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Assistant Professor of Conservation Biology

University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Closing date
Oct 7, 2023

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Academic / Research, Training / Education
Conservation science
Job Level
Entry level
Salary Type
Employment Type

POSITION: The Department of Biology at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin August 19th, 2024. We seek an individual with expertise in conservation biology who is committed to excellence in undergraduate instruction and developing a vibrant conservation-focused research program with undergraduates. We invite applicants with a research focus in any area of conservation biology using a relevant study system, with preference given to candidates working with invertebrate systems. The successful candidate will 1) contribute to a vibrant ecology and environmental biology curriculum by teaching both introductory and upper-level courses, 2) engage in service to the Department, College, University, and/or community, and 3) contribute to UW-Eau Claire's commitment to achieving an equitable, diverse, and inclusive climate.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Earned Ph.D. by August 19, 2024, and demonstrated interest in joining a department that values excellence in teaching undergraduates and engaging in collaborative research with undergraduates.


  • Postdoctoral research experience
  • Experience teaching at the undergraduate level utilizing innovative methods of instruction
  • Experience mentoring students in research

DUTIES: The successful candidate will teach both introductory and upper-level biology courses for majors (such as Biol 222 Foundations of Biology II and Biol 328 Conservation Biology) as well as offer upper-level coursework related to their expertise (such as Biol 311 Entomology, Biol 321 Ecology, Biol 345 Invertebrate Zoology, Biol 383 Biostatistics, etc.). The candidate will also have opportunities to develop additional courses that enhance our curriculum. The teaching commitment is approximately 12 contact hours per week. The successful candidate will also be expected to develop an active research program involving undergraduate students, provide academic advising to students (in collaboration with Advising, Retention, and Career Center), engage in service to the Department, College, University, profession and/or community, and contribute to UW-Eau Claire's commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusivity (EDI).

DEPARTMENTThe Department of Biology currently has 14 faculty, 2-4 instructors, a lab manager, a greenhouse/animal care manager, and approximately 700 students involved in Biology-affiliated majors (Biology, Ecology and Environmental Biology, Biochemistry/Molecular Biology, and Microbiology). Department members are dedicated to teaching and are actively involved in research with undergraduates as evidenced by co-authored presentations and publications. The Department works closely with the Health Careers Center on campus to support the advancement of pre-professional and professional health science students and programs. UW-Eau Claire's research agreement with Mayo Clinic includes funding for collaborative research projects involving our faculty and students. Members of the Department are also involved in interdisciplinary work through the Freshwater Collaborative of Wisconsin, a partnership among the University of Wisconsin System universities that provides training to students, funds collaborative research, and engages public and private partners in freshwater career opportunities.

Departmental facilities include a variety of teaching and research laboratories with standard field and molecular research equipment, as well as shared access to conventional and confocal fluorescence microscopes, transmission and scanning electron microscopes, and additional analytical instrumentation through the Materials Science and Engineering Center, and the UW-Eau Claire high performance supercomputing cluster. In addition, we have three greenhouses, an animal care facility, natural history collections that include over 350,000 invertebrate specimens, and access to Putnam Park, a Wisconsin State Natural Area, on the campus. In 2026, UW-Eau Claire will open a new ~$340m Science and Health Sciences Building, which will house the department and all teaching and research facilities.

Research is supported by competitive start-up packages as well as both external and internal grants through the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. In addition, a large renewing internal grant from the UW-Eau Claire differential tuition program supports 20 Biology research students each summer and provides funding for supplies, travel, and faculty stipends. We participate in the Ronald McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program as well as other initiatives to increase equity, diversity, and inclusion. Internal funds are also available to support summer research stipends and travel to professional meetings for both students and faculty mentors. The Department has a long-standing agreement with the Charles Darwin Research Station in the Galapagos to place four interns each summer and faculty have the opportunity to become involved with travel. Each member of the department also receives annual allocations of endowed funds for professional development and/or research expenses.

To learn more about the Department of Biology, visit:

UNIVERSITY and EAU CLAIRE COMMUNITY: UW-Eau Claire, a primarily undergraduate institution of approximately 10,000 students and 1,200 faculty and staff, is consistently recognized as a top comprehensive university in the Midwest and is widely known as a leader in faculty-undergraduate research and study abroad. We strive for excellence in liberal education through commitment to teaching and learning and dedication to our core values of diversity, sustainability, leadership, and innovation. UW-Eau Claire is home to the UW System's only Center of Excellence for Faculty and Undergraduate Student Research Collaboration, which supports research collaborations between faculty and undergraduates as well as external grant development and hosts an annual Celebration of Excellence in Research and Creative Activity. UW-Eau Claire's campus (often described as "Wisconsin's most beautiful campus") spans the banks of the Chippewa River in the heart of Eau Claire, western Wisconsin's largest city.

To learn more about UW-Eau Claire, visit

The City of Eau Claire, situated at the confluence of the Chippewa and Eau Claire rivers, is a vibrant community of over 69,000 located in the Chippewa Valley. Eau Claire has made numerous "Best of" lists, including #2 Most Livable College Town ( and was featured in the "Reasons to Celebrate America" series in Time Magazine and in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel due to its ever expanding entrepreneurial, local food, art and music scenes. Our city is a recreation destination as the surrounding scenic countryside offers plentiful access to rivers, public parks, and many seasonal outdoor activities. Eau Claire is affordable, has major medical facilities, outstanding public schools, and ample employment opportunities. Eau Claire is just 90 miles from the MSP international airport and the cosmopolitan center of Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota. To learn more about events and opportunities in Eau Claire, visit

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Applications are submitted electronically. Please click on the "Apply Now" link for this job posting on the following UW-Eau Claire Web site: This will direct you to the UW System Career Opportunities page where application materials will be submitted. You must create an account and login before you can apply. If you have not yet registered, click on the "New User" link to begin the registration process. If you are already a registered user, input your "User Name" and "Password" and select "Login."  Click the link to the Biology: Assistant Professor in Conservation Biology position (Job ID # 20076) and then click the "Apply Now" button to submit your application electronically. Your application will not be considered complete until all required documents are attached, and all required fields are completed. Please be sure you have included the following in PDF format:

  • Letter of application including a statement of why you are interested in a career at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
  • Statement of teaching philosophy that addresses your experiences with and plans for teaching and mentoring diverse student populations and courses you would be interested in teaching (2-page maximum length)
  • Concise research statement including future research plans and ways to involve undergraduates as collaborators (2-page maximum length)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Unofficial copies of all graduate school transcripts
  • Names and contact information for three references

Please direct requests for additional information to: Dr. Nora Mitchell,

To ensure consideration, completed applications must be received by October 9, 2023. Screening may continue until the position is filled.

The UW-Eau Claire Police Department is dedicated to maintaining a safe and secure environment for learning and working. Although crime at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is limited, the University Police want students, faculty and staff to be aware of crime on campus and the area surrounding the campus. The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act is a federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose annual information about campus crime. Visit Campus Security and Fire Report. Also visit our Campus Security Authority(CSA) policy.

UW-Eau Claire is an AA/EEO/Veterans/Disability employer dedicated to enhancing equity, diversity, and inclusion.

The University reserves the right to contact additional references with notice given to the candidates at an appropriate time in the process. Employment will require a background check. Employment will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding past conduct related to sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. §. 19.36(7).

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