Available Position: Assistant Professor

The Department of Biology at Virginia Commonwealth University invites applications for a nine-month tenure-track Organismal/Population Ecologist at the rank of Assistant Professor.  This position is part of a major hiring effort to strengthen our existing clusters in cellular, molecular, and developmental biology and in ecology, with a total of five new tenure-track faculty members expected by August 2017.  We seek candidates working at the organismal or population level to study significant questions of ecological relevance, and who can offer novel expertise and develop synergistic collaborations with faculty in Biology and other units at VCU.  Preference will be given to candidates whose research emphasis is relevant to global change.

The successful candidate will be expected to establish an innovative, extramurally-funded research program in their area of expertise, teach undergraduate courses in our core curriculum, and develop a graduate-level course in their specific area.  The faculty member should strive to broaden participation among members of under-represented groups.  They also should demonstrate through research, teaching, and/or public engagement the richness of diversity in the learning experience and will integrate multicultural approaches and perspectives into instructional methods and research tools.  Other preferred qualifications include demonstrated ability to secure funding from federal and private sectors, mentoring and publishing with undergraduate and graduate students, and active participation in collaborative research networks.  We seek applicants with lived experiences, research, and/or professional service informed by worldviews and/or perspectives about minority group status including race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion, and disability and who are committed to work in and foster a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment at VCU.

Virginia Commonwealth University has an enrollment of approximately 32,000 students, including 2,000 Biology undergraduates and over 75 graduate students in Biology.  The Department of Biology has 50 faculty and affiliated members with diverse research interests in Cell Regulation, Evolution, and Ecological Processes and Applications.  The Department has outstanding facilities and support, with onsite spinning disk and laser scanning confocal microscopes, next-gen sequencers, animal vivaria, a greenhouse, and easy access to a variety of terrestrial, aquatic, and wetland habitats in Virginia’s Coastal Plain and Piedmont regions.  In addition to an M.S. program, the Department is served by a doctoral graduate program in Integrative Life Sciences that provides five years of student support.  Applicants must have a Ph.D. degree and appropriate post-doctoral research experience to establish an independent research program and obtain extramural funding.  Please apply online at www.vcujobs.com (position # F53690) and be prepared to submit a cover letter, CV, and statements of research interests and teaching philosophy.  You will be asked to list names and email addresses of three references.  An email will be sent to your references, asking them to upload a letter of recommendation.  Closing date for receipt of applications and letters of recommendation is 9 April 2017.  Virginia Commonwealth University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.