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Freshwater Research Ecologist

University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS
Closing date
Feb 13, 2024

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Science, Life Sciences, Ecology
Organization Type
The Kansas Biological Survey & Center for Ecological Research, a designated research center at the University of Kansas (KU) and non-regulatory state agency. In collaboration with KU's Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, we seek applicants interested in a research-intensive academic career and who exhibit exceptional potential for building a research program in freshwater ecology relevant to issues facing aquatic ecosystems in Kansas and beyond. We define aquatic ecology broadly, encompassing genes to ecosystems, and inclusive of a variety of approaches to answering research questions in freshwater science, including incorporating Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Indigenous science practices. The successful candidate is expected to begin developing an extramurally funded research program through networking, collecting preliminary data, publishing, and seeking professional development opportunities. This position has initial funding for a 2-year period after appointment with the possibility of renewal based upon additional funding. Applicants must have earned a Ph.D. prior to starting this position and be eligible to work in the U.S. by the effective date of the appointment.

A complete application includes (1) an online application, (2) cover letter detailing your interest and experience relevant to the position, (3) a full CV, (4) a research statement describing current and past research experience, vision for building a future program, and possible collaborators and mentors at KU who might foster your success; (5) a statement that describes your contributions to fostering diverse, equitable, and inclusive opportunities to advance or promote excellence in your discipline; and (6) contact information for three professional references. Visit for a complete position description and application procedures. Review of applications will begin March 1, 2024 and continue until a pool of qualified applicants is identified.

The Kansas Biological Survey & Center for Ecological Research mission is to serve Kansas and the global environment through world-class ecological research, education, and outreach. We embrace the human and ecological complexity that enriches our lives and promotes resilience in our world and strive to grow a welcoming community of researchers with diverse lived experiences. In a continuing effort to enrich our research environment and promote equitable opportunities, applications are encouraged from members of underrepresented groups. The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination based on race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, and genetic information in the university's programs and activities. Retaliation is also prohibited by university policy. See full policy:


The following required qualifications will be assessed through application materials:
  • Ph.D. in biology, environmental science, ecology, or related discipline by start date of position. Ph.D. candidates that have all but defended their degree are acceptable at the time of application if the degree will be completed by the time of appointment.
  • Demonstrated expertise in aquatic ecology.
  • Demonstrated commitment to excellence in research as evidenced by coursework, dissertation research, publications, and/or research grants or awards.

  • Evidence of work to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM, as evidenced by service engagements, community building, or participation in society-focused mentoring programs, or related experiences.
  • Experience mentoring or directing research for undergraduate students.
  • Evidence of pursuing any kind of competitive award, grant, fellowship related to research (e.g., travel award, internal research funding, or national fellowship opportunities).
  • Current emphasis on or potential to contribute to water related issues of concern in Kansas or the wider Great Plains region.

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