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Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Avian Biology - 496118-2453

at BOISE STATE UNIVERSITY

Job Description

About Boise State:
Boise State University, powered by creativity and innovation, stands uniquely positioned in the Northwest as a metropolitan research university of distinction. Learn more about Boise State at https://www.boisestate.edu/about/

Boise State University is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty, staff, students, and academic program offerings and to strengthening sensitivity to diversity throughout the institution. Our faculty members help students achieve their educational goals and are sensitive to the diverse cultures and socio-economic backgrounds of our students. Commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion is at the heart of our mission.

Job Summary:
Boise State University invites you to apply for the Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Avian Biology within the Department of Biological Sciences.

We seek candidates using innovative approaches to answer questions in the field of avian ecology or evolution. We are particularly interested in a faculty member who will help diversify strengths in areas such as molecular ecology/genomics, disease ecology, or avian physiology. Candidates should have a strong interest in collaborative research, inclusive mentoring of graduate and undergraduate students, and teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Department Overview:
The Department of Biological Sciences is at the forefront of Boise State University's mission to provide an innovative, transformative, and equitable educational and research environment. We work closely with colleagues in the Departments of Geosciences, Anthropology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Mathematics, Computer Science, the Human-Environment Systems Initiative, and community partners in non-governmental organizations and federal and state agencies. We also connect our faculty and students to the broader university educational and scholarship community through partnership with the Boise State Center for Teaching and Learning and the Institute for Inclusive and Transformative Scholarship.

Research and Education:

Current ecology/evolution-related research programs include: patterns and processes of global change, raptor biology, animal behavior, invasive species, plant and animal physiology, conservation, and species interactions. Our partners collectively contribute expertise in remote sensing of terrestrial ecosystems, biogeochemistry, ecohydrologic and land-atmosphere modeling, human behavior, paleoecology, fire ecology, and land use science. Current evolutionary-related research programs include: evolutionary patterns and processes, conservation and functional genomics, and species diversity.

Boise State University is committed to excellence in computationally and data-intensive research and has established a Research Computing department to support the computing needs of faculty, staff, and students. Support available from Research Computing includes access to and use of on-campus and remote high-performance computing resources, provisioning of data storage, data management assistance, and personnel support for research software engineering and development.

The department strives to promote student success through excellence in biology. We provide exceptional student research experiences and a curriculum that includes developing critical thinking skills, independent research projects, instrumentation training, exceptional laboratory practices, and mastery of scientific writing. As an R2 institution, we are dedicated to our research and curriculum goals, and successful candidates for this position will strive to work in a department that embraces a team spirit of cooperation and respect for all.

To find out more about Boise State: http://www.boisestate.edu/, research at Boise State: https://www.boisestate.edu/research/, the Department of Biological Sciences and our programs: https://www.boisestate.edu/biology/, Boise State's Center for Teaching and Learning: https://www.boisestate.edu/ctl/, and our Institute for Inclusive and Transformative Scholarship: https://www.boisestate.edu/ifits/.

Essential Functions:
The successful candidate will be expected to develop an externally-funded research program, supervise graduate students in the Raptor Biology MS program, Biology MS program, and Ecology, Evolution and Behavior (EEB) PhD program, and teach both graduate and undergraduate courses in our curriculum. The successful candidate will help build a diverse and inclusive environment in our dynamic and growing department, graduate programs, and university.

The successful avian biology candidate will also have the opportunity to affiliate with the Raptor Research Center (RRC, https://www.boisestate.edu/raptorresearchcenter/) within the College of Arts and Sciences at Boise State University. The RRC supports the Raptor Biology MS program, operates an NSF funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU Site) focused on raptor biology, secures extramural research and program grants to facilitate local and national scale raptor research, and collaborates with state and federal agency partners. The RRC manages a suite of funding opportunities, equipment, and a fleet of field research vehicles for faculty members and their students engaged in raptor research.

We are looking for colleagues with complementary research interests who will develop and maintain a vibrant research program by partnering and collaborating with faculty and students in our department and across campus, expanding partnerships with non-academic organizations, and by leveraging university investments in research infrastructure. Please visit this website to learn about our department, programs, people, and research infrastructure: https://www.boisestate.edu/biology/

Minimum Qualifications:
  • PhD and postdoctoral or equivalent experience in the field of avian biology
  • Evidence of the commitment to create a diverse and inclusive working environment (as demonstrated in the diversity statement)
  • Evidence of scholarly creativity and independence as demonstrated by extramural funding and a strong record of publication (as described in the research statement and curriculum vitae)
  • Evidence of teaching and/ or mentoring through the use of current pedagogical techniques, and experience and expertise in culturally responsive teaching to address equity gaps in courses and class rooms (as demonstrated in the teaching statement)

About Boise:
The city of Boise is located along the Boise River near the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. In national polls, Boise has been repeatedly named one of the best places to live because of surrounding natural beauty, access to outdoors, and low crime rates.

Boise is known for its extensive Ridge to Rivers trail systems connecting you to hiking, biking, and running. The surrounding areas have world class skiing, white water rafting and kayaking, and exceptional fishing and hunting. Boise has a vibrant arts and culture scene with several museums, music events, a Shakespeare festival, and the Anne Frank Memorial. Boise is a family friendly city with parks, a zoo, farmers markets, and kids activities. To learn more about Boise: http://www.cityofboise.org/.

Salary and Benefit s:
A competitive salary and benefits package is available. Salary will be for a 9-month, tenure-track faculty appointment. Boise State University is committed to offering a benefits package that provides health and financial protection plans as well as resources to promote health and well-being. Our program provides flexibility so you can choose the benefits that are right for you. Details about benefits: https://www.boisestate.edu/hrs/benefits/

Required Application Materials:
Please be certain to attach a single pdf file that includes the following in order:
  1. a cover letter that describes the candidate's interest in the position and potential contributions to our department
  2. a curriculum vitae, which includes employment history, experience with grant writing, publications, courses taught, leadership roles and responsibilities, mentorship of graduate and undergraduate students, and professional activities including service
  3. a 1-2 page statement of research interests and future research plans including potential funding sources, please outline how the research plan will include raptors and how research may integrate with existing programs or research strengths
  4. a 1-2 page teaching statement that describes the candidate's teaching philosophy, experience, and potential contributions to our graduate and undergraduate curriculum, and how you will implement modern pedagogical practices
  5. a 1 page description of how the candidate's research program and teaching philosophy would address Boise State University's diversity and inclusion goals (https://www.boisestate.edu/president/statement-of-diversity-and-inclusivity/),
  6. copies of no more than three relevant publications, and
  7. contact information for no more than three professional references.


Advertised: October 5, 2021 Mountain Daylight Time
Applications close: November 7, 2021 11:55 PM Mountain Standard Time

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Posted On: Oct 16, 2021

Updated On: Oct 17, 2021