Career Opportunities

Tenured faculty position in the area of Paleontology and Evolutionary Developmental Biology

University of California, Berkeley

The Department of Integrative Biology (IB) and the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology (MCB) at the University of California, Berkeley are soliciting applications for a 100% (50 % IB, 50% MCB) time new senior level faculty member actively working at the interface between the fields of paleontology and evolutionary developmental biology; this position is open at the tenured level. Potential start date is January 1, 2018 or July 1, 2018.

Through leadership and expertise in the field of paleontology, and the fields of organismal, evolutionary, molecular, cellular, and developmental biology, Berkeley faculty explore questions in adaptation, speciation, ecology, and the genetic and genomic events that have generated organismal diversity.  We seek candidates who work at the interface between paleontology and evolutionary developmental biology to leverage the strengths of these fields to address any of a number of questions in evolutionary biology.  Areas include (but are not limited to) the evolution of important transitions such as the generation of body plans during the Cambrian, the transition from water to land, the evolution of flight, and the appearance of developmental novelties.

We envision that the position will create synergies for collaborative initiatives in research, teaching and fundraising. The successful candidate will build bridges across disciplines at UC Berkeley (including collaborations with the Departments of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Plant and Microbial Biology and Environmental Science, Policy and Management). S/he will bridge the museum and molecular focused faculty in IB with the molecular and cellular faculty in MCB. Paleontology and Evolutionary Developmental Biology are fields that have great appeal to the public, and an interdisciplinary research scope will provide ample opportunities to highlight the strength of both Departments to the public through outreach programs that could also form the basis for successful fundraising in the future.

Preferred qualifications include demonstrated excellence in research, extensive field or lab experience, evidence of outstanding scholarship within a relevant discipline, a dedication to excellence in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level, and a commitment to working in an inclusive and interdisciplinary environment. A Ph.D. and/or M.D. or equivalent degree in biology, geology, or a related field is required at the time of application.

Serious consideration will be given to the candidate’s potential for success in mentoring Ph.D. students and teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.  We seek someone who combines significant strength in an interdisciplinary program that crosses the Departmental boundaries, which will enhance not only our research standing, but our ability to educate undergraduates and graduate students at the cutting edge of interdisciplinary science. Professional service, including issues of access to and diversity in higher education and the academic profession will also be considered.


Application Procedure:

Applicants who are currently tenured at an institute of higher education/ are an independent investigator must complete an online application via the following link: If your candidacy progresses, you will be asked to provide contact information for 3-5 referees. We will only contact your referees if you are a finalist for the position, and we will seek your permission before doing so. All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality ( prior to submitting their letters

All applications should include:


  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated CV.
  • A brief summary of current and future research objectives, teaching interests, and a statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.

The final deadline for applications is July 19, 2017. To receive full consideration, please submit a completed application by this date. Please direct questions to

IB and MCB are committed to addressing the family needs of faculty, including dual career couples and single parents. For information about potential relocation to Berkeley, or career needs of accompanying partners and spouses, please visit:

The departments seek candidates whose research, teaching, or service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and inclusion in higher education. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:


Title: Post-doctoral researcher with interests in some combination of aging biology, evolution, complexity, statistics, and clinical algorithms
Position Type: Post-Doctoral Position
Institution: Universite de Sherbrooke
Department: Family medicine
Field: Evolution of aging and lifespan
Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada

General Information: I believe the current evolutionary theories of aging do not satisfactorily explain the diversity of lifespans and aging mechanisms across species, and our goal is to arrive at a coherent framework for understanding both what aging is and how it varies over evolutionary time. It is our belief that key lies in understanding physiology as a complex system that must evolve as a whole, not by piecemeal changes to independent parts. It is likely that the structure of the evolving regulatory networks has been shaped by selection to favour evolvability along key gradients. Examples of current projects in the lab: 1) Simulations of multiple physiological mechanisms underlying evolutionary trade-offs change our understanding of the role of trade-offs in evolutionary biology; 2) Linking physiological mechanisms of aging to patterns of aging demography within and across species.

Québec and Canada offer a number of excellent opportunities for prestigious fellowships. A competitive salary and working conditions will be offered even in the absence of a fellowship. Sherbrooke is a university town nestled in the beautiful Eastern Townships of the Province of Québec, close to the US border and just a short drive away from Montreal and Quebec City. The University of Sherbrooke provides an exceptional quality of work and life environment: cost of living is low, with excellent access to outdoor activities. The institution is French-speaking, and while knowledge of French is not a prerequisite, a good-faith effort to learn the language would be expected.

Qualifications: The sole clear requirement is that you need to have demonstrated substantial applied quantitative skills (statistics, mathematical modeling, simulations, etc.).

Responsibilities: I have funding for a post-doctoral researcher (or, potentially, MSc or Ph.D student - convince me!). The funding is only loosely tied to a specific project, and I can thus accept any candidate whose interests overlap sufficiently with mine, who is motivated, and who has demonstrated an exceptional capacity for research. In particular, I will give you free reign to pursue almost any project you want, within my basic spheres of interest (aging, evolution, physiological complexity, biomarkers, clinical algorithms, physiological ecology, demography, etc.). I will expect you to complete a small amount of work on the core project related to the grant (sex differences in the aging process), but that in itself is a broad subject, and beyond that your project is your choice. You will have access to the excellent data sets available in this lab, including (1) some of the world's foremost data on aging human cohorts (Women's Health and Aging Study, InCHIANTI, Baltimore Longitudinal Study on Aging, NuAge) and some associated omics data and (2) excellent clinical data on large populations, including clinical biomarker data. (Some restrictions on data use apply via agreements with our collaborators.)

