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Assistant Professor in Plant Community Ecology

University of California Riverside
Riverside, California (US)
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Dec 18, 2022

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Assistant Professor in Plant Community Ecology

The Department of Botany and Plant Sciences at the University of California, Riverside invites applications for an Assistant Professor position in Plant Community Ecology. This is a 9-month, tenure-track, academic year appointment. The position will be available as early as July 1, 2023. Applicants should work at the forefront of the field, with emphasis on a mechanistic approach to understanding community dynamics in an era of environmental change. We seek a plant ecologist who can interact with programs in conservation biology, invasive species ecology, ecological genomics, ecosystem and landscape ecology, and/or theoretical and computational ecology. Preference will be given to candidates who integrate empirical with statistical, phylogenetic, or modeling approaches, and who can apply techniques such as, but not limited to, GIS/remote sensing, niche modeling, ecophysiological measurements, or stable isotopes. The successful candidate will develop a nationally competitive program funded by extramural grants. Teaching responsibilities may include courses in the life science undergraduate teaching program, undergraduate courses in plant ecology, development of a graduate-level community ecology course, as well as supervision of graduate students.

Required qualifications for this position that must be met by the date of application include:
- Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in plant biology, ecological or environmental sciences, or related fields with commensurate postdoctoral experience.

Advancement through the faculty ranks at the University of California is through a series of structured, merit-based evaluations, occurring every 2-3 years, each of which includes substantial peer input.

To apply: Interested individuals should submit the following to
1) Cover Letter
2) Curriculum Vitae
3) Statement of research and teaching interests
4) Statement of Past and/or Planned Future Contributions to Advancing Diversity and Inclusive Excellence – Applicants should summarize how they have promoted and plan to promote a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment. These efforts can be reflected through research, teaching, supervision, mentoring, community engagement, service, and any of the other varied activities that are a part of an academic career (2 page maximum)
5) The contact information for three professional references submitted through Academicjobsonline.

Review of applications will begin January 18, 2023 and proceed until position is filled. For full consideration, applicants should submit their complete applications prior to the above date.

College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences University of California, Riverside Botany & Plant Sciences Department

For more information about this position, please contact Dr. Louis Santiago, Chair of the Search Committee, Department of Botany and Plant Sciences, at For questions on application procedures and requirements, please contact Ms. Naudia Samuels Johnson, Academic Personnel, at

UCR is a world-class research university with an exceptionally diverse undergraduate student body. Its mission is explicitly linked to providing routes to educational success for underrepresented and first-generation college students. A commitment to this mission is a preferred qualification.

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, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
University of California COVID-19 Vaccination Program Policy: As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for the deadlines applicable to new University of California employees. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements. 

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