Plant Systematics

Location
Tuscaloosa
Posted
Sep 13, 2016
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Requisition Number: 0810361

Position Summary: For the Plant Systematics position, all taxonomic groups of vascular plants will be considered. Applicants whose research integrates field and museum-based studies with modern genomic approaches to address fundamental questions in taxonomy, systematics, biogeography, and evolution of vascular plants are encouraged to apply. The successful applicant is expected to curate The University of Alabama Herbarium (UNA) maintained by the Department of Biological Sciences and must provide evidence of curatorial experience and/or other relevant abilities. The Herbarium at the University of Alabama contains significant holdings of vascular plants from the USA and the neotropics, and particularly from SE USA freshwater habitats. Individuals interested in diversifying this actively growing collection are encouraged to apply.

Minimum Preferred Qualifications: Assistant Professor Positions in Plant Systematics, Ecohydrology, Pharmacology and/or Natural Products Discovery The Department of Biological Sciences at The University of Alabama invites applications for three full-time (9-month) tenure-track faculty positions at the rank of Assistant Professor in Plant Systematics, Assistant Professor in Ecohydrology and Assistant Professor of Pharmacology and/or Natural Products Discovery to begin August 16, 2017. For the Plant Systematics position, all taxonomic groups of vascular plants will be considered. Applicants whose research integrates field and museum-based studies with modern genomic approaches to address fundamental questions in taxonomy, systematics, biogeography, and evolution of vascular plants are encouraged to apply. The successful applicant is expected to curate The University of Alabama Herbarium (UNA) maintained by the Department of Biological Sciences and must provide evidence of curatorial experience and/or other relevant abilities. The Herbarium at the University of Alabama contains significant holdings of vascular plants from the USA and the neotropics, and particularly from SE USA freshwater habitats. Individuals interested in diversifying this actively growing collection are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate also would serve as the Department's liaison with the University of Alabama Arboretum. Teaching responsibilities will include undergraduate courses in plant systematics, dendrology or field botany, and one or more graduate courses in the successful candidate's area of expertise. For the Ecohydrology position we seek applicants to establish an extramurally funded and internationally recognized research program centered on the interactions and feedbacks between ecological systems and water fluxes through any component of the hydrologic cycle. Applicants should employ integrative, multi-scale approaches that combine field-based work and modeling to characterize relationships between the water cycle, regional climate, and the dynamics of terrestrial and/or aquatic systems, and must be committed to excellence in teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students. We are particularly interested in applications from individuals with a demonstrated record of research in improving our understanding of coupled processes at scales ranging from watersheds to regions and in the context of global environmental change. The successful candidate will be encouraged to leverage Alabama's unique and diverse water resources to support an innovative research program, and to forge collaborations with the new NOAA National Water Center, which opened on the UA campus in 2014, and the diverse faculty at UA and Dauphin Island Sea Lab with interests in water-related research. For the Pharmacologist position we seek applicants with research interests that fall within the broad area of Pharmacology and/or Natural Products Discovery. Applicants must have completed a Ph.D. and post-doctoral or equivalent experience. The successful candidate will be expected to establish a productive and extramurally funded research program involving biochemical, molecular, ecological and/or computational approaches toward the identification and analysis of bioactive compounds with either health and/or environmental impacts. Evidence of significant intellectual contributions to the field and a commitment to teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate level are required. The individual hired should be able to teach courses in pharmacology and/or biochemistry, participate in the interdisciplinary UA Biological Sciences graduate program, and contribute to the service activities of the department. In addition to fostering opportunities to collaborate with diverse faculty conducting drug discovery and ecological research in this department, the successful candidate will enhance existing scientific ties and opportunities with colleagues in the UA Departments of Chemistry and Chemical and Biological Engineering, as well as the University of Alabama School of Medicine and the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology. A complete application includes (1) an application letter; (2) CV; (3) statement of research interests and goals; (4) statement of teaching interests and philosophy; and (5) a list of at least four references (including contact information). Letters of reference will be requested by the search committee as appropriate. To apply, go to https://facultyjobs.ua.edu, complete the online application (Job #0810361 for Plant Systematics position; #0810362 for the Ecohydrology ; or #0810360 for the Pharmacology position), and upload all requested documents. Questions about the Plant Systematics position may be addressed to Dr. Juan Lopez-Bautista (jlopez@ua.edu; 205-348-1791).Questions about the Ecohydrology position may be addressed to Dr. Julia Cherry (julia.cherry@ua.edu). Questions about the Pharmacology position may be addressed to Dr. Guy Caldwell (gcaldwel@ua.edu). Consideration of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the positions are filled. Prior to hiring, the final candidates will be required to pass a pre-employment background investigation. The anticipated start date is August 16, 2017 for all positions. Additional information about the Department of Biological Sciences and this available position can be found on our website at http://bsc.ua.edu. Applications from women and members of traditionally under-represented groups in Biology are especially encouraged. The University of Alabama is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access Employer and actively seeks diversity among its employees.

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