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Assistant Professor of Vertebrate Biology - University of Tennessee
Jobs & Postdocs
Posted Oct 2
Knoxville, TN

Open Date:
Sep 27, 2023


The Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology seeks a tenure-track faculty member at the Assistant Professor level in the field of human or non-human vertebrate biology. We seek a broadly trained vertebrate biologist who uses integrative approaches to morphology, function, or physiology in evolutionary, ecological, or behavioral contexts. Applicants should complement the integrative nature of the department, bridging theoretical, mechanistic, and applied research. We welcome applicants who can leverage the wealth of expertise in related fields across the UT system, and who can collaborate with the diverse ecology and evolution focused researchers in the department, at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis [NIMBioS], and the nearby Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Applicants could also integrate into their research program our nearby field resources (including Great Smoky Mountains National Park, national forests, and natural areas), extensive biodiversity collections, and advanced computational and sequencing facilities. Teaching and service will potentially support the new Global Health concentration in the Biological Sciences degree.

The candidate who fills this position will be expected to engage in high-impact scholarly research, to seek external funding to support this research, and to mentor departmental graduate students. This faculty member will also be expected to provide excellent teaching in graduate and undergraduate classes, and to engage in institutional and professional service. We are committed to excellence in teaching, particularly using inquiry-based pedagogies or experiential learning. Expectations for a successful candidate include evidence of effective teaching strategies. 


The successful candidate for this position must have a Ph.D. in biology or a related field by the start of employment. Required qualifications include a successful record of publishing in peer-reviewed journals, along with evidence of the ability to develop an innovative research program supported by external funding. The candidate should also have a willingness to engage in collaboration within and outside of the department, and have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University. Postdoctoral work and the expertise to teach comparative vertebrate evolution and human anatomy are preferred. UTK is a land-grant university and values engaged forms of research/scholarship/creative activity, teaching and service, and considers evidence of these commitments in the records of applicants.

Application Instructions:

Review of applications will begin on 16 Oct 2023, and will continue until the position is filled. Individuals interested in applying for this position should submit electronically at, including a letter of application, research statement, teaching statement, curriculum vita, and list of three to five references who can address the applicant’s capabilities with complete addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses. In addition to addressing their qualifications for the position in their application, candidates may describe how they would help promote students’ access to and inclusion in their teaching and research/scholarship/creative activities. Questions can be directed to Ben Fitzpatrick, search committee chair, at [email protected].