Two Tenure-Track Faculty Positions in Evolutionary Biology, Omaha, Nebraska

Department of Biology, University of Nebraska Omaha
Omaha, Nebraska
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The Department of Biology at the University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO) invites applications for two tenure-track faculty positions at the rank of Assistant Professor starting August 2021. We seek candidates for two positions, one with a focus on Organismal Evolutionary Biology and the other with a focus on Molecular Evolutionary Biology. A Ph.D. in the life sciences at time of application is required. Postdoctoral research experience is preferred. The successful candidates will establish active, externally-funded research programs and contribute to core courses in the undergraduate biology curriculum and senior/graduate level courses in the candidates’ area of specialization. We anticipate that the person selected for the Organismal Evolutionary Biology will focus on the microevolutionary processes that shape organisms and populations. The specific area of research is open, but could include experimental approaches to the evolutionary ecology of wild populations, response to climate change or other human influences on natural populations, or other areas with a significant focus on studying evolution at the level of whole organisms. The person selected for the Molecular Evolutionary Biology position will employ molecular analytical techniques to address topics in evolutionary biology that might include, but are not limited to, the evolution of infectious disease agents, immune interactions, proteins or protein complexes, genomes, or microbiomes. The Department comprises 26 faculty members serving over 950 undergraduate majors and approximately 25 graduate students. Field-based facilities support research and teaching programs in the department; these include a 212-ha prairie preserve with access to a local stream system. Shared facilities include two next-generation sequencing instruments, access to high performance computing resources, as well as a 1700 square foot greenhouse. The university, college, and Department of Biology have a strong commitment to diversity in its varied forms and to fostering an inclusive and welcoming learning environment where students, faculty and staff thrive and succeed. With a metropolitan mission, UNO serves a diverse student body with a large number of first-generation college students, and is also actively engaged with the community ( UNO is both a metropolitan university of distinction and a Carnegie Doctoral Research institution. UNO transforms and improves the quality of life locally, nationally, and globally. The successful candidate will become part of a dynamic and growing program in the College of Arts and Sciences that is actively engaged with other colleges on the campus as well as community partners. The campus is located in the heart of Omaha, a cosmopolitan city of more than 600,000 (1.2 million including the larger Omaha metro area) that ranks highly for quality of life, affordability, and economic strength. Omaha is home to four Fortune 500 companies, several biomedical research institutions, and numerous government and non-profit organizations. Inquiries about the position may be directed to Dr. John McCarty ( For more details about the positions and to apply go to: Molecular Evolutionary Biology: Organismal Evolutionary Biology: Review of applications will begin on November 20, 2020. The University has a strong commitment to achieving diversity among faculty and staff. The University of Nebraska does not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation in its programs, activities, or employment. UNO is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an E-Verify employer.
A Ph.D. in the life sciences at time of application is required. Postdoctoral research experience is preferred.
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John McCarty
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