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University of Alaska Fairbanks Centennial Postdoctoral Initiative

Date Posted: 14 Dec 2017 (Show details)

Institution: University of Alaska Fairbanks
Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
Closing date: The initial review of applications will begin on 1 March 2018 and will continue until all available postdoctoral positions have been filled.

The University of Alaska Fairbanks, a Land, Sea, and Space Grant institution and the world’s leading arctic research university, invites applications for post-doctoral positions. The Centennial Postdoctoral Initiative seeks to attract outstanding, early career scientists, scholars, or artists, who will engage in research or creative expression relevant to Alaska, the circumpolar north, or other UAF research priorities.

Each recipient should pursue his or her own research interests in association with a faculty sponsor in such a way that it will benefit the research of both the postdoc and the faculty sponsor. Each award recipient will be provided with office space in close proximity to the faculty sponsor and will share laboratory space with that sponsor (if needed) throughout the award period. Recipients are expected to author papers for peer review as well as collaborate with the sponsor and potentially, other university researchers and/or a private or public sector partner.

Recipients of awards may initiate their study and research period upon hire completion. Recipients of the awards will receive an annual salary of $60,000 ($90,000 total, for an 18-month duration). Post-docs can extend their term of employment by securing additional funding, which could be in collaboration with faculty (some faculty sponsors may already have additional funding). All appointees are eligible for the benefits received by full-time term faculty. Three to four awards per year are anticipated during this multi-year recruitment process. Scholars are chosen through a highly competitive process. As such, these appointments will carry special recognition.

Each recipient should pursue his or her own research interests in association with a faculty sponsor in such a way that it will benefit the research of both the postdoc and the faculty sponsor. Each award recipient will be provided with office space in close proximity to the faculty sponsor and will share laboratory space with that sponsor (if needed) throughout the award period. Communication with a potential UAF sponsor or sponsors prior to submitting an application is required.

Qualifications

To be eligible, applicants must have received their doctoral degree within the past 5 years at the time of application. As a condition of the award, successful applicants must be able to present a certified copy of their diploma or a certified letter from the appropriate university official stating that they have completed all of the requirements for their degree. Successful applicants must have completed their final thesis and have co-authored at least two peer-reviewed publications based on original research, or have equivalent accomplishments in a creative or scholarly discipline, prior to being offered their UAF Centennial Postdoctoral appointment. Publications may be ‘in press.” Applicants do not need to have received their degree prior to applying, as long as the above requirements are met prior to appointment offer. It is also expected that candidates will have a command of the English language.

To Apply

Key attributes of successful applications include the following: (i) an identified faculty sponsor (ii) a well-defined project idea developed in collaboration with the sponsor and potentially, other university researchers and/or a private or public sector partner; and (iii) evidence that the applicant has strong potential for a successful research career. Evidence of research success can include peer-reviewed publications or other products as well as letters of support. Verification of ongoing or past collaborations are encouraged and may include the private-sector, public-private partnerships or state agencies as well as university and federal research organizations.

Applicants who wish to conduct research on topics of general interest to one or more of the departments are encouraged to contact individual faculty directly prior to submitting the application. Information about the potential faculty sponsors and their research can be found by visiting the following department and institute links:

The following schools and colleges are also eligible to host Centennial post-doctoral scholars:

  • College of Liberal Arts
  • School of Education (transitioning to a Division of Education within a College)
  • School of Management
  • College of Rural and Community Development
The following are required for the application:
  • A current CV or resume that shows the applicant’s educational background, research and work experiences, publications and other scholarly activities;
  • A concise statement (no longer than two pages single-spaced) that (i) describes the applicant’s research interests, focusing on those that the applicant would like to pursue at UAF, (ii) addresses how the planned research creates opportunities for collaborations including within University of Alaska campuses and/or between UAF and the private sector, (iii) identifies how the proposed research complements the faculty sponsor’s research program, and (iv) outlines more general career plans and how a postdoctoral position at UAF would complement the applicant’s existing experience and future goals;
  • A confidential letter of support from the UAF faculty sponsor addressing the applicant’s qualifications and how the applicant’s research would complement the faculty member’s research program (The applicant must ask the sponsor to submit the letter to UAF HR directly. UAF will not contact the references to request letters.);
  • A brief synopsis of the applicant's doctoral dissertation (one-page abstract); 
  • Three confidential recommendation letters, which may include a letter of support or collaboration outlining the relevance of the proposed research for the private sector or private-public partnerships. (The applicant must ask the reference writers to submit the letters to UAF HR directly. UAF will not contact the references to request letters.)
  • Preference will be given to applicants with multi-institutional/multidisciplinary experience.
Guidance for Confidential External Reference Writers:
Letters of Recommendation are a key factor in the UAF Centennial Postdoctoral decision. We recognize the considerable time and thought required of professionals in providing letters of recommendation for postdoctoral fellows. We anticipate the UAF selection process will be very competitive and rigorous. It is helpful if the letter of recommendation provides an indication of the relative ranking of the candidate within his/her peer group. The following information should be included in the reference letters:
  • How long and in what capacity do you know this candidate?
  • What is the potential for the applicant to succeed in research?
  • How does this candidate approach challenges? Give an example if possible.
  • Would you hire this candidate?
Guidance for Faculty Sponsor Confidential letter:
  • Faculty sponsor letter should describe how the applicant’s research plan benefits and complements the faculty sponsor’s research program.
  • Describe departmental support in regards to facilities, supplies, equipment and travel.
The initial review of applications will begin on 3/1/2018 at 11:59 pm Alaska Standard Time and will continue until all available postdoctoral positions have been filled.
 
