Career Opportunities

Title: Assistant or Associate Professor, Organismal Biology
Position Type: Tenure-Track Assistant or Associate Professor
Institution: Cornell University
Department: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Field: Organismal Biology
City: Ithaca, NY, USA

General Information: The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology invites applications for a tenure-track position in Organismal Biology.

Qualifications: Applicants should have a Ph.D. and preferably postdoctoral experience, demonstrated excellence in their field of organismal biology, a collaborative outlook and a dedication to undergraduate and graduate teaching.

Responsibilities: The ideal candidate in this broadly defined search will be an expert on the diversity and natural history of a particular taxonomic group of multicellular organisms, and use this expertise to address fundamental questions that help us understand organismal evolution and the traits and strategies that organisms display. The candidate could work within a variety of disciplines including evolutionary biology, development, physiology and/or ecology, but preference will be given to candidates who employ state-of-the-art mechanistic and experimental approaches in a phylogenetic and/or comparative context.

Instructions: Candidates should submit via the website a short cover letter, curriculum vitae, contact information for three references, a research statement, a statement of teaching interests and experience, a statement of contribution to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and up to three representative publications. Inquiries can be directed to Search Committee Chair, Robert Reed, at

Contact: Robert Reed,
Web Link:
Review Starts: 10/20/2019
Application Closes: 10/20/2019


Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate
Position Type: Post-doctoral Research Fellow
Institution: Delaware State University
Department: Psychology
Field: Evolution and development
City: Dover, DE, USA

General Information: The Center for Neuroscience and the Department of Psychology at Delaware State University is pleased to announce that a Postdoctoral Research Associate position is available in the Charvet lab. The postdoctoral Associate will work with a diverse team to study the evolution and development of human and non-human brains. The goal of this research is to integrate from genetics to neuroimaging to enhance translational work from model organisms to humans.  The successful candidate will be highly motivated with a solid record of publication.

Qualifications: A PhD degree in Psychology, Neuroscience, or related field is required.

Responsibilities: The following are the functions essential to performing this job:
1. May involve planning and carrying out experiments with human subjects.
2. May involve experiments isolating RNA and performing MRI imaging on post-mortem brains.
3. Purchasing and maintaining research supplies and equipment for the laboratory.
4. Writing manuscripts based on original research and submitting to scientific journals for publication; presenting research at local or international conferences.
5. Training and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students.

Instructions: The link to the application is:

Contact: Christine Charvet,
Web Link:
Review Starts: 9/18/2019
Application Closes: 10/18/2020

Title: Assistant Professor: Evolutionary Biology
Position Type: Tenure-Track Assistant Professor
Institution: Adelphi University
Department: Biology
Field: Evolution
City: Garden City, NY, USA

General Information: Adelphi University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor in biology with a focus in evolutionary biology to begin fall 2020. The candidate is expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in evolution, introductory biology, and additional courses in the candidate’s area of specialty. Research areas could include evolutionary modeling, phylogenetics, comparative methods, molecular evolution, or other related fields. The successful applicant will have a commitment to teaching students from diverse cultural backgrounds and excellent potential as a teacher, plus a record of significant research accomplishment and the potential to develop a fundable independent research program involving undergraduate and master’s students. Preference will be given to applicants who could incorporate computational methods into their area of research. The successful applicant will join an active, engaged, and collegial department spanning all areas of biology that is particularly focused on the use of evidence-based teaching practices. Opportunities for collaboration exist within the university as well as in the NY metropolitan area. For more information about the department, visit

Qualifications: Ph.D in Biology or related field is required.
Postdoctoral experience is highly preferred.
Experience teaching at the collegiate level is preferred.
Commitment to teaching students from diverse cultural backgrounds and excellent potential as a teacher.

Responsibilities: Teaching introductory biology, undergraduate and graduate courses in evolutionary biology, and additional courses in the candidate’s area of interest.
Conducting research with both undergraduate and graduate students.
Advising undergraduate and graduate students.

