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Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Phycology

University of Alaska Southeast
Juneau, Alaska
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Dec 30, 2022

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Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Phycology

• Job No: 521989
• Classification: Assistant Professor (F9)
• Grade: UNAC Grade 30
• Work type: Faculty Full-time, On Campus
• Administrative Unit: University of Alaska Southeast
• School/Business unit: UAS School of Arts & Sciences
• Location: Juneau
• Categories: Education/Instructional

Position Summary:
The Department of Natural Sciences at the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau is seeking qualified applicants for a tenure-track position in Phycology to begin August, 2023. This position will support undergraduate BA/BS programs in Biology, Marine Biology, and Fisheries through teaching, research and service. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Marine Biology, Oceanography, or related field. The successful applicant will be responsible for teaching lower and upper division courses in biology, phycology, and marine biology, including courses in their area of expertise, and develop a robust externally-funded research program involving undergraduate students.

20%Research: UAS faculty are expected to develop a robust externally-funded research program that involves supervision and mentoring of undergraduate students and leads to presentation and publication of results.Essential 20%Service: UAS faculty are expected to provide service at the national, state, and/or community level. Service includes the following categories: 1. Public service: serving in organized, non-remunerative, educational, and consultative activities which devolve from a faculty's professional expertise and further the interests or prestige of the University. 2. University service: serving on administrative and governance, department, college, school or university committees, and performing other tasks as deemed necessary by the University. 3. Professional service: reviewing grant/contract proposals, serving as an editor and/or reviewer for journals, books, special volumes of papers, as an officer in a professional society, organizing and/or chairing conferences, symposia, seminars, or teaching short public courses, not regularly taught, or other relevant activities.Essential 60%Teaching: The successful candidate will teach core courses including Fundamentals of Biology I (BIOLS115) and/or II (BIOLS116), which rotate amongst faculty members; Phycology (BIOLS401), an upper-division elective; and specialty courses in their area of expertise. Additional possible course contributions include: Experiential Learning: Ecology of Southeast Alaska (BIOLS108); Introduction to Plant Botany (BIOLS239); Microbiology, lecture and lab (BIOLS240); and development of a new course/program in scientific diving. Additionally, UAS faculty are expected to mentor undergraduate students, and develop or revise new course(s) or programs. Faculty also provide general academic advising of undergraduate students, supervision of undergraduate research/creative projects, and other activities benefiting students' academic development.Essential

UAS is a small liberal arts university, and is a federally recognized Alaska Native-serving institution. The campus resides on the unceded territory of the Áakʼw Ḵwaan on Lingit Aani, also known as Juneau and Douglas, Alaska, which also houses neighboring X̱aadas and Ts'msyen peoples. Academic programs in sciences incorporate the relatively pristine natural environments adjacent to campus. Facilities that support the biology program include a flow-through seawater system, a SCUBA dive locker, and teaching/research laboratories. Preference will be given to phycologists with expertise in climate change, ecosystem modeling, fjord oceanography, subtidal ecology, community science, microbiology, biotechnology, or aqua/mariculture (however other fields may be considered). Candidates with AAUS and/or SCUBA instructor certification are desirable.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
Strong interpersonal and communication skills. Experience working with private and public external constituencies. Ability to advocate for the university. Ability to acquire funding from external sources.

As a public, regional, comprehensive university, UAS is committed to building a culturally diverse and inclusive organization. We welcome applicants to bring their unique perspectives and identities through their culture, national origin, ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation, veteran status, disability, age, religion and beliefs.

Typical Experience:
Preference will be given to phycologists with a background in marine climate change, ecosystem modeling, fjord oceanography, subtidal ecology, community science, microbiology, biotechnology, or aqua/mariculture or related field and who can provide local research and educational opportunities for students. Post-doctoral and teaching experience is highly desirable as well as candidates with a strong research and publication record appropriate to their experience and date of degree.

Required Education or Training:
Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in Marine Biology, Biology, Oceanography or closely related discipline.

Salary Information:

This is a 9-month, tenure-track faculty appointment with a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package that includes negotiable relocation funds. The position is represented by the United Academics (UNAC) collective bargaining unit agreement (

Special Instructions to Applicants:

First consideration will be given to those submitting their application by January 31, 2023 and the position will remain open until filled.

Application must include the following:

1. Cover letter of application.

2. Curriculum Vitae.

3. Statement of your teaching philosophy.

4. Statement of your research experience and future plans.

5. Copies of graduate and undergraduate transcripts. Unofficial copies are acceptable at the time of application, official transcripts will be required from the successful candidate.

6. Names and contact information of three professional references.

For questions about this position, please contact Dr. Mike Navarro, Chair of the Search Committee, at If you need assistance in completing this application or are seeking accommodations for the interview, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

*To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction. Applicants who now or may in the future require visa sponsorship to work in the United States are not eligible.

This position is represented by United Academics (UNAC).

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

Applications Close: Open until filled

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