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Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Full Professor - Open Rank

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Please see Special Instructions for more details.

Applications should include: (1) a cover letter explaining the candidate’s interest in the initiative, (2) a current CV, (3) a Statement of Research Interests, (4) a Statement of Teaching Philosophy, and (5) the names of three references who will be able to provide letters upon request (letters will be solicited as needed). All materials should be submitted through this web site.

Position Details

Position Information

Title Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Full Professor - Open Rank
Department School of Plant Sciences-Res (2425)
Medical Sub-Speciality
Location Main Campus
Position Summary

Some of the most challenging issues in understanding the components and processes of natural and managed ecosystems have a common foundation in gene-environment interactions. We are in the process of assembling a cluster of outstanding new faculty members to contribute to the development of a new program in ecosystem genomics at the University of Arizona. To complement and extend five hires to date in the cluster, we are searching for two new colleagues at the assistant or associate level (although strong candidates will be considered at any rank) who share an interest in developing active teaching and research programs in the theoretical and empirical genomics of ecosystems.

The appointee will be expected to support and promote Inclusive Excellence, the UA diversity and inclusiveness strategic initiative designed to create an inclusive environment for all students, staff, and faculty. The appointee will teach courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels and contribute to mentoring students, including those from underrepresented backgrounds. The appointee also will participate in outreach and contribute to departmental/college/university service. Finally the appointee will interact with the dynamic and exciting cluster and related initiatives at the interfaces of genomics and ecosystems. In these and other ways, the appointee will develop innovative approaches to enhancing student engagement, increasing diversity, and expanding the university’s collaborations with community and business partners.

The foci of the positions to be filled may include a range of life sciences disciplines, study organisms, or habitats, but will fit well into one of the following thematic areas:

1. Empirical ecosystem genomics. This position will leverage the multidisciplinary strengths on the UA campus to translate concepts in genomics and ecosystem science to experiments that can address mechanisms and propose hypotheses to frame new grand challenge questions. The appointee will take advantage of the computational and experimental resources available at the UA, including but not limited to agricultural research centers and core facilities, to link structural, functional, comparative or translational genomics to the structure and function of entire ecosystems. The successful candidate will be capable of pursuing research that extends from the mechanisms of genomics, through organism traits, to ecosystem processes.

2. Theoretical ecosystem genomics. Advances in theoretical underpinnings and conceptual framework of genomics continue to reshape the landscape of the life sciences, together framing the forward-looking questions that will define biology in the years ahead. This position will leverage the strengths in empirical, functional, structural, organismal, biomedical, evolutionary, and ecological genomics on the UA campus to chart new paths at the interface of genomics and ecosystem science. The successful candidate will use theoretical, conceptual, or numerical modeling approaches to understand biological mechanisms from the level of genomes, through organism traits, to ecosystem processes, with special emphasis on scaling from genes to ecosystems.

The cluster hire initiative in ecosystem genomics is enabled by the University of Arizona’s Never Settle commitment to cross-college collaborations that emphasize engagement, innovation, partnering and programmatic synergy. Depending on the research and teaching interests of candidates and strategic needs in academic units, faculty members hired into cluster hire positions will be invited to join one of several possible colleges, including the College of Science, and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and one of several schools or departments in those colleges, including the Department of Entomology, the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, the Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science, the School of Plant Sciences, the School of Natural Resources and the Environment, and potentially in other units, depending on the interests/fit of the candidate and unit priorities.

Review of applications will begin on October 9, 2017 and will continue until both positions are filled.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities
  • Teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels;
  • Develop an externally-funded research program of originality and depth;
  • Participate in faculty service as well as participate in outreach and contribute to departmental/college/university service;
  • Develop innovative approaches to enhancing student engagement, increasing diversity and expanding the university’s collaborations with community and business partners.

Please see position summary for more detail on duties and responsibilities associated with each disciplinary foci.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Minimum Qualifications

A Ph.D.; an exemplary record of research and publication that shows high promise for advancing the field of ecosystem genomics.

Preferred Qualifications

An exemplary record of extramural funding that shows high promise for advancing the field of ecosystem genomics.

Rank To be determined.
Tenure Information Tenure-Eligible (TE)
FLSA Exempt
FTE 1.0
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
Posted Rate of Pay DOE
Job Category Faculty
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number F21097
Number of Vacancies Multiple
Desired Start Date 07/01/2018
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Dr. Betsy Arnold at arnold@ag.arizona.edu and Dr. Scott Saleska at saleska@email.arizona.edu.

Open Date 08/28/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Review Begins On 10/09/2017
Special Instructions Summary

Applications should include: (1) a cover letter explaining the candidate’s interest in the initiative, (2) a current CV, (3) a Statement of Research Interests, (4) a Statement of Teaching Philosophy, and (5) the names of three references who will be able to provide letters upon request (letters will be solicited as needed). All materials should be submitted through this web site.

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we encourage diverse candidates to apply, including people of color, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff, and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Where did you first learn about this position?
    • Arizona Daily Star
    • Arizona Republic
    • ArizonaDiversity.com
    • Careerbuilder.com
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Department of Economic Security (DES)
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • HigherEdsJobs.com
    • Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
    • Indeed.com
    • InsideHigherEd.com
    • Jobing.Com
    • LinkedIn
    • Local Job Banks
    • Pima County One-Stop
    • Professional Conference
    • Professional journal/publication
    • Referred by UA Employee
    • Invited by Dept to Apply
    • UA Website
    • Other
  2. * Do you have a PhD?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  4. Statement of Research Interests
Optional Documents