Awards will be made on a competitive basis to recent recipients (within the five years) of Ph.D. degrees. A multi-disciplinary group is reviewing applications for final selection. Alaska is one of the most diverse states in the nation with the highest ratio of Indigenous people per capita. UAF is committed to reflecting this diversity within our ranks of researchers and we specifically encourage members of underrepresented groups to apply. UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual: www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination.

If you need assistance applying to this posting, please contact GI - Office of Human Resources at 907-474-7194 or 907-474-7999. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application and screening process should contact the UAF Human Resources office at 907-474-7700.

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Pursuant to University Regulation 04.07.020, new employees of the University are employed in an at-will probationary status for the first six months of employment. During the probationary period, employment may be terminated for no reason or any reason. Promoted employees also serve a probationary period with limited rights of retreat.

It is the policy of the University of Alaska Fairbanks that all employees are required to attend training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold and to complete the required training within a specified period of time to remain employed at UAF. The policy can be located at http://www.uaf.edu/chancellor/policy/04.07.010/

UAF Campus is a tobacco-free campus. For more information, please go to http://www.uaf.edu/tobaccofreecampus

The University of Alaska is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and educational institution. The University of Alaska does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, physical or mental disability, status as a protected veteran, marital status, changes in marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, parenthood, sexual orientation, gender identity, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, or other legally protected status. The University's commitment to nondiscrimination, including against sex discrimination, applies to students, employees, and applicants for admission and employment. Contact information, applicable laws, and complaint procedures are included on UA's statement of nondiscrimination available at www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination.

 
 

Assistant Professor of Biology

Date Posted: 21 Nov 2017 (Show details)

Institution: Monmouth University
Location: West Long Branch, New Jersey
Closing date: Applicants who apply before 11 December 2017 will receive full consideration.

The Biology Department at Monmouth University is seeking applicants for an Assistant Professor for the 2018-2019 academic year. This anticipated position is tenure track. The candidate would be expected to teach 9 credits of undergraduate courses per semester. Possible course assignments could include introductory courses for majors, courses for non-majors, as well as zoology, ecology, and other courses in the Marine and Environmental Biology and Policy program. Development of courses for the Marine and Environmental Biology and Policy major in their area of expertise is also desirable.

Monmouth University is an independent, comprehensive institution of higher education committed to excellence and integrity in teaching, scholarship, and service. Monmouth University values diversity and invites applications from underrepresented groups who will enrich the research, teaching and service missions of the University.

Teaching and research are mutually supportive activities at Monmouth University. Candidates should be committed to a teacher-scholar model of faculty development, to high-quality teaching, to an active and productive research program involving undergraduate students, to seeking opportunities to work collaboratively with the University’s Urban Coast Institute, and to seeking external funding.

Research areas of interest include population dynamics of wildlife species, environmental effects of use and exploitation of wildlife species and their wildlife habitats, and conservation and management of wildlife populations and their habitats.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Post-doctoral research experience.
  • Experience, or the strong potential for, research collaboration with undergraduate students.
  • Potential for collaboration with the Urban Coast Institute.
  • Potential for success in applying for external funding.
  • A record of scholarly publications in refereed journals.
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness at the University beyond the level of recitation.

Strong candidates will have a background in biology, ecology, behavior, genetics, life history and habitats of animal populations in the wild with research expertise on wetlands, estuaries, or coastal watersheds at the land-water interface and the use of geographic information systems (GIS) in their research.

To Apply:

Apply online at jobs.monmouth.edu/postings/8433. Candidates should upload a cover letter, CV, research statement and statement of teaching philosophy.

