Assistant Professor of Biology - Conservation Biologist

Tacoma, Washington State
Aug 19, 2019
Oct 18, 2019
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type

The Biology Department at Pacific Lutheran University invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor beginning September 1, 2020. The successful applicant’s annual teaching responsibilities may include Ecology for non-Biology majors, Genetics, or the General Biology sequence as well as upper division courses in Conservation Biology and topics complementary to the candidate's area of expertise. Opportunities may also exist to teach and/or mentor in the Environmental Studies interdisciplinary program. We seek applicants dedicated to engaging undergraduates in research experiences as part of their scholarship.  A Ph.D. and a commitment to undergraduate teaching, advising and liberal arts education are required. Review of applications begins on September 17, 2019, but the position will remain open until filled. Applications should include a cover letter; curriculum vitae; statements of teaching, research, and diversity / inclusion; and a list of three references.


  • Ph.D. in Biology or a related discipline with a preference for expertise in Applied Ecology, Forestry, Natural Resources Management, Wildlife Biology, Conservation Genetics, or Environmental Science.
  • Ability to teach Conservation Biology, Introductory Biology, non-majors Introductory Ecology, Genetics and advanced courses in their area of expertise.
  • Promise as an innovative and effective classroom instructor.
  • Commitment to engaging undergraduates in research experiences as part of their scholarship.
  • Desire to fully contribute to the department and the University by working with individuals of diverse backgrounds.
  • Previous teaching and course design experience at the undergraduate level is preferred.
  • Expertise working with resource management and/or natural resource agencies is preferred.

Other Information:

Pacific Lutheran University purposefully integrates the liberal arts, professional studies and civic engagement in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. With distinctive international programs and close student-faculty research opportunities, PLU helps its 3,100 students from all faiths and backgrounds discern their life’s vocation through coursework, mentorship and internships at world-class Puget Sound-area businesses and institutions.

Founded in 1890 by Norwegian pioneers, PLU continues the distinctive tradition of Lutheran higher education through its commitment to the advancement of knowledge, thoughtful inquiry and questioning, the preparation of citizens in service to the world and to its ongoing reform. Located in the Parkland neighborhood of Tacoma, Washington, PLU is set in a region that also offers vast opportunities for outdoor recreation, culture and sports.

Pacific Lutheran University welcomes applications from women, members of historically underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, and others who would bring additional perspectives to our learning environment. PLU is an equal opportunity employer.