Williams College
Williamstown, Massachusetts (US)
September 13 2018
Life Sciences, Ecology
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Tenure -Track Faculty Position

Biology Department

The Biology Department at Williams College, a premier liberal arts college with a long-standing tradition of excellence in the sciences, invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor, to begin July 2019. We are especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the intellectual vibrancy and diversity of the academic community through their research, teaching, and service, and who are committed to working effectively with a diverse student population.

We seek a broadly trained ecologist whose research incorporates state-of-the-art methods and a strong field component to address questions of broad biological significance. The candidate should complement our existing faculty expertise by focusing on community or ecosystem or landscape level ecology.  The successful candidate will teach in our introductory courses as well as upper-level courses in ecology, including courses on sustainability of natural or human dominated systems.  Normally, faculty members teach one course and two associated laboratory sections (or the equivalent) each semester. This individual will advise undergraduates in research and have the opportunity to participate in interdisciplinary programs such as Environmental Studies.

A dynamic research program that is attractive to extramural funding agencies and involves talented undergraduates is expected. Start-up funds and internal funding for research are available.  A Ph.D., postdoctoral experience, and a strong research record are required.  We anticipate the appointment at the beginning assistant professor level, although a more senior appointment may be possible under special circumstances.

All applications should be submitted through Interfolio at  Email and paper applications will not be accepted. Through Interfolio submit: a letter of application addressed to Professor Steven Swoap (Chair, Biology Department), a curriculum vitae, concise statements of teaching and research plans, and three current letters of recommendation. Your cover letter should speak to your ability to work effectively with a student population that is broadly diverse with regard to gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation and religion.  All offers of employment are contingent upon completion of a background check  Application deadline is October 12, 2018.  For more information on the Department of Biology, visit

Williams College is a coeducational liberal arts institution located in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts.  The college maintains the 2500-acre Hopkins Memorial Forest for teaching and research.  The College has built its reputation on outstanding teaching and scholarship and on the academic excellence of its approximately 2,000 students.  Please visit the Williams College website ( Beyond meeting fully its legal obligations for non-discrimination, Williams College is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn, and thrive.