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Tenure-Track Faculty Position: Animal Physiology

Proposed Tenure Department: Ecology, Evolution and Behavior
Appointment Term: 9 months

The University of Minnesota is one of the largest, most comprehensive universities in the United States, and ranks among the most prestigious research universities in the world. The Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior comprises a diverse and integrative group of scientists working on a wide array of problems from molecules to ecosystems. Part of the teaching responsibilities for this position will be in the Department of Biology Teaching and Learning, which provides exceptional opportunities to develop innovative approaches to teaching biology. The larger University community provides a wealth of opportunities to develop strengths in research, teaching, and community outreach. Affiliated research and outreach facilities include Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories, the J.F. Bell Museum of Natural History, Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve, the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute, and the Biomedical Genomics Center, among others. The campus is located in the heart of the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area, which is rich in cultural and natural attractions.

The College of Biological Sciences at the University of Minnesota announces a tenure-track position in Animal Physiology in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior. This is a 9-month appointment expected to be hired at the Assistant Professor level, although more senior applicants may be considered as well.

We welcome applications from organismal biologists conducting integrative and/or comparative research in any area of animal physiology related to the behavior, evolution, or ecology of either vertebrate or invertebrate animals. We seek outstanding applicants whose research spans two or more of the department’s disciplinary strengths in behavior, evolution, and ecology. We are especially interested in applicants whose research program would also establish natural bridges to other scientists on campus who conduct research in various areas of organismal biology (e.g., neurobiology, sensory biology, developmental biology, and endocrinology, among others). Primary teaching responsibilities will include a large-enrollment course in animal physiology taught in an active-learning classroom and an upper-division course in the applicant’s area of expertise.

Duties and Responsibilities

The successful candidate will develop a strong, extramurally funded research program, pursue a teaching program in animal physiology, advise undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral researchers, and contribute to professional service. Faculty positions at the University of Minnesota provide outstanding opportunities for collaboration among researchers in many disciplines, and participation in several excellent graduate programs.

Required Qualifications
  • Ph.D. (or foreign equivalent) in animal physiology or a related discipline, and appropriate post-doctoral experience
  • Strong publication record in disciplines related to the position
  • Evidence of potential to initiate and sustain extramurally funded research
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in communicating with multiple audiences
  • Evidence of commitment to equity and diversity
  • Teaching experience
Desirable Qualifications
  • Evidence of innovative approaches to teaching organismal biology and/or animal physiology, including experience with active-learning pedagogy and large, undergraduate courses
  • Track record of interacting creatively, collaboratively, and productively with other scientists

Founded in 1851, the University of Minnesota, with its five campuses and 67,932 students, is one of the largest, most comprehensive universities in the United States, and ranks among the most prestigious research universities in the world. It is both a major research institution, with scholars of national and international reputation, and a state land-grant university, with a strong tradition of education and public engagement.   

The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus has extensive research and teaching facilities; active-learning classrooms, genomics core facilities, field research stations, greenhouses, museum collections, herbarium and laboratories. The campus is located in the heart of the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area, which is rich in cultural and natural attractions.