job: Department Head, Mexico

Will Cook cwcook at duke.edu
Tue Feb 11 09:42:51 EST 2003


The Instituto Potosino de Investigación Científica y Tecnológica (IPICYT) is a 
two-year old federally funded interdisciplinary research center in San Luis 
Potosi, on the central plateau of Mexico. The research center consists of five 
research departments, 1) Advanced Materials, 2) Applied Mathematics and 
Computational Systems, 3) Economic Geology, 4) Environmental Engineering and 
Natural Resource Management, and 5) Molecular Biology. IPICYT offers a Master 
and PhD program in 1) Molecular Biology and 2) Applied Sciences. For more 
information and details on individual Departments and the postgraduate programs 
please visit our webpage at http://www.ipicyt.edu.mx

The Department of Environmental Engineering and Natural Resource Management 
focuses on environmental research in natural and urban areas. The Department is 
strategically pursuing a course to develop interdisciplinary research directions 
to meet current and future challenges of solving complex local and global 
environmental problems related to anthropogenically induced environmental changes.

We seek an innovative and dynamic leader to direct the Department of 
Environmental Engineering and Natural Resource Management to integrate 
biological, hydrological, atmospheric, economic, and social sciences as well as 
environmental engineering, environmental planning and urban ecology in novel 
ways to solve both 1) complex natural resource management issues in the arid 
lands of the "Altiplano Potosino" and in the temperate and tropical ecosystems 
of the region, and 2) urban contamination issues in  future megacities like San 
Luis Potosi, respectively.


We seek a highly qualified and motivated individual with a PhD degree in a 
scientific field related to environmental studies, and a demonstrated 
understanding of environmental issues related to natural resource management and 
urban contamination.

The successful applicant is expected to provide:

-	Experience in managing and developing environmental research, environmental 
management programs or urban environmental planning. The candidate must 
demonstrate a profound knowledge of environmental issues facing different 
environmental management disciplines or approaches (e.g., biogeochemistry of 
terrestrial ecosystems, land-atmosphere interactions, ecosystem management, 
restoration ecology, conservation biology, urban planning, soil, air and water 
quality management, natural systems engineering, environmental impact analysis, 
environmental quality modeling) currently in use to address these problems.

-	Evidence of scientific leadership, such as a record of peer-reviewed 
publications in international journals. In addition, the applicant must 
demonstrate strong and effective administrative experience at a national-and/or 
international level of scientific research or in environmental management 

-	Demonstrated success in managing and guiding large research programs with 
extramural funding;

-	Experience in participating, managing or organizing multidisciplinary research 
teams and a strong appreciation of interdisciplinary approaches;

-	Management approaches that foster high staff morale and support a working 
environment promoting applied and basic research;

-	Demonstrably strong interpersonal, collaborative, and written and oral 
communication skills.


Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications.


Applications should include a statement of interest describing relevant 
qualifications, curriculum vitae, publications list, and the names and contact 
information of at least three professional references.

Please send these materials to:

Dr. José Luis Morán-López
Director General
Instituto Potosino de Investigación Científica y Tecnológica
Apdo. Postal Tangamanga 3-74
78231 San Luis Potosí, S.L.P.

Applications will be received until April 15, 2003 or until the position is filled.
For more information on this position, please contact Dr. Marcial Bonilla, 
Academic Director at mbonilla at ipicyt.edu.mx, Tel. +52 444 833 5409, FAX: +52 444 
833 5411


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