Director - Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories

  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Minnesota Bailey Hall, Cleveland Avenue North, St Paul, MN, United States
  • Jan 30, 2017
Full time Biology/Ecology Natural Resources Research Training

Job Description

Proposed Tenure Department: To be determined
Appointment Term: 9 month with 8 weeks summer salary

The College of Biological Sciences (CBS) at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities invites applications for the position of Director of Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories. We seek an outstanding scientist with a national reputation to lead research, education, and public interaction at Itasca. This position includes research, teaching, and administrative responsibilities. The director provides leadership for research at Itasca, and for improving station facilities. The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. or equivalent, a strong record of publication, externally funded research, experience mentoring undergraduate and/or graduate students, excellence in teaching, and be qualified for appointment at the level of full professor in a CBS department.

Established in 1909, Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories is located at Lake Itasca, the headwaters of the Mississippi River, 220 miles northwest of the Twin Cities. The station is located within Itasca State Park, Minnesota's oldest state park. Facilities include laboratories, classrooms, a computer lab, cabins, a dining hall, a new campus center with an auditorium and offices, docks on Lake Itasca, and an athletic field. The director resides at the Itasca station during the summer, coordinates field biology summer courses at the station, and contributes to community engagement activities.

Duties and Responsibilities
Administration (30%) - Responsibilities include supervision of Itasca staff (a Station Biologist, a Program Associate, and a Resident Facilities Manager), leadership to support research based at Itasca, leadership to improve Itasca facilities, coordination of Itasca field biology summer courses and contributions to community engagement activities. The director resides at Itasca during the summer.
Research (40%) - The successful candidate will have a strong externally-funded research program and will mentor undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. The University of Minnesota provides opportunities for collaboration between researchers in all disciplines, and involvement in several excellent graduate programs. Preference will be given to candidates who could include activities at Itasca in their research program.
Teaching (30%) - Teaching responsibilities will be split between the "Nature of Life" freshman orientation course for CBS students at Itasca and courses offered on the Twin Cities campus within the candidate's area of expertise.

Required Qualifications
Ph.D. (or foreign equivalent) in Biology or a related discipline
Strong record of publication, mentoring undergraduate and/or graduate students, externally-funded research, and excellence in teaching
Evidence of potential for excellence in administration
Experience in stakeholder/community engagement
Demonstrated effectiveness in communicating with diverse audiences
Evidence of commitment to equity and diversity
Experience conducting research and/or teaching courses at field stations
Preferred Qualifications
Experience in Field Station administration
Track record of interacting creatively, collaboratively, and productively with other scientists
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Job Level

Senior-level, Executive-level


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