Instructions: Applicants must upload their application online and submit the following (merged into one document): cover letter, CV, statement of teaching interests and philosophy (2-3 pages), statement of research interests (2-3 pages), and the names and contact information for 3 references.
Deadline for applications: September 30, 2019
For more information, please contact Andrea Ward (

Contact: Andrea Ward,
Web Link:
Review Starts: 9/2/2019
Application Closes: 9/30/2019


Title: Assistant Professor - Evolutionary Biologist
Position Type: Tenure-Track Assistant Professor
Institution: University of Texas at El Paso
Department: Biological Sciences
Field: Evolutionary Biology
City: El Paso, TX, USA

General Information: The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position for an Evolutionary Biologist. We are seeking highly collaborative candidates with expertise in the evolution of any non-model, multi-cellular animal organism, including vertebrates or insects. The department has excellent biodiversity collections offering significant opportunities for individuals who wish to serve in a curatorial role.

Qualifications: Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree, postdoctoral research experience, and a strong record of research accomplishments.

Responsibilities: (1) establish an extramurally funded research program; (2) teach and mentor undergraduate, masters, and doctoral students; and (3) have a strong potential for collaboration across ecology and evolutionary biology (EEB).

Instructions: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  Candidates must submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, a brief description of teaching philosophy, and complete contact information for at least three references.
Contact: Eli Greenbaum,
Web Link:;jsessionid=68689A99904B62A8ADD22E8A2DE21020?JOBID=115239
Review Starts: 9/1/2019
Application Closes: 10/1/2019


Title: Assistant Professor (Plant Developmental Biology)
Position Type: Tenure-Track Assistant Professor
Institution: Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Department: School of Biological Sciences
Field: Plant Developmental Biology
City: Carbondale, IL, USA

General Information: The College of Science and the School of Biological Sciences at Southern Illinois University (SIU) Carbondale seeks applicants for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor specializing in developmental biology with expertise in the evolution of plant form. Departments and Schools of the College offer Ph.D., M.S., B.S. and B.A. degrees in various specializations.

Qualifications: Applicants must have earned a doctorate in the Life Sciences or a closely related field, with preference for a specialty area related to the applications of plant developmental biology. Applicants must have significant research experience in the evolution of form and function, and be interested in solving emerging problems. Evidence of research excellence documented through publications and/or funding is required. The candidate must have the potential to develop a vibrant externally funded research program, and the ability to develop and instruct undergraduate and graduate courses. Postdoctoral research experience is preferred.

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will be expected to develop and maintain a vigorous externally funded research program, mentor graduate and undergraduate researchers, and teach courses in plant diversity, anatomy and/or morphology. This position is responsive to societal needs for more expertise in plant biology, which can be met through research, education and training in plant developmental biology. This position will bridge the gap between theory and application in plant biology, with an anticipated research program competitive for funding through NSF, NIH, and USDA, etc.

Instructions: Applicants must submit: (1) a letter of application, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a brief statement of research plans (ca 5-7 pages), (4) a statement of teaching accomplishments, philosophy and interests, and (5) contact information for three references to: (electronic submission of materials in PDF format is preferred)


Attn: Plant Biology Search Committee Chair
School of Biological Sciences
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Life Sciences II Room 420, Mail Code 6509
1125 Lincoln Drive
Carbondale, IL 62901
Contact: Dr. Andrew Wood,
Web Link:
Review Starts: 8/27/2019
Application Closes: 10/18/2019

Title: Assistant Professor/Biology
Position Type: Tenure-Track Assistant Professor
Institution: Southern Oregon University
Department: Division of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Biology program
Field: Evolutionary Biologist
City: Ashland, OR, USA

General Information: The Southern Oregon University (SOU) Division of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Biology program invites applications for a tenure track, 9 month, Evolutionary Biologist position at the Assistant Professor level. Southern Oregon University is located in the heart of the Klamath-Siskiyou bioregion, one of the most ecologically diverse regions of North America. We offer excellent comprehensive health and retirement benefits. The start date is September 2020 and the position will be open until filled with priority deadline of October 11.
Southern Oregon University is a public liberal arts institution of approximately 6,000 undergraduate and 500 graduate students. The surrounding area is known for cultural offerings such as the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Ashland International Film Festival, and the Britt Music Festival. The Rogue Valley is also renowned for outdoor activities such as hiking, snowboarding, and fishing.

Qualifications: The successful candidate will have teaching and research experience including, but not limited to, organismal field, vertebrate, and/or invertebrate biology. We are particularly interested in candidates with the demonstrated ability to integrate field studies of whole organisms with molecular techniques.

