Available Position: Assistant Professor

The Department of Biology at Virginia Commonwealth University invites applications for a coastal ecologist who studies plant biology in the context of global change. The candidate must have experience working across scales ranging from the organismal to landscape using laboratory studies, fieldwork, and remote sensing. This is a nine-month, tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor. Anticipated start date is 10 August 2017, contingent on funding. Priority will be given to those candidates with a strong background in plant physiological ecology and whose research focuses on barrier island systems along the North American Atlantic coast. Candidates should show a strong record of graduate and undergraduate research mentoring, demonstrated course development and instruction including undergraduate and graduate-level plant ecology and coastal ecology, and have demonstrated the potential to secure funding for research.

The successful candidate will be expected to establish an innovative, extramurally-funded research program in their area of expertise, teach undergraduate courses in our core curriculum, and develop a graduate-level course in their specific area. The faculty member should strive to broaden participation among members of under-represented groups. They also should demonstrate through research, teaching, and/or public engagement the richness of diversity in the learning experience and will integrate multicultural approaches and perspectives into instructional methods and research tools. Other preferred qualifications include demonstrated ability to secure funding from federal and private sectors, mentoring and publishing with undergraduate and graduate students, and active participation in collaborative research networks. We seek applicants with lived experiences, research, and/or professional service informed by worldviews and/or perspectives about minority group status including race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion, and disability and who are committed to work in and foster a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment at VCU.

Virginia Commonwealth University has an enrollment of 32,000 students, including over 2,000 undergraduate and over 75 graduate students in Biology. The Department of Biology (biology.vcu.edu) has 50 faculty and affiliated members with diverse research interests in Cell Regulation, Evolution, and Ecological Processes and Applications. In addition to a M.S. program, Biology is served by a doctoral program in Integrative Life Sciences that provides five years of student support. Applicants must have a Ph.D. degree and appropriate post-doctoral research experience to establish an independent research program and obtain extramural funding. Please apply online at www.vcujobs.com (position # F55450) and be prepared to submit a cover letter, CV, and statements of research interests and teaching philosophy. You will be asked to list names and email addresses of three references. An email will be sent to your references, asking them to upload a letter of recommendation, which is due by the closing date, 16 June 2017.

Virginia Commonwealth University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.