Career Opportunities

Title: Barbara Brown Chair of Ornithology
Position Type: Ornithology Department Chair, Director and Curator
Institution: Science Museum of Minnesota
Department: Biology
Field: Ornithology
City: Saint Paul, MN, USA

General Information: Imagine yourself here. Be a part of something great at Science Museum of Minnesota.

The Science Museum of Minnesota seeks an ornithologist for the Barbara Brown Chair of Ornithology, the department director and curator for the Biology Department in our Science Division, to lead the museum’s biology program and discoveries. The museum’s research spans the fields of anthropology, biology, paleontology and watershed research. The Science Museum strives to create an inclusive, equity-based institution that empowers people to change the world through science. Museum scientists work with exhibit and program developers to engage with the public through educational programming and exhibits. They work with other museum scientists and a large, highly-trained volunteer corps. The museum has strong local public support with state of the art research and collections facilities.

The ideal candidate’s experience will involve field-based biological research. Successful candidates will have a proven research program and an established record of accomplishment of publication and funding; will be a phenomenal public speaker and will regularly engage the public and media. The Barbara Brown Chair of Ornithology will lead the biology program as the Biology Department Director and Curator. As Director, this position will manage and monitor department operations to provide the vision and leadership to advance the goals of the division and the museum.

Work Environment: Ability to work in office, museum, lab and fieldwork settings. Potential for overnight fieldwork.

Qualifications: Minimum Qualifications:
PhD in a biology with a focus in ornithology or related field.
Experience working with the public, leading an ornithology research program, managing collections and field research.
Knowledge of museum professional standards in collections management including development and implementation of collections policies and procedures.
Applied knowledge of government regulations and legal requirements and experience with compliance measures.

Preferred Qualifications:
Postdoctoral experience is recommended.
Cultural competency and experience working with diverse communities.
Willingness to be open and respectful of all backgrounds.
Fluency in language(s) other than English valued.
The starting date of the position is flexible.

Job Duties & Responsibilities:
Develop long-range plans for the department, division and the institution.
Curate and Manage the Biology Collection with a focus on Ornithology.

Identify ways to improve collections management and care.
Increase access and value of the collection.
Conduct ornithological research and add to our scholarly understanding of the ornithology collections.
Develop collaborative relationships with academic and museum researchers and other museum professionals.
Communicate research to the field through presentations and peer-reviewed publications.
Manage fieldwork and collecting expeditions.
Plan, fund, and execute field research, including focused collecting, with an emphasis on the museum's three statements on evolution, climate change, and equity and inclusion.
Writes or contributes to the writing of technical papers and articles on research results.
Lead and supervise department staff, including volunteers.
Collaborate across the museum and with external stakeholders developing unique and highly rated programs emphasizing the museum's three statements on evolution, climate change, and equity and inclusion.
Promote biology projects and collections to a wide audience including the public, potential donors, scholars, and educators.
Participate in public outreach activities particularly with statewide birding organizations.
Encourage departmental staff to participate in outreach opportunities.
Work with SMM colleagues to develop biology exhibits and programs.
Direct and administer biology-related programs and initiatives.
Lead the department’s fiscal responsibility as cost center manager through monitoring budgets and spending.
Develop and submit grant applications to fund research and fieldwork.
Cultivate donors and other funders to expand funding for the biology department, collections, and associated programs.
Perform other related duties as assigned.

The job duties describe the general nature and level of work assigned to this position and is not an exhaustive list. For some positions, detailed procedures may be outlined in supplemental documents.

We exist to turn on the science and inspire learning, inform policy and improve lives. We envision a world in which all people have the power to use science to make lives better. We value science as an essential literacy and strive for inclusion inside and out so that our museum and our people reflect and respond to the diverse needs and cultures of our community. It is the museum’s policy and practice to hire and promote qualified job seekers from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. We offer benefit packages for full-time and part-time employees.

Travel Required - Yes. Potential for overnight fieldwork.


