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Assistant ProfessorWorking Title:
Assistant Professor - Aquatic Ecology - #000912Department:
Western Carolina University has been named to the 2022 “America’s Best Employers by State” list by Forbes, ranking 14 out of the top 100 employers in North Carolina. Forbes has also ranked Western Carolina University in the Top 100 of America’s Best Midsize Employers for 2023. Western Carolina University is the UNC system’s westernmost campus and has been consistently ranked as one of the top 15 public regional institutions in the South. WCU’s main campus is nestled in a beautiful valley of the Blue Ridge Mountains, 50 miles west of Asheville. WCU is located just 25 miles from the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, one of the nation’s most spectacular and most visited national parks. The entire region is known for its excellent quality of life and access to outdoor activities.Position Summary:
Employees of WCU are provided a comprehensive benefits package as well as other resources, policies and programs to ensure a happy and healthy work/life balance. Benefit eligible employees have access to dental, vision and health insurance plans – eligibility begins on the first of the month following date of hire. Retirement plan contributions begin on the eligibility date following election and include employer contributions for either a defined contribution or a defined benefit plan. Optional disability plans are also available.
Also offered are free group exercise classes multiple times per week, a discounted membership to the campus recreation center, and free vaccine and booster shots offered on campus.
The Biology Department at Western Carolina University is seeking applications for a tenure-track, 9-month faculty position in Aquatic Ecology at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning August 1, 2024.Carnegie statement:
The successful candidate will have research focusing on freshwater aquatic systems including the ecology and evolution of microbes, plants, and/or animals inhabiting inland fresh waters such as lakes, ponds, rivers, streams, and wetlands. We welcome research at any scale of biological organization, including molecular, organismal, population, community, and ecosystem levels. Preferred applicants will take advantage of the research opportunities found in the biologically diverse southern Appalachians. Teaching responsibilities may include introductory, upper- and graduate-level courses in ecology, evolution, biostatistics, and other courses in the candidate’s specialty. An active, funded research program involving undergraduates and Master’s students will be essential for success in this position.
Western Carolina University is a regional comprehensive university of the University of North Carolina System located in the southern Blue Ridge Mountains within the upper Little Tennessee River Drainage of western North Carolina about an hour drive west of Asheville, NC. The Biology Department is in a new state-of-the-art science building that also houses the Chemistry and Physics Department. Physical resources include a greenhouse, herbarium, ecological, physiological and field sampling instrumentation, molecular biology instrumentation, and a new aquatics lab. Field research and teaching at WCU benefits from access to the university’s field station, Highlands Biological Station, and by the campus’ proximity to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests, Coweeta Hydrologic Lab, and other USDA Forest Service Labs. Review of applications will begin on or about November 15, 2023 and continue until a candidate has been selected.
WCU embraces its role as a regionally engaged university and is designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a community engaged university. Candidates are expected to demonstrate a commitment to public engagement through their teaching, service, and scholarship.
WCU embraces its role as a regionally engaged university and is designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a community engaged university. Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to public engagement through their teaching, service, and scholarshipMinimum Qualifications:
Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Biology or a related field, a record of scholarly productivity, and the expectation of continued scholarship.Preferred Qualifications:
Applicants should have postdoctoral research, a solid background in biostatistics, and teaching and/or work experience that actively engages undergraduate and graduate students. Applicants with teaching experience at the undergraduate level and who demonstrate research projects/products that actively engage undergraduate and graduate students will be given preference.Position Type:
Permanent Full-TimeNumber of Months Per Year:
09/21/2023Open Until Filled:
YesSpecial Instructions to Applicants:
Application materials must be submitted online. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until a candidate has been selected for hire.
Please include the following:
- Cover Letter/Letter of Application
- Curriculum Vitae
- Research Statement
- Teaching Statement
- Unofficial Transcripts
- List of three professional references including name, title, email address and contact number
For questions or additional information please contact Jeremy Hyman at firstname.lastname@example.orgBackground/E-Verify:
Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. Credential Verification:
Western Carolina University uses E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit www.dhs.gov/E-Verify. Proper documentation of identity and employability are required at the time of employment.
All new employees are required to have listed credentials/degrees verified within 30 days of employment. All new employees who will be teaching are required to provide official transcripts within 30 days of employment. Transcripts should be provided for the highest earned degree and/or the degree which is being used to satisfy credential/qualification requirements.AA/EOE:
Western Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; religion; sex; sexual orientation; gender identity or expression; national origin; age; disability; genetic information; political affiliation; National Guard or veteran status, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, and policies, and the policies of The University of North Carolina. Additionally, the University promotes the realization of equal employment opportunity for minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans through its affirmative action program.University Safety:
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