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Assistant or Associate Professor in Forest Genetics, Genomics and/or Metagenomics

Please see Special Instructions for more details.

Applicants will need to provide a CV, copies of transcripts, one page statement of research interests and experience in securing extramural support, a one-page statement of teaching philosophy and three selected reprints. Applicants will also need to provide three references and contact information. Questions may be directed to Dr. Victor Busov (vbusov@mtu.edu). Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Review of applications will begin November 1, 2017 and continue until an appropriate candidate is chosen.

Posting Details

Position Information

Position Title Assistant or Associate Professor in Forest Genetics, Genomics and/or Metagenomics
Department Forest Resources & Environmental Science
Location Main Campus (Houghton, MI)
Position Type Faculty
Full-time/ Part-time Full-time
Full-Time Equivalent (1.0=100%) 1.0
Appointment Term 9 Month
Pay Type Salary Basis
Title of Position Supervisor Dean

Position Summary Information

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Job Description Summary

A nine-month, tenure-track position at the assistant or associate professor level is available with the appointment starting August 2018.

We are seeking an outstanding candidate who is excited about working in an interdisciplinary setting and will complement existing faculty research interests and strengths.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

• Develop a nationally and internationally recognized, externally funded research program involving master’s and doctoral students (see required experience below) in one or more of the following areas as pertains to required experience (see required experience below):
1) Forest productivity and health. 2) Regulation of wood formation, including chemical and physical properties. 3) Adaptation and response of forest trees and ecosystems to stress, such as regulation of winter bud dormancy, responses to biotic and abiotic stresses, and symbiotic interactions. 4) Responses of forest ecosystems to climate change. 5) Bioenergy and biofuels.
• Teaching forest genetics, genomics, and breeding courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. Graduate teaching may also include development of courses in the candidate’s area of expertise that will contribute to the School’s rapidly expanding graduate programs.
• Apply safety-related knowledge, skills, and practices to everyday work.
• Commit to learning about continuous improvement strategies and applying them to everyday work.

Required Education (minimum requirements)

Ph.D. degree in genetics, biochemistry, biotechnology, or related fields at the time of application.

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

Proven track record of high-impact publications.

Demonstrated experience or potential to obtain external competitive funding.

Demonstrated potential for productive collaborations with other scientists to develop new, innovative, and interdisciplinary research.

Experience in one or more of the following fields: 1) Association genetics, population genetics, and/or genomic selection of forest trees, particularly using whole-genome and targeted re-sequencing data. 2) Application of genomics and functional genomics approaches to questions regarding regulation of gene activity including the roles of transcription factors, chromatin modifications, and small RNAs. 3) Metagenomics of forest ecosystems and symbiotic interactions.

Desirable Education and/or Experience

Two years of post-doctoral experience is preferred.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)

Excellent oral and written communications skills.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities
Work Environment and/or Physical Demands
Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 3 required trainings; additional training may be required by the department.
Required University Training:**
• Employee Safety Overview
• Anti-harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training
• Annual Data Security Training
Other Conditions:
• Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number 17175
Posting Type Internal & External Posting
Internal Posting Date 07/06/2017
External Posting Date 07/06/2017
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants (if applicable)

Applicants will need to provide a CV, copies of transcripts, one page statement of research interests and experience in securing extramural support, a one-page statement of teaching philosophy and three selected reprints. Applicants will also need to provide three references and contact information. Questions may be directed to Dr. Victor Busov (vbusov@mtu.edu).

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Review of applications will begin November 1, 2017 and continue until an appropriate candidate is chosen.

Additional Information

Michigan Tech’s School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science is one of the most productive forest research programs in the country. The School is particularly well-known for its excellence in the fields of geospatial analysis, forest science, applied ecology, forest molecular genetics, and wildlife management.

Established in 1885, Michigan Tech is a nationally recognized research university, enrolls 7100 students, and is a leader in science and engineering education.

Michigan Tech is an ADVANCE institution, one of a limited number of universities in receipt of NSF funds in support of our commitment to increase diversity and the participation and advancement of women in science and engineering.

Located in Houghton, on the shores of Lake Superior, Michigan Tech offers a friendly, safe, and affordable living environment with excellent opportunities for exceptional, year-round outdoor recreation opportunities.

Michigan Tech acknowledges the importance of supporting partner engagement and retaining a quality workforce. Michigan Tech is committed to offering career exploration advice and assistance to partners whenever feasible and appropriate at the University and in the local community. See www.mtu.edu/provost/programs/partner-engagement/ for additional information.

Michigan Technological University is an equal opportunity educational institution/equal opportunity employer, which includes providing equal opportunity for protected veterans and individuals with disability. Applications from women and minorities are highly encouraged by both the department and the institution.

Posting Specific Questions

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Teaching Statement / Philosophy
  3. Statement of research interests and experience in securing research support
  4. Graduate Transcript (Master's)
  5. Graduate Transcript (Doctorate)
  6. Reprints/Preprints 1
  7. Reprints/Preprints 2
  8. Reprints/Preprints 3
Optional Documents