Assistant Professor in Plant Biology

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Assistant Professor in Plant Biology

Philadelphia, PA
Open Date:
Aug 21, 2019

The Department of Biology at the University of Pennsylvania invites applicants for a tenure-track position in Plant Biology at the level of Assistant Professor. We are especially interested in those with an ecological or evolutionary focus using modern molecular biology techniques, and/or statistical methods and modeling, to understand how plants or plant communities interact with their environment and respond to environmental change. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: mechanisms and adaptive significance of interspecies and interkingdom communication, including plant-microbe interactions; agents of natural selection in wild plant populations; and genetic and epigenetic mechanisms responsible for plasticity, robustness and adaptation. The anticipated start date for this position is July 2020.

Penn’s Department of Biology has a long-standing tradition of maintaining an integrated research and educational program across all basic biological sciences, including: Ecology and Evolution, Plant Sciences, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Genomics, and Neuroscience. The Department values interdisciplinary research, collaboration, and collegiality, and has a vision that emphasizes “transcending the boundaries of biology in a changing world”. The Department is committed to promoting a culturally diverse intellectual community and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, and underrepresented communities in biological sciences.

Candidates are expected to have demonstrated excellence and productivity in research and will be expected to excel in undergraduate and graduate teaching. Interested candidates should submit a curriculum vitae and concise statements of research and teaching interests. Please include experience with, and plans for, enhancing recruitment, retention, mentoring, and overall success of a diverse student body and research team within the teaching and research statements. Candidates should also submit a short-annotated description of up to five publications, and at least three letters of recommendation. Review of applicants will begin October 1, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.

The Department of Biology is strongly committed to Penn’s Action Plan for Faculty Diversity and Excellence and to creating a more diverse faculty (for more information see: The University of Pennsylvania is an equal opportunity employer. Minorities/Women/Individuals with disabilities/Protected Veterans are encouraged to apply.




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Posted: 8/22/2019
Application Due: 5/22/2020
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