Published: Feb. 23, 2022

Requisition Number: 36595

Location: Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type: Faculty

Schedule: Full-Time

Posting Close Date: 11-Mar-2022

Date Posted: 31-Jan-2022

Job Summary

The Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR) and Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EBIO) at the University of Colorado, Boulder, (CU Boulder) invite applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor of Aquatic Ecology and/or Aquatic Biogeochemistry.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are 

INSTAAR is an interdisciplinary scientific research institute dedicated to understanding global environmental change. Researchers across many departments come together in one unit to study environmental issues using monitoring, precision datasets, and integrative modeling. With deep roots in Quaternary history, polar regions, and alpine environments, today INSTAARs embrace a broad global perspective on our planet’s past, present and future, with a focus on bellwethers of environmental and social change. EBIO—one of 6 academic departments affiliated with INSTAAR—has an international reputation for strengths in ecology, ecosystem science, evolution, genetics, behavior, biology education research, and systematics. Faculty link their work in these subject areas to address global change, conservation, disease ecology, and the mechanisms that underlie structural and functional organismal adaptations.


INSTAAR and the affiliated academic departments' value diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in academic culture and all our endeavors. As we implement the CU Boulder campus’ Inclusion, Diversity and Excellence in Academics plan, we embrace research questions that integrate DEI to address pressing environmental issues and expand access and participation of diverse and marginalized communities in the sciences. We encourage applications from candidates whose background, expertise, and work in research, teaching, and/or service reflect a strong commitment to DEI.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be 

  • We seek applicants with expertise in aquatic ecology and/or aquatic biogeochemistry. Examples of research areas that will be considered include but are not limited to: direct and indirect effects of climate change on biotic communities and biogeochemical cycles through species interactions; understanding anthropogenic changes to biogeochemical cycles in aquatic environments; the causes and consequences of biotic change (e.g., harmful algal blooms) for aquatic ecosystems; or the ecological links between shifting climate and water quantity and quality. Scholars who employ a diverse suite of field and laboratory approaches are preferred.
  • The position provides opportunities to become involved in the Niwot Ridge Long-term Ecological Research siteWestern Water Assessment, and to work on pressing water issues in Colorado Front Range and the broader Colorado River Basin. The aquatic ecologist/aquatic biogeochemist will participate in research and service activities in both INSTAAR and EBIO, and teaching obligations in their tenure home (EBIO). This will be a standard 40% research, 40% teaching, and 20% service appointment.
  • The aquatic ecologist/aquatic biogeochemist will be expected to develop and teach undergraduate and graduate level courses such as aquatic ecology, limnology, or hands-on field courses, as well as develop specialty courses in their area of expertise.

What You Should Know

  • All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to comply with the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement. New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment.

What We Can Offer

  • The hiring range is $80,000-$100,000.
  • Relocation assistance is available per Institute guidelines.

Be Statement

Be inclusive. Be inspired. Be Boulder.

What We Require

  • Applicants must have a Ph.D. in ecological or environmental sciences, or related fields at the time of appointment, as well as a demonstrated capacity for innovative, multidisciplinary research.

What You Will Need

  • Commitment to working in an inclusive and interdisciplinary environment and a desire to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in ways that align with CU Boulder’s mission.
  • Commitment to excellence in teaching and research mentoring of undergraduate students, graduate students, and post-docs. Interest in and/or evidence of teaching courses that use advanced pedagogical approaches, provide a dynamic classroom environment and enhance learning outcomes at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Evidence of outstanding scholarship, impactful research, and external funding within a relevant field such as, but not limited to environmental sciences, aquatic ecology, aquatic biogeochemistry, ecosystem science, limnology, or related fields.
  • Strong process-based research skills and a potential to establish an innovative research agenda, to communicate their work effectively to a broader public, and to work with other researchers and/or partners from diverse fields.

Speical Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. Curriculum vitae
  2. Cover letter (limited to 1 page)
  3. Statement of Research Philosophy: Description of past, current, and proposed research (limited to 3 pages)
  4. Statement of Teaching Philosophy: Description of prior teaching experience, teaching philosophy, and future teaching interests, as well as a statement of prior and proposed academic, professional, and/or community service experience (limited to 2 pages)
  5. Diversity and Inclusion Statement: Description of contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Include information about your record of activities to date, as well as your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at CU Boulder. Please note that this statement may be evaluated as a standalone document and should, therefore, include all relevant information, even if aspects are also discussed in other submitted materials (limited to 2 pages)
  6. Professional Publications: Up to 3 copies of publications, such as journal articles, book chapters, or other appropriate products. These should be combined and uploaded into one pdf.
  7. List of References: The names and contact information for 3 professional references. These individuals will be contacted if the applicant advances beyond the initial search pool.

Please apply by March 11, 2022 for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.


Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Eve-Lyn Hinckley

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