Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut

Position ID:UConn-Ecology and Evolutionary Biology-2017144 [#8220, 2017144]
Position Title: Assistant Professor in Disease Ecology or Evolution
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Storrs, Connecticut 06269, United States [map]
Subject Area: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Starting Date:2017/08/23
Appl Deadline:2016/11/04* finished (posted 2016/10/06, finished 2017/03/08)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

Assistant Professor in Disease Ecology or Evolution

Position Summary

The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut (UConn) is pleased to invite applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Disease Ecology or Evolution at the rank of Assistant Professor. The Department seeks a research scientist who uses innovative approaches to address fundamental ecological or evolutionary questions about disease agents of non-domesticated plants or animals. We are interested in a broad range of research areas, including but not limited to population, community or evolutionary dynamics of disease-causing agents and their hosts or vectors; coevolutionary interactions; the genetics of adaptation; the ecology or evolution of emerging diseases; interactions between global environmental change and disease ecology or evolution; and research that is at the interface of ecology and evolution.

The University of Connecticut (UConn) is  in the midst of a transformational period of growth supported by the $1.7B Next Generation Connecticut ( and the $1B Bioscience Connecticut ( investments and a bold new Academic Plan: Path to Excellence ( We are pleased to continue these investments by inviting applications for faculty in our Department at the rank of Assistant Professor.

This position complements Departmental strengths in ecology, evolution, systematics, organismal biology, and conservation biology. The Department offers a highly collaborative environment at a leading public research university that is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic community. More information about the Department can be found at

The successful candidate will be expected to supervise an independent research program that will attract extramural funding; provide research training for graduate and undergraduate students; and offer professional service to the Department and University. The successful candidate will also be expected to demonstrate a commitment to effective instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels, development of innovative courses, and mentoring of students in research, outreach and professional development. The successful candidate will also be expected to broaden participation of members of underrepresented groups; engage diverse groups and draw on their experiences through research, teaching, and public engagement; and exhibit skill in using pedagogical techniques designed to meet the needs of individuals with diverse backgrounds, learning styles and intellectual interests.

Minimum Qualifications

A Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology or a related field by time of appointment; two peer-reviewed publications in disease ecology or evolution; and demonstrated research focus on disease agents of non-domesticated plant or animal hosts. Equivalent foreign degrees are acceptable.

Preferred Qualifications

Potential to establish a nationally recognized research program that makes conceptual advances in disease ecology, evolution, or their interaction based on empirical research; research program that complements the Department’s strengths; strong record of extramural fellowships or grants; relevant postdoctoral experience; evidence of or potential for excellence in teaching including a commitment to effective teaching; and a commitment to and plan for fostering and supporting diversity through research, teaching or public engagement.

Appointment Terms

This is a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor position with an anticipated start date of August 23rd, 2017.  The successful candidate’s academic appointment will be at the Storrs campus. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

To Apply

Select “Apply” to complete your application. Please submit (1) a cover letter addressing qualifications; (2) curriculum vitae; (3) research statement (3 pages maximum); (4) teaching statement, including teaching philosophy and teaching experience (2 pages maximum); (5) a statement describing experience with, plan for, and commitment to enhancing diversity and broadening participation (2 pages maximum); (6) Names and contact information for at least three reference writers

To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by November 4, 2016. Employment of the successful candidate is contingent on the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search #2017144)

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of Connecticut
75 N. Eagleville Road, Unit 3043
Storrs, CT 06269-3043

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