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Assistant Professor - Plant Ecophysiology
University of Kansas

Date Posted Sep. 9, 2022
Title Assistant Professor - Plant Ecophysiology
University University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS, United States
Department Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Assistant Professor
  • Botany/Plant Sciences
    Biology - General

Assistant Professor – Plant Ecophysiology
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Position Overview

The University of Kansas seeks an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology to begin 8/18/2023. This position is a full-time, academic-year appointment.

We seek applicants who study plant physiological responses to environmental conditions. Applicants who leverage any of a diversity of tools (e.g., -omics, stable isotopes, physiological measurements) are encouraged to apply. We especially encourage applications from researchers engaged in plant physiological research in unmanaged or managed systems in the context of global change. The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) at KU has close ties with the Kansas Biological Survey & Center for Ecological Research and the Biodiversity Institute, a feature that promotes the interdisciplinary research necessary to address this century’s environmental challenges. The successful candidate will be expected to develop an internationally-recognized and externally funded research program in Plant Ecophysiology and to contribute to excellence in teaching, mentoring, and service.

The University of Kansas is working to create a diverse, equitable, and inclusive working and learning environment. The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at KU has committed actively to this goal by cultivating a work environment in which diverse cultures, identities, and ethnicities are appreciated and honored (see for more information). We welcome, in particular, applicants representing demographics that have been historically excluded from or underrepresented in STEM disciplines and the academy. The successful candidate for the position must be eligible to work in the U.S. prior to the start of the position.

Founded in 1865, the University of Kansas is the state’s flagship university, an R-1 institution and one of just 66 invited members of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU). Our university consistently earns high rankings for academics and recognition as a premier research university (engaging in $275M of externally funded research annually). KU has 21 programs ranked in the U.S. News & World Report’s "top 25" among public universities, including #1 rankings for graduate programs in public administration and special education. KU has 65 ranked graduate programs and is ranked 24th in best value among public institutions in 2022. KU offers 5,000 courses, 400 degree and certificate programs, and more than 200 fields of study. The University values global engagement with more than 150 programs of international study and cooperative research and offers more than 130 study abroad programs. The University of Kansas is located in the city of Lawrence, a thriving community 40 minutes from the Kansas City metropolitan area and 30 minutes from the state capital, Topeka. Lawrence, a progressive college town of 95,000, boasts a lively downtown with many music venues, award-winning restaurants, and a nationally celebrated independent bookstore among its many independently owned small businesses.

Job Description

40% Research
The successful applicant will serve as a tenure-track faculty member in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, where they will develop a productive research program as evidenced by regular publications in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at professional conferences. The individual will develop national and international recognition for their research program, and demonstrate a capacity for obtaining extramural funding.

40% Teaching/Advising
Teach two courses per academic year. Courses taught will include those that contribute to the undergraduate biology curriculum and advanced courses in the successful applicant’s research specialty at the graduate and undergraduate levels.
Participate in mentoring masters and doctoral students in thesis and dissertation 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.
Faculty Code
Faculty members are expected to carry out their responsibilities in accordance with the Faculty Code of Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct, currently viewable at:

Required Qualifications

The following required qualifications will be assessed through application materials.
Doctoral degree from an accredited college or university by the time of appointment
Record of scholarly achievement in Plant Ecophysiology or related field, demonstrated by dissertation research, refereed publications, and/or externally funded research grants, as well as by statements of research interests
Demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentoring excellence as evidenced by teaching philosophy statement and reference letters
Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion as evidenced by candidate statement, CV, and/or reference letters
Excellent communication skills as demonstrated in application materials and interviews

Contact Information to Applicants

Prof. Sharon Billings
University Distinguished Professor/Senior Scientist

Additional Candidate Instruction

For more information and to apply, go to A complete online application includes the following materials: (1) cover letter; (2) curriculum vitae; (3) research agenda; (4) teaching philosophy statement; and (5) names, email addresses, and full contact information for at least three professional references.

At the time of application, applicants will be presented with the following prompt: Describe your experiences working with people from diverse backgrounds and explain how those experiences reflect your commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Applicants are also encouraged to include how they have contributed to building a culture of inclusivity through DEI initiatives within the required application materials listed above.

Application review will begin on 1 November 2022 and will continue until a pool of qualified applicants is obtained.

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