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Assistant Professor
Area:   Evolutionary Biology
Position Title:   Assistant Professor
Position Code:   ASNS4977A
Status:   Closed
Description:   The University of California, Merced is a dynamic new university campus in Merced, California, which opened in September 2005 as the tenth campus of the University of California and the first American research university in the 21st century. In keeping with the mission of the University to provide teaching, research and public service of the highest quality, UC Merced offers research-centered and student-oriented educational opportunities at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels through three academic schools: Engineering, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences/Humanities/Arts.

The School of Natural Sciences at the University of California, Merced invites qualified applications for a tenure-track position in Evolutionary Biology at the Assistant Professor level.

This position is part of a Global Change Sciences Cluster hire in the Environmental Systems Graduate Group that includes positions in Evolutionary Biology (School of Natural Sciences), Ecological Theory/Modeling (School of Natural Sciences), and Environmental/Ecological Engineering (School of Engineering). The ES Graduate Group brings together a diverse group of faculty, graduate students, and research scholars with a shared interest in interdisciplinary research of natural and human-impacted environmental systems. The ES faculty belong to all three schools of the campus, with representation from the faculty in Engineering (Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Material Science and Engineering), Natural Sciences (Life and Environmental Sciences), and Social Sciences, Humanities and the Arts (Geography/Cognitive and Information Sciences).

We seek a faculty member who uses a multidisciplinary and integrative approach-in any combination of experiment, theory and computation-to understand the dynamic interplay of ecological and evolutionary processes. We are interested in individuals who focus primarily on natural populations, in which ecological, environmental and genomic information can be combined to advance evolutionary biology and global change science. This position is especially suited to evolutionary biologists or systematists with a strong quantitative or statistical background who employ next-gen sequencing methods and/or genomic approaches. The successful applicant should be broadly interested in biodiversity and its role in ecosystem, landscape, and global ecology and have interests that complement existing faculty in the LES group. http://les.ucmerced.edu

The University of California, Merced is ideally located for research in the environmental sciences, with close proximity to a diversity of natural and managed environments from the Sierra Nevada to the Pacific Ocean. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to participate in the Sierra Nevada Research Institute, a research unit at UC Merced focusing on interdisciplinary environmental studies, and in partnerships with Yosemite and Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks. UC Merced offers access to the UC Natural Reserve System and opportunities for collaboration with other UC campuses and UC affiliated national laboratories.

The University of California, Merced is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty, staff, and students. The University is supportive of dual career couples.
Qualifications:   Applicants must have a Ph.D. in the biological sciences or other relevant field, a strong publication record, and demonstrated potential to develop an independent, innovative research program. Applicants must be able to teach effectively at both undergraduate and graduate levels, and teach and mentor students of a diverse student population. Potential courses that could be taught by the successful applicant include biodiversity and global change, evolution, systematics, and related topics.
Salary:   Negotiable, based on University of California Academic Salary Scales
Closing Date:   01/10/2014
To Apply:   Interested applicants are required to submit 1) a cover letter 2) curriculum vitae 3) statement of research 4) statement of teaching 5) contact information for three references and 6) statement of diversity summarizing past or potential contributions to diversity.

Applications must be submitted via this website.

NOTICE: This position is not open. We are not accepting applications at this time.

As of January 1, 2014 the University of California, Merced will be a smoke and tobacco free workplace. Information and the Smoke and Tobacco Free policy is available at

For more information:   Please contact Professor Stephen Hart by email at shart4@ucmerced.edu

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