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Illinois State University
Illinois State University, Normal
Closing date
Oct 13, 2023

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
Ecology, Biology
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Employment Type
Full time

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The School of Biological Sciences at Illinois State University in Normal, IL ( invites applications for three nine-month tenure-track position in 1) POPULATION or COMMUNITY ECOLOGY and 2) THE ECOLOGY OF HUMAN-IMPACTED SYSTEMS at the level of Assistant Professor.

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF POPULATION or COMMUNITY ECOLOGY. We seek candidates whose research addresses fundamental ecological concepts at the level of populations or communities. Research systems could include laboratory or field and a computational component, and we especially seek applicants who will develop a local aspect to at least part of their research program. Candidates should be able to contribute to ecological, organismal, or biostatistics courses at the undergraduate or graduate level, including developing a graduate course in population and/or community ecology.

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF THE ECOLOGY OF HUMAN-IMPACTED SYSTEMS. We seek candidates whose research addresses fundamental or applied questions about ecological interactions within human impacted environments that intersect with conservation biology, ideally including plants. Research foci could include restoration, urban, or disturbance ecology, or plant-animal interactions. We especially seek candidates with the ability to develop a research program with a local component. Candidates should be able to contribute to ecological, conservation biology, or organismal courses at the undergraduate or graduate level, including developing a graduate course with a conservation focus in their area of expertise.

Successful candidates are expected to establish a rigorous, nationally recognized, extramurally funded research program, publish scholarly research in quality, peer-reviewed journals, advise and mentor B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. students in their research groups, and provide effective evidence-based instruction in their discipline. A Ph.D. in the specific field of biology or a closely related field and relevant post-doctoral experience are required. State law mandates demonstrable oral proficiency in the English language as a requirement of this position. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The School of Biological Sciences comprises 24 faculty, 7 instructional faculty, approximately 65 graduate students (M.S. and Ph.D.), and over 660 undergraduate majors. We value research and teaching, and offer a collegial environment fostering research collaboration among ecologists, conservation biologists, evolutionary biologists, cell and molecular biologists, physiologists, and neuroscientists, as well as opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations within the college or the university. The School of Biological Sciences features modern microscopy, flow cytometry, vertebrate and aquatic animal care, greenhouses, and other shared facilities. The University and the School of Biological Sciences are committed to increasing the diversity and inclusivity of the campus community, recognizing that a diverse and inclusive faculty, staff, and student body enriches the scholarly experiences for the ISU campus and greater community. Candidates who have experience working with a diverse range of faculty, staff, and students, and a demonstrated commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive community are encouraged to apply. We are sensitive to the needs and invested in the success of dual career partnerships. Information about the diverse and thriving Bloomington-Normal community can be found here:  and here: 

Please complete a faculty application for posting number 517530 (POPULATION or COMMUNITY ECOLOGY) or 517532 (THE ECOLOGY OF HUMAN-IMPACTED SYSTEMS) at Applicants will be instructed to attach as a single pdf file the following: i) a cover letter, ii) curriculum vitae, iii) a two-page research statement, iv) a one-page teaching statement, v) a one-page statement describing your interest in or effort toward furthering diversity, equity, and inclusion, vi) pdf files of three representative publications, and vii) names and e-mail addresses for three references. Review of applications will begin on October 16, 2023, and continue until the position is filled. Intended start date is August 16, 2024. Questions about the POPULATION or COMMUNITY ECOLOGY search should be directed to Dr. Ben Sadd (, and the THE ECOLOGY OF HUMAN-IMPACTED SYSTEMS search to Dr. Pirmin Nietlisbach (

Illinois State University: Illinois State University, founded in 1857, is the oldest public university in Illinois. There are approximately 21,000 students in the six colleges of Illinois State University. In our most recent strategic plan Educate ∙ Connect ∙ Elevate, we have committed our resources to realizing seven core values: Learning and Scholarship, Diversity and Inclusion, Respect, Collaboration, Individualized Attention, Civic Engagement, and Integrity. By acting on these values, we create a learning environment that results in our University being the first-choice public university in Illinois for high-achieving, motivated students who seek an individualized educational experience combined with the resources of a large university. Also visit the University’s metrics of excellence at (

Illinois State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Minority/Women/Disability/Veteran.


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