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Position overview

Salary range: The salary range for this position is $92,500-$290,000. “Off-scale salaries” and other components of pay, i.e., a salary that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions, qualifications, and experience. Director role will include a $10k stipend.

Application Window

Open date: February 9, 2024

Most recent review date: Saturday, Mar 9, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Friday, May 31, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

In partnership with the College of Engineering, the Office of Research invites applications for the position of Director, Tahoe Environmental Research Center (TERC). This position, open to all candidates who are eligible to hold a tenured faculty position at UC Davis, will be appointed at a level of 50% for five years with the possibility of extension. The director will hold an additional 50% tenured faculty appointment (associate or full professor) in a relevant academic department to be determined at the time of appointment. Upon completion of the term(s) as director, the individual will hold a 100% appointment in an academic department.

The UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center is a Special Research Program under the auspices of the Office of Research that is dedicated to interdisciplinary research and education to advance the knowledge of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems and their interactions within natural and developed Earth systems, and to communicate science-informed solutions worldwide. The vision of TERC is to achieve healthy aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems through scientific understanding and education for the benefit of communities locally and globally; guide the preservation of a resilient and sustainable ecosystem at Lake Tahoe for generations to come; and provide objective scientific knowledge to the public, school children, private industry, government agencies, and elected officials. The work at TERC is anchored in the Lake Tahoe basin, but the research undertaken by TERC scientists on aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems occurs beyond that region and has impacts around the globe. TERC’s research is rapidly transferred and disseminated to the public through many active public education and outreach programs. The goal of the education programs is to provide science-based information about the Lake Tahoe region to foster responsible action and stewardship.

Position Description

As a faculty member, the successful candidate will be responsible for developing an internationally impactful program of funded research and for teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in the area of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. Specific requirements will be determined by the needs of the home academic department of the candidate. While developing an independent research program, the candidate must be willing to contribute in a collaborative manner to the strategic visions of their home academic department, their home school or college and the Tahoe Environmental Research Center. In addition, participation in department, college, and university service is an expectation under our faculty shared governance model.

The director will provide leadership in multiple areas that include updating and implementing the TERC strategic plan that continues to broaden the research mission of TERC and engages additional UC faculty; overseeing an appropriate, sustainable business model for operations, including a vision for the renewal of facilities and equipment; leading the unique educational and research efforts of an interdisciplinary program anchored by a flagship laboratory located in two states; securing funding from a wide spectrum of state, federal and private research and education sources; sustaining an impactful community outreach and communications strategy to expand the range of scientific contributions of TERC research; collaborating with multiple governmental and community organizations to advance the mission of TERC; and creating a larger community of financial supporters for TERC.

If you have questions regarding the position or your application, please contact HR Analyst Satti Kaur at

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Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

PhD, or equivalent degree, in limnology, water science or engineering, aquatic ecology, or a closely related discipline

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

Distinguished track record of scholarly publication and teaching in the area of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems

Demonstrated leadership ability, ideally with prior experience in overseeing multi-faceted, interdisciplinary research enterprises within a university environment

Experience with building synergistic relationships with state, and federal agencies, private foundations, and industry-based research funding organizations

Understanding of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystem science, policy, and protocol issues and familiarity with decision makers in relevant federal, state, corporate and non-profit organizations

Evidence of ability to successfully engage in philanthropic fundraising activities needed to support the mission of TERC

Preferred qualifications (other preferred, but not required, qualifications for the position)

Experience developing and maintaining collaborative working relationships among stakeholders and partners in university, industry, government, public and non-profit settings

Oral and written communication, presentation, and public speaking skills to represent UC Davis in public forums as demonstrated by a clear and confident communication style

Ability and willingness to travel nationally and internationally as demanded by business needs

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research - Describe past research contributions and statement of how your research program would fit in the aquatic and terrestrial ecology focus of TERC at UC Davis (2-3 pages)

  • Statement of Teaching and Mentorship - Describe your pedagogical values and methods, your record of mentorship, and what aquatic and terrestrial ecology courses (undergraduate & graduate) you would teach (about 2 pages)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and service (1-2 pages) - Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.

  • Statement of past leadership or administrative experience and vision for TERC (about 2 pages)

  • Authorization to release information - A reference check will only be completed if you are selected as the first choice candidate. Download, complete, sign and upload the form.

    If an applicant does not include the signed authorization with the application materials, the application will be considered incomplete, and as with any incomplete application, will not receive further consideration.

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)
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Job location

Davis, CA, Incline Village, NV and Tahoe City, CA