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Three Tenure Track Positions in Biology

Wake Forest University - Department of Biology
Winston Salem, North Carolina
Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Oct 21, 2023

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Life Sciences, Biology, Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, Neuroscience
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The Department of Biology at Wake Forest University invites applications for three full-time, tenure-track faculty positions in behavioral ecology, evolutionary biology, and neurobiology at the assistant professor level. We especially encourage applicants who blend expertise across these disciplines. If your research bridges multiple research areas, please submit a single application to the position that is your focus but indicate clearly if any of the others are of interest.


  • Candidates for the behavioral ecology position will investigate animal behavior and life history with an emphasis on the evolutionary processes that influence behavior in natural environments.  Candidates for the evolutionary biologist position will investigate the evolution of multicellular organisms in natural systems with a research program focused on core questions in evolutionary patterns and processes. Candidates for the neurobiology position will investigate the neural circuit basis of behavior using any combination of classical and modern approaches. 

New hires will have the opportunity to develop courses in their areas of expertise to serve graduate students and majors and minors in Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Environmental Studies, and Neuroscience; teach existing courses in our introductory core; and mentor M.S. and Ph.D. students in our graduate programs.

The successful candidates will join a collaborative community of teacher-scholars engaging with life’s diversity from the biosphere to the molecule. Information about the research being conducted in the Biology Department can be found at Teaching loads are consistent with our high expectations for research. We seek individuals that demonstrate a commitment to developing thriving, externally funded research programs and engaging undergraduate, M.S., and Ph.D. students through research mentorship and in the classroom. The Biology Department spans two campuses in Winston-Salem, NC (Reynolda Campus and Wake Downtown), and supports faculty research with numerous shared facilities, including a vivarium, greenhouse, herbarium, mass spectrometry facility, and state-of-the art microscopy facilities.

Wake Forest Biology is a welcoming community committed to fostering diversity and achieving inclusive excellence in teaching and research. In pursuit of this, we strongly encourage applications from individuals from traditionally underrepresented and historically marginalized populations.

For specific information about the individual positions, contact the following members of the Search Committee: Michael Anderson (, Cliff Zeyl  (, or Susan Fahrbach (

To apply, go to and, under Careers at Wake Forest University, select Faculty Openings. The three positions are listed separately.

Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled, but for full consideration, materials should be submitted by the start of application review on October 16, 2023. Applications should include (i) a cover letter detailing interest in this specific position (limit 1-2 pages), (ii) a curriculum vitae (no page limit), (iii) a concise statement of research interests (3-4 pages), and (iv) a statement of teaching philosophy (2-3 pages). Research statements should include (but are not limited to) research questions, past accomplishments, short-term and long-term research plans, and ideas on how your research program will foster inclusivity. Briefly describe any potential broader societal impacts of your research. Teaching statements should address teaching philosophy, classroom and assessment approaches, and how you will create a learning environment that supports diverse students. All documents must be compiled as a single PDF file and submitted via Selected applicants will be asked later to provide three letters of recommendation.  Inquiries specific to the application process and document submission should be directed to

Wake Forest University values an inclusive campus climate and seeks applicants with success in working with diverse populations. We also seek to recruit and retain a diverse workforce to maintain the excellence of the University and to offer students richly varied perspectives and ways of knowing and learning. In adherence with applicable laws and as provided by University policies, the University prohibits discrimination in its employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, disability and veteran status and encourages qualified candidates across all group demographics to apply.

Founded in 1834, Wake Forest University is a private university located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina that combines a small (roughly 5,700 undergraduates) liberal arts collegiate university with 3,200 graduate students in school of arts and science, medicine, law, business, and divinity. The University has a deep institutional commitment to public service and engagement with the world, as indicated by the motto “Pro Humanitate.” For quick facts about the University, go to


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