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Biodiversity Assistant Research Professor

School of Life Sciences
Tempe, Arizona
$60,000 - $70,000 a year
Date posted
Nov 2, 2023

The Arizona State University (ASU) School of Life Sciences (SOLS) is seeking a Biodiversity Assistant Research Professor with specialization in ant systematics, evolution and ecology (Insecta: Hymenoptera: Formicidae). This is a new, primarily research-focused position set up through a combination of a fund (endowment) donated to the ASU Foundation by ant researcher Dr. Robert A. Johnson, with additional support from The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Biodiversity Knowledge Integration Center (BioKIC). The position is initially set up for 10 years, and includes salary, full university benefits, and an annual research stipend to support the position's research activities. Programmatically, the position is embedded within BioKIC, the ASU Biocollections, and the Social Insect Research Group (SIRG). Jointly, these groups will provide access to diverse, state-of-the-art research collections (e.g., the NEON Biorepository), biodiversity informatics infrastructure, and lab facilities, including morphological and genomic research lab spaces and computing resources. Faculty leaders in BioKIC and SIRG will provide continued, effective academic mentorship and career development support.

Preference is therefore given to candidates who are strongly motivated to develop a dynamic, productive, competitively funded research program in collections-centered ant systematics, evolution and ecology. Although not required, the position will allow the candidate to have leading or contributing roles in graduate or undergraduate student mentorship, outreach, and other academic activities that promote our scientific knowledge and societal engagement with ant diversity and natural history.

BioKIC is committed to providing inclusive and equitable access to knowledge services related to biodiversity collections and data. BioKIC is committed to providing a healthy work environment and work-life balance. 

About Arizona State University
ASU is a large, comprehensive, research university that for two decades has transformed into the “New American University,” one dedicated to the simultaneous pursuit of excellence, broad access to quality education, and meaningful societal impact. By our Charter and Design Aspirations, we center inclusion and success as values that drive the enterprise; adopt inter- and transdisciplinary approaches to teaching and learning as ways to address society’s greatest challenges; and develop innovative partnerships to produce master learners across the lifespan. To learn more about ASU, visit

Minimum qualifications

  • A Ph.D. (doctoral degree) in insect biodiversity, broadly defined, including systematics, genomics, evolution, ecology, or related areas at the time of appointment. 
  • Demonstrated record of scholarly productivity and topical focus on the diversity and natural history of ants. 
  • Demonstrated commitment to working with faculty, staff, students and communities to advance the principles of the ASU Charter.

Desired qualifications

  • Extensive knowledge and research experience - demonstrated through high-quality publications and other scholarly products - of modern systematic and biodiversity data science concepts and methods; including field-based collecting, preservation, processing, curation, identification, and digitization of ant specimens; and the application of morphological and genomic, phylogenetic and biogeographic methods leading to revisionary or monographic treatments of ant lineages and communities. 
  • Strong desire to further develop a specimen-based ant research program and collection at ASU. 
  • Well-developed collaborative and student mentorship skills. 
  • Experience in leading or contributing to successful research grant applications.
  •  A regional focus on the diversity and natural history of ant lineages and communities in the southwestern U.S. and Sonoran Desert Region (including northwestern Mexico), or willingness to develop such a focus, is highly sought. 

How to apply
Prior email inquiries to Dr. Nico Franz (, Director of BioKIC, are strongly encouraged. 
To apply for this position, please visit Applicants must electronically submit the following materials:

1. Curriculum vitae or resume
2. Research Statement outlining research experience, professional trajectory, and fit for the position (2 pages maximum).
3. Names and contact information for three references who may be contacted at a later stage of consideration 

The initial deadline for receipt of complete applications is November 29, 2023. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool. Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled.

The start date is flexible, with a preference for January-April, 2024. 

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
A background check is required for employment. Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. ASU’s full nondiscrimination statement (ACD 401) is located on the ASU website at and

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