Search Postponed - Not Accepting Applications

Due to circumstances beyond the control of VCU Biology, this search has been postponed.  Current applicants will be notified if they have not been already, and no new applications are being accepted at this time.  We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this change.

The following posting and job description is being retained for record keeping purposes only, and should not be considered active or in use at this time.

Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Biology


The Department of Biology at Virginia Commonwealth University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the level of Assistant Professor to begin August 2020.

We seek candidates with a research focus in understanding how organisms, populations, or communities respond to rapidly changing environments. This could include investigations of eco-evolutionary feedbacks, urban evolution, ecology and evolution of vector-borne diseases, and evolutionary responses to global change. The preferred candidate will engage in research involving animals, both to provide experiential learning opportunities for undergraduate students as well as fill existing curriculum gaps. Applicants should have a PhD, post-doctoral research experience, and demonstrated success with acquiring or the potential to acquire external funding. The Department of Biology is committed to reflect our highly diverse student population with recruitment and retention of diverse faculty.

Preferred qualifications include a 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.

Candidates are expected to establish an innovative, extramurally-funded research program in his/her area of expertise. Develop and teach an upper-level undergraduate and graduate course in his/her specific area of expertise. Mentorship and training of MS and PhD students. Submit proposals to support the establishment of an innovative, extramurally funded research program that investigates the evolutionary basis of responses to rapidly changing environments. Publish regularly in scientific journals in the employee’s area of expertise. Contribute to departmental and professional service.

The Department of Biology of Virginia Commonwealth University is dedicated to undergraduate and graduate education and to research and service. Major concentrations of expertise are in molecular and cellular biology, physiology, genetics, and terrestrial and aquatic ecology. The Department prepares undergraduate and graduate students for further academic study in a variety of areas: admission to professional schools such as medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine and allied health programs; employment in laboratory and field programs in private industry or government agencies; admission to graduate programs; and teaching in secondary schools. The Department also provides introductory courses that enable students throughout the University to explore and fulfill the science requirement of their degrees, thereby providing them with a solid foundation in the biological sciences. Additionally, the Department is committed to a high level of furthering the knowledge base throughout the many disciplines within the field of biology through research and other scholarly activity. As part of its mission, the Department will also provide service activities to assist and develop the educational and scientific base of the University, regional and national communities

Please apply online at and be prepared to submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, three references, and concise statements of: 1) research accomplishments and plans, 2) teaching experience and goals, and 3) commitment to diversity and inclusivity. You will be asked to list names and email addresses of three references. Upon submission of your application, an email will be sent to your references, asking them to upload a letter of recommendation. The position is open until filled. Priority consideration will be given to those applicants who apply by December 2, 2019.

Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action university providing access to education and employment without regard to age, race, color, national or ethnic origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, veteran's status, political affiliation or disability. Women, minorities and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.