Utah State University

  • Assistant Professor, Watershed and Water Quality Management Department of Watershed Sciences

    City Logan Campus
    Posted Date 5 months ago(9/5/2019 4:49 PM)
    Requisition ID
    # of Openings
    Job Locations
    Category (Portal Searching)
    Position Type
    Regular Full-Time
    Job Classification
    Quinney College of Natural Resourcs
    Watershed Sciences
    Advertised Salary
    Salary is negotiable and commensurate with qualifications and experience. USU offers competitive salaries and outstanding medical, retirement, and professional benefits (http://hr.usu.edu).
  • Overview

    The Department of Watershed Sciences at Utah State University (USU) invites applications for an Assistant Professor in watershed water quality. This tenure-track, full-time (twelve-month) position is based at the USU main campus in Logan, Utah. The relative emphasis for the position is 60% extension, 35% research, and 5% service. The position will start August 2020.

    We seek an individual who will develop and promote statewide extension programs in water quality management, conduct applied research in support of their extension program, and collaborate with diverse stakeholders. Examples of extension and applied research topics include but are not limited to: identification and management of nonpoint sources of water pollution, watershed monitoring and modeling of the flux and transformation of nutrients and/or other contaminants, remediation of water quality issues including eutrophication and harmful algal blooms, use of wetlands and riparian zones for water quality improvement in urban and rural watersheds.


    • Develop an innovative extension program linking research, stakeholder engagement, and outreach to address water quality issues in Utah and the Intermountain West.
    • Develop an externally funded research program to support scholarship and graduate student education.
    • Conduct faculty service duties on campus as well as engage with professional societies, government agencies, and the public.


    Minimum Qualifications:

    • Earned doctorate in water quality research with a degree in environmental science, ecology, civil/environmental engineering, watershed sciences, physical geography, geology, or related discipline.
    • Strong background in the hydrologic, ecologic, and/or biogeochemical sciences supporting water quality research and its application to planning, management, conservation, restoration, policy, and/or environmental protection.
    • Record of peer-reviewed publication appropriate to career stage.
    • Evidence of extending environmental research to address applied management problems in water quality and strong potential to demonstrate excellence in planning, conducing and evaluating extension programs.
    • Ability to communicate with diverse audiences and stakeholders in a way that effectively informs management and policy.
    • Ability to collaborate in an interdisciplinary setting within a watershed context.

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Postdoctoral experience.
    • Experience working with state and federal environment agencies.
    • Experience working in an extension context, including conducting needs assessments and quantifying impacts.
    • Demonstrated commitment to the land-grant mission of public universities for the public good.

    Required Documents

    Along with the online application, please attach:

    1) Cover Letter during your application, type under "Cover letter".

    2) Curriculum Vitae to be uploaded in your candidate profile under "Resume".

    3) Statement of extension philosophy, particularly regarding application of research and outreach to address water quality problems. During your application, type under "Teaching Philosophy".
    4) Statement of research goals and interests. Include a description of how your specific research interests complement those of current faculty within the Watershed Sciences Department. During your application, type under "Research Statement".
    5) PDF copies of your three most significant publications (factsheets and/or peer-reviewed publications). To be uploaded in your candidate profile under "Other Documents".
    6) URLs for professional webpages and online research profiles. During your application, type under "Other Documents".
    7) Names, titles, phone numbers, and email addresses of three professional references. To be provided in your candidate profile.



    **Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

    Advertised Salary

    Salary is negotiable and commensurate with qualifications and experience. USU offers competitive salaries and outstanding medical, retirement, and professional benefits (http://hr.usu.edu).


    Employees typically work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  

    The position primarily involves work indoors, protected from weather and/or contaminants. Field teaching and research is a typical component of this position, requiring the ability to perform research tasks in inclement weather, navigate uneven ground, and work from small craft on rivers and lakes.

    College/Department Highlights

    Department of Watershed Sciences

    The Department includes 16 faculty members with diverse interests in aquatic and wetland ecology, fish biology and management, water quality, hydrology, geomorphology, climate science, water resource modeling, and watershed systems.  The Department offers BS degrees in Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences and in Management & Restoration of Aquatic Ecosystems. It offers MS and PhD degrees in Ecology and in Watershed Sciences. The Department is part of the S.J. & Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources along with the Departments of Environment and Society and Wildland Resources. USU is Utah’s Land Grant University and the Department strongly supports the land-grant tradition of scholarship for the public good in collaboration with the USU Ecology Center, the Utah Agricultural Experiment Station, and USU Extension.

    USU Extension

    Utah State University Extension provides research-based programs and resources with the goal of improving the lives of individuals, families and communities throughout Utah. USU Extension operates through a cooperative agreement between the United States Department of Agriculture, Utah State University, and county governments. Founded in 1914 as part of the Smith-Lever Act, USU Extension plays a primary role in helping Utah State University fulfill its land-grant mission. The integration of teaching, research, and public service enables USU Extension to respond to critical and emerging issues with research-based, unbiased information. For more information, visit: https://extension.usu.edu/about-us

    University Highlights

    Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 28,000 students (25,000 undergraduates and 3,000 graduate students) on the Logan main campus, four regional campuses, two USU Eastern campuses, and 28 centers throughout the state. USU offers 162 undergraduate majors, 153 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. The 2018 rankings from Washington Monthly ranked USU as one of the top 30 national Universities and the 5th best public national university in the nation. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found at: https://www.usu.edu/about/at-a-glance/.


    A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


    The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region. Additional information about Logan can be found at: http://www.loganutah.org/visitors/about_logan/index.php.


    USU recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the university’s academic mission of learning, discovery, and engagement (https://www.usu.edu/president/missionstatement/). USU is an AA/EO employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity/expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy or local, state, or federal law. Learn more at https://equity.usu.edu/. USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program. Additional information can be found at: http://www.usu.edu/provost/faculty-life/dual-career-assistance.cfm.



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