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Assistant Professor of Biology


University, MS, US, 38677

Department:  Biology (10000832)
Employee Designation:  Regular Full-time (Benefits Eligible)
Position Description

The Department of Biology at the University of Mississippi is searching for a tenure-track Assistant Professor working on ecophysiological responses to global change. We seek candidates who use integrative approaches to understand the physiological mechanisms that underpin present-day or projected responses of invertebrates and/or vertebrates to environmental change in freshwater, marine, or terrestrial systems. Areas of research interest include but are not limited to climate change, land use change, urbanization, biological invasions, species interactions, or mechanisms of ecosystem resilience. Research should connect animal physiology to global change issues, and may integrate multiple biological, spatial and/or temporal scales. The successful candidate will be expected to develop an innovative, externally-funded research program, train graduate students, teach courses in their area of expertise, and contribute to teaching a core Introductory Physiology course. This position will complement and extend existing departmental strengths in symbiosis and species interactions, biodiversity and conservation biology, cell and molecular biology, or neuroscience and behavior (


We have a vibrant, broad-based biology department that consists of 22 tenure-track and 13 instructional faculty members, and educates over 900 undergraduate biology majors and 38 graduate students (Ph.D. and M.S.). The University of Mississippi is a Carnegie-Designated R1 Highest Research University located near Memphis in Oxford, Mississippi, a beautiful college town known for its outstanding educational and cultural opportunities. The University of Mississippi has been repeatedly recognized by the Chronicle of Higher Education as a “Great College to Work For.” The Department of Biology recognizes the importance of building a diverse faculty and welcomes applicants from groups underrepresented in science.

Position Details

Appointment: 9 Month

Assignment Type: Tenure Track

Minimum Qualifications

PhD in Biological Sciences or related field and Post-Doctoral experience.

Application Procedures

To apply, please visit our Online Employment Service at Applications should include: (1) cover letter outlining interest in and suitability for the position, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a statement of research interests and future plans (3 pages or less), (4) a statement of teaching interests, practices and philosophy (1 page), (5) a diversity statement  addressing approaches to promoting inclusivity in research and training (1 page), (6) names and contact information for at least three references, and (7) reprints of up to three  recent publications or submitted papers. Items 1-6 should be prepared as a single pdf and item 7 as a second pdf file.


Review of applicants will begin November 25, 2019.

About the University of MS & Oxford, MS

Founded in 1848, the University of Mississippi (UM), affectionately known to alumni, students and friends as Ole Miss, is Mississippi's flagship university. Included in the elite group of R-1: Doctoral Universities - Highest Research Activity by the Carnegie Classification, it has a long history of producing leaders in public service, academics and business. The University of Mississippi, consistently named by The Chronicle of Higher Education as a “Great College to Work For,” is located in Oxford, MS, which is ranked one of the “Top 10 Best College Towns.” With more than 24,000 students, UM is the state's largest university and is ranked among the nation's fastest-growing institutions. The University of Mississippi, which has aggressively implemented many health and wellness initiatives for its more than 2,900 employees, has consistently been named one of Mississippi’s Healthiest Workplaces.


Touted as the “Cultural Mecca of the South”, creativity abounds in Oxford as musicians, artists and writers alike find inspiration in Oxford’s rich history, small town charm and creative community. Oxford is a one-hour drive south of Memphis, TN and is known as the home of Nobel Prize winning author William Faulkner. Over the years Oxford has also been known for offering exceptional culinary experiences and as the home of the University of Mississippi and the Ole Miss Rebels, there is always something here to immerse yourself in. Oxford has also been featured as a literary and arts destination in such publications as The New York Times, Southern Living, Condé Nast Traveler, and GQ. Among other cultural activities, annual events include the Oxford Film Festival, a thriving local music scene, and the Ford Center Performing Arts Series. Oxford is a vibrant university town, filled with unique shops and galleries, eclectic restaurants and clubs, historic landmarks, and comfortable inns.

Background Check Statement

The University of Mississippi is committed to providing a safe campus community. UM conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

EEO Statement

The University of Mississippi provides equal opportunity in any employment practice, education program, or education activity to all qualified persons. The University complies with all applicable laws regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action and does not unlawfully discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based upon race, color, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, citizenship, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information.

Nearest Major Market: Oxford Mississippi