MARINE ECOLOGIST - Assistant Professor in Evolution and Ecology; Bodega Marine Laboratory

Job Title: 
MARINE ECOLOGIST - Assistant Professor in Evolution and Ecology
Job Location: 
Bodega Bay, California
Application Deadline: 
Monday, November 2, 2020


Open September 18th, 2020 through Monday, Nov 2, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

If you apply to this recruitment by November 2nd, 2020, you will have until June 30th, 2021 to complete your application.


The College of Biological Sciences and the Bodega Marine Laboratory at the University of California, Davis invite applications and nominations for a 9-month, tenure-track position in the Department of Evolution and Ecology at the ASSISTANT PROFESSOR level. Candidates must have a Ph.D. (or equivalent) in the biological sciences, ecology, marine sciences, or a related field. We seek candidates with research interests in marine ecology that will complement and build upon existing faculty strengths in marine ecology and marine science at UC Davis. This may include, but is not limited to community ecology, algal and/or seagrass ecology, global change ecology, physiological ecology, evolutionary ecology, and ecology of large-scale phenomena. The successful candidate will be a member of the Department of Evolution and Ecology and the position will be based at Bodega Marine Laboratory (BML), located 60 miles north of San Francisco, and 100 miles west of the main UC Davis campus. We seek a candidate who does empirical work that includes a field component. We welcome applicants working on any group of organisms and in any subfield of marine ecology. The successful candidate will be expected to teach in undergraduate and graduate programs, and should be committed to mentoring and fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion. Teaching will include courses appropriate to the candidate’s area of expertise, with some of the teaching to be based at BML and some on the main campus in Davis.

This position is part of a hiring initiative at BML, and is being coordinated with two other positions, one in marine environmental toxicology, the other in sustainable aquaculture. The appointee will join a community of collaborative, interdisciplinary researchers at BML with interests including marine ecology, physical and biological oceanography, paleoceanography, biogeochemistry, ecotoxicology, biomechanics, global change biology, ocean health, and marine conservation. Over 50 scientists from across 3 colleges are resident year-round at BML, including faculty, research scientists, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students. A broader group of faculty and students spend portions of the year working and studying at BML, contributing to a large and vibrant community of marine scientists. The Laboratory enclave is a 63,700-sq-ft facility with a state-of-the-art computer-controlled seawater system and specialized facilities that enable studies of invasive species, endangered species, marine fisheries, and the effects of climate change stressors, infectious diseases, and pollution on marine organisms. BML operates a fleet of small boats including a 42-ft research vessel, and maintains an ocean observing system including a permanent offshore mooring and other environmental sensors. Laboratory facilities are located on the 362-acre Bodega Marine Reserve, part of the University of California Natural Reserve System. The local environs are known for their strong coastal upwelling, high productivity, and include diverse habitats spanning rocky intertidal and subtidal communities, protected and exposed sandy beaches, bay mudflats, eelgrass beds, and tidal marsh.

Bodega Marine Laboratory is part of the UC Davis Coastal Marine Science Institute (CMSI), launched in 2013 as a comprehensive unit to coordinate and catalyze the research, educational, and outreach programs in marine science and policy on the main campus and Bodega Marine Laboratory. CMSI has 100+ affiliated faculty and staff and over 120 graduate students and postdoctoral scholars with expertise across the full spectrum of modern marine science and policy. See for more information. The candidate will be expected to foster collaborations within the marine science community at UC Davis and beyond.

Basic qualifications for the position include a Ph.D. (or equivalent) at the time of appointment in the biological sciences, ecology, marine sciences, or a related field, and research accomplishments via publishing marine ecology research in peer reviewed journals. We have a preference for applicants who have identified strengths and experiences in the following areas:
• Research interests in marine ecology that complement or extend existing research strengths in the Department of Evolution and Ecology and at Bodega Marine Laboratory, and the potential to attract extramural funding.
• Postdoctoral training in marine ecology or a related discipline.
• Evidence of, or strong potential for, commitment to the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion for historically underrepresented and marginalized student communities, and how this commitment integrates with teaching, research, and service.
• Commitment to excellence in teaching. Must demonstrate potential or evidence of ability to perform well at both graduate and undergraduate levels and to develop and teach undergraduate and graduate courses or seminars.

Applications should include: cover letter, curriculum vitae, description of current and projected research, summary of teaching interests and experience, statement of contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and three publications. Applicants should also provide contact information for three individuals who will be contacted to provide a letter of reference on your behalf. Initial review of applications will be conducted using anonymized versions of the Statement of Research and Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Applications demonstrating sufficient potential based on this review will be advanced to full review.

In compliance with federal and state laws and university policy, the College of Biological Sciences and Department of Evolution and Ecology will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, handicap, medical condition, or against disabled veterans or veterans of the Vietnam era.

UC Davis has a strong institutional commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and received an NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation award for promoting diversity in STEM faculty, with emphasis on Hispanic Women/Latinas ( Several UC Davis ADVANCE initiatives, such as the Center for Multicultural Perspectives in Science (CAMPOS), in addition to Work-Life programs offered by the Office of the Vice Provost Academic Affairs are working together to make UC Davis a model for inclusivity and collegiality for all academic faculty, staff and students.

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