Assistant Professor of Land-Atmosphere Interactions

Montana State University | Posted Aug 28, 2023

Deadline: Nov 3, 2023

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The Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences at Montana State University seeks a collaborative colleague who will embrace a multidisciplinary approach to investigating land-atmosphere interactions with specific attention to belowground hydrology and soil-water dynamics, and application to sustainable management of natural and agricultural ecosystems. The successful candidate will have experience in land-atmosphere exchange, ecohydrology, critical zone hydrology, or a closely related field.

This is a nine-month (academic year), tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level with research (60%), teaching (30%), and service (10%) responsibilities funded by the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station and the College of Agriculture.

Research responsibilities include developing a regionally and nationally recognized program focused on land-atmosphere interactions including the exchange of water, carbon, and other constituents within and between soils, vegetation, and the atmosphere. The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to conceive, design, and carry out a wide range of studies on both traditional and novel topics. Examples of important research areas include but are not limited to: water-use efficiency in natural and agricultural systems, soil and critical zone hydrology, and the exchange of mass and energy between land and atmosphere. Expertise in quantitative analysis, scientific writing for a variety of audiences, and oral presentation skills are essential. Close collaboration with colleagues across scientific disciplines is expected. Our research network includes seven Agricultural Research Centers across Montana, and our college and department include a strong Extension component. Engagement with stakeholders, Extension staff, and Research Centers to inform discovery about land-atmosphere interaction is an important component of this position.

The successful candidate will develop an excellent teaching and mentoring program, including teaching undergraduate and/or graduate courses in subjects such as surface-atmosphere exchange, biometeorology, environmental biophysics, and critical zone hydrology, depending on departmental teaching needs. Responsibilities include undergraduate curricular advising, undergraduate research advising, and training of graduate students. The hiring department has a strong history of securing extramural funding to support graduate students. Service responsibilities include departmental citizenship, participation in professional societies, and engagement with the community consistent with the missions of a Land Grant University and the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station.