Assistant Professor of Marine Biology

The University of Alabama and the Dauphin Island Sea Lab
full time, 9 month appointment
October 29 2020
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Full Time
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The Department of Biological Sciences at The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa invites applications for a full-time (9 month) tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Marine Biology to begin Fall 2021. This position will be based at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL; on the Alabama Coast near Mobile. DISL offers excellent research facilities and support. We seek a highly innovative and collaborative scientist with a strong academic background in Marine Biology. The successful candidate will use modern analytical techniques to address fundamental questions in their area of expertise, establish an extramurally funded research program, demonstrate a commitment to teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and participate in departmental, college, and university service. Candidates whose research addresses marine ecosystem dynamics such as biodiversity, invasive species, climate change and anthropogenic activities, evolutionary or adaptive mechanisms, and biotic interactions are especially encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will be a highly motivated individual with the ability to interact with other faculty members in the Department of Biological Sciences and at the DISL. Minimum qualifications include a PhD in biology or related discipline, post-doctoral experience, and a strong record of publishing in peer-reviewed journals. Teaching responsibilities will include an undergraduate course in Marine Biology, as well as specialized undergraduate and graduate courses in the successful candidate’s area of expertise.

Questions about the position should be addressed to the chair of the search committee, Dr. Phillip Harris ( To apply, go to, complete the online application, and upload: (1) a cover letter; (2) CV; (3) statement describing past research achievements and future goals; (4) statement of teaching interests and philosophy; and (5) a list of three to five references (including contact information). The search committee will request letters of reference as needed. Consideration of applications will begin December 1, 2020, and will continue until the position is filled. There will be a preliminary Zoom screening of selected applicants, after which top candidates will be informed whether the following interviews will proceed virtually or in-person, depending on how the present coronavirus pandemic has evolved by that time. Prior to hiring, the final candidate will be required to pass a pre-employment background investigation. The start date is August 16, 2021. Additional information about the Department of Biological Sciences and this position can be found on our website at Applications from women and members of underrepresented groups in Biology are especially encouraged. The University of Alabama is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access Employer and actively seeks diversity among its employees.