Ecosystem Ecologist Assistant Professor (Georgia)

Georgia Southern University
Statesboro, Georgia
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Commensurate with qualifications and experience
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The Department of Biology in the College of Science and Math invites applications and nominations for the position of Assistant Professor of Ecosystem Ecology. Founded in 1906, Georgia Southern University is a Carnegie Doctoral/R2 institution with a focus on public-impact research, serving nearly 26,000 students on three beautiful campuses in Statesboro, Savannah, and Hinesville, and via a growing online program. Through our degree offerings at the associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels, Georgia Southern offers a distinctive combination of community collaboration, world-class scholarship, innovative teaching, and hands-on learning opportunities. To equitably serve a fast growing and highly diverse student body and to fulfill the University’s commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion, we actively seek candidates with a demonstrated commitment to Inclusive Excellence. Candidates whose work furthers the institution’s goals and who bring to campus varied life experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply. Within this setting, the Department of Biology consists of a diverse faculty of teacher-scholars involved in a wide spectrum of activities from molecular to ecological studies on the coastal plain and throughout the world. The Department provides undergraduate and graduate students at both the M.S. and Ph.D. level with a challenging education that is research-based and technology-oriented. We provide a foundation for life-long learning and appreciation of biological processes and biological diversity through teaching, research, and outreach. Three campuses and a variety of off-campus research facilities offer Biology students and faculty access to state-of-the-art equipment, research labs, and greenhouses, as well as diverse field sites for short and long-term studies. Position Description. Reporting to the department chair, the Assistant Professor in Ecosystem Ecology requires experience in and a commitment to research, teaching, and service as well as a doctoral degree in the Biological Sciences or related field. The successful candidate will develop a high-impact, externally funded research program in any area of ecosystem ecology, including, but not limited to, global environmental change, landscape ecology, ecophysiology, restoration ecology, or systems ecology, which will complement existing research strengths in the college. The successful candidate will also teach undergraduate and graduate courses in the candidate’s area of expertise. The position is an academic 10-month, tenure-track appointment, and the salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Required Qualifications: • Earned doctorate in the Biological Sciences or a related field by August 1, 2023 • Demonstrated excellence in research, as evidenced by a strong publication record • Strong potential to attract extramural funding • Ability to teach courses at multiple levels within the biology curriculum • Willingness to engage with institutional student success initiatives • Commitment to engaging with best practice initiatives in instruction and pedagogy, mentoring, and curriculum design and development • Demonstrated commitment to advancing a strong and growing research and scholarship agenda and the production of research/creative activities as appropriate to the discipline. Preferred Qualifications: • Postdoctoral research experience • Student-centered research and/or teaching experience • Strong quantitative skills • Demonstrated commitment to teaching and research that promotes inclusion of those underrepresented in the field Conditions of Employment: • Must be authorized to work in the United States for the duration of employment without assistance from the institution. • All work (with limited exceptions such as research and study abroad and outside activities such as grading and email correspondence) for Georgia Southern University must be completed while the employee is physically present in the state of Georgia, unless specifically authorized by the university for a specific purpose and limited period-of-time within current policy. • Faculty are expected to contribute to the vibrant university community by engaging students, participating in events, and performing other responsibilities on-campus. • Faculty may be required to teach, conduct research, or perform service duties on any of the three campuses. Georgia Southern provides accessible transportation options between campuses. Screening of applications begins January 25, 2023 and continues until the position is filled. The preferred position starting date is August 1, 2023. A complete application consists of a letter addressing the qualifications cited above; a statement of research interests; a statement of teaching interests/philosophy; a curriculum vitae; and the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of three professional references. Other documentation may be requested. Only complete applications submitted electronically will be considered. Finalists will be required to submit to a background investigation. More information about the institution is available through or The names of applicants and nominees, vitae, and other non-evaluative information may be subject to public inspection under the Georgia Open Records Act. Georgia Southern University provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, or disability. Individuals who need reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act to participate in the search process should notify Human Resources at 912-478-6947.
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