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Tenure-track Assistant Professor of Biology

University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Closing date
Dec 2, 2023

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Tenure-track Assistant Professor of Biology

Location: Philadelphia, PA

Open Date: Sep 26, 2023


The Department of Biology at the University of Pennsylvania invites applications for a tenure-track position in Ecology at the rank of Assistant Professor. We are looking to recruit an individual with an innovative research agenda in any area of Ecology emphasizing the themes of resilience, sustainability and/or adaptation. Some areas of interest include (but are not limited to) population and community responses to global change, and ecology and adaptation to human-built and modified environments in any system. We emphasize these areas only and encourage applications from all candidates working in Ecology. We are especially interested in candidates who utilize novel approaches that span levels of biological organization, spatial and/or temporal scales and transcend traditional boundaries.

Penn's Department of Biology ( has a long-standing tradition of maintaining an integrated research and educational program across all basic biological sciences, from Ecology and Evolution, Plant Sciences, Microbiology, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Genomics, to Neuroscience. The Department values interdisciplinary research, collaboration, and collegiality, and has a vision emphasizing Life in its Natural Context. The University has campus-wide strategic initiatives in Sustainability ( and Environmental Innovations (

The appointment is expected to begin July 1, 2024. A PhD or an equivalent degree in a relevant discipline is required at the start of the appointment. Applicants should provide: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a research statement describing past research accomplishments, a teaching statement, a diversity statement (see below for more information) and contact information for three references (letters will be requested after the first round of selection). All materials should be provided at Review of applications will begin November 6, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled.

The Department of Biology has an action plan to increase the diversity and inclusion of people of all backgrounds in Biology, including those historically underrepresented in STEM fields. The action plan includes outreach to pre-college students and the general public, increasing the inclusiveness of teaching, mentoring, and research for undergraduate students, and recruiting and supporting a diverse pool of graduate students and postdocs. The successful candidate is expected to contribute to one or more of these goals. The diversity statement should describe how they would do so, including the candidate's prior experience working toward these goals.

The School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania is committed to cultivating and sustaining a community of students, scholars, researchers, and staff that reflects the diversity of our world. We nurture working and learning environments that are affirming, equitable, and inclusive. As a community, we are committed to thoughtful discussions and dynamic interactions as we strive for an environment where everyone is supported and valued. Please see our School's Inclusion and Anti-Racism Initiatives to learn more about our active priorities:


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The University of Pennsylvania values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. The University of Pennsylvania is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Candidates are considered for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected class. Questions or concerns about this should be directed to the Executive Director of the and Equal Opportunity Programs, University of Pennsylvania, 421 Franklin Building, 3451 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6205; or (215) 898-6993 (Voice) or (215) 898-7803 (TDD).

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