Compensation: Starting rate: DOQ
Contact: Je Vang,
Web Link:
Review Starts: 6/17/2019
Application Closes: 7/15/2019



Title: Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology
Position Type: Non-Tenure-Track Assistant Professor
Institution: University of North Carolina Greensboro
Department: Biology
Field: Genetics/Conservation Biology
City: Greensboro, NC, USA

General Information: Position Summary
The Biology Department seeks an individual with expertise in genetics and conservation biology to teach at the undergraduate level. The successful candidate will be expected to be an effective and dedicated teacher and will teach a 3:2 load per year with some service. The applicant is expected to maintain an active research program. Collaborative opportunities for research with our faculty are available. The teaching load will include laboratory sections, as appropriate. In one semester we anticipate this individual teaching Genetics, Conservation Biology, and a laboratory course in genetics or general biology. In the second semester the individual will teach Genetics and a seminar course that may include graduate students. Undergraduate student advising or similar service will also be expected. The Department of Biology is sincerely committed to excellence in undergraduate education and has a Masters and Ph.D. program. A Ph.D. in biology or a related field is required at the time the appointment begins for the Visiting Assistant Professor rank.  ABD candidates are encouraged to apply and will be considered at the rank of Lecturer with a 4:4 teaching load

Qualifications: University Information
UNC Greensboro, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a higher-research activity university as classified by the Carnegie Foundation. Founded in 1891 and one of the original three UNC system institutions, UNCG is one of the most diverse universities in the state with nearly 20,000 students and over 2,700 faculty and staff members representing more than 90 nationalities. With 17 Division I athletic teams, 85 undergraduate degrees in over 100 areas of study, as well as 74 master’s and 32 doctoral programs, UNCG is consistently recognized nationally among the top universities for academic excellence and value, with noted strengths in health and wellness, visual and performing arts, nursing, education, and more. For additional information, please visit and follow UNCG on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Primary Purpose of the Organizational Unit
The Department of Biology at UNCG is committed to providing excellent and comprehensive instruction at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. We offer a full range of courses to students pursuing a degree in Biology or Medical Technology, as well as to non-biology majors interested in the biological sciences. Biology majors have many options available to them, including the option to pursue degree concentrations in Biotechnology, Environmental Biology, or Human Biology. Biology students are encouraged to gain research experience through independent study with a faculty member, and to develop strong communication skills with writing- and speaking- intensive lecture and laboratory courses. Graduates of the Biology program at UNCG find employment in a wide range of fields and are well prepared for further study in graduate school or in health related professions such as medicine, dentistry, and veterinary medicine.

The Department’s excellence in education is complemented by highly active research programs in environmental and behavioral ecology, evolution, population biology, and cell and developmental biology. Biology faculty members publish regularly in leading scientific journals and have earned national and international prominence with their research activities. Moreover, faculty in the Department have been very successful in obtaining external funding to support their research and have been awarded research grants from various agencies including the EPA, NIH, NSF, and USDA

Responsibilities: Teaching 3:2 course load and research opportunities.  Minimum Qualifications
A Ph.D. in biology or a related field is required at the time the appointment begins. ABD candidates are encouraged to apply and will be considered at the rank of Lecturer with a 4:4 teaching load.

Instructions: Special Instructions to Applicants
Applicants must apply online at  and click on “Faculty” (position #1011). Please submit a curriculum vitae, a cover letter that includes a statement of teaching interests and philosophy, description of current research interests. You will be prompted to submit online the names and email addresses of three references who will be contacted by the system with instructions on how to submit a letter of reference. Inquiries should be made to Dr. Malcolm Schug,

Contact: Malcolm Schug,
Web Link:
Review Starts: 6/12/2019
Application Closes: 8/1/2019



Title: Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Comparative Genomics and Phylogenomics
Position Type: Post-doctoral Research Fellow
Institution: Field Museum
Department: Grainger Bioinformatics Center
Field: Computational Biology
City: Chicago, IL, USA

General Information: The Grainer Bioinformatics Center of the Science and Education Department at The Field Museum is recruiting a full-time Postdoctoral Research Associate to work on phylogenomic analyses of non-model organisms, with a focus on symbiotic fungi. We are looking for an individual with a strong interest and background in computational biology and/or bioinformatics. The position is for a term of 12 months, with the possibility for extension. Possible start date is June 1st, 2019 but is flexible.

