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Assistant Professor of Quantitative Spatial Ecology


Utah State University


Logan Campus


United States

Last Date to Apply:

None provided


Assistant Professor of Quantitative Spatial Ecology


Open Date:

Review Date:

Job Category:

Wildland Resources

Quinney College of Natural Resourcs

Logan Campus

Posting Duration:
Open Until Filled

Position Summary:

The Wildland Resources Department and the Ecology Center at Utah State University invite applications for a tenure track faculty position in Quantitative Spatial Ecology at the rank of Assistant Professor. The appointment will be 50% research, 40% teaching, and 10% service.
We seek an innovative scholar with the statistical, mathematical and computational expertise to address the ecological impacts of environmental change over large spatial and temporal scales by interpolating, extrapolating, or projecting observations made over the short-term or at the plot- and organism-level. Quantitative techniques of interest to our faculty and students include geostatistics of spatio-temporal processes, hierarchical and mixed models, fitting dynamic models to empirical data, and machine learning approaches. Preference will be given to candidates interested in collaborative and interdisciplinary research using data ranging from individual demographic observations to remotely-sensed landscapes. We encourage candidates with experience in any taxonomic group, study system, and level of ecological organization to apply, but we are especially interested in those keen to develop research in the Intermountain West that will complement existing research programs in the Quinney College of Natural Resources in population and community ecology, wildlife ecology and management, environmental assessment and monitoring, population genetics, and ecological forecasting.
The candidate is expected to have or develop a regionally, nationally and internationally recognized research program, mentor post-doctoral, graduate and undergraduate students in the candidate’s area of expertise, and teach both graduate and undergraduate courses to students from diverse backgrounds.


  • 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 in biology, ecology, biostatistics, geography or related discipline at the time of appointment
  • Ability to develop an externally funded research program in quantitative spatial ecology based on innovative and transformative research
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to communicate science inside and outside the classroom to diverse audiences
  • 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
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Relevant postdoctoral experience
  • Demonstrated ability to work productively with personnel in state, federal, or non-governmental land and wildlife management agencies and various stakeholder groups
  • Desire to support USU’s land-grant mission by conducting research in Utah or the Intermountain West and applying science to find solutions for management and conservation issues

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.