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Assistant Professor - Evolutionary Genomics

University of Kansas
Kansas, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Sep 28, 2021

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Faculty Positions, Education, Curriculum & Instruction, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Biology & Life Sciences, Biotechnology & Bioengineering, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Other Science & Technology
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Job Title

Assistant Professor - Evolutionary Genomics


Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Primary Campus

University of Kansas Lawrence Campus

Job Description

40% Research:
Tenure-track faculty in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology are expected to develop an active and productive research program that includes regular publications in peer reviewed journals and presentations at professional conferences. A successful researcher will gain national and international recognition and be competitive for extramural funding.

40% Teaching/Advising:
  • Teach two courses/academic year. Courses taught will include those that contribute to the core curriculum in undergraduate biology (e.g. Genetics, Evolution) and advanced courses in research specialty at the graduate and undergraduate level.
  • Participate in mentoring masters and doctoral students in thesis research.
  • Conduct course evaluation with student input as directed by the University.
  • Hold regular office hours for students of courses taught.
  • Adhere to program, College, and University Policies.
20% Service:
  • Serve on committees at the Departmental, College, and University levels and perform other related duties as opportunities arise.
  • Participate in professional service that may include reviewing scholarly articles and grant proposals, serving on advisory panels, activity in national organizations and scientific societies, and organizing meetings or workshops.
All faculty members are expected to act in a manner that promotes collegial relationships and shows respect toward students, staff, and colleagues. Faculty members are expected to meet satisfactory standards of performance in all three areas of responsibility and to carry out those responsibilities in accordance with the Faculty Code of Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct.

Req ID(Ex: 10567BR)



The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, and genetic information in the university's programs and activities. Retaliation is also prohibited by university policy. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies and are the Title IX coordinators for their respective campuses: Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity & Access,, 1246 West Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS 66045, 785-864-6414, 711 TTY 9for the Lawrence, Edwards, Parsons, Yoder, and Topeka campuses); Director, Equal Opportunity Office, Mail Stop 7004, 4330 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Fairway, KS 66205, 913-588-8011, 711 TTY (for the Wichita, Salina, and Kansas City, Kansas medical center campuses).

Contact Information to Applicants

Dr. Paulyn Cartwright
Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
University of Kansas

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Required Qualifications

Evaluation of the following requirements will be made through: (a) statements of current and future research interests and teaching philosophy (b) record of accomplishments and productivity included in curriculum vitae, and (c) information provided from three professional references.
  • Doctoral degree in evolutionary genomics or related field by the time of appointment
  • Demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching as evidenced by teaching philosophy statement and/or reference letters
  • Demonstrated commitment to excellence in research as evidenced by dissertation research, publications, and/or externally funded research grants and statement of research interests
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion as evidenced by the statement in application, CV and/or reference letters
Employee Class


Advertised Salary Range

Commensurate with experience



Position Overview

The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) at the University of Kansas seeks a tenure-track assistant professor in Evolutionary Genomics. The department is particularly interested in candidates applying cutting edge genomic approaches in emerging model or non-model systems to address fundamental questions in evolutionary biology. Research examples include genome evolution, genomic responses to climate change and/or species interactions, the genetic and developmental basis of complex traits, and mechanisms underlying speciation and biodiversity. KU’s EEB Department, with its close ties to the Biodiversity Institute, Kansas Biological Survey & Center for Ecological Research, and Center for Genomics, provides many opportunities for cross-disciplinary, integrative research. The successful candidate will be expected to develop an externally funded, internationally recognized research program in Evolutionary Genomics and have a demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching, mentoring and service.

The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology is committed to establishing a work environment of equity and inclusion where diverse cultures, identities and ethnicities are honored and valued . We especially welcome applicants from groups historically marginalized in the fields of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. More broadly, The University of Kansas is dedicated to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive working and learning environment. Individuals who are committed to furthering these goals are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate must be eligible to work in the U.S. prior to the start of the appointment

Founded in 1865, KU is the state’s flagship university and as a premier research institution is one of only 34 public members of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU). The university enrolls more than 28,000 students with many top ranked graduate programs. The campus is situated in the historic, diverse, and culturally vibrant city of Lawrence, Kansas, 40 minutes from the Kansas City metropolitan area.



Application Review Begins


Anticipated Start Date


Additional Candidate Instruction

For a complete announcement and to apply online, go to . A complete online application includes the following materials: cover letter, curriculum vitae, a research statement (up to five pages), a teaching statement (up to two pages), and the names, e-mail addresses, and contact information for at least three references.

In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant's contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU's mission. As a result, applicants will be presented the following question at the time of application. The response must be within 4,000 characters or less.
  • Describe your experiences working with people from diverse backgrounds, and explain how those experiences reflect your commitments to diversity, equity and inclusion.
Review of application will begin November 8, 2021 and will continue as needed until a pool of qualified applicants is identified.

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