Qualifications: Candidates should be able to demonstrate experience in phylogenetic analyses, generating and analyzing genomic datasets, competency with at least one scripting language (e.g., Perl, Python, R), and interest in applying new statistical approaches. Experience with phylogenetics and population genomics is a plus. Well-developed communication (verbal and written) and organizational skills are essential. The successful candidate will also demonstrate leadership ability to assist the PI with the direction and training of students.

Responsibilities: The research entails studies on molecular evolution and diversification of non-model organisms. The successful applicant will be involved in various aspects of comparative genome analyses, including genome sequencing and analysis, phylogenomic applications, and species delimitation.
The successful applicant is expected to publish at least one research paper as lead author within a year and collaborate as co-author on at least two additional research papers. Guidance will be provided following the Postdoctoral Mentoring Plan.

Instructions: Please contact with questions Felix Grewe (,

All applicants need to include a statement of interest, CV with publication list, and contact information of 3 professional references to be considered.

Contact: Felix Grewe,
Web Link:
Review Starts: 5/23/2019
Application Closes: 6/23/2019



Title: Graduate student
Position Type: Graduate student
Institution: University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Department: Biology
Field: Ecology and Evolution
City: Lafayette, LA, USA

General Information: PhD and MSc positions

Qualifications: Dedication to research in tropical fish ecology and evolution

Responsibilities: Research and teaching in ecology and evolution

Instructions: TA undergraduate classes

Compensation: University fellowships 18K per year. TA/RA stipends 17K per year.
Contact: James Albert,
Web Link:
Review Starts: 5/20/2019
Application Closes: 9/15/2019



Title: Assistant Professor (Invertebrate Biology)
Position Type: Tenure-Track Assistant Professor
Institution: Western Carolina University
Department: Biology
Field: Invertebrate Biology
City: Cullowhee, NC, USA

General Information: The Department of Biology at Western Carolina University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Invertebrate Zoology at the Assistant Professor level, to start August 2019. Candidates addressing questions in the broad areas of evolutionary and organismal biology, especially in non-model organisms, are encouraged to apply. To learn more about the Western Carolina University and the Biology Department, visit

WCU embraces its role as a community-engaged university designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and has adopted the Boyer Model of Scholarship to support its commitment to integrated learning and the scholarship of engagement. Potential candidates who demonstrate a commitment to community engagement through teaching, service, and scholarship are highly encourage to apply.WCU is an Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer.

Qualifications: A successful candidate will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate level courses, develop an active research program involving undergraduate and Master’s students, be actively involved in academic activities in the department and the university, and be willing to embrace the university’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusivity. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in an appropriate field, postdoctoral experience or its equivalent, teaching experience at the undergraduate level, and a record of scholarly productivity with the expectation of continued scholarship at a primarily undergraduate university. Preference will be given to applicants with the ability to teach courses in invertebrate zoology, biology of arthropods, evolutionary biology, and introductory organismal biology.

Responsibilities: Teach courses in invertebrate zoology, biology of arthropods, evolutionary biology, and introductory organismal biology. Develop an active research program involving undergraduate and Master’s students.

Instructions: To access the position, visit Application materials must be submitted online. Materials to be submitted include a 1) cover letter; 2) curriculum vita; 3) statement of teaching experience and interests; 4) description of current and proposed research; 5) list of three academic references with contact information; and 6) unofficial transcripts. Review of applications will begin October 31 and continue until the position is filled. Inquiries may be directed to Dr. Thomas Martin at

Contact: Tom Martin,
Web Link:
Review Starts: 10/31/2018
Application Closes: until filled



Title: Assistant Professor - Global Change Biologist
Position Type: Tenure-Track Assistant Professor
Institution: University of Texas at El Paso
Department: Biological Sciences
Field: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
City: El Paso, TX, US

General Information: The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position for a Global Change Biologist. In particular, we are seeking candidates with expertise in organismal biology and the use of state-of-the-art approaches to study adaptation, habitat shifts, and behavioral and/or other responses to global change. Prospective candidates working at higher ecological levels (e.g., populations, communities, ecosystems), particularly in the US Southwest, are also encouraged to apply.

ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT: The Department of Biological Sciences is among the most productive departments at UTEP and contributes to interdisciplinary graduate programs in Environmental Science, Environmental Science and Engineering, Bioinformatics, and Computational Science. An EEB doctoral program has recently been established. Existing faculty expertise includes ecological, evolutionary, biomedical, and education research fields. Core facilities include capacities for DNA Next-Gen sequencing, bioinformatics, and statistics; Biodiversity Collections; a green roof; and a greenhouse. The department also manages the 38,000-acre Indio Mountains Research Station. Current EEB faculty conduct research throughout the Chihuahuan Desert, Arctic, Congo, Southeast Asia, and Central and South America. More information is available at the Department of Biological Sciences website.

ABOUT UTEP: Located in one of the largest binational communities in the world, The University of Texas at El Paso is unique among research institutions. UTEP enrolls more than 25,000 students, most of whom are Hispanic. The Brookings Institution in 2017 ranked UTEP as the No. 1 leader in equal access to higher education, based on a combination of research productivity and student social mobility. The University has annual externally funded research expenditures of $95 million, maintains an operating budget of $500 million and employs 4,000 people. With 172 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs available in eight colleges and schools, UTEP is the first national research university serving a 21st century student demographic.

Qualifications: In particular, we are seeking candidates with expertise in organismal biology and the use of state-of-the-art approaches to study adaptation, habitat shifts, and behavioral and/or other responses to global change. Prospective candidates working at higher ecological levels (e.g., populations, communities, ecosystems), particularly in the US Southwest, are also encouraged to apply. Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree, postdoctoral research experience, and a strong record of research accomplishments.

Responsibilities: The anticipated appointment date is fall 2019 or earlier. The successful candidate is expected to establish an extramurally funded research program; to teach and mentor undergraduate, masters’, and doctoral students; and to serve as a member of the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) core faculty. Candidates’ research should have a strong potential for collaboration with existing EEB faculty and be able to attract extramural funding.

Instructions: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Candidates must submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, statement of research interest, a brief description of teaching and service philosophy, and complete contact information for at least three references. For questions about the position, you may contact Prof. Craig Tweedie, Search Committee Chair at

Contact: Prof. Craig Tweedie,
Web Link:
Review Starts: 10/01/18
Application Closes: Review will continue until position is filled.



Title: Huxley Fellow in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Position Type: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Institution: Rice University
Department: BioSciences at Rice
Field: Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
City: Houston, TX, USA

BioSciences at Rice University seeks to fill a position in the prestigious Huxley Fellow Program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology starting in January, 2019. Rice is a private university, located in Houston, Texas, with a strong commitment to the highest standards of research and undergraduate and graduate education. Huxley Fellow Program appointments are for two years, with a third year extension possible.  Huxley Fellows receive non-tenure track faculty status, benefits, salary commensurate with experience, and modest research funds.

Rice University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with commitment to diversity at all levels, and considers for employment qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.

Qualifications: We seek candidates with a Ph.D. and outstanding potential, who can contribute through their research and teaching to the inclusive excellence of the Rice academic community. We particularly welcome applications from women and members of historically underrepresented groups, who bring diverse cultural experiences and who are especially qualified to mentor and advise members of our diverse student population.

Responsibilities: Huxley Fellows are outstanding early-career scientists who pursue their own independent research programs in ecology and/or evolution, while teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels.
Instructions: To apply, please submit the following materials: (1) cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) research statement, and (4) statement of teaching philosophy at In addition, candidates will be asked to provide the names and contact information for 3 references, who will automatically be emailed for letters of recommendation at the time of application.

Application review will begin August 15, 2018. For informal inquiries, contact Dr. Scott P. Egan, Huxley Fellow Search Committee Chair.

Compensation: Competitive Salary.
Contact:  Scott Egan,
Web Link:
Review Starts: August 15, 2018
Application Closes: Open until filled



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