Tenure-track faculty in human environmental systems - Boise State University in Boise Idaho

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Boise State University

Boise, Idaho 83725

United States

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Detailed Job Description

Boise State University announces two tenured or tenure-track positions to join existing faculty in our Human-Environment Systems Initiative. These positions are part of a statewide, NSF-funded, effort to build expertise in social-environmental systems science. With Boise State’s new College of Innovation and Design as a home, these candidates will have the opportunity to help launch an integrated research and teaching program focusing on coupled human-environment systems. The initiative weaves together biophysical and social science knowledge and skills to develop solutions and quantitative approaches to society’s most challenging environmental problems.

Research: Successful candidates will be able to 1) build a strong collaborative (team science) research program, 2) secure extramural funding, 3) create knowledge to meet challenges at the human-environment interface, and 4) disseminate that knowledge through high-impact publications and other, less traditional, mechanisms. In addition, faculty will have the opportunity to contribute to an existing NSF-funded research effort (NSF Award # IIA-1301792) to better understand how landscapes and associated ecosystem services in Idaho will evolve under the stressors of population growth and climate change. We are particularly interested in applicants who can contribute to Boise State’s academic excellence by developing an integrated program of research, teaching, and service that also broadens participation and diversity to more effectively address the complex challenges of coupled human-environment systems.

This search will fill positions in 2 of the following 3 areas, to complement and enhance existing strengths of faculty within the Human-Environment Systems Initiative:

Integrated Modeling.  Competitive candidates will demonstrate capacity, expertise, and interest in modeling coupled social and biophysical systems to better understand relationships between human and natural systems and to elucidate how these complex systems respond to external and internal stressors. We seek candidates who develop and apply innovative strategies and/or perform regional forecasting and scenario analyses of coupled natural-human systems. Expertise of particular interest includes, but is not limited to, systems dynamics, agent-based, dynamical, process-based, and geostatistical modeling. Experience using innovative techniques for integrating models and data, high performance computing, and remote sensing is also of interest.


Quantitative Social Science. Competitive candidates will demonstrate quantitative social science skills in the context of coupled natural-human systems, including but not limited to survey design and analysis, collection and analysis of big data, and/or agent-based or econometric modeling.  Special consideration will be given to candidates who also have some expertise in qualitative or mixed methods. Desired areas of emphasis include the analysis of perceived risk and benefits at the human-environment interface, the role of policy, communication, and/or governance in landscape change, and stakeholder engagement processes in social-environmental systems science.


Geospatial Analytics. Competitive candidates will demonstrate expertise in coupled human-physical geography. We seek candidates who demonstrate effective use of geographic information systems, remote sensing, and statistical and data science methods to understand and characterize large-scale physical and social patterns and processes. Areas of emphasis of particular interest include, but are not limited to, valuation of ecosystem services, socio-demographic or economic factors to geographical variables, geospatial analysis of risk and risk perception, spatial analysis of the role of policy in landscape change, human land use and decision making, hazards, and the use of novel visualization and visual analytics approaches for these areas.

Teaching: the successful candidates will have a strong commitment to high quality education and develop innovative, scholarly, and collaborative approaches to teaching undergraduate and graduate students. Successful candidates may develop hybridized, flipped, and/or online class formats as well as short courses and workshops. Courses will be offered through multiple departments and the College of Innovation and Design. Expected teaching load is nominally two classes per year. Teaching responsibilities will be aligned with the candidates' quantitative training and will emphasize the interface of human-environment sciences. 

We welcome applicants at the Assistant Professor level and encourage exceptional candidates exhibiting a proven record of excellence in obtaining extramural research funding, scholarly productivity, and teaching at the Associate Professor level.

Minimum Qualifications: PhD, at the time of appointment, in biophysical or social sciences, with an emphasis on quantitative methods and approaches.  


Salary and benefits: Salary is competitive within the Western region and commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus an excellent benefits package is available for eligible employees, for more information visit: http://hrs.boisestate.edu/careers/benefits/ .

If you are interested in this position:  Please submit in one PDF document: a cover letter, CV, contact information for a minimum of three professional references, and 3 publications as representative sample work. In the cover letter, you should address the following items in this order: 1) your qualifications for this position, especially application of quantitative methods; 2) your capacity to develop an integrated research and education program to solve problems at the interface of human-environment systems; 3) evidence and interest in collaboration; and 4) your interest and commitment to diversity and inclusion. Candidates wishing to be considered for employment at the level of Associate Professor should specifically identify so in the cover letter. The document should be e-mailed to hes@boisestate.edu.  The subject line of the email must start with AA-0063-15.

Review of documents will begin November 15, 2015, and will continue until filled.


The Human-Environment Systems Initiative: http://hes.boisestate.edu/


The College of Innovation and Designhttp://cid.boisestate.edu/

Boise State University, p0wered by creativity and innovation, stands uniquely positioned in the Northwest as a metropolitan research university of distinctionhttp://www.boisestate.edu/


Boise offers an exceptional quality of life to its residents http://go.boisestate.edu/boise-beyond/

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Keyword Phrases

  • Integrated
  • Modeling
  • Quantitative
  • Social
  • Geospatial
  • Analytics
  • Environment
  • Biophysical
Employment Type:Faculty
Degree Required: Doctorate
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Assistant Professor
Type of Faculty:Tenure Track
Salary: Not Specified
Type of School:Research University
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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