Assistant Professor in Aquatic Ecology

Ames, Iowa
Oct 26, 2021
Dec 25, 2021
Aquatic ecology
Organization Type

Position Title: Assistant Professor in Aquatic Ecology

Appointment Type: Faculty

Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:

The Department of Ecology, Evolution & Organismal Biology (EEOB) seeks an aquatic ecologist/limnologist specializing in any aspect of the ecology of freshwater lakes. The successful candidate is expected to contribute to the growth of aquatic sciences at ISU, through original research and undergraduate and graduate education. The successful candidate will establish an externally funded research program in limnology and aquatic ecology, including work in Iowa lakes, and will contribute to ongoing partnerships with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Opportunities exist for collaboration with a large assemblage of ISU scientists involved in research on water and environmental resources and with the Iowa Nutrient Research Center, the Iowa Water Center, and the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, all located at ISU in Ames, IA.  This is a tenure-track position in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the rank of assistant professor.

Required Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. or equivalent in ecology, environmental science, limnology, aquatic biology, or related fields.
  • Publications in nationally or internationally recognized journals. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ability to conduct impactful research
  • Research experience and interests in limnology and aquatic ecology applicable to Iowa lakes
  • Ability to provide effective teaching and student learning
  • Ability and commitment to contribute to the Department and University’s efforts to promote diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI)

Department/Program and College Description:

The Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology is a collaborative and collegial community of about 100 faculty, graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, and staff addressing a wide range of research questions using multiple, often integrative, approaches that bridge traditional scientific disciplines and span levels of biological organization.  EEOB is jointly administered by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS). The department administers undergraduate programs in Biology, Environmental Science, and Genetics; and our faculty participate actively in multiple interdepartmental graduate programs, including Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Environmental Science, and Genetics and Genomics. 

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Proposed Start Date:  August 16, 2022

Number of Months Employed Per Year: 09 Month Work Period

Time Type: Full time

Application Instructions: To apply for this position, please go to

Click on “Apply” and complete the Employment Application. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Full consideration is guaranteed for applications received by December 3, 2021. All interested, qualified persons must apply for this position online at to Job Requisition Number R6613.  Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:

  • A cover letter
  • A curriculum vitae
  • Contact information for three references
  • Other documents (submitted as one combined PDF)
  • A brief research statement demonstrating a thoughtful plan and strategies for funding (up to five pages)
  • A brief teaching statement demonstrating a thoughtful approach and knowledge of issues related to teaching and learning (up to two pages)
  • A DEI statement demonstrating understanding of DEI issues, a commitment to institutional efforts, and success of any prior DEI experience (up to two pages)

Please address questions about the position to For questions about the application process, please contact Amy Lewman at


About Iowa State University:

Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. More than 30,000 students are enrolled and are served by over 6,200 faculty and staff.

Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. We know that diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University's Principles of Community.

All offers of employment, oral and written, are contingent upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by federal and state law, ISU policies/procedures, and may include the completion of a background check.

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