Responsibilities: We seek an individual committed to excellence in undergraduate teaching and research to teach an upper-division Evolution course, a core requirement of our major. Additional teaching will include an upper-division organismal course with a strong field component, participation in the introductory biology sequence, and the development of a general education course that explores evolutionary biology with non-science majors is encouraged. The successful candidate is expected to establish an active research program involving undergraduates that investigates questions relevant to the bioregion.
Instructions: For more information and to apply, please visit: 

Contact: Human Resources,
Web Link:
Review Starts: 8/23/2019
Application Closes: 12/31/2020

Title: Assistant Professor Faculty Positions in Ecology
Position Type: Tenure-Track Assistant Professor
Institution: University of Missouri St. Louis
Department: Biology
Field: Ecology
City: Saint Louis, MO, USA

General Information: The Department of Biology offers degree programs at the Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral levels, with ~500 undergraduates and ~100 graduate students.  Undergraduate students choose between a BA or BS, and can design their degree along three tracks: Cell and Molecular Biology, Evolution and Conservation Biology, and Pre-professional/Health Sciences.  The department offers undergraduate and graduate certificates in Biotechnology, Conservation Biology, Environmental Studies, and Neuroscience. Students can also earn BS and MS degrees in Biochemistry & Biotechnology, which is a joint degree program between Biology and Chemistry.
The Biology Department is home to the Whitney R. Harris World Ecology Center, which promotes and supports research and education in biology and biodiversity conservation throughout the world.  The center participates in our outstanding graduate program in ecology, evolution, systematics, and conservation that attracts top scholars from all over the world. Funded by endowments, the Center offers graduate student fellowships, research grant competitions, community events, and opportunities for involvement in community outreach programs. The Harris Center has formal partnerships with the Missouri Botanical Garden and the Saint Louis Zoo.
The University of Missouri–St. Louis
Established in 1963 in suburban St. Louis, UMSL is the largest public university in eastern Missouri with a current enrollment of over 16,000 in day and evening sessions.  This metropolitan research and teaching institution is consistently recognized for its strong programs across disciplines, and it is considered a primary driver of the St. Louis economy, providing industries with educated and capable employees and leaders. UMSL is committed to meeting the diverse needs in the state’s largest metropolitan community and, accordingly, is educating traditional and nontraditional students in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs so they are prepared to be leaders in health professions; liberal and fine arts; science and technology; and in metropolitan and international affairs such as business, education and public policy.
UMSL is one of four institutions in the University of Missouri land-grant system and is classified as RU-H (high research activity) and as a Community Engaged Campus by Carnegie rankings. Both the campus and the College of Arts and Science are committed to an inclusive campus community that values and respects all its members and achieves educational excellence through diversity. We encourage applications from individuals from diverse and minority backgrounds, including individuals with disabilities and veterans. For further information about UMSL, please see:
The University of Missouri-St. Louis is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to excellence through diversity.

Qualifications: Applicants must have a PhD degree in an appropriate discipline, relevant postdoctoral experience, a strong publication record, and a commitment to excellence in research and teaching.

Responsibilities: The Department of Biology at the University of Missouri-St. Louis invites applications for two tenure-track faculty positions in the area of ecology at the rank of Assistant Professor. The successful candidates will join a dynamic group of biology faculty as well as participate in the Harris World Ecology Center. Candidates will be expected to lead an independent, externally-funded research program and teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Ecology research programs that would add to our traditional strengths in ecology, evolution, and behavior are especially encouraged. Candidates with experience teaching and mentoring students from underrepresented groups are also highly desirable to add to the already rich ethnic and cultural setting within the department. These positions are part of a cluster hire with a senior faculty search for a director of the Whitney R. Harris World Ecology Center.
The Department of Biology has active research groups in ecology, evolution, and behavior, as well as in cell and molecular biology. The department participates in a joint program in biochemistry and biotechnology with the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and some faculty have joint appointments with the Danforth Plant Science Center and the St. Louis Zoo.

Instructions: The application should include 1) a cover letter, 2) a Curriculum Vitae, 3) a 3 page description of current and planned research, 4) a 2 page statement to include teaching philosophy and interests, and experiences with and commitments to diversity, and 5) contact information for three references. The application materials should be combined into a single PDF file and uploaded online at (job ID 31097). For additional information, contact the search committee chair, Dr. Aimee Dunlap, at  Review of applications will begin October 28, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.

