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Assistant Professor of Terrestrial Vertebrate Biology

Date Posted: 18 Sep 2017 (Show details)

Institution: California State University Long Beach
Location: Long Beach, California
Closing date: Review of applications will begin 16 October 2017

The Department of Biological Sciences at California State University Long Beach (CSULB) is looking to hire a Terrestrial Vertebrate Biologist, with a preference for someone with expertise in ornithology or herpetology. All areas of ecology and evolutionary biology are welcome, and we are especially interested in candidates with strong quantitative skills that can participate in teaching courses in statistics.

CSULB seeks to recruit faculty who enthusiastically support the University’s strong commitment to the academic success of all of our students, including students of color, students with disabilities, students who are first generation to college, veterans, students with diverse socio-economic backgrounds, and students of diverse sexual orientations and gender expressions. CSULB seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the People of California, to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer our students a rich variety of expertise, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.

The successful candidate will teach courses in organismal and quantitative biology and the undergraduate and graduate biology core curricula, develop and sustain an independent and externally funded research program in Vertebrate Biology that involves undergraduate and graduate (M.S.) students, and participate in service to the department, college, university, and community. 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in the Biological Sciences with training and postdoctoral research experience in Terrestrial Vertebrate Biology;
  • A record of research productivity;
  • Demonstrated ability to seek external research funding;
  • Demonstrated potential for effective teaching in vertebrate biology;
  • Demonstrated commitment to working successfully with a diverse student population.

Desired/Preferred Qualifications:

  • A strong field-based research program that includes a cutting-edge technological or quantitative component;
  • At least one year of postdoctoral experience;
  • A record of extramural research support;
  • Demonstrated potential for effective teaching of courses in ornithology or herpetology as well as vertebrate zoology and statistics;
  • Demonstrated interest in increasing the participation of underrepresented students in STEM fields.

See web.csulb.edu/divisions/aa/personnel/jobs/posting/2492/index.html for more information about this position.

To Apply:

The following documentation is required:

  • A Student Success Statement about your teaching or other experiences, successes, and challenges in working with a diverse student population (approximately one page, single-spaced)
  • Letter of application addressing the minimum and desired/preferred qualifications
  • CV (including current email address)
  • Three confidential letters of recommendation submitted directly by references to VertBioSearch [at] csulb [dot] edu
  • Copy of transcript from institution awarding highest degree
  • Reprints of up to three representative publications
  • A statement of research interests
  • A statement of teaching philosophy.
  • Finalists will also be required to submit a signed SC-1 form and an official transcript.

Application submission as a single PDF should be sent to VertBioSearch [at] csulb [dot] edu.

Requests for information should be addressed to:

Dr. Dessie Underwood, Search Committee Co-Chair
California State University, Long Beach
Department of Biological Sciences
1250 Bellflower Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90840-9502
(562) 985-4807 or E-Mail: VertBioSearch [at] csulb [dot] edu

 

Assistant Professor/Assistant Curator - Vertebrate Evolutionary Biology

Date Posted: 13 Sep 2017 (Show details)

Institution: University of California
Location: Berkeley, California
Closing date: 1 December 2017

The Department of Integrative Biology and the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at the University of California, Berkeley, invite applications for a full time (50% IB, 50% MVZ) tenure-track position in vertebrate evolutionary biology at the Assistant Professor/Assistant Curator level. Potential start date is July 1, 2018. The Museum of Vertebrate Zoology is a world-renowned institution dedicated to understanding the ecology, evolution, and organismal biology of vertebrates using field studies, museum collections, and laboratory research. We seek exceptional candidates working in any area of vertebrate biology, and on any vertebrate group, whose work emphasizes collection or field based studies within a comparative context. Possible research areas include (but are not limited to) phylogenetics, biogeography, adaptation, speciation, ecological and evolutionary genetics, genomics, behavior, population dynamics, physiology, comparative morphology, and developmental biology. Candidates will be expected to maintain an active field program and to contribute to building and utilizing museum collections, facilitating ongoing MVZ programs of research and education. Candidates will also be expected to contribute to teaching in the undergraduate and graduate curriculum of the Department of Integrative Biology.

Required Minimum Basic Qualifications:

Applicants with an exceptional research record in any area of vertebrate biology are encouraged to apply. The Museum and Department are interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their teaching, research, and service. Applicants must have completed all Ph.D. or equivalent degree requirements except the dissertation at the time of application.

Additional Qualifications:

Demonstrated excellence, originality, and productivity in research, and interest in undergraduate and graduate teaching as well as public outreach. Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree by the start date of the position.

Preferred Qualifications:

Expertise in collections-based research and field studies.

To Apply:

Apply online at aprecruit.berkeley.edu/apply/JPF01458. Applicants should include the following required documents:

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Brief Description of Research Accomplishments
  • Statement of Research Objectives
  • Statement of Curatorial Experience and Interest in Museum-Based Research
  • Statement of Teaching Interests
  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.
  • List of Publications
  • Significant Publication #1
  • Significant Publication #2
  • Significant Publication #3
  • Large Publication File (Optional) In case file needs to be split
  • Large Publication File (Optional) In case file needs to be split
  • Large Publication File (Optional) In case file needs to be split 

Applicants should arrange to have three letters of reference submitted online. All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are produced via a third party (i.e. dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality (apo.berkeley.edu/evalltr.html) prior to submitting their letters.

