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Assistant Professor-Biology - Water Quality

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Position Information

Job Title Assistant Professor-Biology - Water Quality
Department Biology
Essential Functions

The Department of Biology and Environmental Studies Program are seeking candidates with research programs on the biological causes and consequences of changing water quality with emphases on environmental applications in the Great Plains. A Ph.D. in Biology (or a related field) and postdoctoral experience are required.

The successful candidate will join a dynamic biology department with strengths in applied ecology, cellular and molecular biology and science education research. Our faculty is comprised of 18 tenured- or tenure-track and 7 instructor lines. The Department serves approximately 850 undergraduate students and 25 MS graduate students.

The new faculty member is expected to establish an active, externally-supported research program focused on biological causes and consequences of changing water quality with an emphasis on environmental applications. Research should include a significant field component focused in the Great Plains. Research areas of interest include, but are not limited to: natural and anthropogenic factors influencing the flow of excess nutrients or contaminants within watersheds; effects of water quality on organisms, biological communities (plant, animal or microbial communities), or ecosystems; or the efficacy of management activities intended to maintain or improve water quality.

The successful candidate’s expertise will capitalize on current opportunities and will grow future opportunities to enhance research collaborations and teaching activities associated with UNO’s investments in the Glacier Creek Preserve, the Elkhorn River Research Station, and the Center for Urban Sustainability. In addition to possible collaborations within the department, the successful candidate will have opportunities for collaboration with faculty in other UNO departments and at other campuses within the University of Nebraska system, as well as through university system-wide partnerships including the Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute and the Nebraska Water Center (

The standard workload assignment in the Department of Biology is 25% research:75% teaching. The successful candidate will contribute to introductory biology or environmental science courses and senior/graduate level courses in areas related to the causes and consequences of changing water quality for students in biology and environmental science. Mentorship of undergraduate and graduate student research is expected.

To Apply: submit an online application at

Please upload 1) a cover letter; 2) current CV with contact information for three references and 3) a “portfolio” file with the following: (i) statement of research goals; (ii) statement of teaching experiences and interests; (iii) PDF copies of 2 to 4 representative publications; (iv) past teaching/mentoring evaluations if available. Questions about the position may be directed to the Chair of Biology, Dr. L. LaReesa Wolfenbarger ( or the Director of Environmental Studies, Dr. John McCarty (

Review of applications will begin on November 27, 2017.

The university and department are strongly committed to achieving diversity among faculty and staff. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from members of under-represented groups and strongly encourage women and persons of color to apply for this position. The University of Nebraska does not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation in its programs, activities, or employment.

Work Schedule Varies
Additional Duties
Required Qualifications

A PhD in biology or a related discipline, postdoctoral research experience.

Preferred Qualifications

Postdoctoral teaching experience.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Regularly sits; may stand, walk. See, hear, speak and use of hands.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Regularly works in classrooms, at field sites and indoor laboratories. Noise level is low to moderate.

Salary Negotiable

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number 2017F-00121
Open Date 09/30/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants

Supplemental Questions

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Documents Needed To Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Portfolio
Optional Documents