Assistant Professor of Wildlife Science and Conservation

JOB DESCRIPTION: The School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science at Michigan Technological University invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor of Wildlife Science and Conservation. This is a nine-month, tenure-track position at Michigan Technological University. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS: We are seeking a colleague whose research interests are centered on wildlife science and conservation. Of greatest interest would be applicants whose scholarship lies at the crossroads of human-wildlife interactions. Examples of specialties focused at that crossroads may include, but are not limited to, the human dimensions of wildlife, wildlife genetics, wildlife disease, or wildlife behavior. The candidate must have: 1) the ability to teach effectively at the graduate and undergraduate levels; 2) a Ph.D. at the time of appointment; 3) a record of research and scholarship including publications in peer-reviewed journals. Preferred qualifications include experience teaching courses at the undergraduate or graduate level and successful development of competitive externally-funded grants. Candidates that demonstrate interest in diversity or a track record of engaging diverse publics in wildlife conservation would be highly desirable.  


RESPONSIBILITIES: 1) Teaching responsibilities are two undergraduate courses per year and a graduate course every other year (The undergraduate courses would be determined on the basis of what best serves the School’s wildlife program. The graduate course will be on a topic reflecting the candidate’s expertise.);  2) Develop a vigorous, externally funded research program; 3) Advise undergraduate students, and direct and raise funds to support graduate student research at the M.S. and Ph.D. level; 4) Participate in School and University committees; 5) Contribute to the well-being and inclusivity of the wildlife program. The successful candidate will contribute to the School’s vision as a premier, national center of excellence in natural resources and environmental science education, research, and outreach.


THE UNIVERSITY AND COMMUNITY: Michigan Tech’s School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science is one of the most productive forest research programs in the country. We currently employ 24 tenure-track faculty, 8 research faculty, 23 research professionals, and 14 administrative/support professionals and enroll 155 undergraduate and 75 graduate students. The School is particularly well known for its excellence in the fields of forestry, applied ecology, forest molecular genetics, and wildlife conservation. At the undergraduate level, the School offers five degree programs, one of which is in Wildlife Ecology and 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 shore of Lake Superior, Michigan Tech offers a friendly, safe, and affordable living environment with excellent opportunities for exceptional, year-round outdoor recreation opportunities.


APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Applicants will apply on line at:  Upload a cover letter, curriculum vita, a one-page statement of research interests and experience in securing extramural support, and a one-page statement of teaching experience and philosophy. The cover letter should explain how you would contribute to the mission and vision of the School and University and how you would contribute to the well-being and inclusivity of the wildlife program. Applicants should also supply the names of three references, along with their contact information and relationship to the applicant. Applicants should submit all of these materials as a single pdf file. Questions can be addressed to Search Committee Chair John Vucetich at  


Review of applications will begin September 5th 2017 and will continue until an appropriate candidate is chosen.


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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 STEM.


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.