The Department of Integrative Biology and the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, UC Berkeley, are committed to addressing the family needs of faculty, including dual career couples and single parents. For information about potential relocation to Berkeley, or career needs of accompanying partners and spouses, please visit: ofew.berkeley.edu/new-faculty.

Applications must be received by December 1, 2017. Please direct all questions to Integrative Biology Academic Personnel ib_recruit [at] berkeley [dot] edu.

The University of California is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct

Assistant Professor in Vertebrate Biology

Date Posted: 12 Sep 2017 (Show details)

Institution: Washburn University
Location: Topeka, Kansas
Closing date: Screening of applications begins 27 October 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.

Washburn University's Department of Biology invites applications for a 9-month tenure-track faculty position (Assistant Professor) in Biology (Vertebrate Biologist) beginning August 2018. The department is a dedicated group of faculty and staff who are committed to quality undergraduate education, offering majors in biology, environmental biology, biology with secondary education specialization, and molecular biology & biotechnology.

The successful candidate will contribute to teaching in our introductory core course sequence (General Organismal Biology), an upper division Vertebrate Zoology course, develop course(s) in their area of expertise, and be capable of teaching Introductory Biology courses. The candidate is expected to establish and maintain an active research program that involves mentoring undergraduate students. The candidate is also expected to advise students, engage in departmental activities and events, and actively participate in service activities and committee work throughout the university.

Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Zoology, Biology, or related field. (A completed Ph.D. is required for a tenure-track appointment.)
  • Preference given to candidates who are broadly trained vertebrate biologists with demonstrated teaching excellence at the university level.
  • ABD candidates will be considered.

To Apply:

Please send electronically (as a single PDF File) the following: cover letter, current CV, teaching & research philosophy statements, undergrad/grad transcripts, and contact information for 3 current professional references to bio-search [at] washburn [dot] edu (use VERTEBRATE in the email Subject Line). Questions about this position may be directed to Dr. John Mullican, Chair of Biology.

Screening of applications begins October 27, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. The successful candidate will be required to submit to a background check prior to hire.

Washburn University is an EOE. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Graduate Research Opportunity in Herpetology

Date Posted: 5 Sep 2017 (Show details)

Institution: McGill University
Location: Montreal, Canada
Closing date: not provided

The DryBar Lab at McGill University (Andrew Hendry and Rowan Barrett) is starting a new research project on the genetics/genomics of ball python colour variation. The goal is to uncover the genomic regions, and possibly the specific genes, that shape this variation. The project is facilitated by extensive knowledge of the Mendelian genetics of the colour morphs and an annotated genome for the Burmese python (Python bivittatus). The project is of interest from a basic evolutionary standpoint (study of adaptive pigmentation in vertebrates) and a practical standpoint (genotyping of individual snakes).

To Apply:

Please sent transcripts to Andrew Hendry at andrew [dot] hendry [at] mcgill [dot] ca.

Wildlife Ecologist

Date Posted: 24 Jul 2017 (Show details)

Institution: H. T. Harvey & Associates
Location: Fresno, California
Closing date: not provided

H. T. Harvey & Associates has an immediate openings in our Fresno office for experienced wildlife ecologists at various levels who specialize in mammalogy, ornithology, or herpetology. The selected candidates will be responsible for conducting surveys for species in their area of specialization; completing habitat assessments; and working on CEQA/NEPA projects, mitigation plans, natural resource management plans, and wildlife inventories and management plans. These positions will sometimes require a person to navigate varying and rugged terrain safely and sometimes to work alone in a variety of weather conditions. The work may require overnight travel and weekend work.

Qualifications

  • Solid field experience
  • Demonstrated commitment to excellence
  • A demonstrable background in ecology or wildlife management and broad knowledge of the biology of California’s fauna
  • Current federal (i.e., 10[a][1][A]) or state authorization to handle species or experience qualifying the ecologist to be added to a corporate permit for these species is a plus.
  • Candidates with an M.S. or PhD are preferred, but those with a B.S. and direct relevant experience will be considered.

To Apply

Interested candidates should respond by submitting a cover letter, resume, transcripts, and references through this link workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=htharvey&jobId=28341&lang=en_US&source=CC2 using ONE .doc or .pdf file (system allows for only ONE attachment, so resume, cover letter, transcripts, and references must be incorporated into ONE file); via mail to H. T. Harvey & Associates, Attn: Personnel, 983 University Ave., Bldg. D, Los Gatos, CA 95032; or by fax to 408.458.3210.

H. T. Harvey & Associates, an established ecological consulting firm based in Los Gatos, California, employs nearly 100 ecologists, landscape architects, and other professionals in six offices in California and Hawaii. Our core areas of expertise are restoration ecology, landscape architecture, plant ecology, wildlife ecology, and aquatic ecology. We cultivate excellence in our staff and our work in pursuit of our mission to create ecologically sound solutions to our clients’ complex natural resource challenges.
Our employment package includes a competitive salary; medical, dental, and life insurance; and a 401(k) with generous employer match. 

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photo of a crawfish frog, Lithobates areolata