The Department of Biological Sciences at The University of Alabama invites applications for three full-time (9-
month) tenure-track faculty positions at the rank of Assistant Professor in Ecohydrology,
Macroevolutionary Comparative and Quantitative Biology, and Cellular & Molecular Physiology to begin
For the Ecohydrology position, the successful applicant will establish an extramurally funded and
internationally recognized research program centered on the interactions and feedbacks between ecological
and hydrological processes through any component of the water cycle. Applicants should employ integrative,
multi-scale approaches that combine field-based work and modeling to characterize relationships between the
water cycle, regional climate, and the dynamics of terrestrial and/or aquatic ecosystems, and must be
committed to excellence in teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students. We are particularly
interested in applications from individuals with a strong foundation in biological and ecological sciences and a
demonstrated record of research in improving our understanding of coupled processes at scales ranging from
watersheds to regions and in the context of global environmental change. The successful candidate will be
encouraged to leverage Alabama’s unique and diverse water resources to support an innovative research
program, and to forge collaborations with the new NOAA National Water Center, which opened on the UA
campus in 2014, and the diverse faculty at UA and Dauphin Island Sea Lab with interests in water-related
For the Macroevolutionary Comparative and Quantitative Biology position, the successful candidate will
have a strong background in comparative evolutionary analyses and quantitative genetics. The successful
applicant will join a growing research core in computational biology and will be expected to develop and apply
statistical comparative methods that link micro and macro processes to further our understanding evolutionary
processes, such as linking quantitative genetic process models with phylogenetic comparative methodologies.
Applicants with experience in mathematical modeling of evolutionary processes including advanced population
genetics, game theory modeling, or optimality modeling are especially encourage to apply. Applicants must
have a Ph.D. and post-doctoral or equivalent experience. Evidence of significant contributions to the field of
macroevolution and a demonstrated commitment both to collaborative research and teaching at the
undergraduate and graduate levels is also required. The successful applicant will be expected to establish an
extramurally funded and internationally recognized research program in the field(s) of macroevolution and
quantitative genetics. Teaching responsibilities will include basic undergraduate courses in genetics and
macroevolution and graduate courses in the successful candidate’s area of expertise.
For the Cellular & Molecular Physiology position we seek applicants with a broad focus on understanding
mechanisms by which cell signaling gives rise to complex physiological functions in response to environmental
factors (biotic or abiotic). Applicants using model or non-model organisms with expertise in optogenetics, in
vivo genetic techniques, and/or systems biology approaches are encouraged to apply. The successful
applicant will be expected to establish an extramurally funded and internationally recognized research program
in Cellular and Molecular Physiology. Teaching responsibilities will include basic undergraduate courses in
cellular physiology and biology, as well as graduate courses in the successful candidate’s area of expertise.
Depending on the applicant’s expertise, he or she may also have the opportunity to teach a course in
microscopy research applications and serve as Director of the UA Optical Analysis Facility.
Candidates for all positions must have a Ph.D. in the Biological Sciences or a related field and postdoctoral (or
equivalent job) experience. Evidence of significant intellectual contributions to their respective fields and a
demonstrated commitment to teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels are also required. The
successful applicants will also be expected to establish extramurally funded and relevant research programs.
A complete application includes (1) an application letter; (2) CV; (3) statement of research interests and goals;
(4) statement of teaching interests and philosophy; and (5) a list of at least four references (including contact
information). Letters of reference will be requested by the search committee as appropriate. To apply, go to
https://facultyjobs.ua.edu, complete the online application (Job # 0810972 for the Ecohydrology position; Job #
0810973 for Macroevolutionary Comparative and Quantitative Biology position; or Job # 0810974 for the
Cellular & Molecular Physiology position), and upload all requested documents. Questions about the
Ecohydrology position may be addressed to Dr. Julia Cherry (email@example.com; 205-348-8416). Questions
about the Macroevolutionary Comparative and Quantitative Biology position may be addressed to Dr. Laura
Reed (firstname.lastname@example.org; 205-348-1345). Questions about the Cellular & Molecular Physiology position may be
addressed to Dr. Matthew Jenny (email@example.com; 205-348-8225). Consideration of applications will begin
October 21, 2017 and will continue until the positions are filled. Prior to hiring, the final candidates will be
required to pass a pre-employment background investigation. The anticipated start date is August 16, 2018.
Additional information about the Department of Biological Sciences and this available position can be found on
our website at https://bsc.ua.edu. Applications from women and members of traditionally under-represented
groups in Biology are especially encouraged. The University of Alabama is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access
Employer and actively seeks diversity among its employees.