Assistant Professor of the Ecology of Human Impacted Systems
Work type: On Campus
Location: Normal, Illinois
Title: Assistant Professor of the Ecology of Human Impacted Systems
Employee Classification: Asst Professor
Division Name: Academic Affairs
College/Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: School of Biological Sciences
Campus Location: Normal, IL
The School of Biological Sciences at Illinois State University in Normal, IL (https://biology.illinoisstate.edu/) invites applications for a nine-month tenure-track position in THE ECOLOGY OF HUMAN-IMPACTED SYSTEMS at the level of Assistant Professor. We seek candidates whose research addresses fundamental or applied questions about ecological interactions within human impacted environments that intersect with conservation biology, ideally including plants. Research foci could include restoration, urban, or disturbance ecology, or plant-animal interactions. We especially seek candidates with the ability to develop a research program with a local component. Candidates should be able to contribute to ecological, conservation biology, or organismal courses at the undergraduate or graduate level, including developing a graduate course with a conservation focus in their area of expertise.
Successful candidates are expected to establish a rigorous, nationally recognized, extramurally funded research program, publish scholarly research in quality, peer-reviewed journals, advise and mentor B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. students in their research groups, and provide effective evidence-based instruction in their discipline.
Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.
The School of Biological Sciences comprises 24 faculty, 7 instructional faculty, approximately 65 graduate students (M.S. and Ph.D.), and over 660 undergraduate majors. We value research and teaching, and offer a collegial environment fostering research collaboration among ecologists, conservation biologists, evolutionary biologists, cell and molecular biologists, physiologists, and neuroscientists, as well as opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations within the college or the university. The School of Biological Sciences features modern microscopy, flow cytometry, vertebrate and aquatic animal care, greenhouses, and other shared facilities. The University and the School of Biological Sciences are committed to increasing the diversity and inclusivity of the campus community, recognizing that a diverse and inclusive faculty, staff, and student body enriches the scholarly experiences for the ISU campus and greater community. Candidates who have experience working with a diverse range of faculty, staff, and students, and a demonstrated commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive community are encouraged to apply. We are sensitive to the needs and invested in the success of dual career partnerships. Information about the diverse and thriving Bloomington-Normal community can be found here: https://www.visitbn.org/ and here: https://jobs.illinoisstate.edu/community
Illinois State University: Illinois State University http://www.illinoisstate.edu, founded in 1857, is the oldest public university in Illinois. There are approximately 21,000 students in the six colleges of Illinois State University. In our most recent strategic plan Educate ∙ Connect ∙ Elevate, we have committed our resources to realizing seven core values: Learning and Scholarship, Diversity and Inclusion, Respect, Collaboration, Individualized Attention, Civic Engagement, and Integrity. By acting on these values, we create a learning environment that results in our University being the first-choice public university in Illinois for high-achieving, motivated students who seek an individualized educational experience combined with the resources of a large university. Also visit the University’s metrics of excellence at (http://illinoisstate.edu/pointsofpride/).
Bloomington-Normal Community: Illinois State University is located in the growing twin cities of Bloomington and Normal, with a metro population of approximately 172,000. The community is also home to Illinois Wesleyan University, Heartland Community College, St. Joseph Medical Center, Carle BroMenn Medical Center, COUNTRY Financial, State Farm Insurance’s International Headquarters, Central Illinois Regional Airport, and electric truck manufacturer Rivian Motors. The community has distinguished itself for its outstanding school systems and its citizens’ high level of educational attainment, as well as its parks and recreation, health care, vibrant fine arts scene, job growth, economic opportunity, historic sites, and low crime rates. SmartAsset ranked Bloomington IL, in the top 20 of the most livable cities in the U.S. (2022). Zippia named Bloomington, IL, as #1 on their “Happiest Cities” list (2020), and Best Choice Schools listed the area on its “30 Small College Towns with Great Quality of Life” (2020). Bloomington-Normal is conveniently located about three hours from Indianapolis, two hours from both Chicago and St. Louis, and an hour from Peoria, Champaign-Urbana, Decatur, and Springfield; many of these locations are accessible from Bloomington-Normal via the Amtrak located 1 block from ISU’s campus. For more information on our community, please visit (http://visitbn.org/).
Salary Rate / Pay Rate
Commensurate with experience and qualifications
1) A Ph.D. in the specific field of biology or a closely related field
2) Relevant post-doctoral experience
3) State law mandates demonstrable oral proficiency in the English language as a requirement of this position.
Proposed Starting Date
August 16, 2024
Required Applicant Documents
Please attach as a single pdf file the following:
i) a cover letter,
ii) curriculum vitae,
iii) a two-page research statement,
iv) a one-page teaching statement,
v) a one-page statement describing your interest in or effort toward furthering diversity, equity, and inclusion,
vi) pdf files of three representative publications, and
vii) names and e-mail addresses for three references.
Please Note: These documents are required to be submitted online in order to complete the application process. Please have these documents ready prior to clicking on "Apply"
Special Instructions for Applicants
Review of applications will begin on October 16, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled.
Contact Information for Applicants
Dr. Pirmin Nietlisbach (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Important Information for Applicants
This position is subject to a criminal background investigation and if applicable, an employment history review, based on University Policy 3.1.30 and any offer of employment is contingent upon you passing a satisfactory criminal background investigation and/or an employment history review. You may not begin work until the criminal background investigation results have been received and cleared by Human Resources.
Illinois State University 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, or status as a protected veteran.
If you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or other state or federal law you may request an accommodation by contacting the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access at (309) 438-3383. The Office of Equal Opportunity and Access will hold any confidential information you provide in confidence.
If you are having difficulty accessing the system, please call Human Resources at (309) 438-8311.