Job Description

Job ID
UW Stout;Menomonie, WI
Full/Part Time


JOB TITLE: Assistant Professor (tenure track)



We are seeking a motivated Aquatic Ecologist or Limnologist to provide outstanding learning opportunities for our students and discover creative solutions to problems impacting Wisconsin’s freshwater resources. UW-Stout science faculty strive to engage students in all aspects of our academic responsibilities, reflecting UW-Stout’s special mission as Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University. As educators, we incorporate best practices for teaching, learning, and assessing student outcomes.


Minimum / Required

Ph.D. in Aquatic Ecology, Aquatic Biology, Limnology, or related field earned by August 2020


  • Expertise in freshwater restoration, management, or mitigation
  • Postdoctoral teaching or research experience
  • Potential to become an outstanding educator
  • Ability to develop an undergraduate research program that may include graduate students
  • Dedication to impactful service


The successful candidate will teach courses in the Environmental Science B.S. and Professional Science Master’s program in Conservation Biology, including Aquatic Ecology and Management (undergraduate and graduate level), and non-majors science offerings. There are also opportunities to develop curriculum in the candidate’s area of expertise. A typical teaching load is 12 credits per semester.

Additional expectations include excellence in teaching, engagement in interdisciplinary and collaborative research, public outreach, and university and professional service. Candidates are expected to seek extramural funding to support their research. Service obligations may include supporting the Environmental Science B.S. and Conservation Biology Professional Science Masters programs, advising undergraduate and graduate students, and providing intellectual contributions to university, civic, and professional organizations.


We think you’ll find UW-Stout to be a great place to pursue your career. Here’s why:

Community. The science faculty at UW-Stout are members of an intellectually engaged, committed, and supportive learning community that includes students, instructors, and staff. Faculty collaborate widely.

Support. Scholarly and service activities are well-supported internally; professional development grants as well as student research and dissemination grants. Funding for new faculty to start research initiatives is available. We have strong collaborative agreements with other UW system schools and area partners.

Facility and Programs. UW-Stout’s Center for Limnological Research and Rehabilitation is a DNR-certified water quality laboratory and provides many opportunities for engagement in local aquatic issues. UW-Stout science departments are housed in an updated $44M science building that includes a fish facility, environmental sampling equipment, molecular biology tools, and an analytical chemistry facility. Additionally, the UW-Stout Discovery Center facilitates technology transfer with external stakeholders.

The Biology Department supports an undergraduate Environmental Science major and a Professional Science Masters program in Conservation Biology. We also train Applied Science and Applied Biochemistry & Molecular Biology majors in addition to serving many other programs.


The University of Wisconsin-Stout offers a rich, dynamic, and collaborative environment in which to work and grow. A member of the University of Wisconsin system, UW-Stout is unique -- it holds the distinction of being Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University, a designation that highlights our combination of applied learning, real-world experiences, and a solid liberal arts foundation.

UW-Stout offers 48 undergraduate and 26 graduate degrees, including two terminal degrees. Student enrollment is just over 9,500.

UW-Stout faculty enjoy opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration, state-of-the-art facilities, and a modern digital environment. UW-Stout values innovative approaches to solving problems in society and industry, and faculty are encouraged to maintain strong ties and seek collaborative projects within their disciplines and industries.

Menomonie, Wisconsin, is a town of 16,000 located in the beautiful Chippewa River Valley, 25 miles west of Eau Claire and 60 miles east of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul.

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Competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. The UW System provides an excellent benefits package including participation in the Wisconsin State retirement plan.

As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, UW-Stout is committed to inclusive excellence and is actively seeking applications from individuals from diverse groups; veterans and individuals with disabilities.

An offer of employment is contingent upon the final candidate passing a criminal background check and a reference check process. The reference check process includes asking the final candidate and most recent supervisor questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment. Final candidates with previous employment within the UW System and State of WI agencies will be subject to additional reference checks.

A successful candidate must have authorization to work within the United States as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.

In response to a public records request, the University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in their online application, except that the identity of the successful final candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

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Applicants will need to complete all required fields and attach all required documents prior to submitting the online application. Note: Once you have attached your materials and submitted your application you will not be able to go into the system and change them.

Required application materials:

  1. Cover letter
  2. CV
  3. One-page Teaching Philosophy
  4. One-page Research Statement
  5. Names and contact information for a minimum of three professional references
  6. Unofficial copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts; official transcripts required at time of hire

To ensure consideration complete applications must be submitted online by October 31st, 2019. Application screening will begin November 1st and may continue until the position is filled.

UW-Stout policy provides reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants with disabilities. If you need assistance, or accommodation in applying because of a disability, please contact us using the information below. Employment opportunities will not be denied because of the need to make reasonable accommodations for a qualified individual's disability.

For questions regarding this position or recruitment, please contact:

  • Search Chair: Dr. Michael Bessert, Biology Department, UW-Stout
  • Phone: 715-232-2559
  • Email:

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