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Biodiversity Science Assistant Professor with Excellence in Mentoring

Job Description


The Department of Integrative Biology at the University of Texas at Austin seeks to fill a faculty position in the field of Biodiversity Science, broadly defined, with a focus on candidates who share our commitment to mentoring and supporting trainees from all backgrounds and career stages. The position will be filled at the level of Assistant Professor. The research foci of IB faculty include evolutionary, ecological, and behavioral factors contributing to the diversification of, and interactions among, organisms in their natural environments. We seek to add an early-career faculty member who will advance our research and teaching mission by adding strength and potential collaboration in any biodiversity science field that complements research areas  of our community. Additionally, we seek a candidate who possesses outstanding capacity and motivation to devote time and effort to mentorship, enhancing the experience and performance of their own graduate students as well as others in the Ecology, Evolution and Behavior (EEB), Plant Biology (PB), Interdisciplinary Life Sciences (ILS), and other graduate programs in which IB faculty participate. UT is home to the Biodiversity Center, which oversees the new Texas Field Station Network as well as our Biodiversity Collections. The successful applicant will have access to these and other UT resources for teaching and/or research in biodiversity.


We seek applicants with a strong record of high-quality research, publications, extramural funding, and a commitment to excellence in mentorship and teaching that serves trainees from varied backgrounds. A PhD or equivalent is required at the time of appointment, and postdoctoral research experience is strongly recommended.

Application Instructions

Applicants should submit the following items via Interfolio at apply.interfolio.com/132398 : (i) cover letter with contact information (1 page), (ii) CV, (iii) research statement (up to 3 pages), (iv) teaching statement (up to 2 pages), (v) mentoring statement addressing the applicant’s mentoring philosophy including their past contributions and/or future goals to create environments that support recruitment, retention, and career advancement for all members of our academic community (2 pages), (vi) up to 5 reprints/preprints in one PDF document, and (vii) names and contact information for three references, including at least one reference who can comment on the candidate's activities and contributions to mentorship. Reference letters will be requested from selected applicants at a later date. Applications received by October 30, 2023 will be assured of full consideration. For additional information about the department, see https://integrativebio.utexas.edu.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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