Tenured faculty position in the area of Paleontology and Evolutionary Developmental Biology

University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, California (US)
June 22 2017
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Tenured faculty position in the area of Paleontology and Evolutionary Developmental Biology

University of California, Berkeley

The Department of Integrative Biology (IB) and the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology (MCB) at the University of California, Berkeley are soliciting applications for a 100% (50 % IB, 50% MCB) time new senior level faculty member actively working at the interface between the fields of paleontology and evolutionary developmental biology; this position is open at the tenured level. Potential start date is January 1, 2018 or July 1, 2018.

Through leadership and expertise in the field of paleontology, and the fields of organismal, evolutionary, molecular, cellular, and developmental biology, Berkeley faculty explore questions in adaptation, speciation, ecology, and the genetic and genomic events that have generated organismal diversity. We seek candidates who work at the interface between paleontology and evolutionary developmental biology to leverage the strengths of these fields to address any of a number of questions in evolutionary biology. Areas include (but are not limited to) the evolution of important transitions such as the generation of body plans during the Cambrian, the transition from water to land, the evolution of flight, and the appearance of developmental novelties.

We envision that the position will create synergies for collaborative initiatives in research, teaching and fundraising. The successful candidate will build bridges across disciplines at UC Berkeley (including collaborations with the Departments of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Plant and Microbial Biology and Environmental Science, Policy and Management). S/he will bridge the museum and molecular focused faculty in IB with the molecular and cellular faculty in MCB. Paleontology and Evolutionary Developmental Biology are fields that have great appeal to the public, and an interdisciplinary research scope will provide ample opportunities to highlight the strength of both Departments to the public through outreach programs that could also form the basis for successful fundraising in the future.

Preferred qualifications include demonstrated excellence in research, extensive field or lab experience, evidence of outstanding scholarship within a relevant discipline, a dedication to excellence in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level, and a commitment to working in an inclusive and interdisciplinary environment. A Ph.D. and/or M.D. or equivalent degree in biology, geology, or a related field is required at the time of application.

Serious consideration will be given to the candidate’s potential for success in mentoring Ph.D. students and teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. We seek someone who combines significant strength in an interdisciplinary program that crosses the Departmental boundaries, which will enhance not only our research standing, but our ability to educate undergraduates and graduate students at the cutting edge of interdisciplinary science. Professional service, including issues of access to and diversity in higher education and the academic profession will also be considered.

Application Procedure:

Applicants who are currently tenured at an institute of higher education/ are an independent investigator must complete an online application via the following link:


If your candidacy progresses, you will be asked to provide contact information for 3-5 referees. We will only contact your referees if you are a finalist for the position, and we will seek your permission before doing so. All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality (http://apo.berkeley.edu/evalltr.html) prior to submitting their letters

All applications should include:

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

• A brief summary of current and future research objectives, teaching interests, and a statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.

The final deadline for applications is July 19, 2017. To receive full consideration, please submit a completed application by this date. Please direct questions to ib_ap_assist@berkeley.edu.

IB and MCB are committed to addressing the family needs of faculty, including dual career couples and single parents. For information about potential relocation to Berkeley, or career needs of accompanying partners and spouses, please visit: http://ofew.berkeley.edu/new-faculty.

The departments seek candidates whose research, teaching, or service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and inclusion in higher education. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: