Assistant Professor: Urban Evolution

San Diego State University
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Oct 3, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Biology & Life Sciences
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Assistant Professor: Urban Evolution

Location: San Diego, CA
Open Date: Sep 30, 2022

The Department of Biology at San Diego State University seeks to hire a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the area of Urban Evolutionary Biology who investigates topics such as effects of anthropogenic and environmental changes on plasticity, novel adaptations, range-shifts or dietary/predator-prey interactions. We value applicants who use integrative genomic, phenotypic, computational, or behavioral studies to address fundamental questions about the evolutionary impacts of urbanization in flora/fauna. Applicants who conduct binational studies and/or collections-based research are particularly encouraged to apply.

Successful candidates will have a Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology or a related field, postdoctoral research experience or equivalent, and a record of research accomplishments, including publications and potential for extramural support. Appointees will mentor undergraduates and graduate students in our Joint Doctoral Program in Evolutionary Biology (offered jointly with the University of California, Riverside) and our Master of Science program in Evolutionary Biology, as well as contribute to our undergraduate and graduate teaching mission. Candidates that have a demonstrated track record of teaching or mentoring to promote equity in STEM are highly encouraged to apply, and successful candidates must satisfy SDSU’s Building on Inclusive Excellence criteria, detailed below.

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Candidates should submit a cover letter; curriculum vitae; research statement, teaching statement, and diversity statement addressing BIE criteria; three to five main publications and contact information for three references via Interfolio: Evaluation of applications will begin on 1 November 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.

We are seeking applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups. Candidates must satisfy three or more of the eight Building on Inclusive Excellence (BIE) criteria. Candidates that meet BIE criteria: (a) are committed to engaging in service with underrepresented populations within the discipline, (b) have demonstrated knowledge of barriers for underrepresented students and faculty within the discipline, (c) have experience or have demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentoring underrepresented students, (d) have experience or have demonstrated commitment to integrating understanding of underrepresented populations and communities into research, (e) have experience in or have demonstrated commitment to extending knowledge of opportunities and challenges in achieving artistic/scholarly success to members of an underrepresented group, (f) have experience in or have demonstrated commitment to research that engages underrepresented communities, (g) have expertise or demonstrated commitment to developing expertise in cross-cultural communication and collaboration, and/or (h) have research interests that contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education. Please indicate in a separate diversity statement how you meet at least three (3) of these criteria. Additional guidance on our BIE program for applicants is here.

SDSU is the oldest institution of higher education in the San Diego region, with a campus and microsites in San Diego and locations in Southern California’s Imperial Valley and Tbilisi in the Republic of Georgia. The highly diverse campus community has a student population of approximately 36,000. SDSU is included in the Carnegie Foundation’s Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity category. Established in 1897, SDSU offers bachelor degrees in 97 areas, masters in 84 and doctorates in 23. See for more information. SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university and Hispanic-Serving Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Our campus community is diverse in many ways, including race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, pregnancy, medical condition, and covered veteran status. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all.

As part of its commitment to a safe and equitable “OneSDSU” community, SDSU requires that individuals seeking faculty employment provide at the time of application authorization to conduct background checks if they become a finalist for the position; applications without this authorization will be considered incomplete and not considered.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

SDSU is a Title IX, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.


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