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Job ID: 135324

Ecologist / Assistant Professor
Georgia Southern University

Date Posted Dec. 19, 2019
Title Ecologist / Assistant Professor
University Georgia Southern University
Statesboro, GA, United States
Department Science and Mathematics / Biology
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Assistant Professor
  • Environmental Sciences/Ecology/Forestry
    Biology - General

Ecologist / Assistant ProfessorSearch #67725

College of Science and Mathematics / Biology

The Department of Biology in the College of Science and Mathematics invites applications and nominations for the position of Assistant Professor of Ecology. The home campus for this position will be the Statesboro campus.

Georgia Southern University is a distinctive combination of Southern charm and uncompromising academics. We are a Carnegie Doctoral/R2 institution serving about 26,500 students through nine colleges on three beautiful oak-lined campuses in Statesboro, Savannah, Hinesville, and via a growing online program. Throughout its degree offerings at the associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels, Georgia Southern cultivates community collaboration, world-class scholarship and hands-on learning opportunities.

Georgia Southern University was founded in 1906 as a school for teaching modern agricultural production techniques and homemaking skills to rural school children. Its Savannah campus was established in 1935 as Armstrong Junior College for local youth who could not afford to attend college away from home. The Liberty Center in Hinesville was established in 1998 to serve the military and their families at nearby Fort Stewart, the largest military base east of the Mississippi. All three locations came together in 2018 when Armstrong State University and Georgia Southern University consolidated. The new Georgia Southern University preserves a passion for serving its neighbors while preparing students for lifelong service as scholars, leaders, and responsible stewards of their communities.

Within this setting, the Department of Biology consists of a diverse faculty of teacher-scholars involved in a wide spectrum of activities from molecular to ecological studies on the coastal plain and throughout the world. The Department provides undergraduate and graduate students with a challenging education that is research-based and technology-oriented. We provide a foundation for life-long learning and appreciation of biological processes and biological diversity through teaching, research and outreach. Three campuses and a variety of off-campus research facilities offer Biology students and faculty access to state-of-the-art equipment, research labs, and greenhouses, as well as diverse field sites for short and long-term studies.

Position Description. Reporting to the department chair, the position of Assistant Professor of Ecology requires research, teaching, and service responsibilities as well as a doctoral degree in the Biological Sciences or a related field. This position is part of new initiatives in environmental science and sustainability research and represents one component of an interdisciplinary cluster hire. The successful candidate will develop a high-impact, externally funded research program in any area of ecology, including, but not limited to, global environmental change, ecosystem ecology, ecophysiology, or plant systems ecology, which will complement existing research strengths in coastal plain science. The successful candidate also will teach undergraduate and graduate courses in the candidate's area of expertise. The position is an academic 9-month, tenure-track appointment, and the salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Required Qualifications:

  • Earned doctorate in the Biological Sciences or a related field by December 31, 2019
  • Demonstrated excellence in research, as evidenced by a strong publication record
  • Strong potential to attract extramural funding
  • Ability to teach courses at multiple levels within the biology curriculum
  • Willingness to engage with institutional student success initiatives
  • Commitment to engaging with best practice initiatives in instruction and pedagogy, mentoring, and curriculum design and development
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States for the duration of employment without assistance from the institution

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Postdoctoral research experience
  • Ability to contribute to existing courses in plant biology
  • Ability to conduct interdisciplinary research in coastal plain ecosystems
  • Student-centered research and/or teaching experience
  • Demonstrated commitment to teaching and research that promotes inclusion of those underrepresented in the field

Screening of applications begins February 1, 2020, and continues until the position is filled. The preferred position starting date is August 1, 2020. A complete application consists of a letter addressing the qualifications cited above; a curriculum vitae; statement of research interests; statement of teaching interests/philosophy; and the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of at least 3 professional references. Applications must be sent electronically as a single PDF attachment (include applicant name in file name). Other documentation may be requested. Only complete applications submitted electronically will be considered. Finalists will be required to submit to a background investigation. Applications and nominations should be sent to:

Dr. Jamie Roberts, Search #67725

Electronic mail:

Telephone: 912-478-4687

More information about the institution is available through or Georgia Southern University seeks to recruit individuals who are committed to working in diverse academic and professional communities and who are committed to excellence in teaching, scholarship, and professional service within the University and beyond. The names of applicants and nominees, vitae, and other non-evaluative information may be subject to public inspection under the Georgia Open Records Act. Georgia Southern University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity institution. Individuals who need reasonable accommodations under the ADA to participate in the search process should contact the Vice Provost.


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