Assistant Professor in Biological Sciences - Genes, Genomes, and Evolution

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Assistant Professor in Biological Sciences - Genes, Genomes, and Evolution


School of Biological Sciences-1076

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Description of Work:

The School of Biological Sciences (SBS), in College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) invites applications for an academic-year, tenure-track, assistant professor position in Genes, Genomes and Evolution. The successful candidate will work to decipher the map between genes and traits in an evolutionary context, using integrative or multi-level approaches. This position will play a key role in furthering SBS goals to integrate across biological levels to understand how organisms develop, function, interact with, and adapt to their environment. This is the first of what is expected to be a cluster of at least two faculty in this area.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong record of original research as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications. They will be expected to contribute toward the university’s mission to promote diversity and inclusive excellence, establish a nationally recognized and extramurally funded research program, and be dedicated to education at the undergraduate and graduate levels and committed to inclusive teaching.

The successful candidate will receive dedicated lab and office space and a competitive start-up package and will have the opportunity to collaborate with an accomplished group of biologists in SBS, the Nebraska Center for Virology, and other units across the UNL campus and the University of Nebraska system. The School of Biological Sciences offers a collaborative, interdisciplinary, and welcoming place to work. As articulated in our strategic plans, SBS, CAS, and UNL are committed to enhancing diversity, inclusion, and equity in all aspects of our mission from undergraduate and graduate students to faculty and staff.

The city of Lincoln, Nebraska provides an outstanding quality of life that includes a vibrant downtown with a lively music and art scene, a collection of over 120 parks, and 130 miles of bike trails, plus a low cost of living. Learn more about the city of Lincoln at

UNL seeks to achieve a working and learning environment that is open to all people. Dignity and respect for all in the UNL community are the responsibility of each individual member of the community. The realization of that responsibility across the campus is critical to UNL’s success.

As an EO/AA employer, the University of Nebraska considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See

Minimum Required Qualifications:

  1. Ph.D. in Biology or related discipline.
  2. Research experience in genes, genomes, and evolution, as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications.
  3. Postdoctoral or equivalent training.

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Commitment to DEI, assessed with rubric.*
  2. Ability to build on and expand existing research in SBS (
  3. Commitment to Teaching at Undergrad and Grad levels.
  4. Likelihood of success at intramural grants, judged by research statement.
*based on

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How to Apply:

Click “Apply for this Job” and complete the Faculty Academic/Administrative Information form. Attach the following documents:

  1. A cover letter highlighting the candidate’s interest in the position and their qualifications.
  2. A Curriculum Vitae.
  3. A document with research, teaching, and diversity statements. See below for detailed descriptions of these statements.
  4. The names and contact information for three references.
The research statement should be no more than two pages and should describe research interests and detail future plans. The one page teaching statement should summarize instructional strategies, experience, and interests. The diversity statement should be no more than one page and should describe past experiences with efforts to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as plans for future efforts. Combine the three statements into a single document and attach as “Other Document.”
Questions regarding the application process may be sent to: [email protected].

For questions or accommodations related to this position contact:

Sarah Woodman, [email protected]

Job Category (old):

Faculty Tenure/Tenure Leading

Job Type:

12 Month (Faculty Only)

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Planned Hire Date:

August 2023


Working at University of Nebraska-Lincoln

For 150 Years, A Leader in Higher Education 
Always a place of high ambition, University of Nebraska was one of the first institutions west of the Mississippi River to award doctoral degrees - the first was granted in 1896. The University of Nebraska established the world's first undergraduate psychology laboratory. The discipline of ecology was born here, and the campuses reflect that tradition, being recognized as botanical gardens and arboreta. An early institutional interest in literature and the arts provided the foundations for today's Prairie Schooner literary magazine, for the University of Nebraska Press, and for the Sheldon Museum of Art, which houses one of the world's most significant collections of 20th century American art.

Today, Nebraska is one of the nation's leading teaching institutions, and a research leader with a wide array of grant-funded projects aimed at broadening knowledge in the sciences and humanities. Nebraska is also a land-grant university and a member of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The University of Nebraska offers an extensive benefits package that includes health, life, disability and long term care insurance; retirement accounts; tuition reimbursement for employees and their spouses and dependent children; and reimbursement accounts for health care and dependent day care. Leave policies are designed to help employees deal with personal or family events or crises.

Diversity and Inclusion
In the spirit of the phrase "Every Interaction Matters", UNL has an enacted commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence for our faculty, staff, and students. On our campus, diversity and inclusion are important priorities. Examples include: Husker Dialogues, which is an event that helps first-year students focus on diversity and inclusion and practice handling difficult conversations around difference; three Chancellor's Diversity Commissions that are charged with informing and advising the Chancellor and addressing issues of constituent campus communities; and the establishment of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion whose leader operates at the Vice Chancellor level. At the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, we strive for excellence in all that we do. True excellence requires that each individual be able to work and learn in an atmosphere of respect, dignity, and belonging. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion requires each of us to continuously ensure our interactions are respectful, protect free speech, and inspire academic freedom.

About Lincoln
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is located in an up-and-coming and safe city of 300,000 people that has many of the cultural and entertainment benefits of a much larger city, with the feel of a friendly Midwestern community. The Pinnacle Bank Arena, opened in 2013, routinely hosts major touring acts. A buzzing entertainment district, the Railyard, connects the arena area to the Historic Haymarket. Cuisines from all continents provide the entree to dynamic urban nightlife and a wide variety of ways to enjoy time with friends. Nebraska's City Campus is one with Lincoln's city center, as it has been since the university was founded.Lincoln has more parkland per capita than Austin, Texas; Portland, Oregon; and all but a handful of U.S. cities. The well-manicured Pioneers Park, the native woods of Wilderness Park and the open grassland of Nine-Mile Prairie are each within a 10-minute trip from campus. Connecting many of these parks is an extensive trails network.

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