Coastal Disease Ecologist

University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida
Salary will be commensurate with experience.
October 09 2017
Position #38660
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Full Time
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Applicants for an Assistant/Associate Professor position in coastal disease ecology must have a Ph.D. from an accredited institution, relevant post-doctoral training, and show a demonstrated ability, or strong potential, to maintain a vigorous, extramurally-funded research program.  Preference will be given to candidates whose research interests focus on the ecology of infectious diseases in natural coastal ecosystems (not aquaculture systems) and who uses innovative approaches, including modeling and empirical field and laboratory work, to address fundamental ecological or evolutionary questions about any coastal host-pathogen systems regardless of taxonomic group.  Potential research questions may include, but are not limited to, the ecology of emerging coastal diseases and the intersection of disease and anthropogenic stressors, such as climate change, pollution, habitat loss, or invasive species.  Strong interdisciplinary skills, experience working at the interface of social and biological sciences, strong quantitative and excellent communication and interpersonal skills are essential. Proven track records of publication in refereed journals of high quality and acquisition of research funding are highly desirable. 

The successful candidate will become a core faculty member of the Sustainable Coastal Systems cluster and the National Center for Integrated Coastal Rseearch.  They must demonstrate a strong commitment to interdisciplinary research and publication; a commitment to interdisciplinary and collaborative research, have demonstrated an ability to perform high-impact and high-demand research, and develop a program that will lead to strong extramurally-funded research and national/international recognition.  Faculty in this interdisciplinary position will be expected to strengthen both their tenure home department as well as the Center.  Both individual and interdisciplinary infrastructure and startup are expected with this position. The new faculty member will have a unique interdisciplinary mentoring team to foster intellectual breadth and to facilitate integrative capacity to strengthen the success of the cluster.

Candidates must apply on-line at (Position #38660) and attach the following materials: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching statement, research statement, and contact information for three professional references.  In the cover letter candidates should address their background in their discipline and should identify the department(s) for their potential tenure home.  In the research statement candidates should include descriptions of their successful interdisciplinary research collaborations and how their current and future research can contribute to the cluster’s overall interdisciplinary objectives.  

The search committee will review applications on an on-going basis until the position is filled. 

The University of Central Florida has grown in size, quality, diversity, and reputation since its inception in 1963. Today, the university offers 212 degree programs to 66,000 diverse students. UCF is an economic engine attracting and supporting industries vital to the region’s future while providing students with real-world experiences that help them succeed after graduation. For more information, visit  UCF is designated as a research university of very high research activity (RU/VH) by the Carnegie Foundation. 

For more information about this position please contact the Sustainable Coastal Systems Cluster search committee Chair, Dr. Graham Worthy at