Compensation: Will Be Discussed
Contact: Aimee Dunlap,
Web Link:
Review Starts: 10/28/2019
Application Closes: 9/21/2019

Title: Ph.D. student
Position Type: Ph.D. student
Institution: North Carolina State University
Department: Plant and Microbial Biology
Field: plant evolutionary ecology
City: Raleigh, NC, USA

General Information: The Sheth evolutionary ecology lab invites applications for a Ph.D. position beginning in Fall 2020. We study the ecological and evolutionary processes underlying species climatic niches and geographic ranges, with the aim of understanding evolutionary and plastic responses to climatic changes. Primarily using monkeyflowers (historically treated in the genus Mimulus) as a model system, we combine field, greenhouse, and growth chamber experiments, quantitative genetics, and comparative analyses to examine constraints to adaptation in plant populations, species, and clades.

Qualifications: We are looking for a highly motivated student with a keen interest in plant evolutionary ecology. Thesis projects can be tied into ongoing research in the lab or developed according to mutual interests. Interested students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with our research and publications at

Responsibilities: NC State’s Department of Plant and Microbial Biology offers a highly-rated research environment and is situated in a collaborative and scientifically stimulating atmosphere in the Research Triangle, with both UNC Chapel Hill and Duke University nearby. There is a vibrant and growing community of ecologists and evolutionary biologists spread across multiple departments on campus, including Applied Ecology, Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology, Forestry and Environmental Resources, Soil and Crop Sciences, and Biochemistry, among others. Raleigh is a lively yet affordable city with a high standard of living, and its surroundings offer numerous recreational activities.

Instructions: Graduate students have the option of applying to the Plant Biology Graduate Program or the Biology Graduate Program with a concentration in Ecology and Evolution, and are typically funded through a combination of teaching and research assistantships. Before submitting a formal application (due January 15), please send the following information to Dr. Sheth at no later than November 1: 1) CV; and 2) a statement of your academic background and previous research experience, current research interests, and why you want to join the lab.

Contact: Seema Sheth,
Web Link:
Review Starts: 8/19/2019
Application Closes: 1/15/2020

Title: Postdoctoral Researcher: Advancing Population and Landscape Genomics in Forest Trees
Position Type: Post-doctoral Research Fellow
Institution: University of Connecticut - Storrs
Department: Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Field: Population Genetics, Bioinformatics, Plant Genomics
City: Storrs, CT, USA

General Information: The Plant Computational Genomics laboratory at the University of Connecticut (Storrs, CT) has an opening for a Postdoctoral Scholar. This individual will take a lead role in the development of the integrated CartograTree application ( This web-based software integrates vast amounts of genomic, phenotypic, and environmental data for our diverse user community. In specific, the CartograTree application provides a portal for landscape genomics and association genetics studies of georeferenced forest trees through the implementation of web services and high performance computing resources. In addition, we are committed to developing mechanisms for data sharing among partner databases through Galaxy modules, the Tripal platform (, the GMOD project, and custom analysis/visualization platforms.

Qualifications: The qualified applicant will have a PhD degree in Bioinformatics, Evolutionary Biology, Computational Biology, Genetics, or a related field. Biology/Bioinformatics experience is essential and previous experience with software development is desired. The applicant should have experience with Linux/Unix, scripting languages (Python), R, and relational databases.  The applicant must have a strong background in population genetics/genomics and a solid foundation in the statistical considerations for these analysis.

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will work as part of a small interdisciplinary team of bioinformaticians and data curators. They must have strong skills in population genetics as we are interested in developing intelligent workflows to perform meta-analysis across a range of study designs, marker types, and species. Research efforts will focus on the implementation of these workflows and the associated interactive visualizations.  This project is focused on developing intelligent and efficient methods to integrate and process heterogeneous datasets for association analysis (genotype, phenotype, and environment). The successful candidate will be provided with training opportunities and will attend conferences to present/train users on CartograTree. In addition, publications on innovative software solutions for big data integration and meta-analysis will result.

