MARINE ECOLOGIST - Assistant Professor, UC DAVIS

Bodega Bay, California
October 19 2020
Position Type
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The UC Davis College of Biological Sciences announces an Assistant Professor faculty position in marine ecology within the Department of Evolution and Ecology to be based at the Bodega Marine Laboratory (BML).  Applications are encouraged from candidates with a strong background in any current or emerging area that will complement and build upon existing faculty strengths in marine ecology, including but not limited to community ecology, algal and/or seagrass ecology, global change ecology, physiological ecology, evolutionary ecology, and the ecology of large-scale phenomena.  We seek a candidate who does empirical work that includes a field component.  

The successful candidate will be based at Bodega Marine Laboratory (, located 100 miles west of the main UC Davis campus.  BML is part of the Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute (CMSI), a comprehensive unit at UC Davis that seeks to coordinate and catalyze research, education, and outreach in marine science.  This position is part of a hiring initiative at BML, and is being coordinated with two other positions, one in marine environmental toxicology, the other in sustainable aquaculture.  The appointee will join a community of collaborative, interdisciplinary researchers at BML with interests including marine ecology, physical and biological oceanography, paleoceanography, biogeochemistry, ecotoxicology, biomechanics, global change biology, ocean health, and marine conservation. To learn more, please explore the websites for the College of Biological Sciences (, the Department of Evolution and Ecology (, and the Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute (  Please contact the search committee chair, Dr. Eric Sanford (email:, for additional inquiries.

As one of the country’s leading R1 institutions, UC Davis seeks candidates with the potential for research, teaching, and inclusive excellence. In addition, the successful candidate will demonstrate an understanding of the barriers preventing full participation of members from historically underrepresented and marginalized student communities in higher education, such as (but not limited to) women, underrepresented minorities, individuals self-identifying as LGBTQIA+, veterans, individuals with disabilities, economically disadvantaged groups, first-generation, undocumented students, or students with any intersections in between. The successful candidate will have an accomplished track record (calibrated to career stage) of teaching, research, or service activities addressing the needs of underrepresented minorities, and a clearly articulated vision of how their work at UC Davis will continue to contribute to the University’s mission of serving the needs of our diverse state and student population. Applicants’ track record of engagement and activity related to diversity, equal opportunity, and inclusion as well as their plans for future engagement will be a significant part of the overall evaluation of the candidate’s qualifications for a faculty appointment.

Minimum Qualifications

• A Ph.D. (or equivalent) at the time of appointment in the biological sciences, ecology, marine sciences, or a related field.

• Demonstrated research accomplishments via publishing marine ecology research in peer reviewed journals.

Preferred Qualifications

We desire applicants who have identified strengths and experiences in the following areas:

•  Research interests in marine ecology that complement or extend existing research strengths in the Department of Evolution and Ecology and at Bodega Marine Laboratory, and the potential to attract extramural funding.

•  Postdoctoral training in marine ecology or a related discipline.

•  Evidence of, or strong potential for, commitment to the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion for historically underrepresented and marginalized student communities, and how this commitment integrates with teaching, research, and service.

•  Commitment to excellence in teaching. Must demonstrate potential or evidence of ability to perform well at both graduate and undergraduate levels and to develop and teach undergraduate and graduate courses or seminars.

•  Commitment to participating in BML/CMSI, departmental, and college communities through collaborative research, teaching, and service.

Appointment will be as an academic year (9-month) tenure-track Assistant Professor. Participation in department, college, and university service as a member of UC Davis Division of the Academic Senate is an expectation under our faculty shared governance model.

Application Requirements

For fullest consideration, please review the full position description, which provides guidance on application requirements: Application packages should include the following documents: current Curriculum Vitae, Cover Letter, Statement of Research, Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Statement of Teaching Accomplishments and Philosophy, and the contact information of 3 individuals who will be contacted to provide a letter of reference on your behalf.  Initial review of applications will be conducted using anonymized versions of the Statement of Research, and the Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.  For questions regarding this process, please contact the search committee chair (Dr. Eric Sanford).

Our Commitment

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values of the University of California, Davis that are embedded within our Principles of Community (  and are tied with how to best serve our student population. Please review the full Job Posting to learn about the initiatives that keep UC Davis an inclusive and safe campus for our diverse students and faculty:

Bodega Marine Laboratory

UC Davis’ Bodega Marine Laboratory (BML) houses a vibrant community of marine scientists including resident faculty, research scientists, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students from across three colleges.  BML maintains a state-of-the-art seawater system and specialized laboratory facilities that enable studies of invasive species, climate change impacts, infectious diseases, and a variety of ecological processes.  BML operates a fleet of small boats including a 42-ft research vessel and maintains an ocean observing system in the coastal waters adjacent to the laboratory.  BML facilities are located on the 362-acre Bodega Marine Reserve, part of the University of California Natural Reserve System.  The reserve and surrounding coastal region are characterized by strong upwelling, high productivity, and diverse ecosystems spanning rocky intertidal and subtidal habitats, sandy beaches, and estuarine mudflats, eelgrass beds, and tidal marshes.

The University

UC Davis is a distinguished university, ranked 5th nationally by the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education and 11th nationally by US News and World Report among U.S. public universities overall and for research funding.  UC Davis is also ranked #2 nationally among the best programs in ecology and evolutionary biology by US News and World Report. It is ranked #1 by Forbes Magazine as “The 13 Most Important STEM Colleges for Women.” Please review the full position description to learn more about the notable rankings we have received regarding diversity, environmental sustainability, work-life balance, more:

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