 Curriculum Vitae
Letter of Interest
Supporting Attachments
 Number of References:  3
 Letters of Recommendation are required as part of the application process. Upon submission, references selected will be notified by e-mail with directions on how to electronically submit letters to the University of Iowa.   

To start the Online Application process for this position, click the "Apply for This Position" button located below the Contact Information.

Additional Application Materials

Materials:Please upload the following as Supporting Attachments:
Statement of research interest
Statement of teaching interest
Evidence of teaching effectiveness

The materials listed above are not part of any online process. Please send the materials to the contact information below.

Contact Information

Contact:Heather A Sander - heather-a-sander@uiowa.edu
Clas-Geogra&Sustainability Sci
307 JH
Phone: 319-353-2964
Department URL: https://clas.uiowa.edu/geography/

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