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Conservation Biology Position

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, seeks an outstanding scholar to fill a tenure track position in Conservation Biology at the assistant professor level in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. For this position, we invite applications from candidates working on any aspect of ecology or evolutionary biology relevant to the conservation of biodiversity, and particularly from applicants who include a field, or other empirical, component in their research program. We seek applicants whose interests complement the growing research strengths in conservation within our Department. Topics could include, for example, global change, invasion biology, drivers of biodiversity loss, spatial prioritization and reserve design, ecosystem services, conservation genetics, restoration ecology or conservation and behavior (including human behavior). The University is the State of Tennessee’s research intensive, land grant institution. Our faculty benefit from the wealth of nearby field resources (Great Smoky Mountains National Park, National Forests and natural areas), our extensive biodiversity collections, and rich collaborations with scientists at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis and nearby Oak Ridge National Lab. The EEB faculty is very interactive and has strong interdisciplinary connections on the campus (with economics, geography, mathematics, law, forestry, wildlife and fisheries, engineering and many other disciplines). We also have strong connections to relevant conservation practitioners and other stakeholder groups regionally, nationally and internationally. Knoxville itself is a vibrant, affordable, family-friendly community. We are committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and invite applicants who will strengthen our diversity and educational mission. We invite candidates keen to collaborate with relevant stakeholders from the biodiversity conservation community and to engage with other disciplines. Expectations for a successful candidate include an exceptional record of scientific accomplishment, an ability to develop a productive, externally-funded research program, an ability to mentor students from diverse backgrounds, excellent communication skills, and a commitment to modern teaching strategies. The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, CV, statement of research accomplishment and plans, a description of teaching experiences and interests and the names and contact information of at least three individuals who could write letters of reference to ConservationBiologySearch@utk.edu, ATTN: Search Committee Chair. Applicants must have a PhD or equivalent. Applications will be reviewed beginning Oct. 31, 2015, and will continue until filled, with a position start date of Aug. 2016.


All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admissions without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status. Eligibility and other terms and conditions of employment benefits at The University of Tennessee are governed by laws and regulations of the State of Tennessee, and this non-discrimination statement is intended to be consistent with those laws and regulations. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, The University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the University. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), ADA (disability), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN  37996-3560, telephone (865) 974-2498.  Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.

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