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Position Asst Prof Vertebrate Ecology


 Assistant Professor Vertebrate Ecology


The Department of Forestry and Natural Resources at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, is seeking applicants for a vertebrate ecologist at the rank of assistant professor. This is a tenure-track, academic-year appointment with both research and teaching responsibilities.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The successful candidate will be expected to develop an internationally recognized research program, interact with scientifically diverse faculty across campus, and demonstrate excellence in teaching. Research should focus on vertebrate ecology, with an emphasis on aquatic systems preferred. Ability to apply modern field techniques, to use innovative analytical approaches, and to generate extramural funding support is expected. Teaching responsibilities will include courses in Wildlife in America, an interdisciplinary capstone course, and a graduate course contributing to the curricular objectives of the graduate faculty. The successful candidate will also participate in a natural resource practicum and mentor students.

Purdue University’s Department of Forestry and Natural Resources is a broad environmental department, emphasizing interdisciplinary approaches across a spectrum of research areas including ecology, forest biology, wildlife, fisheries and aquatic sciences, wood science, genetics and human dimensions of natural resource management ( The successful candidate will have the opportunity to participate in department interdisciplinary groups including a Quantitative Ecology group and three areas of excellence: Sustaining Hardwood Ecosystems (SHE), Partnering for Land Use Sustainability (PLUS), and Natural Resource Genetics. The department participates in and leads interdisciplinary initiatives such as the Center for the Environment, Purdue Water Community, Purdue Interdisciplinary Center for Ecological Sustainability, Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center, and Purdue Climate Change Research Center. As the land grant university in the state of Indiana, Purdue University has integrated programs in discovery, learning and engagement. The College of Agriculture embodies this land-grant mission by providing exceptional graduate and undergraduate education, stretching the frontiers of science through innovative research, and providing solutions to societal challenges which help people improve their lives and livelihoods.

QUALIFICATIONS: A Ph.D. in wildlife, zoology, or related discipline and have demonstrated expertise in the field of natural resources. Experience in aquatic ecosystems is desired. Teaching experience; the potential to develop a vigorous, extramurally funded research program; and a commitment to research and teaching are required. A strong publication record and post-doctoral or practical experience are desirable. A background check will be required for employment in this position.

SALARY: Salary will be commensurate with experience and training.

CLOSING DATE: 1 November 2011, or until filled.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Submit: 1) letter of application; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) a list of three references, including complete addresses, telephone and fax numbers, and email addresses; and 4) reprints of selected publications. The application should contain formal one-page statements of research interests and teaching philosophy. Application packets should be addressed to Dr. John Dunning, Chair, Vertebrate Ecologist Search Committee, Purdue University, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, 715 West State Street, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907-2061. Questions may be directed to the Search Committee Chair via telephone (765-494-3565) or email (

Purdue Forestry & Natural Resources offers nationally ranked programs in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB), Wildlife and Aquatic Sciences (WAS) and Forestry  and Forestry Science. The National Research Council (NRC) released results for 2010 shares FNR Rankings with Wildlife Ecology 13th overall, 7th among public universities, and Forestry and Forest Science 7th overall, 2nd overall in faculty and student diversity.

Purdue University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce.