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Assistant Professor of Environmental Physiology (Ecophysiology)

Union College of New York
Schenectady, New York
Posted Date
Aug 10, 2023

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Faculty Positions
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The Department of Biological Sciences at Union College invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Environmental Physiology (Ecophysiology) to begin September 2024. We welcome a scientist studying multicellular organisms of any taxonomic group. Candidates should be broadly trained physiologists using innovative research approaches that may include, but are not limited to, genomic, molecular, or computational techniques to better understand organism - environment interactions. The successful candidate will establish an active, successful research program that incorporates undergraduates; and contribute to the Departmental curriculum by teaching in our first-year/sophomore biology sequence, and an organismal-based upper-level course with lab in their field. Preference will be given to those whose research includes plants and who can teach Plant Physiology or Plant Biology. The new hire may also contribute to the College’s Interdisciplinary Programs in Environmental Science and Policy or Environmental Engineering.  Successful applicants will be committed to excellence in teaching, research, mentoring undergraduates, and to fostering a diverse and inclusive community.

The Department of Biological Sciences at Union College is committed to teaching and mentoring students in the classroom and in our active research laboratories. The Department contributes to numerous interdisciplinary programs including Neuroscience, Biochemistry, Biomedical Engineering, Environmental Science and Policy, Environmental Engineering, Nanoscience, and Neuroscience ( Housed in the newly constructed Integrated Science and Engineering Complex, the Department is well equipped with NSF-funded instrumentation such as a microCT, a confocal microscope, a 3-D multi camera motion analysis system, Illumina DNA sequencer, scanning electron microscope, greenhouse space, and substantial tissue culture and animal care facilities. We also have access to a continuous flow isotope mass spectrometer, elemental analyzer, and an ICPMS in Union College’s Stable Isotope and Geochemistry Laboratory. The College is situated in close proximity to a variety of terrestrial and aquatic habitats including the Adirondack and Catskill Mountains, the Mohawk River as well as numerous lakes, urban and suburban areas that are amenable to field study.

Union College is a small, highly selective liberal arts college with strengths in science and engineering in Schenectady, a culturally rich and economically diverse city in New York State's Capital Region, within three hours from NYC, Boston, and Montreal. It emphasizes close collaborations between faculty and students and has campus-wide initiatives promoting interdisciplinary activities. The salary range for this position is $80,000-82,000, commensurate with experience. Union offers an exceptional benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision insurance, and life and disability coverage. For more information, please visit our website:

Union College is an equal opportunity employer and strongly committed to student and workforce diversity. Increasing diversity on campus is a critical priority for Union College, one that is integral to our mission of preparing students for a globally interconnected world. We strongly encourage applications from members of traditionally underrepresented groups. We value and are committed to a host of diverse populations and cultures including, but not limited to, those based on race, religion, disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin, and veteran status.  Our goal is not only to increase diversity but also to support a diverse environment in which people from varied backgrounds can succeed and thrive. We expect all faculty members to contribute to a thriving, diverse, and inclusive learning community, while promoting a sense of belonging among students, other faculty, and staff colleagues.


All candidates must have a Ph.D. degree in a biology or in a related field and preference will be given to those with at least one year of postdoctoral experience in research or teaching. Successful candidates will demonstrate potential to develop an independent research program, as evidenced by scholarship and productivity during graduate and postdoctoral activities, and will exhibit an interest in undergraduate teaching. Successful candidates will detail their interest, understanding, and commitment to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion – with preference for a demonstrated ability to contribute to inclusion of groups that are underrepresented in the academy through education, research, and/or service.

We ask that candidates submit their application materials via our portal at http://jobs.union.eduWe will begin review of applications on September 19, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled. Please submit the following with your application: 1) Cover letter, 2) CV, 3) Statement of teaching philosophy and experience, 4) Statement of research interests, and 5) Statement of contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion. You will be asked to include names and contact information for three references and an email will be sent automatically to references requesting a letter of recommendation within 3 weeks. All new hires of Union College are subject to a thorough education, work experience, and criminal history background check. Inquiries about the position may be sent to

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