Assistant Professor, Integrative Organismal Biology of Invertebrates
University of Connecticut
Location: Storrs Campus
Internal Number: 496875
The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) at the University of Connecticut (UConn) is pleased to invite applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Integrative Organismal Biology of Invertebrates at the Assistant Professor level. The Department seeks a research scientist who applies innovative approaches and an understanding of organisms as integrated systems to achieve novel insights into fundamental questions in evolution, systematics, conservation, and/or ecology. Examples of possible areas include, but are not limited to, biodiversity discovery at the genomic and organismal levels; evolutionary processes shaping diversity within and across lineages; organismal morphology, function, physiology, and behavior in a comparative context; and species interactions, including parasitism.
This position complements Departmental strengths in ecology, evolution, systematics, organismal biology, and conservation biology. The Department offers a highly collaborative environment at a leading public research university that is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic community. More information about the Department can be found at https://www.eeb.uconn.edu. EEB's Biodiversity Research Collections (https://biodiversity.uconn.edu) comprise outstanding collections of invertebrates, vertebrates, and plants. Departmental foci are complemented by faculty in intersecting departments, including Marine Sciences; Molecular and Cell Biology; Physiology and Neurobiology; Natural Resources and the Environment; Anthropology; and Earth Sciences, as well as the Institute of the Environment (https://instituteofenvironment.uconn.edu).
The successful candidate will be expected to: (1) supervise an independent research program that will attract extramural funding, provide research training for graduate and undergraduate students, and offer professional service to the Department and University; (2) use effective, evidence-based methods to teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including an organismal biodiversity course focused on invertebrates (e.g., invertebrate zoology, entomology, or parasitology); (3) mentor students in research, outreach, and professional development; and (4) broaden participation of members of underrepresented groups, engage diverse groups through research, teaching, and public engagement, and exhibit skill in using pedagogical techniques designed to meet the needs of individuals with diverse backgrounds, learning styles, and intellectual interests.
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A Ph.D. or equivalent in ecology and evolutionary biology or a related field by the time of appointment. Equivalent foreign degrees are acceptable.
Two peer-reviewed publications in invertebrate evolution, systematics, conservation, or ecology.
Ability to teach an organismal biodiversity course focused on invertebrates (e.g., invertebrate zoology, parasitology, or entomology).
Demonstrated understanding of barriers to equitable outcomes in STEM fields and a commitment to promote diversity and inclusion through research, teaching, and/or public engagement, as evidenced by past actions, lived experience, or a detailed plan for future work.
Potential to establish an internationally recognized research program that makes fundamental advances in integrative and organismal invertebrate biology.
Multidimensional knowledge of a focal invertebrate lineage that motivates novel questions and discoveries of broader relevance in ecology and evolutionary biology.
Research program that complements the Department's strengths.
Strong record of extramural funding (e.g., fellowships or grants) relative to career stage.
Evidence of or potential for excellence in teaching and mentoring.
Relevant postdoctoral experience.
A sustained history of fostering and supporting diversity, inclusion, and equity, and a plan to do so in the EEB Department, University, and/or biology-related professions.
This is a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track position with an anticipated start date of August 23, 2023. The successful candidate's academic appointment will be at the Storrs campus. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.
Research and scholarship statement (3 pages maximum; include research accomplishments, short-term (next 5 years) and long-term plans, and experience in grant proposal development. This statement should describe the big picture implications of your research, how your program may move your field forward, and the innovative concepts that will form the basis of your academic career);
Teaching statement (2 pages maximum; include teaching philosophy, experience, approaches to effective learning, and interests in teaching particular courses, as well as mentorship of undergraduate and graduate students);
Commitment to diversity statement (2 pages maximum; Describe your overarching philosophy as well as planned activities to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion and meet the needs of diverse learning styles at UConn. This statement might also include activities you have engaged in to enhance diversity and broaden participation in science (e.g., race, gender, sexuality, ability) through service, instruction, or research);
Names and contact information for 3 letters of reference. The search committee will request letters directly from these contacts after the first-round review of applications.
To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by November 1, 2022.
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