Job opportunity: Assistant Professor in Plant Diversity and Evolution

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The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) seeks an organismal biologist with a focus on plant diversity and/or evolution. UCLA has a rich history of work in plant ecology and evolution, and we seek an individual who will help us maintain and grow this critical component of our program. Qualified candidates must have a Ph.D. in a related field of biological sciences, and the search is restricted to the Assistant Professor level. The position is defined broadly within evolution and ecology, but preference will be given to candidates whose research/teaching interests would utilize, at least in part, the UCLA Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden and associated UCLA Herbarium. The successful candidate will be expected to establish an internationally recognized and externally funded research program and contribute to EEB’s teaching needs at the introductory undergraduate level. There are many opportunities for collaboration across a broad group of partners on and off campus, including the UC NRS Stunt Ranch Reserve and White Mountains Research Center, the UCLA La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science, the UCLA Center for Tropical Research, and our Institute of Environment and Sustainability. Information about the Department and the Botanical Garden and may be found at http://www.eeb.ucla.edu and http://www.botgard.ucla.edu/. 
Applicants should submit materials online to https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/apply/JPF01858 and include 1) a cover letter, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) personal statement that describes current and future research and teaching, a vision of how the candidate’s research, teaching and/or outreach might include and enhance the Botanical Garden, 4) a summary of ongoing and anticipated activities to promote gender and racial diversity, and 5) names and contact information of three references. Review of candidates will begin on 18 January 2016 and continue until the position is filled. Please use job number JPF01858 in all correspondence.
Individuals with a history of mentoring students under-represented in the sciences are encouraged to apply and to describe their experience in a cover letter
Inquiries regarding the position should be directed to Grace Angus (gracea@lifesci.ucla.edu) or the Search Chair, Professor Brad Shaffer (brad.shaffer@ucla.edu).
As a campus with a continually growing diverse student body, we encourage applications from women, minorities, and individuals with a commitment to mentoring under-represented demographics in the sciences. 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: UC Nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action Policy (http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct).

Qualifications/Requirements:• A PhD or equivalent degree within the field of Organismal plant biology.
• Candidates working in any subfield within Organismal plant biology, but especially those who focus on plant evolutionary biology, biogeography, or comparative biology.
• Post-doctoral experience preferred
• Evidence of research excellence and productivity, including publication record in high impact journal
• Strong funding history or evidence of the potential for strong research funding.
• Evidence of teaching excellence, including excellent communication skills
• A commitment to using and developing the Mildred Mathias Botanical Garden in teaching, research, and our public outreach.
• Strong previous or potential contributions to diversity

Responsibilities:The successful candidate will be expected to establish an internationally recognized and externally funded research program and contribute to EEB’s teaching needs at the introductory undergraduate level. There are many opportunities for collaboration across a broad group of partners on and off campus, including the UC NRS Stunt Ranch Reserve and White Mountains Research Center, the UCLA La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science, the UCLA Center for Tropical Research, and our Institute of Environment and Sustainability. Information about the Department and the Botanical Garden and may be found at http://www.eeb.ucla.edu and http://www.botgard.ucla.edu/.

Application Instructions (submission methods, etc.):Applicants should submit materials online to https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/apply/JPF01858 and include 1) a cover letter, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) personal statement that describes current and future research and teaching, a vision of how the candidate’s research, teaching and/or outreach might include and enhance the Botanical Garden, 4) a summary of ongoing and anticipated activities to promote gender and racial diversity, and 5) names and contact information of three references.

Assistant Professor in Plant Diversity and Evolution

University of California

Application Review Begins: Monday, January 18, 2016

Application Deadline: Friday, March 25, 2016

Contact Name: Grace Angus, gracea@lifesci.ucla.edu

Source: https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/apply/JPF01858