Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences in Invertebrate Biology

Norfolk, Virginia (US)
Salary commensurate with experience.
September 29 2021
Position Type
Full Time
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Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences in Invertebrate Biology (Tenure Track, F0205A1)

The Department of Biological Sciences at Old Dominion University invites applications for a full-time, ten-month tenure track, Assistant Professor with expertise in Invertebrate Biology.

We seek candidates working in coastal, estuarine, and/or wetlands systems with a research focus in ecology, evolution, physiology, or organismal biology of invertebrates in these systems. Individual interests could span from local to global scales and across multiple levels of biological organization (population, community, ecosystem), and should be complementary to the expertise of current biology faculty and faculty in other ODU departments. Strong quantitative skills are also preferred. This person would join a growing research cluster in wetlands sciences in the department and the university-wide Institute for Coastal Adaptation and Resilience ( They would also play a key role in the very popular Marine Biology Concentration Program for undergraduates. The area surrounding ODU borders the largest estuary in North America and provides numerous research opportunities within close proximity.

Qualifications: Candidates must have a doctorate (Ph.D.) in biology or related discipline. Candidates must have a strong scholarship record commensurate with experience, demonstrated potential to establish an externally funded active research program, evidence of excellence in teaching, and strong communication skills. Postdoctoral or equivalent experience is required. We are seeking candidates who share ODU’s commitment to the principle that diversity and inclusion are critical to maintaining excellence.

Responsibilities: The successful candidate is expected to develop and maintain active research programs that are externally funded, teach undergraduate and graduate courses, and contribute to service in the department. Candidates who are prepared to engage in interdisciplinary research will be especially welcome. Potential teaching responsibilities include biometry, GIS, invertebrate zoology, and marine ecology.

ODU ( is a minority-serving, state-supported, Carnegie doctoral high research activity institution enrolling approximately 25,000 students, including 6,000 graduate students. It is located in Norfolk, a historic waterfront city in southeastern Virginia offering outstanding quality of life ( The department has strong graduate programs, including a M.S. in Biology and Ph.D. in Ecological Sciences ( ODU and the College of Sciences are committed to inclusive excellence, recognizing that diversity enhances and enriches our educational mission, employment experience, and community engagement. We seek candidates whose research, teaching, and/or service experiences have prepared them to fulfill our commitment to inclusion. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

Interested individuals should submit: a cover letter describing their qualifications for the position, a curriculum vitae, a statement of research achievements and research plans (2 page max), a teaching statement (1 page max), a diversity statement explaining your experience with and commitment to fostering diversity and inclusion (1 page max), and names and contact information for at least three references electronically through the job title posting at Incomplete applications will not be considered. For full consideration, please apply by November 1, 2021. Questions about the position can be directed to Daniel Barshis, Search Committee Chair ( 

Conditions of Employment

In accordance with Executive Directive #18 issued by Governor Ralph Northam effective September 1, 2021, all Old Dominion University employees who enter the workplace or work remotely must disclose their vaccine status to the designated university personnel.  Employees who are not fully vaccinated or who refuse to disclose their current vaccine status, must undergo weekly COVID-19 testing and disclose weekly the results of those tests to designated university personnel.

Old Dominion University does not discriminate in admissions, treatment, employment or access to its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, sex (including pregnancy), political affiliation, veteran status, family medical and genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or disability. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.