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Assistant Professor Of Biological Sciences (Urban Ecologist/Urban Evolutionary Biologist)

California State University at Long Beach
Long Beach, California, US
Closing date
Sep 26, 2023

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
Salary Type
Employment Type
Full time
Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in ecology, evolution, or a related field Postdoctoral research experience Research experience in urban ecology or urban evolutionary biology A record of research productivity commensurate with experience level Demonstrated commitment to effective teaching of biology courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels Demonstrated commitment to working successfully with a diverse student population

Preferred Qualifications:

  • At least two years of postdoctoral research experience Research experience in studying organismal ecology or evolution in urban ecosystems [Topics may broadly include responses to climate change, anthropogenic landscape changes (urbanization, agriculture), pollution, fire, species interactions, etc.] Demonstrated potential for establishing an externally funded research program Demonstrated interest in increasing the participation of underrepresented students in STEM fields through teaching and mentoring Teaching experience at the college level, with the ability to teach ecology, evolutionary biology, or courses in their area of specialty Commitment to learning and incorporating pedagogical best practices to create equitable courses that promote student learning Experience of successfully working with populations demographically and socioeconomically similar to the CSULB student body


  • Develop and teach undergraduate and graduate courses in urban ecology or urban evolution, organismal diversity, and/or introductory biology [Mode of instruction may include in-person, hybrid, online, and/or any combination thereof.] Contribute to our efforts to diversify the scientific workforce by effectively training students both inside and outside the classroom Develop and sustain an independent externally funded research program in urban ecology or urban evolution that involves undergraduate and graduate (M.S.) students and leads to peer-reviewed publications with student co-authors Participate in service to the department, college, university, and community

CSULB seeks to recruit faculty who enthusiastically support the University's strong commitment to the academic success of all of our students, including students of color, students with disabilities, students who are first generation to college, veterans, students with diverse socio-economic backgrounds, and students of diverse sexual orientations and gender expressions. CSULB seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the People of California, to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer our students a rich variety of expertise, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.

CSULB is proud to be a Minority Serving Institution (MSI), an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI), and a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI). The Department of Biological Sciences is dedicated to ensuring that our highly diverse graduates are prepared for future success by offering a welcoming and challenging education that includes high-quality curriculum and research opportunities. Our students learn to think like scientists, using concept-based knowledge, rather than mastering facts. We value teaching and research as essential components of education; our graduate and undergraduate students engage in research mentored by more than 30 tenured/tenure-track faculty, leading to diverse career outcomes, such as health professions, academia, teaching, industry, and government agencies.

We have a strong record of graduating underrepresented and underserved students; at CSULB these efforts are supported by an extensive array of federal and state grants to support training of undergraduate and graduate students for research careers. Research facilities include a dedicated research laboratory, access to departmental field vehicles, strong biological collections, and extensive shared molecular, imaging, and computational instrumentation (

The CSULB campus is two miles from the ocean in the Los Angeles metropolitan area, which has a population of more than 18.5 million, hundreds of local and state parks, and natural and anthropogenic waterways. Los Angeles is near the Transverse and Peninsular Mountain ranges, and within a day's drive of the Sierra Nevada mountains, the Sonoran Desert, the Mojave Desert, and Baja California.

Information on excellent benefits package available to CSULB faculty is located here: CSU Employee Benefits

How to Apply - Required Documentation:

  • An Equity and Diversity Statement about your teaching or other experiences, successes, and challenges in working with a diverse student population (maximum two pages, single-spaced). For further information and guidelines, please visit: Equity and Diversity Statement Letter of application addressing the required and preferred qualifications CV Research Plan (maximum two pages, single-spaced) Teaching Statement (maximum two pages, single-spaced) Reprints of up to three representative publications Names and contact information for three references (to be contacted for confidential letters of recommendation should you reach the finalist stage) Finalists should be prepared to submit an official transcript (e-transcript preferred, if available)

Requests for information should be addressed to:

Dr. Ted Stankowich

California State University, Long Beach

Department of Biological Sciences

1250 Bellflower Boulevard

Long Beach, CA 90840

(562) 985.4826 or Email:

Dr. Amanda Fisher

California State University, Long Beach

Department of Biological Sciences

1250 Bellflower Boulevard

Long Beach, CA 90840

(562) 985.4205 or Email:

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