UNDERC accepting applications for Endowed Director position

Author: Michael Cramer

The University of Notre Dame invites applications for an Endowed Director of the University of Notre Dame Environmental Research Center (UNDERC). We seek an outstanding scientist with credentials suitable for a tenured academic appointment in the Department of Biological Sciences to lead this internationally recognized and NEON-affiliated field station and its education and research programs.

The Director will (1) oversee research and teaching at the field station, which is supported by an endowment, (2) promote and facilitate scientific use of UNDERC by faculty at Notre Dame and other institutions, including NEON, and (3) sustain and advance a long-established research training program for undergraduate students.

As a faculty member, he/she is expected to also lead a vibrant internationally-recognized, collaborative, well-funded research program in ecology, evolution, or environmental science that builds upon the platform provided by UNDERC resources and the University of Notre Dame Land o’ Lakes Facility. Excellent collaborative opportunities exist within the region, including with the USFS Ottawa National Forest, other field stations, and NGOs. UNDERC also houses a NSF-supported NEON core monitoring site for the Great Lakes Domain thereby providing rich avenues for engagement of the broader scientific community.

The Land o’ Lakes property, including UNDERC, consists of 7500 acres of forested land in northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan including 30 lakes, wetlands, and streams with a combined surface area of 1350 acres. UNDERC maintains a Director’s residence, winterized laboratory and classroom building, a “wet” laboratory, housing for up to 60 students and researchers, and year-round property management.

The Director is expected to be actively engaged at UNDERC during summer months and at Notre Dame during the academic year, have strong interpersonal and communication skills, and supervise year-round staff associated with UNDERC. It is essential that the Director have the skill set and desire to mentor and motivate research and other staff at an off-campus location, while also being able to effectively liaise with the Land o’ Lakes Facility Manager, Advisory Board, and the other users of the facility.

Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply by submitting 1) a cover letter addressing administrative philosophy and interest in field station development, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) brief statements of research interests and teaching philosophy through the Interfolio/Notre Dame online application system :http://apply.interfolio.com/68249.  The search committee will begin consideration of applications on October 15, 2019 but the position will remain open until it is filled. 

The University of Notre Dame is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to building a culturally diverse and inclusive community. We strongly encourage applications from female and minority candidates. For more information, visit UNDERC and the Department of Biological Sciences, or contact the search chair, Dr. Jennifer Tank, at jtank@nd.edu.