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Assistant Professor of Quantitative Conservation Biology

University of North Dakota
Grand Forks, North Dakota
Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.
Posted Date
Sep 6, 2023

The Biology Department in the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of North Dakota (UND) is seeking a 9-month, tenure-track, Assistant Professor specializing in Quantitative Conservation Biology starting August 16, 2024, contingent upon available funding.

The Department of Biology is an academic unit in the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of North Dakota. It serves about 500 undergraduate majors and >25 graduate students. In addition to teaching, our faculty members are involved in research programs that address fundamental and applied questions in the biological sciences. UND oversees five field stations in the region that provide field-based teaching and research opportunities for our students and faculty. The department offers graduate degrees through the Ph.D. and has received numerous regional and national recognitions (e.g., The Wildlife Society). Graduates go on to work for state and federal agencies, non-profit organizations and industry. The department has a history of strong relationships with local, state, federal and non-governmental organizations. To strengthen the Fisheries and Wildlife Biology program and our focus on ecology of the Northern Great Plains, we seek a broadly trained Quantitative Conservation Biologist. We especially encourage applications from candidates with field-based experience with at-risk or vulnerable species combined with strong data analytical skills (e.g., ecological modeling, spatial/movement analyses, species occurrence, etc.). The successful candidate will demonstrate outstanding promise for establishing a sustainable research program that will attract external funds and be aligned with the UND LEADS Strategic Plan.

Established in 1883, the University of North Dakota is the oldest research university in North Dakota. It is the state’s flagship university and is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as having high research activity. Founded with a strong liberal arts foundation, UND has grown into a prominent scientific research university and was recently ranked among the top 100 public and top 25 most innovative universities in the country by U.S. News and World Report and is widely regarded as among the top universities in the American Northern Plains region. UND offers degrees in more than 225 fields of study with nearly 14,000 students. It is the home of the state’s only School of Law. The School of Medicine, the only one in the state, has major initiatives in rural and public health, and Aerospace is home to one of the first and largest unmanned aerial vehicle programs in the world.

The University of North Dakota is supportive of dual-career assistance both within the University and the local community. Please be sure to notify UND's Recruiting Manager, Hannah Whalen ( to explore dual-career opportunities.

UND is located in Grand Forks, North Dakota, a vibrant college town of over 57,000 people located on the border of North Dakota and Minnesota. Short commutes, a great public-school system, high quality medical facilities, low crime, ample parks and theaters, and a cost of living below that found in large American cities are some of Grand Forks’ advantages. Ranked as one of the top 5 Best Small College Towns, and America’s Best Hockey Town, Grand Forks offers stellar quality of life without the metropolitan hassles.

Position Benefits

Benefits include single or family health care coverage (UND pays the full premium), $12,000 in basic life insurance, employee assistance program, retirement plans with generous employer contributions, and 10 paid holidays.

Optional benefits include supplemental life, dental, vision, flexible spending account, supplemental retirement plans.

UND also offers an employee tuition waiver and a variety of professional development opportunities.

Find out more about UND's great benefits and perks here!

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Establish a productive, extramurally funded research program that works with relevant agencies, not-for-profit organizations or industry.
  • Contribute to the Biology and Fisheries & Wildlife Programs through teaching, advising, and providing undergraduate and graduate research experiences.
  • Contribute to implementing the new UND LEADS strategic plan.
  • Pre-tenure teaching duties will be equivalent to two courses per year for at least three years.

Required Competencies

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to teach, mentor, and inspire students in the department
  • Effective interpersonal skills, including the ability to collaborate effectively with diverse students, staff, faculty, and colleagues at UND and throughout the region
  • Ability to implement high-impact teaching practices in a variety of learning environments
  • Ability to contribute to the department’s Fisheries and Wildlife program and research strengths in the Ecology of the Northern Great Plains

Minimum Requirements

  • Ph.D. in Conservation Biology, Fisheries Biology, Wildlife Biology, Ecology, or related discipline
  • Successful completion of Criminal History Background Check

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the US and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire. Official transcripts from the highest awarding educational institution must be provided upon hire.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Research experience with quantitative aspects of conservation biology of at-risk or vulnerable species
  • Relevant postdoctoral experience
  • Experience obtaining extramural research funding
  • Experience mentoring students in research
  • Experience teaching undergraduate or graduate courses related to conservation biology, ecology, and management of at-risk species
  • Experience teaching undergraduate or graduate courses related to quantitative biology
  • Experience working with a variety of stakeholders (e.g., state and federal agencies, non-governmental, landowners, industry)

Minimum Hiring Salary

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.

Contract Period/Start Date

This is a 9-month, tenure-track position beginning August 16, 2024.

To Apply

Review of applications will begin on October 16, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled. Please include the following materials:

  • Cover letter highlighting qualifications for position
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statements of research interests (not to exceed 3 pages)
  • Statements of teaching interests (not to exceed 2 pages)
  • Three representative reprints
  • Names and contact information for three references
  • Please note that the selected candidate will be required to submit official transcripts upon hire.

Position is open until filled.

Questions may be directed to Dr. Robert Newman at

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