The Department of Plant Soil and Microbial Sciences (PSM) and the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station (KBS) at Michigan State University (MSU) invite applications for a full‐time, tenure system Associate or Full Professor with a 75% research, 15% teaching and 10% service assignment. The position start date is anticipated to be August 16, 2024.
This position is part of MSU’s Global Impact Initiative (research.msu.edu/global-impact/), designed to address grand challenges in some of the most promising and exciting fields of research. The successful candidate will be an individual with international recognition as a leader in the field of agricultural ecology, with expertise in, but not limited to, ecosystems ecology, biogeochemistry, and global environmental change. The successful candidate will have documented experience in using systems level approaches.
The ideal candidate will be an interactive individual who complements a diverse group of ecologists and evolutionary biologists at a world-renowned field station (kbs.msu.edu). The agroecologist will have many collaborative opportunities and the potential to assume a leadership role in long-term agroecosystem experiments. These experiments include the KBS Long Term Ecological Research site (LTER) and the KBS Long Term Agroecosystem Research site (LTAR). The selected individual also will have the opportunity to potentially be a part of the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC).
This is a tenured faculty appointment at the Associate or Full Professor rank. It will be based at KBS and appointed in PSM, further strengthening the longstanding partnership between these two units. In addition to KBS-based and PSM faculty, there are outstanding opportunities to collaborate with campus-based colleagues in the Departments of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences; Earth and Environmental Sciences; Forestry; Fisheries and Wildlife; Integrative Biology; Entomology; and Plant Biology; and broadly through the cross-college Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) and Environmental Science and Policy (ESPP) graduate programs.
Teaching will include a campus undergraduate or graduate course, graduate and postdoctoral training, and participation in KBS and PSM academic programs. Service will include participation in departmental committees, university-wide initiatives, national networks (e.g., LTAR and LTER), and international programs, as appropriate.
This position is supported through Michigan State University’s Global Impact Initiative, designed to address global grand challenges and national priorities through the creation of over 100 new faculty positions in some of the most promising – and critical – fields of research.
The Department of Plant Soil and Microbial Sciences: PSM is a multi-disciplinary department with faculty appointed in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR; http://www.canr.msu.edu/). Opportunities exist to interact with members of the Plant Resilience Institute, and other interdepartmental programs including Plant Breeding, Genetics and Biotechnology and Molecular Plant Sciences. Appointed faculty will also be affiliated with MSU AgBioResearch (http://agbioresearch.msu.edu/). To support these activities, numerous collaborative opportunities at MSU in the areas of genetics, microbiology, molecular ecology, agronomy, plant pathology, and food science are available.
The W.K. Kellogg Biological Station: KBS is a world-renowned biological field station located 65 miles from the MSU main campus (http://kbs.msu.edu/) that facilitates observational, experimental, and theoretical approaches to research and training ranging from molecules to ecosystems. Although several of the 17 current faculty members are appointed in CANR, most are appointed in the College of Natural Sciences (CNS; http://natsci.msu.edu/), which forms the basis of the joint appointment of this advertised position. KBS scholarship integrates fundamental research in ecology and evolution in the field with application of this fundamental knowledge to sustainable agriculture, restoration, and conservation, with a strong focus on climate change and interactions among organisms across the tree of life. KBS, which is located on the premier inland lake in southern Michigan, is unique in the integration of 1500 hectares of land representative of the diverse aquatic and terrestrial habitats of the region with 30,000 sq. ft. of research buildings, including state-of-the-art laboratory, genomics, growth chamber, and greenhouse facilities.
Location: The position will be based at W.K. Kellogg Biological Station in Hickory Corners, MI, USA. KBS is located near Kalamazoo, MI, a diverse metropolitan region of >150,000 people that is home to many of the amenities of a larger city, perhaps most notably in the arts (kalamazooarts.org). The Michigan State University campus is located in East Lansing, MI, USA. MSU is one of the top research universities in the world and home to nationally ranked and recognized academic, residential college, and service-learning programs. Like KBS, MSU is a diverse community of dedicated students and scholars, and scientists that provide regional, national, and international leadership in basic and applied research and excellence in teaching. In addition, consistent with its Land Grant origins, the MSU community pursues international engagement and provides strong extension programs that partner with diverse stakeholders to provide much needed research in the areas of food, energy, water and the environment. The University is proactive about its obligations under the ADA, and provides individual accessibility plans to students and employees with disabilities. Michigan State University is also proactive in exploring opportunities for employment for dual career families, both inside and outside the University, and respects all family forms. Information about MSU’s dual career and other support can be found at http://worklife.msu.edu/
Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University is committed to achieving excellence by creating and sustaining an accessible and inclusive culture that values cultural and academic diversity. We are an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer. The CANR is particularly interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that academic excellence is achieved through open access and proactive inclusion. Candidates are invited to view W.K. Kellogg Biological Station community norms at https://www.kbs.msu.edu/ and Plant Soil and Microbial Sciences norms at https://www.canr.msu.edu/psm/ .
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.
An earned Ph.D. in ecology, soil science, agronomy, geography, environmental science, or a related field. Evidence of international recognition as a leader in the field is expected, or a closely related field. A demonstrated record of activities in teaching, research, Extension/outreach, and service relevant to the position.
Impactful scholarship, leadership experience, sustained record of support for a research program, a compelling vision for future research, a record of outreach to broader audiences including communities that are under-served in science, and other evidence of scholarly achievements. We are especially interested in candidates who, through their research, teaching, mentorship, and/or service will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the KBS, PSM, and broader academic community. Successful grant writing, peer-reviewed publications, and other appropriate scientifically credible products will be important criteria for meeting the position's research expectations.
Required Application Materials
Upload the following required documents:
a) a cover letter describing the applicant’s interest in the position
b) current curriculum vitae;
c) contact information for four references;
d) a statement of research and mentoring accomplishments and future research directions (up to 3 pages); and
e) a statement of education and outreach interests and experience (up to 2 pages). The research and education statements should include descriptions of the applicant's past and planned commitment to promoting diversity, inclusion, and equity in research, teaching, and outreach.
Review of Applications: The search committee will begin reviewing applications on March 15, 2024, and continue until a suitable candidate is selected.
Questions regarding this position can be addressed to the Search Committee Chair: Dr. Nick Haddad, W.K. Kellogg Biological Station, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Salary and Benefits: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications. MSU offers a generous benefits package (details at https://hr.msu.edu/benefits/index.html).
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