Biology: Assistant Professor in Evolutionary Biology

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Job ID 14638
Location UW Eau Claire;Eau Claire, WI
Full/Part Time Full-Time
Regular/Temporary Regular


POSITION: The Department of Biology invites applications for a probationary tenure track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin August 26, 2019. The department seeks a broadly-trained candidate with expertise in bioinformatic or comparative genomic approaches to address questions of evolutionary relationships and/or adaptations, either in plants or vertebrates. Preference will be given to an evolutionary biologist in the broadest sense who is driven by big questions within the biological domain, not by computational methods alone. Candidates must be committed to excellence in undergraduate instruction and faculty-student collaborative research and embrace the university’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusivity.

QUALIFICATIONS: Earned doctorate by August 20, 2019. Demonstrated interest in teaching biological sciences and commitment to developing an active research program involving undergraduates. Postdoctoral experience is desirable.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The successful candidate will teach both introductory and upper level courses in the Department of Biology based on program needs and in accordance with specialization; develop an active research program involving undergraduates; provide academic advising to students; and engage in service to the department, University and profession. Opportunities also exist for contribution to collaborative and growing interdisciplinary high impact experiences among STEM departments.

DEPARTMENT: The Department of Biology currently has 16 faculty, 4 instructors, a lab manager, a greenhouse/animal care manager, and approximately 700 Biology majors including 100 Biochemistry/Molecular Biology majors. Department members are both dedicated to teaching and actively involved in research with undergraduates as demonstrated by co-authored presentations and publications.

Departmental facilities include teaching and research laboratories, greenhouses, an animal care facility, standard field equipment, cell and molecular instrumentation and facilities, gel and blot documentation systems, and shared access to confocal microscopes as well as transmission and scanning electron microscopes. Research is supported by both external and internal grants, and we participate in the Ronald McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program as well as other initiatives to enhance equity, diversity and inclusivity. The department and university support faculty professional development, attendance at meetings, and high impact experiences for students.

UNIVERSITY and EAU CLAIRE COMMUNITY: The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, an institution of approximately 11,500 students and 1,200 faculty and staff, is consistently recognized as a top comprehensive university in the Midwest and is widely known as a leader in faculty-undergraduate research and study abroad. We strive for excellence in liberal education and select graduate and professional programs through commitment to teaching and learning and dedication to our core values of diversity, sustainability, leadership, and innovation.

The City of Eau Claire, situated at the confluence of the Chippewa and Eau Claire rivers, is at the center of a metropolitan area of approximately 100,000 people located 90 miles east of Minneapolis/St. Paul and an international airport. Eau Claire was recently featured in Time Magazine as the new “it” city for millennials due to its expanding entrepreneurial, local food, art and music scenes. The area also features beautiful parks and trails, strong public schools, and abundant recreational opportunities.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Applications are submitted electronically. Please follow instructions found on the following UW-Eau Claire Web site: You must create an account and login before you can apply. If you have not yet registered, click on the "Click here to Register" link to begin the registration process. If you are already a registered user, input your "User Name" and "Password" and select "Login." Click the link to the Biology: Assistant Professor in Evolutionary Biology position (Job ID # 14638) and then click the "Apply Now" button to submit your application electronically. Your application will not be considered complete until all required documents are attached and all required fields are completed. Please be sure you have included the following in PDF format (preferably as a single PDF):

  • Letter of application including a statement of why you are interested in a career at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
  • Statement of teaching philosophy that explicitly addresses your approach to teaching and courses you would be interested in teaching
  • Concise research statement addressing ways of involving undergraduates as collaborators and future research plans
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Unofficial copies of all undergraduate and graduate school transcripts
  • Names and contact information for three references

Please direct requests for additional information to:

Dr. Jamie Lyman Gingerich, Search Committee Chair, [email protected]

To ensure consideration, completed applications must be received by September 21, 2018. However, screening may continue until position is filled. The university reserves the right to contact additional references with notice given to the candidates at an appropriate time in the process. A criminal background check is required prior to employment.

The UW-Eau Claire Police Department is dedicated to maintaining a safe and secure environment for learning and working. Although crime at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is limited, the University Police want students, faculty and staff to be aware of crime on campus and the area surrounding the campus. The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act is a federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose annual information about campus crime. Visit Campus Security and Fire Report ( penings/upload/AnnualSecurityandFireReport-2.pdf) . Also visit our Campus Security Authority policy (

UW-Eau Claire is an AA/EEO/Veterans/Disability employer dedicated to enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion.





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Posted: 10/13/2018
Application Due: 12/12/2018
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