Assistant Professor - Aquatic Toxicology - Washington State University in Puyallup Washington

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Washington State University

Puyallup, Washington

United States

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Detailed Job Description

The School of the Environment (SoE; at Washington State University is seeking a problem-solving leader to join an extraordinary aquatic toxicology research team. As an integral part of this team, we are looking to fill a full-time, 12-month, tenure-track faculty position to begin as early as January 1, 2016, or as negotiated, located in Puyallup, Washington. The successful applicant will develop a nationally-recognized and regionally-relevant program focused on aquatic toxicology research using both traditional and molecular approaches. Additional responsibilities include teaching and outreach programming to meet the needs of the Puget Sound and beyond, integrating aquatic toxicology research and extension at the PUYREC with other disciplines such as aquatic ecology, biology, entomology, hydrology, plant pathology, nutrient management, horticulture/crop production, and engineering. The successful application will work closely with the Washington Stormwater Center on stormwater effects on aquatic organism health.
The SoE is jointly administered by the College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) and the College of Arts and Science (CAS), and our faculty and students study the breadth of subjects that help us understand the Earth and its natural systems, ranging from the planetary processes and structures to the streams, rivers, lakes, wetlands, farms, forests and rangelands that are the natural resource base and life support system. SoE programs focus on Earth systems, water in the environment, and the sustainability of natural and managed ecosystems. SoE programs are offered at the Pullman, Tri-Cities, and Vancouver campuses of WSU.
The PUYREC, located in Puyallup, Washington (, is within fifty miles of more than 60% of the state’s population. The PUYREC is one of four research and extension centers of CAHNRS. In addition to housing WSU faculty and staff representing several academic departments and colleges, the PUYREC campus also includes the Washington Stormwater Center ( ). The PUYREC has played a vital role in Washington for over a century, providing high quality research, extension and academic programs. These programs support technological innovation, food production, natural resource stewardship, youth development, human nutrition and community enhancement. The 160-acre main campus is comprised of laboratories and offices, one of the largest low-impact development (LID) labs in the country, a newly renovated aquatic toxicology laboratory, state-of-the-art greenhouses, a Master Gardener demonstration garden, 6 acres of certified organic farmland, several acres of agricultural and natural resource plots, and is intersected by Clarks Creek. There are an additional 160 acres of research plots including turfgrass, berry breeding, plant disease, and poplar research with the Puyallup River running through the property at WSU Puyallup’s Goss Farm.
The successful candidate will report to the Director of the School of the Environment and the Director of the WSU Puyallup Research and Extension Center.

The position is focused primarily on research, with additional expectations for developing and teaching courses in the undergraduate and graduate curriculum relevant to aquatic toxicology and participating in select, relevant outreach activities. The successful candidate is expected to develop a nationally-recognized aquatic toxicology research program, to teach at the graduate and undergraduate levels, , and to engage in outreach program activities meeting the needs of the Puget Sound and beyond, integrating aquatic toxicology research and outreach at the PUYREC with other disciplines such as aquatic ecology, biology, entomology, hydrology, plant pathology, nutrient management, horticulture/crop production, and engineering, and working closely with the Washington Stormwater Center on stormwater effects on aquatic organism health. The individual will initiate and conduct independent and collaborative, innovative research and outreach programs focusing on the development of information on the impact of toxic pollutants on aquatic organism health with particular emphasis on impact of stormwater pollutants; conduct research to identify ways to remediate or reduce toxicant impacts on aquatic ecosystems; secure extramural funds from state, regional and national grant programs and in collaboration with the water quality stakeholders to support the program; develop collaborations with WSU, Oregon State University, other research/extension personnel, stakeholder groups, and industry to develop and execute research priorities; recruit, teach,and advise graduate students; develop and promote effective aquatic toxicology programs based on clientele needs and sound principles; disseminate applied information by publishing in appropriate extension and research journals and delivering presentations at scientific conferences; transfer information to clientele using oral and written means as appropriate at meetings and in newsletters, magazines, and internet web sites; provide training and assistance on aquatic toxicology strategies to county extension faculty, stakeholder and industry groups, municipalities, consultants, businesses, homeowners, public agency personnel, and governmental agencies; and participate in center, departmental, university, and professional service activities.

