Assistant Professor

Job description

Posting Number F371P

Quick Link for Posting

Working Title Assistant Professor

Department Biological Sciences

About the University

Founded in 1871 as a land grant institution, the University of Arkansas is classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the top two percent of universities in the nation with the highest level of research activity. Ten colleges and schools serve more than 27,100 students with more than 200 academic programs. University of Arkansas students earn nationally competitive awards at an impressive rate and represent 50 states and more than 120 countries.

Located in the stunning Ozark Mountains of Northwest Arkansas, Fayetteville is home to the University of Arkansas campus, known for its spectacular views and ample green spaces. Fayetteville is considered one of the country's finest college towns, and the surrounding northwest Arkansas region is regularly ranked one of the best places to live in the U.S. Some of the nation's best outdoor amenities and most spectacular hiking trails are within a short drive of campus.

As an employer, the University of Arkansas offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance. The benefits package includes university contributions to health, dental, life and disability insurance, tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate leave accrual, and a choice of retirement programs with university contributions ranging from 5 to 10% of employee salary.

About the College/Department

About the College:

The J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences is the largest and most academically diverse unit on campus with 3 schools, 16 departments, and 43 academic programs and research centers. The college provides the core curriculum for all University of Arkansas students and is named for J. William Fulbright, former university president, and longtime U.S. senator.

The University of Arkansas is committed to providing an educational and work environment in which thought, creativity, and growth are stimulated, and in which individuals are free to realize their full potential. The J. W. Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences promotes these ideals and welcomes applicants who foster an inclusive environment through an open exchange of voices and ideas from populations of diverse backgrounds.

About the Department:

The Department of Biological Sciences consists of 33 tenured or tenure-track faculty members conducting research and teaching in the areas of ecology, evolutionary biology, genetics, genomics, cell and molecular biology, and microbiology.

Department Home Page

Job Type Faculty

Appointment Percent 100

Salary Commensurate with Experience and Qualifications

Campus, Office Location Fayetteville Campus - Science Engineering Building

Summary of Job Duties

The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Arkansas invites applications for a 9-month tenure-track faculty position in Disease Ecology at the rank of Assistant Professor to start in August 2018.

We specifically seek candidates that address the ecology of infectious disease, or host-pathogen interactions in non-domesticated animals or plants. Research areas may include, but are not limited to: Population and community-level dynamics of disease-causing agents and their hosts or vectors; Co-evolutionary interactions; The ecology of emerging infectious diseases; The synergy between anthropogenic impacts (climate change, habitat loss, urbanization) and disease ecology.

The research emphases of our preferred candidates will also: (1) Bridge the interface between ecology and evolution; (2) Combine theoretical and empirical approaches; and (3) Complement existing departmental strengths in ecology and evolutionary biology.

The successful candidate will establish an extramurally-funded research program, publish original research in peer-reviewed scientific journals, teach undergraduate General Ecology plus upper-level graduate courses in their field of expertise, train undergraduate and graduate students, and participate in professional service.

Regular, reliable, and non-disruptive attendance is an essential job duty, as is the ability to create and maintain collegial, harmonious working relationships with others.

Minimum Qualifications

Please ensure that all relevant application materials include details addressing the minimum qualifications. Applicants not meeting the minimum qualifications will be disqualified from consideration.
  • Ph.D. in biological sciences or a related field conferred by the start of employment
  • Post-doctoral experience in ecology, evolutionary biology, or a related field
  • Demonstrated research accomplishments

Preferred Qualifications
  • Teaching experience
  • Demonstrated ability to compete for extramural research funding

Physical activities associated with this position

The following physical activities are associated with the position and will be performed with or without an accommodation. All individuals are encouraged to apply.


  • Grasping
  • Lifting
  • Pulling
  • Pushing
  • Reaching
  • Sharps
  • Stooping
  • Walking


  • Manipulate items with fingers, including keyboarding
  • Hearing
  • Repetitive motion
  • Sitting
  • Standing
  • Talking


  • Feeling

The worker is required to have visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading; and/or visual inspection at distances close to the eyes.

Benefits Eligible Yes

If yes, please specify

Pre-employment Screening Requirements

The University of Arkansas is committed to providing a safe campus community. We conduct background checks for applicants being considered for employment. Background checks include a criminal background check and a sex offender registry check. For certain positions, there may also be a financial (credit) background check, a Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) check, and/or drug screening. Required checks are identified in the position listing. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication or adverse financial history information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

Posting Detail Information

Future Open Date

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Anticipated Start Date 08/13/2018

Recruitment Contact Information

Dr. J.D. Willson
Search Committee Chair
[email protected]

All application materials must be uploaded to the University of Arkansas employment system at Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.

Special Instructions Summary

Completed applications received by December 17, 2017 will be assured full consideration. Late applications will be reviewed as necessary to fill the position.

Applicants must submit a cover letter/letter of application, a curriculum vita, a teaching statement, and a research statement.

A list of three professional references (name, title, email address, and contact number) willing to provide letters of reference will be requested during the application process.

Candidates from groups historically underrepresented in STEM, including women, are particularly encouraged to apply.

Hiring Location 222 Administration Building Fayetteville, AR 72701.

EEO Statement

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The university welcomes applications without regard to age, race/color, gender (including pregnancy), national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity. Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

Internal Posting No

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How many months do you have of postdoctoral experience?

    (Open Ended Question)

  2. * How many peer-reviewed publications do you have?

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * On how many of your peer-reviewed publications were you the first-author?

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * How many grants, awards, and fellowships have you received?

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * In US Dollars, what is the total amount of grants, awards, and fellowships you have obtained?

    (Open Ended Question)

  6. * What is the total number of grants, awards, and fellowships you have received for which you are listed as the PI?

    (Open Ended Question)

  7. * Please provide three key words that describe your expertise.

    (Open Ended Question)

Documents Needed to Apply
Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  3. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  4. Statement of Research Philosophy
Optional Documents
  1. Proof of Veterans Status





Diversity Profile: University



View more

Learn more on Inside Higher Ed's College Page for University

Arrow pointing right
Job No:
Posted: 2/19/2018
Application Due: 4/20/2018
Work Type: