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Assistant Professor of Animal Population Ecology


Utah State University


Logan Campus


United States

Last Date to Apply:

None provided





Assistant Professor of Animal Population Ecology




Open Date:


Review Date:


Job Category:


Wildland Resources


Quinney College of Natural Resourcs


Logan Campus


Posting Duration:
Open Until Filled


Position Summary:


The Department of Wildland Resources and the Ecology Center invite applications for a full-time, 9-month tenure-track faculty position in animal population ecology. The position, to be filled at the Assistant Professor level, will be 50% research, 40% teaching, and 10% service.
The appointed faculty member will be expected to develop an externally-funded research program that achieves an international reputation for research and graduate training in the field of wildlife population ecology. Skills and research areas of particular interest to the Department include, but are not limited to: Bayesian state-space and integrated population modeling; integral projection modeling; survival estimation; multi-state capture-recapture modeling; matrix modeling; mark-recapture techniques; implications of life-history evolution for population ecology including adaptation to climate change; effects of disease, predation, and hunting on population dynamics; etc.
Fundamental to this position is working across disciplinary and institutional boundaries and collaborating with federal and state agencies. The appointed faculty member will mentor and advise graduate students and post-doctoral researchers from diverse backgrounds, as well as teach courses (potentially online) to undergraduate and graduate students within the area of expertise as allocated by the Department Head.
A candidate's expertise should complement existing strengths in the Quinney College of Natural Resources and the Ecology Center. Through collaborations with faculty and extension personnel, the appointed faculty member will become a key player in the highly productive team of ecologists at Utah State University. We are interested in applicants who can prosper within a collaborative, interdisciplinary environment of physical, life, and social scientists.



  • Effectively teach undergraduate and graduate courses
  • A commitment to department, university, and community service
  • Conduct research and other scholarly activities, including the pursuit of external funding
  • Serve as a mentor to students on their research activities


Dept/College Highlights:


Utah State University is a public land-grant research and teaching institution founded in 1888. The Department of Wildland Resources, in the Quinney College of Natural Resources, conducts research and educates students and the public about the ecology and management of wildlife, rangelands, and forests, and about conservation and restoration ecology. The department is partially supported by the Utah Agricultural Experiment Station and the USU Ecology Center. It has several Extension-supported faculty, several faculty who are federal or state collaborators (with the USGS Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Unit, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, USDA Wildlife Services, U.S. Forest Service, and USDA Agricultural Research Services), and many supporting facilities and laboratories. Many opportunities for collaborations exist within the department, college, and across campus.
Utah State University has an enrollment of about 28,000 students, including 17,900 students on the main campus in Logan and 3,280 graduate students. Logan offers the amenities of a college town within the Cache Valley metropolitan zone of 115,000 people. Cache Valley is a 90-minutes north of Salt Lake City, a dynamic metropolitan area with an international airport. Positioned along the scenic Wasatch Mountains and Bear River Range, the region offers a wide variety of outdoor activities within minutes of campus and is within a day’s drive of eight national parks, numerous national monuments, and vast areas of publicly-owned rangeland and forest. The university has been ranked 8th in the nation's best public national universities for graduates with the least debt because of affordability, academic quality and accessibility.
As an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, USU is dedicated to recruiting stellar candidates from a diverse pool, including women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities. USU is sensitive to the needs of dual-career applicants and offers competitive salaries with outstanding medical, retirement, and professional benefits.




Minimum Qualifications:

  • An earned Ph.D. in fields such as, but not limited to, ecology, zoology, wildlife biology
  • Demonstration of collegiality among peers and constituents
  • Evidence of established or emerging research stream(s) with publication potential
  • Demonstrated ability in teaching, research or creative endeavors, extension, service, or other qualifying work
  • Highly effective communication skills, including listening, writing, and speaking
  • Willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges
  • Willingness to accept some departmental and college service assignments
  • Ability to explain complex concepts in an understandable way
  • Ability to serve as a mentor, advisor and role model to students
  • Ability to work productively and cooperatively with colleagues
  • Excellent oral, written, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills
  • A strong commitment to stay current and professionally or academically qualified depending on appointment
  • Experience in conducting research on the population ecology of terrestrial vertebrates with a corresponding publication record.
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to articulate science inside and outside the classroom to diverse audiences.
Preferred Qualifications:
Relevant postdoctoral experience will be a distinct advantage. With USU being a land-grant institution, we are especially interested in applicants with an expressed interest in conducting a portion of their research in Utah or nearby in the Intermountain West. Weight will be added to the evaluation of applicants with experience in applying science to finding solutions for management problems.


Opportunity Type:
Full-Time w/benefits package


Percent of Time or Hours per Week:


Advertised Salary:
Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


Required Documents (The names and contact information of 3 references will be collected during the application process):
Cover Letter, Research Statement, Resume/CV, Teaching Philosophy


Other Required document types/Special Instructions to Applicants:
We request a cover letter, a complete CV, names and e-mail addresses of three references, and statements on your research interests and teaching philosophy. The position is open until filled, but we will begin reviewing applications on 11 September 2017.


Often Functional Requirements (25-75% time):
Both hands required or compensated by the use of acceptable prostheses


Continuous Functional Requirements (75%+ time):
Use of fingers (e.g. typing),Routine visual requirements (e.g. reading with attention to details; seeing activities near and far),Routine hearing ability (e.g. whispers at close range; voices at 15 feet; converse by telephone)


Often Environmental Factors (25-75% time):
Working alone


Continuous Environmental Factors (75%+ time):


ADA Cognitive Requirements:
Apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems. Deal with non-verbal symbolism (formulas, scientific equations, graphs, musical notes, etc.) in its most difficult phases. Deal with a variety of abstract and concrete variables. Comprehend complex, hard-to-understand concepts.


ADA Math Requirements:
Apply knowledge of advanced mathematical and statistical techniques such as differential and integral calculus, factor analysis, and probability determination, or work with a wide variety of theoretical mathematical concepts and make original applications of mathematical procedures, as in empirical and differential equations.


ADA Communication Requirements - Speech:
Expression of a level comparable to 5, plus highest order verbal skills such as ability to lecture to large groups, ability to speak on complex issues without prepared notes.


ADA Comm Requirements - Comprehension:
Comprehensive and expression of a level comparable to 5, plus highest order of composition skills such as ability to do this as primary function of the job, to draft and edit publication-quality papers, to prepare highly complex documents such as wills and contracts. May involve a large volume of such composition.


ADA Travel Requirements:
Minimal travel required – ability to travel infrequently (i.e., annually) for activities such as developmental sessions at a centralized training center.