Assistant Professor in Water and Ecosystems

University of California-Irvine

Irvine, CA, US

The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Irvine, invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in ecology as part of a cluster hire in water resources. Faculty research in the department spans a wide range of topics ( Potential research areas for this position include (but are not limited to) global climate change and drought, the interface between freshwater and marine environments, water-mediated links between ecosystems, the interface between organisms and water, groundwater issues, wildfire, invasive species, restoration, and urban ecology. The aim of the water cluster is to increase the capacity and world leadership of the university in tackling challenges related to water. Hires are completed or ongoing in the Departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Earth System Science, and Urban Planning and Public Policy.

The successful candidate is expected to develop an independent, externally funded research program leading to ecological innovations in the context of water issues. Building synergistic connections with existing research programs is encouraged. The candidate will also contribute to teaching and mentoring at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Biological Sciences at UC Irvine is a vibrant community of scholars comprised of over 100 faculty members, including six Fellows of the National Academy of Sciences, seven of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and two of the Royal Society. UCI is a Minority Serving Institution (MSI), designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and as an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI). These federal designations align with UCI’s aspiration to be a national leader and global model of inclusive excellence. Biological Sciences at UCI is highly interdisciplinary with many connections to the Schools of Medicine, Physical Sciences, Information and Computer Sciences, and Engineering through its Center for Complex Biological Systems. The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology is home to 38 faculty and over 50 graduate students. Research in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology uses a range of methodologies spanning field studies, experimental approaches, and theoretical and computer modeling. Students and faculty have local access to field sites that include marine, desert, and California chaparral communities. UCI is a top ten public research university that excels at improving outcomes for students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds and as a consequence has consistently been ranked as the best university in the nation in promoting upward mobility of its graduates.

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and based on University of California pay scales.

Review of applications will begin January 15, 2018. For application instructions, please go to the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Assistant Professor Section at

Criteria for research, teaching, and diversity statement are available here:

Research Statement (3 pages). This statement should:

  1. Detail the candidate’s specific area of expertise, with a description of their contributions to the field.
  2. Provide a detailed plan of their future independent research program, and how this program will be leveraged to obtain extramural funding.
  3. Indicate how the candidate’s research program will synergize with the research environment at UCI.

Teaching Statement (1 page). This statement should:

  1. Indicate the candidate’s teaching experiences to date, including experience with teaching/lecturing to undergraduates/graduate students, or other populations, as well as their areas of interest. This should also include mentorship that they have given to others in the line of research or outreach activities.
  2. Detail the candidate’s teaching approaches and philosophies, as to how they will engage in effective teaching strategies.
  3. Provide evidence (if any) of effectiveness of previous teaching.

Diversity Statement (1 page). The UC Statement on Diversity is available at: Applicants will be evaluated on their required statements of their contribution to diversity. This statement should:

  1. Indicate how the candidate has demonstrated awareness of the issues faced by historically underrepresented or economically disadvantaged groups and the benefits of a diverse and inclusive faculty.
  2. Provide evidence (if any) of the candidate’s track record and success in activities aimed at reducing barriers in education or research for underrepresented or disadvantaged groups.
  3. Detail specific plans (if any) to contribute through campus programs, new activities, or through national or off-campus organizations.

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity /Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy. A recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity, UCI is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, supports work-life balance through an array of family-friendly policies, and is dedicated to broadening participation in higher education.