Instructions: Interested applicants, Please send the following THREE documents: cover letter, research statement, and CV to: Jill Wegrzyn at

Contact: Jill Wegrzyn,
Web Link:
Review Starts: 8/6/2019
Application Closes: 10/31/2019

Title: Phylogenomics post-doc
Position Type: Post-doctoral Research Fellow
Institution: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Department: Botany
Field: Ecology, evolution, biogeography
City: Madison, WI, USA

General Information: Will collaborate in an NSF-funded study of phylogenomics, historical biogeography, climate niche evolution, and floral eco-evo-devo in Calochortus (Liliaceae)

Qualifications: The ideal candidate would be creative, ambitious, and collaborative; trained in molecular phylogenetics and historical biogeography; and skilled in the use of analytical programs, data pipelines, work flows, and data sharing and archiving. (S)he should have initiative, perseverance, and good judgment, be a clear thinker, and have strong organizational and writing skills.

Responsibilities: The UW-Madison post-doc will make several key contributions to this exciting research. (S)he will have responsibility for (a) collecting new DNA samples and vouchers; (b) processing these and samples in hand for hybrid DNA enrichment and next-generation sequencing; (c) helping assemble, align, and analyze the resulting sequences to produce nuclear and plastome phylogenies, and calibrate these against time; (d) helping evaluate patterns of conflict among phylogenies to infer patterns of reticulate evolution; (e) using these phylogenies to help recon¬struct patterns of morphological, ecological, and geographic evolution; and (f) helping analyze potential drivers of net rates of species diversification.
The post-doc will work with the PI and colleagues to analyze data, run analyses, interpret data, and write papers. There will also be opportunities to help advise and collaborate with a graduate student conducting a study of developmental allometry in fairy lantern species and relatives, and to cross-train and collaborate with members of the Specht and Strickler labs, which will assume primary responsibility for the genomic components of this project

Instructions: Please submit a CV, a one-page summary of your research goals and how they might relate to this study, and a list of three references with contact information to, with the subject line “Calochortus post-doc”.

Compensation: $47.5K for one year, with option for renewal based on performance
Contact: Thomas Givnish,
Web Link:
Review Starts: 9/16/2019
Application Closes: 1/31/2020

Title: Graduate Assistantship
Position Type: Graduate Assistantship
Institution: University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Department: Department of Biology
Field: phylogenetics, population genetics, invasive plants
City: Lafayette, LA, USA

General Information: The Sigel lab in the Department of Biology at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette is currently recruiting a PhD student interested in pursuing research on the phylogenetics, population genetics, and genomics of the invasive aquatic fern Salvinia molesta. Widely considered one of the world's most invasive and understudied weeds, Salvinia molesta poses an extreme ecological and economic burden in the southeastern United States. This project will involve extensive sampling of contemporary populations and historic herbarium specimens to infer the polyploid and reticulate evolutionary origins of Salvinia molesta, as well as characterize its genetic and epigenetic variation within Louisiana and the adjacent Gulf of Mexico Coastal Region.
This project has recently been recommended for funding by NSF as part of the Consortium for Plant INvasion Genomics (CPING), centered out of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. This consortium unites researchers several institutions conducting similar projects that leverage herbarium specimens to better understand the evolutionary dynamics underlying plant invasions. There are multiple years of research assistant support for a student pursuing this project. The preferred start date is January 2020.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate for this position is a passionate and
motivated scientist with previous research experience in evolutionary
biology, phylogenetics, genomics, or a related field. Previous experience conducting molecular work, phylogenetics, and working with genomic data sets is highly preferred but not required. A desire to participate in field collection, learn new skills, and work collaboratively with others is necessary.

Responsibilities: The Department of Biology at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette has a large and productive graduate program, with relatively low TA
loads, guaranteed funding for PhD students, and many available fellowships.
We also have a strong program in Evolutionary Biology with nine new faculty
members in the last 5 years. Information on our graduate program and curriculum can be found at
Lafayette is a college town in south-central Louisiana in the heart of Acadiana, a region known for its Cajun culture, food, and music. Learn more at

Instructions: Include a CV, cover letter highlighting relevant experience and motivations for the position, and contact information for three references. 
Contact: Erin Sigel,
Web Link:
Review Starts: 7/29/2019
Application Closes: 11/1/2019

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