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California Polytechnic State University
San Luis Obispo, California
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Dec 7, 2021

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The Biological Sciences Department in the College of Science and Mathematics at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo is seeking a full-time, academic year, tenure track position in the field of conservation genetics/genomics, with appointment beginning September 12, 2022. Appointment at the Assistant Professor rank is anticipated; higher ranks will be considered. Rank and salary are commensurate with qualifications and experience. Review of applications will begin November 8, 2021.

Excellent candidates will create synergy in the department via the application of molecular methods to the conservation of biodiversity in the Western U.S.; specific research areas could include conservation genetics/genomics, applied population ecology and/or landscape genetics. 

We seek candidates who are enthusiastic about undergraduate teaching and implementing a student-centered research program that mentors undergraduates and Master’s students in study design, field data collection and data analysis. 

Teaching responsibilities will include lower and upper division undergraduate courses in population ecology, evolution and/or conservation biology for both majors and non-majors, as well as the opportunity to develop new courses in the candidate’s area of specialty.  Faculty in our department typically teach 2-3 courses per quarter, with the opportunity to reduce this by mentoring student research and procuring extramural research funding.

At California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. Bringing people together from different backgrounds, experiences and value systems fosters the innovative and creative thinking that exemplifies Cal Poly’s values of free inquiry, cultural and intellectual diversity, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility. Cal Poly's commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. California Polytechnic State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

To apply, visit Interested candidates must attach (1) a cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) teaching philosophy statement, (4) research statement, (5) diversity statement, (6) unofficial graduate transcript(s) as one document. These documents will not be accepted in hard copy format. When completing the online faculty application, please be prepared to provide three professional references with names and email addresses. Official transcripts are required prior to appointment  

Review of applications will begin November 8, 2021. Complete applications received after that date may be considered. For questions, please contact Dr. Ken Hillers at 

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