Required Qualifications

• An earned doctorate in aquatic toxicology, or closely related field, at the time of hire.
• Evidence of research productivity commensurate with career level.
• Evidence of ability to develop an original research program addressing needs of the Puget Sound and beyond.
• Evidence of ability to develop effective extension and academic programs.
• Evidence of excellent oral, written, and electronic communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications

• Demonstrated ability to do field research.
• Demonstrated familiarity with both traditional laboratory and molecular methods for the study of aquatic toxicology.
• Evidence of ability to communicate with and interact effectively with stakeholder constituencies including municipalities, businesses, homeowners, public agency personnel, government agencies, industry representatives, and others.
• Evidence of success in obtaining external funding in the form of competitive grants, gifts and in-kind resources to support programs.
• Ability to advise graduate students.

Monthly Salary

Commensurate with qualifications and experience

Additional Information

The School of the Environment (SoE) is a new, innovative, interdisciplinary, academic unit at WSU that brings together the natural and social sciences to focus on Earth, ecosystems, and sustainability. SoE is committed to providing the state, region and nation with solutions to a wide range of pressing environmental problems associated with human impacts on natural resources and the Earth’s ecosystems. We work to discover basic, fundamental understandings of how these systems work, and then we apply these discoveries as solutions to pressing societal problems. In this way we hope to both educate the next generation of informed citizens and environmental leaders and assist with the creation of a more sustainable society and planet. SoE is jointly administered by the College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences and the College of Arts and Sciences.
The Aquatic Toxicologist position is part of a multi-year series of hires that will contribute to interdisciplinary collaboration across the breadth of the new School, which has identified the following thematic areas around which to build: 1) “Water: Connecting Earth and Life," 2) “Global Change: Sustaining Healthy Landscapes and Communities,” and 3) “Earth System Dynamics.”
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The College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) at Washington State University is an expansive and diverse college that includes 15 academic departments and five research and extension centers distributed across the state. CAHNRS fosters disciplines that serve at the interface of scientific discovery and its application to the advancement of society and improvement of the human experience. Our mission is to provide global leadership in discovering, accessing, and disseminating knowledge that contributes to producing a safe, abundant food and fiber supply; promotes the well-being of individuals, families, and communities; enhances sustainability of agricultural and economic systems; and promotes stewardship of natural resources and ecological systems. In all dimensions of our mission, we strive to embody the signature “World Class. Face to Face” motto of Washington State University. CAHNRS personnel embrace the opportunity to fulfill the university’s land-grant mission by making groundbreaking research discoveries, by utilizing innovative approaches to teaching and learning, and by delivering relevant, progressive extension programs that synergistically generate outcomes that enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Washington State, as well as for people around the globe.
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The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) at Washington State University offers academic programs in social and natural sciences, mathematics, humanities, and fine and performing arts. The college is uniquely positioned to pursue liberal, broad-based learning, in which inquiry and teaching proceed in tandem. Our mission is to challenge our students and ourselves to think rationally, critically, and creatively for lifelong engagement in our human and natural worlds. We apply diverse perspectives to understand and transform the world, enrich lives, and meet societal needs. We are committed to outreach that promotes the common good and that empowers local, state, national, and global communities.
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Puyallup, with a population of 38,000, is situated at the foot of scenic Mount Rainier in the beautiful Puget Sound region, 10 miles east of Tacoma, approximately 35 miles south of Seattle, and 30 miles north of Olympia. In its early years, Puyallup was an agricultural community. Farmers grew hops, berries and flowers and the city continues to pay homage to its agricultural roots with a more urban focus. Easy access to streams, rivers, bays, and lakes provide endless personal and professional opportunities. Some of the favorite outdoor recreational opportunities are hiking, biking, and skiing in the mountains, and fishing, swimming, and boating in the rivers, lakes, and ocean. Local attractions and year-round art and cultural events complete the unique character of this western Washington town.
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Founded in 1890, Washington State University is a comprehensive land-grant university with teaching, research, and extension missions, and one of two research universities in Washington State. WSU is organized into ten academic colleges, the Honors College, and the Graduate School. It has an enrollment of more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students on four campuses (Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, and Vancouver) with approximately 20,000 students located on the main campus in Pullman, WA. WSU ranks among the top 60 public research universities and is a Carnegie I, Doctoral/Research Extensive University. WSU strongly values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students and seeks to ensure a welcoming community for all.
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Employment Type:Faculty
Degree Required: Doctorate
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Assistant Professor
Type of Faculty:Tenure Track
Salary: See Job Description
Type of School:Research University
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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