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Biology: Assistant Professor in Vertebrate Ecology

UW-Eau Claire – Eau Claire Campus

Full Time, Faculty/Instructional

  • Official Title: Assistant Professor
  • Job ID: #17583
  • Date Posted:
  • Apply by: | To ensure consideration, completed applications must be received by deadline. However, screening may continue until position is filled.
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Biology: Assistant Professor in Vertebrate Ecology

The Department of Biology invites applications for a probationary tenure track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin August 22nd, 2022. We are searching for a broadly-trained vertebrate ecologist with preference given to candidates who address fundamental questions that bridge ecology and evolution. Candidates must be committed to excellence in undergraduate instruction and faculty-student collaborative research. Candidates must embrace the university’s commitment to in equity, diversity, and inclusivity; all UWEC faculty are evaluated on efforts in EDI, in addition to efforts in teaching, research, and service.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. degree in Ecology, Evolution, or related field and interest in joining a department that values excellence in teaching undergraduates, collaborative research with undergraduates, and engagement in equity, diversity, and inclusivity efforts.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Postdoctoral experience, experience in university undergraduate teaching utilizing innovative methods of instruction, and a demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusivity.

DUTIES: The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to teaching introductory biology courses for majors (e.g., Biol 222 Foundation of Biology II, Biol 223 Foundations of Biological Inquiry), and upper-level courses (Biol 321 Ecology and other course(s) e.g., Biol 356 Wisconsin Wildlife, Biol 362 Field Zoology, Biol 319 Animal Form and Function).  The candidate would also have the opportunity to develop courses that complement our current curriculum or contribute to the nascent Bioinformatics program. The teaching commitment is approximately 12 contact hours per week. The successful candidate will develop an active research program involving undergraduates and is expected to provide academic advising to students (in collaboration with Advising, Retention, and Career Center), engage in service to the Department, College, University and/or community, and contribute to the university’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusivity. Salary will be commensurate with teaching and research experience.

DEPARTMENT: The Department of Biology currently has 15 faculty, 3 instructors, a lab manager, a greenhouse/animal care manager, and approximately 600 majors including 100 Ecology and Environmental Biology majors. Department members are dedicated to teaching and are actively involved in interdisciplinary research with undergraduates and colleagues as demonstrated by co-authored presentations and publications.

Departmental facilities include a variety of teaching and research laboratories with standard field gear, instruments, microscopes, balances, ovens, freezers, and storage areas, standard cell and molecular instrumentation, equipment and facilities for cell culture, gel and blot documentation systems, a real-time PCR system, and shared access to conventional and confocal fluorescence microscopes, transmission and scanning electron microscopes, and the UWEC high performance supercomputing cluster. In addition, we have three greenhouses and an animal care facility. Research is supported by both external and internal grants supported through the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, and our faculty mentor students from diverse backgrounds in research through the Ronald McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program. Internal funds are also available to support summer research stipends, travel, and supplies as well as travel to professional meetings for both students and faculty mentors. Ecology faculty (some retiring) have a large, renewing internal grant from the UWEC differential tuition program that supports 20 research students each summer, provides faculty stipends, travel, and supplies. The Department has an agreement with the Charles Darwin Research Station in the Galapagos to place four interns each summer and faculty have the opportunity to become involved with travel.  Each member of the department also receives annual allocations of endowed funds for professional development and/or research expenses. To learn more about the Department of Biology, visit: .

UNIVERSITY and EAU CLAIRE COMMUNITY: UW Eau Claire, an institution of approximately 11,500 students and 1,200 faculty and staff, is consistently recognized as a top comprehensive university in the Midwest and is widely known as a leader in faculty-undergraduate research and study abroad. UW Eau Claire is home to the UW System's only Center of Excellence for Faculty and Undergraduate Student Research Collaboration, which supports research collaborations between faculty and undergraduates, and hosts an annual Celebration of Excellence in Research and Creative Activity. UW Eau Claire received the 2016 Council on Undergraduate Research Campus-Wide Award for Undergraduate Research Accomplishments (AURA) as the top master’s-level university in the country in providing excellent undergraduate research programs. The campus spans the banks of the Chippewa River in the heart of Eau Claire, western Wisconsin's largest city.  The campus owns and has direct access to Putnam Park, a 50 ha state natural area (

To learn more about UW Eau Claire, visit .

The City of Eau Claire, situated at the confluence of the Chippewa and Eau Claire rivers, is a vibrant community of over 68,000 located in the Chippewa Valley. Regularly recognized as one of the most livable college towns in America, Eau Claire was featured in the “Reasons to Celebrate America” series in Time Magazine and in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel due to its ever expanding entrepreneurial, local food, art and music scenes. Our city is a recreation destination as the surrounding scenic countryside offers plentiful access to rivers, public parks, and many seasonal outdoor activities. Eau Claire is affordable, has major medical facilities, outstanding public schools, and ample employment opportunities. Eau Claire is just 90 miles from the international airport and the cosmopolitan center of Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: All application materials are submitted electronically. Please follow instructions found on the following UW Eau Claire web site: You must create an account and login before you can apply. If you have not yet registered, click on the "Click here to Register" link to begin the registration process. If you are already a registered user, input your "User Name" and "Password" and select "Login." Click the link to the Biology: Assistant Professor in Vertebrate Ecology position (Job ID # 17583) and then click the "Apply Now" button to submit your application electronically. Your application will not be considered complete until all required documents are attached and all required fields are completed.  Please be sure you have included the following in PDF format:

  • Letter of application including a statement of why you are interested in a career at UW Eau Claire and your interests in and/or contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusivity.
  • Statement of teaching philosophy that explicitly addresses your approach to teaching and courses you are interested in teaching (up to two pages)
  • Concise research statement addressing ways of involving undergraduates as collaborators, and future research plans (up to two pages)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Unofficial copies of all undergraduate and graduate school transcripts
  • Names and contact information for three references

Please direct requests for additional information to the chair of the search committee, Dr. Evan Weiher;

To ensure consideration, completed applications must be received by Oct. 15, 2021. However, screening may continue until position is filled. 

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The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. §. 19.36(7).