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Assistant Professor in Coastal Plant Ecology

University of North Florida
Florida, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Sep 21, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Biology & Life Sciences
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Salary Band
Not specified
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Department of Biology ( at the University of North Florida seeks to fill a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level to begin August 8, 2022. We are searching for an outstanding scientist who studies plant ecology with a preference for candidates working in coastal and estuarine systems. UNF is a Carnegie Community Engaged Institution located in Jacksonville, Florida and is home to six colleges and over 17,000 students. The UNF Department of Biology offers baccalaureate degrees in Biology and Biomedical Sciences with areas of concentration in, Coastal and Marine Biology, Ecology and Evolution and Molecular/Cell Biology. Masters level degrees are also offered with a focus on Coastal/Marine Biology, Ecology/Evolutionary Biology or Microbiology/Molecular Biology. Furthermore, because many Biology faculty conduct research focused on coastal and marine ecosystems and wildlife, the department has a nationally recognized program in Coastal and Marine Biology.  Responsibilities include undergraduate and graduate teaching (General Biology 2, Plant Anatomy and Physiology and upper-level courses in area of expertise), maintaining an active, externally funded research program and contributing to the department’s service mission. The minimum qualifications are a Ph.D. in Biology or related discipline with evidence of a significant research program. Evidence of teaching experience is preferred.  Candidates that can contribute to the establishment of new research initiatives at the William C. Webb Coastal Research Station, a 1,050-acre tract of saltmarsh wetlands situated on the eastern bank of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway less than 7 miles from the University, are particularly encouraged to apply. Other features and potential research opportunities include the Sawmill Slough Preserve, a 383-acre plot of protected wetland comprising of swamps, forests and ponds located on UNF campus, a 20’ x 80’ greenhouse situated on the roof of the Biology Building, and strong research ties with other agencies involved in coastal wetlands research, including the Guana-Tolomato-Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve and National Park Service. 

UNF strategically supports an aim to operate as a preeminent, vibrantly inclusive employer in higher education. The successful candidate should demonstrate a capacity to work among diverse constituencies in the immediate university community and beyond. UNF faculty are expected maintain the highest standards of academic excellence in all phases of instruction, research/scholarship/creative activity, and service. 

A competitive salary and start-up package commensurate with experience will be provided. 

Required qualifications: 

  • Ph.D. in Biology or related discipline with evidence with a significant research program
  • Commitment to excellence in teaching undergraduate and graduate-level courses within the biology department curriculum. 
  • Strong commitment to mentoring and supervising undergraduate and graduate research students.
  • Excellence in research demonstrated by a strong publication record in peer-reviewed journals
  • Demonstrated potential to establish an independent research program.

Special Instructions: 

Applicants must complete an online application, as well as upload supplemental documents including a cover letter/letter of interest, a teaching statement, a research statement, a curriculum vitae, and copies of transcripts. All of the aforementioned application materials should be uploaded at in order to be considered for this position.  Applicants who do not apply online and/or upload all the required documents will not be considered for this position. Once you submit both your completed application and uploaded documents you will receive a confirmation number.  Keep the confirmation number for your records.  If you have any questions about this position, please contact the search committee chair, Dr. Jim Gelsleichter at (904) 620-1575, or  Initial review of applications will begin on November 1, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.

Salary: Negotiable

UNF is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action Employer. Minorities, women, veterans and spouses of veterans, and disabled persons are encouraged to apply. 


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