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Assistant Professor - Biological Sciences

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Position type: Faculty Full Time
Benefit Status: Benefited-Union
Campus: UMass Lowell
Department: Biological Sciences
Salary: Salary commensurate with experience
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General Summary of Position:

The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position in Ecology, Organismal, or Environmental Biology at the Assistant Professor level starting September 2024. We seek a colleague who takes a functional and/or comparative approach to study ecological and/or environmental questions.

The area of specialization is open, but we are interested in applicants with expertise in behavioral, evolutionary, functional, molecular, physiological, or population ecology. Individuals with field-based research are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate is expected to establish a vigorous, collaborative, externally funded research program that engages trainees at all levels and incorporates their research into the classroom to fulfill our teaching and student engagement mission. Teaching responsibilities will include an undergraduate course and a graduate-level course (MS, PhD students) in the candidate’s area of specialization.

The University of Massachusetts Lowell is a research university that has advanced in national rankings and  offers a competitive salary and benefits package. The Department of Biological Sciences is one of the largest academic units on campus with diverse research interests and an exemplary record of extramural funding. The department offers a B.S. in Biology with concentrations in General Biology, Pre-Health, Biotechnology, Bioinformatics, and Ecology, Evolutionary & Organismal Biology (EEOB), a M.S. in Biological Science, a Ph.D. in Applied Biology and participates in the interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology.

The University has strong ties to the community of Lowell, a mid-sized city with a diverse population that is located in the heart of the rich academic environment as well as the life sciences supercluster of the Northeast region of Massachusetts, which is home to more than 100 life science companies. Together with its proximity to the Boston/Cambridge biotechnology and biomedical hub, as well as numerous other universities, the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology, and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, there are ample opportunities for scientific interaction, exchange, and collaboration. Lowell is located 25 miles northwest of Boston and within one hour of mountains and beaches. Our university was recently recognized as a Minority Serving Institution for its support of Asian American and Pacific Islander students, and it has also been awarded recognition for its support of first-generation college students.

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Minimum Qualifications (Required):

  • Earned doctorate and postdoctoral experience (required at the time of application)
  • The ability to collaborate effectively with diverse student and faculty groups
  • Demonstrated teaching and mentoring abilities at the undergraduate and/or graduate levels
  • Potential to establish a sustainable, externally funded research program
  • Demonstrated publication record in scholarly journals
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2023 and continue until the position is filled. However, the position may close when an adequate number of qualified applications is received.

Please include the following required documents with your application:       

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Research: Statement indicating current research foci and plans for research program development over the next 5-7 years. Please include a description of how you will involve trainees at all levels in your research.
  • Statement of Teaching and Service: A description of prior teaching experience, teaching philosophy, and future teaching interests. Please include a description of how you incorporate your research, and the research of others, into classroom activities.
  • Statement of Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: A statement describing your experience and approach to mentoring and/or working with students from traditionally underrepresented groups (especially Asian/Asian American/Pacific Islander, Latinx, and Black/African American) as well as first-generation students. Please address how you plan to advance equity and inclusion within your lab, as well as the Department, if you join the Department of Biological Sciences at UML.
  • Names and contact information of three references will be required during the application process. References will be contacted and letters requested if candidate is selected for an interview






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