Assistant Professor in Developmental Evolutionary Biology

La Jolla, CA
Salary is commensurate with qualifications and based on University of California pay scales.
November 08 2021
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The Division of Biological Sciences (, Section of Ecology, Behavior and Evolution invites applications for a faculty position in Developmental Evolutionary Biology at the tenure-track Assistant Professor level. We are looking for a scientist who investigates evolutionary questions through mechanistic studies of the developmental or physiological processes that produce phenotypic variation. Research topics could include, but are not limited to: evolutionary innovation - including the evolution of new cell types, new characters, and new levels of organization; the origin, evolution, and consequences of developmental constraints; phenotypic plasticity and genetic accommodation; and the evolution of genotype-phenotype maps. Applicants who incorporate field, laboratory, and/or theoretical components in their research would be welcome. The successful applicant will join a growing coterie of labs at UCSD working at the intersection of developmental and evolutionary biology.

The Division of Biological Sciences at UCSD is a vibrant center of scientific discovery, innovation, and collaboration. Our large research base spans many areas of biology and has one of the most celebrated graduate programs in the country. We are committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body. This is where discovery comes to life.

All candidates must have earned a Ph.D. or equivalent degree, and be committed to teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. In addition to excellence and creativity in research and scholarship, successful candidates must also demonstrate a commitment to equity and inclusion in higher education. We are especially interested in candidates who have created or contributed to programs that aim to increase access and success of underrepresented students or faculty in the sciences, or have detailed plans to accomplish such goals.

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and based on University of California pay scales.

Interested applicants must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research, statement of teaching, a statement describing their past leadership experience in fostering equity and diversity and/or their potential to make future contributions, 3-5 publications, and 3-5 references.

We understand that the COVID-19 pandemic may have had a substantial impact on academic productivity. In our academic hiring processes, we will be keeping this in mind as we consider achievement relative to opportunity. We encourage you to reflect on constraints on opportunity in your field that were caused by the events of the pandemic and where applicable, to discuss your achievements in this light.

Applications must be submitted through the University of California San Diego’s Academic Personnel RECRUIT System at:

Review of applications will commence December 1, 2021 and will continue until position is filled.

The University of California, San Diego is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, covered veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. For new University of California employees, the applicable deadline is eight weeks after their first date of employment.

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