Instructions: If you are interested, I strongly encourage you to look carefully at our website to make sure your research interests are a fit for the lab, and that the lab policies and philosophy are attractive to you:

Applicants should forward their complete curriculum vitae, a brief (1 page) description of their research interests and academic goals, as well as contact information for 3 references by email to All applications received before April 20, 2017 will be given full consideration, and later applications will be considered until a suitable candidate has been chosen. Start date is flexible but sooner is preferable.

ContactN: Alan Cohen
Reviews Start: 03/20/17
Apps Close: 05/20/17


 Title: Postdoctoral Associate
Position Type: Post-Doctoral Research Associate
Institution: Saint Louis University
Department: Biology
Field: Evolutionary Ecology

General Information: Postdoctoral position in thermal evolutionary ecology of insect communication, NSF IOS grant: "Genetic change and genetic accommodation allow singing insects to adapt to temperature change." The Fowler-Finn lab is seeking applicants for a postdoctoral scholar to lead a dynamic research team in an NSF-funded project investigating thermal effects on reproductive performance and sexual communication in natural populations of treehoppers (Hemiptera: Membracidae). This project implements a function-valued approach to characterize plasticity in thermally-sensitive reproductive traits, and classic quantitative genetics to measure genetic variation across a latitudinal gradient. Outreach through sound art installations and zoo exhibits capitalizes on the ability of the bizarre and beautiful vibrational songs of treehoppers to capture the imagination of the public. The initial appointment will be made for one year, with an additional 1-2 years contingent on satisfactory progress. The F-F lab is committed to supporting diversity in STEM.

Qualifications: The successful candidate will have (i) a Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology (or related field), (ii) demonstrated expertise in behavioral experimentation, (iii) excellent organizational skills, strong work ethic, and desire to collaborate with and lead a team, (iv) a strong record of written and oral communication in English, and (v) commitment to supporting diversity and outreach education in STEM. Additional valuable skills and experience include: familiarity with classic quantitative genetics, statistical analysis of complex phenotypic data, strong interest in mentorship of students, and a general positive attitude!

Responsibilities: Organization and implementation of outlined experiments, mentorship, and leadership in the lab.

Instructions: For questions, or to express interest in the position, contact Kasey Fowler-Finn ( Lab website:

ContactN: Kasey
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Reviews Start: 03/27/2017
Apps Close: 4/10/2017


Title: Assistant Professor in Teaching Postsecondary Biology
Position Type: Tenure-Track Assistant Professor
Institution: Northern Illinois University
Department: Biology
Field: Postsecondary Biology Teaching
DeKalb, Illinois USA

General Information: The Department of Biological Sciences at Northern Illinois University anticipates hiring a tenure track faculty with a focus on Biology Education and Research. The position is at the assistant professor rank and is a traditional nine month appointment.

Northern Illinois University is a research university with a diverse student population of 19,000. NIU is in DeKalb, IL, an affordable and growing community situated between the Chicago and Rockford metropolitan areas. The university has strong connections to other regional research and education institutions.



  • Doctorate in biology, science education, (or closely related field) with a significant emphasis on biology education.
  • Evidence of implementation of research-based, high-quality instruction of students in biology
  • Excellence in teaching courses for biology majors and non-majors
  • Demonstrated research and publication record in biology or biological education
  • Potential for securing external funding
  • Potential for supervising research students


  • Ability to provide leadership with the pedagogical aspect of biology education
  • Ability to collaborate and communicate effectively with multiple audiences
  • Ability to teach, mentor, and support students from diverse backgrounds

Responsibilities:  The successful candidate will establish a robust, externally funded research program in teaching at the postsecondary level. The candidate will also contribute to undergraduate teaching in biological sciences for majors and non-majors as well as collaborate with faculty in designing or revising biology courses or elements of courses including the development of innovative and effective assignments, activities and instructional approaches.

Additional responsibilities include mentoring and supporting students from diverse backgrounds; service to the department, college, university, and community; training graduate and undergraduate students emphasizing biological education research topics and approaches. Expectations also include designing and facilitating workshops and courses on biology pedagogy. For details see

Instructions: Submit an application letter, curriculum vitae, teaching philosophy and statement of research, and complete contact information for three professional references to Review of applications begins  January 6, 2017, and preference will be given to applications received by this date although applications will be accepted until the position is filled. For questions, contact the search committee chair Dr. Jon Miller at Proposed Start Date: August 14, 2017.

In compliance with the Illinois Campus Security Act, before an offer of employment is made, the university will conduct a pre-employment background investigation, which includes a criminal background check.

In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action. NIU recognizes Dual Career issues.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

Compensation: TBD
ContactN: Jon Miller
Reviews Start: 01/06/17
Apps Close: 03/31/17

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