Three letters of recommendations should be sent to Dr. Pedram Daneshgar, Search Committee Chair, Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ 07764.

Applicants who apply before 11 December 2017 will receive full consideration, but the position will be open until filled. The anticipated start date for this position is September 1, 2018.
 

Masters Assistantships in Herpetology

Date Posted: 6 Nov 2017 (Show details)

Institution: John Carroll University
Location: University Heights, Ohio
Closing date: not provided

The Biology Department at John Carroll University seeks M.S. graduate student applications for Fall 2018. For students interested in herpetology, the department has strengths in Behavioral, Chemical and Landscape Ecology, Conservation Biology, Developmental Biology, and Systematics.

The faculty is committed to providing a supportive, mentoring environment for master’s level graduate students and has a high rate of degree completion in its two-year program. Facilities in the department are located in the Dolan Center for Science and Technology, which houses well equipped research labs, animal care facilities, and a full greenhouse. The department is composed of 11 full-time faculty members (4 of which are herpetologists), 15 graduate students, and approximately 240 undergraduate majors. Graduate student support packages are competitive and include full tuition and fee remission for qualified applicants, and most students receive stipends for their work as graduate teaching assistants in departmental laboratory courses. 

Please visit our website the Department’s website to learn more about the department and contact possible faculty advisors. Direct any questions about the program to Dr. Ralph Saporito, Graduate Program Director (rsaporito [at] jcu [dot] edu).

Assistant Professor in Evolutionary Biology/Genetics

Date Posted: 30 Oct 2017 (Show details)

Institution: University of Alabama
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
Closing date: Review of complete applications will begin 1 December, 2017.

The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alabama in Huntsville seeks candidates for a tenure-track assistant professor position in evolutionary biology/genetics. Researchers using molecular, cellular or computational techniques are encouraged to apply.The department values diversity, and we are committed to building a culturally diverse intellectual community. We particularly encourage applications from historically underrepresented groups, including women and minorities.

Qualifications

Applicants must have a Ph.D. degree or equivalent in an appropriate discipline and postdoctoral experience. Faculty are expected to engage in funded research, to mentor graduate and undergraduate research, and to teach at the undergraduate and graduate level. Teaching assignments will primarily be in evolution and genetics but may include cell or organismal biology, depending on background.

The starting date for the position will be August, 2018.

The Department of Biological Sciences is housed in the Shelby Center for Science and Technology with spacious, well-equipped teaching and research facilities. Collaborative research activity is encouraged with the Hudson Alpha Institute for Biotechnology, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, and more than a dozen biotechnology companies in Cumming’s Research Park, all of which are located minutes away from the university. Cummings Research Park is the 2nd largest research park in the United States with over 285 high technology companies. Huntsville is a mid-sized city located in beautiful north Alabama, an area that boasts a reasonable cost of living and ample recreational and cultural opportunities.

To Apply

Applicants should submit a single PDF to biologyposition [at] uah [dot] edu that includes:

  • Cover letter;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Research statement;
  • Statement of teaching interests;
  • Contact information for three letters of recommendation. 

Review of complete applications will begin 1 December, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. For further information or questions please contact the search committee chair, Dr. Bruce Stallsmith at stallsb [at] uah [dot] edu.

The University of Alabama in Huntsville is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer of minorities/ females/ veterans/ disabled.
 

Assistant Professor in Animal Physiology

Date Posted: 19 Oct 2017 (Show details)

Institution: Eastern Illinois University
Location: Charleston, Illinois
Closing date: Review of applications will begin on 30 November 30 2017.

The Department of Biological Sciences at Eastern Illinois University invites applications for a tenure track assistant professor position in Animal Physiology, beginning August 2018. Candidates must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree, and postdoctoral experience is preferred.

Candidates with research focus on disease biology and/or cellular metabolism are particularly encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will be expected to develop an externally funded research program involving both undergraduate and graduate students. Teaching responsibilities include undergraduate courses in animal physiology, molecular/cellular biology, and a graduate course in the candidate’s area of expertise.

Salary is commensurate with qualifications, and a competitive start-up package will be available. Demonstrated commitment to diversity and experience with promoting inclusive excellence is required.

To Apply:

Applicants must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, statement of research interests (that highlights the involvement of students), and contact information for at least three professional references. Application materials must be submitted as separate files via Interfolio at apply.interfolio.com/46245.

Questions about the search may be directed to Dr. Thomas Canam, Search Committee Chair, at tcanam [at] eiu [dot] edu.

Review of applications will begin on November 30, 2017.

Eastern Illinois University is an Affirmative Action/ Equal Opportunity Employer—minority/female/disability/veteran—committed to achieving a diverse community. 

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