Assistant Professor, Quantitative Ecology

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Job location: Winston Salem, NC

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2020-10-20
Req: R0002739
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Job Description Summary

The Wake Forest University the Department of Biology invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor in Quantitative Ecology who studies natural populations, communities, or ecosystems. We seek a colleague answering fundamental questions about organisms in natural environments using expertise in statistical inference, quantitative methods, and/or mathematical modelling. The successful candidate will develop a thriving extramural research program that complements existing strengths in the Biology Department and enhances graduate student training. The successful candidate will teach quantitative approaches at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the core curriculum and their area of expertise. We seek a teacher-scholar with a strong commitment to engaging students in both the classroom and through research mentorship at the undergraduate, MS, and PhD levels. Teaching loads are consistent with our high expectations for research.

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For more information about the department, visit To apply, go to and select Faculty Openings.

Review of applications will begin on November 16, 2020. They will be accepted until the position is filled, but for full consideration, they should be submitted by November 15, 2020. Applications should include a (i) cover letter addressing motivation to join our teacher-scholar community, (ii) curriculum vitae, (iii) statement of how the individual will contribute to providing or fostering diversity and inclusion through teaching, research, and/or mentorship and separate statements of (iv) research interest and (v) teaching philosophy, with each statement no more than 5 pages in length. We welcome research statements that demonstrate integrative and collaborative approaches to science that would complement research within our diverse department. All documents should be compiled as a single PDF file and submitted via Selected applicants will be asked to have three letters of recommendation sent directly via e-mail to Ms. Cara Davis ( Direct questions about the position to the Chair of the Search Committee, T. Michael Anderson ( Inquiries about the application process and document submission should be directed to

Additional Job Description

Wake Forest University welcomes and encourages diversity and inclusivity and seeks applicants with demonstrated success in working with diverse populations. As an AA/EO employer, Wake Forest seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce to maintain the excellence of the University and to offer students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.

In order to provide a safe and productive learning and living community, Wake Forest University conducts background investigations for final candidates upon their acceptance of an offer of employment.

Founded in 1834, Wake Forest University (WFU) is a private university located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina that combines a small (approximately 5,300 undergraduates) liberal arts collegiate university with 3,200 graduate students in schools of arts and science, medicine, law, business, and divinity. The Department of Biology awards both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. The quality of the undergraduate and graduate teaching environments is outstanding, and our faculty combine commitment to that mission with nationally and internationally recognized leadership in research. The Biology Department spans both WFU campuses (Reynolda Campus and Wake Downtown), and offers many shared facilities in support of research, including a fully staffed, state-of-the art microscopy facility.

Wake Forest typically ranks in the top 30 of all U.S. universities in U.S. News & World Report's Guide to America's Best Colleges and Universities and the top 10 of undergraduate Biology majors by College Factual. We offer undergraduate degrees in Biology (BA and BS), a Biochemistry and Molecular Biology degree through a partnership with Chemistry, and a BA degree in Environmental Science. Opportunities exist for collaboration with researchers from the Biology and other departments, including Mathematics & Statistics, Computer Science, Chemistry, Physics and the Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability ( 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

Winston-Salem is part of the beautiful Piedmont Triad metropolitan region of North Carolina, which has a population of more than 1.5 million and is listed among the 35 best places to live in North America by Cities Ranked and Rated. Known as the “City of Arts and Innovation,” Winston-Salem offers a vast array of arts experiences ranging from music venues to galleries to theatre and film festivals and active biomedical and environmental research communities. The city is ranked among the top 50 US cities for affordability on national surveys. Winston-Salem is 70 minutes from the Blue Ridge of the Appalachian Mountains and 4 hours from the Atlantic Ocean and offers excellent opportunities for developing a local research program. Other prominent universities are approximately 90 minutes away in the Research Triangle area.

Time Type Requirement

Full time

In order to provide a safe and productive learning and living community, Wake Forest University conducts background investigations for all final faculty candidates being considered for employment.

Wake Forest seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce while promoting an inclusive work environment committed to excellence in the spirit of Pro Humanitate. 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.




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Job No:
Posted: 10/13/2020
Application Due: 5/8/2021
Work Type: Full Time