Faculty Position in Evolutionary Ecology/Evolutionary Biology

Richmond, Virginia (US)
October 22 2019
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Faculty Position in Evolutionary Ecology/Evolutionary Biology


Department of Biology

Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond, VA


The Department of Biology at Virginia Commonwealth University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in evolutionary ecology/evolutionary biology 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.

Candidates are expected to develop a creative, nationally recognized, and well-funded research program in evolutionary ecology/evolutionary biology and participate in the inclusive mentoring and instruction of undergraduate and graduate students. Successful applicants will have excellent opportunities to establish strong collaborations with other researchers in the Department of Biology, the College of Humanities and Sciences, the School of Life Sciences, and the VCU School of Medicine.

Virginia Commonwealth University, an urban R1 university located in the heart of Richmond, Virginia, has an enrollment of approximately 32,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, including 43% minority, 29% underrepresented minority, and international students representing 101 countries. The University is recognized as one of the best employers for diversity and is committed to the recruitment and success of culturally and academically diverse faculty that reflect our unique campus demographics. The Department of Biology (https://biology.vcu.edu) has 42 full-time faculty members with diverse research interests who teach and mentor approximately 2,000 undergraduate and 45 graduate students. The Department has outstanding facilities and support, including vivaria and access to high-throughput DNA sequencers, high performance computing clusters, the VCU Rice Rivers Center, and a diversity of public lands. In addition to an M.S. program, the Department is served by a doctoral graduate program in Integrative Life Sciences. 

Please apply online at www.vcujobs.com  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. References will be contacted by email for letters of recommendation. The position is open until filled, though 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.