Assistant Professor, Department of Biology (Three Tenure-Track Positions)

Wake Forest University
Winston Salem, NC

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Faculty Jobs
Science & Technology, Life Sciences
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

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Job Description Summary

Job Description:

The Department of Biology at Wake Forest University invites applications for three full-time, tenure-track faculty positions in behavioral ecology, evolutionary biology, and neurobiology at the assistant professor level. We especially encourage applicants who blend expertise across these disciplines. If your research bridges multiple research areas, please submit a single application to the position that is your focus but indicate clearly if any of the others are of interest.

  • Candidates for the behavioral ecology position will investigate animal behavior and life history with an emphasis on the evolutionary processes that influence behavior in natural environments.

  • Candidates for the evolutionary biologist position will investigate the evolution of multicellular organisms in natural systems with a research program focused on core questions in evolutionary patterns and processes.

  • Candidates for the neurobiology position will investigate the neural circuit basis of behavior using any combination of classical and modern approaches.

New hires will have the opportunity to develop courses in their areas of expertise to serve graduate students and majors and minors in Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Environmental Studies, and Neuroscience; teach existing courses in our introductory core; and mentor M.S. and Ph.D. students in our graduate programs.

Additional Job Description

The successful candidates will join a collaborative community of teacher-scholars engaging with life’s diversity from the biosphere to the molecule. Information about the research being conducted in the Biology Department can be found at Teaching loads are consistent with our high expectations for research. We seek individuals that demonstrate a commitment to developing thriving, externally funded research programs and engaging undergraduate, M.S., and Ph.D. students through research mentorship and in the classroom. The Biology Department spans two campuses in Winston-Salem, NC (Reynolda Campus and Wake Downtown), and supports faculty research with numerous shared facilities, including a vivarium, greenhouse, herbarium, mass spectrometry facility, and state-of-the art microscopy facilities.

Wake Forest Biology is a welcoming community committed to fostering diversity and achieving inclusive excellence in teaching and research. In pursuit of this, we strongly encourage applications from individuals from traditionally underrepresented and historically marginalized populations.

For specific information about the individual positions, contact the following members of the Search Committee: Michael Anderson (, Cliff Zeyl (, or Susan Fahrbach (

To apply, go to and, under Careers at Wake Forest University, select Faculty Openings. The three positions are listed separately.

Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled, but for full consideration, materials should be submitted by the start of application review on October 16, 2023. Applications should include (i) a cover letter detailing interest in this specific position (limit 1-2 pages), (ii) a curriculum vitae (no page limit), (iii) a concise statement of research interests (3-4 pages), and (iv) a statement of teaching philosophy (2-3 pages). Research statements should include (but are not limited to) research questions, past accomplishments, short-term and long-term research plans, and ideas on how your research program will foster inclusivity. Briefly describe any potential broader societal impacts of your research. Teaching statements should address teaching philosophy, classroom and assessment approaches, and how you will create a learning environment that supports diverse students. All documents must be compiled as a single PDF file and submitted via Selected applicants will be asked later to provide three letters of recommendation. Inquiries specific to the application process and document submission should be directed to

Wake Forest University values an inclusive campus climate and seeks applicants with success in working with diverse populations. We also seek to recruit and retain a diverse workforce to maintain the excellence of the University and to offer students richly varied perspectives and ways of knowing and learning. 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.

Founded in 1834, Wake Forest University is a private university located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina that combines a small (roughly 5,700 undergraduates) liberal arts collegiate university with 3,200 graduate students in school of arts and science, medicine, law, business, and divinity. 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

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.


Wake Forest University, formed in 1834, has experienced decades of growth and innovation.  WFU is a distinctive university that combines a liberal arts core with graduate and professional schools and innovative research programs.  The University embraces the teacher-scholar ideal, which prizes the personal interaction between students and faculty.  It is a place where exceptional teaching, fundamental research and discovery, and the engagement of faculty and students in the classroom and the laboratory are paramount.

Wake Forest University is a community that seeks the enlightenment and freedom which come through diligent study and learning. Its higher goal, however, is to give life to the University motto "Pro Humanitate," as members translate a passion for knowledge into compassionate service. The community shares a tradition that embraces freedom and integrity and acknowledges the worth of the individual. The heritage, established by the school's founders and nurtured by succeeding generations, promotes a democratic spirit arising from open-mindedness and discourse. Wake Forest fosters compassion and caring for others. Its collective strength and character are derived from the values and distinctive experiences of each individual; therefore, it affirms the richness of human intellect and culture and its contribution to knowledge, faith, reason, and dialogue. Furthermore, it strives toward a society in which good will, respect, and equality prevail. To that end, Wake Forest University rejects hatred and bigotry in any form and promotes justice, honor, and mutual trust.​

The University is comprised of:  the undergraduate college, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Divinity, School of Law, and School of Medicine (located on the Bowman Gray campus with Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center) and today enrolls about 4,846 undergraduates and 2,823 students in graduate programs at its principal location, the Reynolda campus.  Students at Wake Forest University enjoy a great deal of access to and interaction with world-class faculty both in and out of the classroom setting with a student-faculty ratio of 11:1.  Wake Forest employs approximately 2,772 full and part-time faculty and staff.

Wake Forest is a collegiate university offering a vibrant, intellectual community with a rich cultural life, an impressive array of facilities, and a strong athletics program competing in the fifteen-team Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).  Since its founding, the university has adopted the motto “pro humanitate,” which is exemplified by a deep institutional commitment to public service and engagement with the world. Wake Forest has a strong commitment to holistic, eight-dimensional well-being for students, faculty and staff as evidenced in the Thrive initiative.

Winston-Salem, NC

Wake Forest is located in Winston-Salem, NC, a beautiful, mid-sized city centrally located in the Piedmont-Triad region of North Carolina.  Winston-Salem is a family-friendly city with high quality schools, numerous outdoor recreational activities and events, and is known for its vibrant and thriving arts scene.

Winston-Salem residents enjoy close proximity to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains (1.5 hours) and Atlantic beaches (4 hours), a moderate climate with four distinct seasons, a very reasonable cost of living, and an eclectic variety of restaurants, wine bars, and breweries for dining with friends and family.  Winston-Salem offers many of the amenities of a large city but with the sense of community and quality of life of a smaller town (

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