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Assistant Professor of Biology/Data Science

Job no: 522377
Work type: Faculty - Tenure Track
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Biology/Life Sciences, Instruction
Department:Arts & Sciences, College of

Department: Department of Biology
Rank: Assistant Professor
Annual Basis: 9 Month

Application Deadline
November 1, 2018; position open until filled

Required Application Materials
Candidates should apply online at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/11707 by submitting a cover letter including how the candidate will contribute to our work in mentoring, research, teaching, and outreach with women, first-generation students, communities of color, and other underrepresented groups; a curriculum vitae including a publication list; a statement of research accomplishments and future research plans; a description of teaching experience and philosophy; a statement on promoting diversity and inclusion; and three letters of recommendation (sent independently). Submission of 1-3 selected reprints is encouraged.

Position Announcement
The University of Oregon Institute of Ecology and Evolution (http://ie2.uoregon.edu) and the Department of Biology invite applications for a tenure-track position (Assistant Professor) in ecology. Candidates should use computational and/or theoretical tools to address fundamental concepts in ecology using large and/or heterogeneous datasets. We are especially interested in candidates who build on the University of Oregon’s current strengths in terrestrial ecology, and who work across spatial and/or temporal scales. Successful candidates may work at or across a variety of ecological scales, including populations, communities, and ecosystems.

This search is one of nearly a dozen associated with the Presidential Initiative in Data Science at the University of Oregon. This initiative spurs intentional growth in research and education using big data and cutting-edge analytics across the entire campus (see https://provost.uoregon). We are building a cross-disciplinary data science program on a foundation of strong interdisciplinary research and innovative education at a liberal arts research university. We seek scholars excited to contribute to the program’s growth through excellence in a specific academic focus, as well as through interdisciplinary collaborations across data science writ large. Data Science is supported by the university’s multi-million dollar investment in the recently launched Talapas supercomputing cluster that is a centerpiece of Research Advanced Computing Services (https://hpcf.uoregon.edu). The Data Science Initiative will also have synergies with the Knight Campus for Accelerating Impact (https://accelerate.uoregon.edu), itself recently launched by a $500 million dollar lead gift from Phil and Penny Knight.

The University of Oregon (UO) provides an outstanding interdisciplinary and interactive collegial environment for researchers interested in ecological research. UO. The Institute of Ecology and Evolution is diverse, active, and growing, with researchers from the departments of Biology, Geography, Anthropology, and Mathematics, and the Environmental Studies Program. UO maintains a number of core research facilities that support ecological research, including the UO Genomics and Cell Characterization Core Facility (gc3f.uoregon.edu), the UO Research Advanced Computing Services (hpc.uoregon.edu), the UO Center for Advanced Materials Characterization (http://camcor.uoregon.edu/), and greenhouse facilities. The recently established Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact (accelerate.uoregon.edu) provides unique opportunities for rapidly translating scientific discoveries into innovations.

An outstanding research program and a commitment to excellence in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels are expected. We particularly welcome applications from scholars who are from groups historically underrepresented in the academy, and/or who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds. Ph.D. required. Salary is competitive. 

The University of Oregon is committed to recruiting and retaining a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates, and strongly encourage members of underrepresented communities to apply. We are especially interested in candidates who can support our work in mentoring, research, teaching, and outreach with women, first-generation students, communities of color, and other underrepresented groups. All applicants are requested to include in their cover letter information about how they will contribute to this work.

Department or Program Summary
The Department of Biology is an instructional and research department within the College of Arts and Sciences that supports significant research activities in a wide range of fields in the Biology discipline including neuroscience, genetics, cell and developmental biology, evolution, ecology, and marine biology. The Department includes approximately 50 teaching faculty, plus emeritus faculty, graduate students and professional/administrative staff. The Department enrolls approximately 1200 Biology majors and 100 graduate students.

Minimum Requirements
Ph.D. in an appropriate field, commitment to excellence in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level, and an outstanding research program.

Preferred Qualifications
Candidates should have the ability to work effectively within a diverse community. We are especially interested in candidates who can support our work in mentoring, research, teaching, and outreach with women, first-generation students, communities of color, and other underrepresented groups.

About the University
The University of Oregon is one of only two Pacific Northwest members of the Association of American Universities and holds the distinction of a “very high research activity” ranking in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The UO enrolls more than 20,000 undergraduate and 3,600 graduate students representing all 50 states and nearly 100 countries. In recent years, the university has increased the diversity of its student body while raising average GPAs and test scores for incoming students. The UO’s beautiful, 295-acre campus features state-of-the art facilities in an arboretum-like setting. The UO is located in Eugene, a vibrant city of 157,000 with a wide range of cultural and culinary offerings, a pleasant climate, and a community engaged in environmental and social concerns. The campus is within easy driving distance of the Pacific Coast, the Cascade Mountains, and Portland.


The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit http://hr.uoregon.edu/careers/about-benefits.

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at uocareers@uoregon.edu or 541-346-5112.

UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Civil Rights Compliance, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

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