Assistant Professor of Biology
University of California Santa Barbara
United States

Assistant Professor of Biology

Job #JPF02635
  • Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology / College of Letters & Science - Mathematical, Life, and Physical Sciences / UC Santa Barbara

Position overview

Position title:Assistant Professor
Salary range: The posted UC salary scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and/or step at appointment. See Table 1 for the salary history range. A reasonable estimate for this position is $90,000-$140,000. “Off-scale salaries” and other components of pay, i.e., a salary that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions.
Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start: July 1, 2024

Application Window

Open date: December 1, 2023

Next review date: Monday, Jan 15, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Sunday, Jun 30, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology of the University of California Santa Barbara invites applications for a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Evolutionary Biology with an anticipated start date of 1 July 2024. The department is looking for exceptional individuals with expertise in evolutionary biology. We are especially interested in candidates whose research investigates the connections between genetics and phenotype, and whose research and teaching would complement existing campus strength in global change biology and quantitative biology.

Responsibilities of faculty members include teaching at undergraduate and/or graduate levels, recruitment, supervision, and mentorship of graduate students, participation in university service and professional activities, and the development of an externally funded and broadly recognized research program. Successful candidates will have a record of collaborative
research, and will be able to leverage synergies within EEMB and the UCSB campus.

Our department and the University of California seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of California. UC Santa Barbara is a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI), and 40% of UCSB’s undergraduate student body are first-generation college students. We invite candidates who understand the systemic barriers facing individuals from underrepresented groups in STEM and who will leverage evidence-based teaching strategies and enable diverse research opportunities to provide equitable opportunities and promote diversity and inclusion across educational environments.

The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through teaching, research, and service as appropriate to the position.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

A Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology or similar discipline is required at the time of application.
1+ year of postdoctoral experience

Preferred qualifications
  • Able and willing to teach evolutionary biology with approaches that will enable access to a wide diversity of students.
  • Successful grantsmanship commensurate with career stage.
  • Expertise in field of study as indicated by publications in highly ranked journals in the field.
  • Broadly trained with interdisciplinary experience as appropriate for evolutionary biologists.
  • Evidence of a track record of mentoring and fostering the success of historically under-represented students and/or the ability to interface with and contribute to departmental, institutional, and national initiatives in these areas.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Please submit a complete CV including full publication, funding, teaching, and mentorship records

  • Cover Letter - Cover letter expressing interest in the position and strengths you would bring to the department.

  • Statement of Research - Decribe your top research contributions, as well as your vision for your future research in evolutionary biology at UCSB (2 pages)

  • Statement of Teaching - Describe your pedagogical values and methods, your record of teaching (as teaching assistant or lecturer) and mentoring, and what courses (undergraduate & graduate) you might teach at UCSB (1-2 page)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Describe how your personal experiences, approach to science and/or teaching and/or mentorship, or other activities would contribute to equity and diversity at UCSB (1 page)

  • Representative Publication 1 - Submit 3 publications that best highlight the impact of your contributions to the field

  • Representative Publication 2 - Submit 3 publications that best highlight the impact of your contributions to the field

  • Representative Publication 3 - Submit 3 publications that best highlight the impact of your contributions to the field

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required

Applicants should provide the names and contact information for at least 3 references, and
must request letters of references within the UC Recruit system in order to complete
application requirements.

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As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California Policy on Vaccination Programs, as may be amended or revised from time to time. Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location

Santa Barbara, CA

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