Henry L. and Grace Doherty Chair Professor in Freshwater Ecology


University, MS, US, 38677

Department:  Biology (10000832)
Employee Designation:  Regular Full-time (Benefits Eligible)

Note for Current UM Employees

Current employees must apply internally via connectU > connectu.olemiss.edu

Position Description

The Department of Biology at the University of Mississippi invites applications from exceptional ecologists for the Henry L. and Grace Doherty Chair in Freshwater Research. Applicants must vigorously pursue ecological research and teaching related to sustaining freshwater resources, and provide enthusiastic leadership that advances academic, governmental, and public knowledge and commitment towards ensuring uncontaminated water for all life. Well qualified applicants are those that are appointable at the tenured Associate Professor level or above, have a strong and continuing record of both publication in the ecological sciences and obtaining competitive extramural funding, and already have a national reputation in freshwater biology/ecology that has been formally recognized by their peers in the scientific community. This endowed position provides substantial annual research funds, a significant startup package supplemented with two annual graduate assistantships for the first five years, and a highly competitive salary. Continued success at obtaining external funding to advance freshwater/wetland biology research at the University of Mississippi is expected and required of the chair holder. This position will complement and extend existing departmental strengths in ecology and evolution, symbiosis and species interactions, biodiversity and conservation biology, cell and molecular biology, and neuroscience and behavior (http://biology.olemiss.edu), the multidisciplinary initiative of the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation Research (https://cbcr.olemiss.edu/) and collaboration with the local/regional scientists at the USDA, US Army Corps of Engineers, and the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. In addition to proximity to the research opportunities of the Mississippi alluvial plain, there are natural and constructed wetlands, 200 constructed ponds, and natural springs and small streams available for research at the University's 740-acre Field Station, which also houses the Center for Water and Wetland Resources (http://www.baysprings.olemiss.edu/). 


The Department of Biology is a vibrant, broad-based department that consists of 22 tenure-track and 13 instructional faculty members, and educates over 800 undergraduate biology majors, 2500 non-majors and 53 graduate students (Ph.D. and M.S.). The Department of Biology recognizes the importance of building a diverse faculty and welcomes applicants from groups underrepresented in science. More information about the department can be found at http://biology.olemiss.edu.

Position Details

Appointment: 9 Month

Assignment Type: Tenure Track 

Minimum Qualifications

Applicants must have a Ph.D. degree in Biology or a related field.


Interview Requirements: Any candidate who is called for an interview must notify the Department of Equal Opportunity/Regulatory Compliance in writing of any reasonable accommodation needed prior to the date of the interview.

Application Procedures

Applications should include: (1) a concise cover letter outlining interest and suitability for the position, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) a research statement of up to 5 pages, that also articulates a comprehensive plan for extramural research funding development catalyzed by the annual endowed research funds (4) a 2-page teaching statement, which includes experience and teaching interests, (5) a 1-page diversity statement addressing approaches to promoting inclusivity in teaching and research, (6) a 2-page summary of plans for engagement with the community and policy makers to achieve freshwater sustainability goals, and (7) names and contact information for at least five references.


Review of applications will begin Jan. 24th, 2024, and continue until the position is filled. The desired starting date is August 2024. Questions about this position should be addressed to the search committee chair, Dr. Richard Buchholz (byrb@olemiss.edu)

About the University of MS & Oxford, MS

Founded in 1848, the University of Mississippi (UM), affectionately known to alumni, students and friends as Ole Miss, is Mississippi's flagship university. Included in the elite group of R-1: Doctoral Universities - Highest Research Activity by the Carnegie Classification, it has a long history of producing leaders in public service, academics and business. The University of Mississippi, consistently named by The Chronicle of Higher Education as a “Great College to Work For,” is located in Oxford, MS, which is ranked one of the “Top 10 Best College Towns.” With more than 24,000 students, UM is the state's largest university and is ranked among the nation's fastest-growing institutions. The University of Mississippi, which has aggressively implemented many health and wellness initiatives for its more than 2,900 employees, has consistently been named one of Mississippi’s Healthiest Workplaces.


Touted as the “Cultural Mecca of the South”, creativity abounds in Oxford as musicians, artists and writers alike find inspiration in Oxford’s rich history, small town charm and creative community. Oxford is a one-hour drive south of Memphis, TN and is known as the home of Nobel Prize winning author William Faulkner. Over the years Oxford has also been known for offering exceptional culinary experiences and as the home of the University of Mississippi and the Ole Miss Rebels, there is always something here to immerse yourself in. Oxford has also been featured as a literary and arts destination in such publications as The New York Times, Southern Living, Condé Nast Traveler, and GQ. Among other cultural activities, annual events include the Oxford Film Festival, a thriving local music scene, and the Ford Center Performing Arts Series. Oxford is a vibrant university town, filled with unique shops and galleries, eclectic restaurants and clubs, historic landmarks, and comfortable inns.


Background Check Statement

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EEO Statement

The University of Mississippi provides equal opportunity in any employment practice, education program, or education activity to all qualified persons. The University complies with all applicable laws regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action and does not unlawfully discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based upon race, color, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, citizenship, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information.

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