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Assistant Professor: Large-scale Ecologist (Ecosystem, Landscape, Global)

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Boulder, Colorado

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Job Summary

The successful candidate will mentor and teach at graduate and undergraduate levels and develop an externally funded research program. For further information about the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology see

Who We Are

 The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder is the intellectual core of the university, conducting research, scholarship, creative work and education in more than 60 fields.  Our research generates new knowledge, solving some of the world’s most critical problems. The college leads nationally in undergraduate and graduate education, bringing world-class research and scholarship to our students, both in and out of the classroom. The college is the academic home to all five of the university’s Nobel laureates. Additionally, it is home to the university’s four National Medal of Science winners, eight MacArthur "Genius Award" winners, 100 Fulbright Scholars, 17 Guggenheim Fellows, 14 Packard Fellows, 24 members of the National Academy of Sciences, and 23 members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. CU-Boulder is the only university in the Rocky Mountain region in the American Association of Universities, a group of the nation’s leading research institutions.

The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder invites applications for an ecologist working at the ecosystem, landscape or global scale at the Assistant Professor (tenure track) level. We seek an individual who addresses the influence of environmental change (including climate, land use, disturbance, biological invasions, or pollution) on ecological patterns, processes, and trends at large spatial scales. Expertise could include: ecological consequences of spatial heterogeneity; interactions of large-scale biotic and abiotic factors; system-level approaches to complex dynamics; integration of structure and process across multiple scales; global patterns in ecosystem functions, resilience, or biodiversity; or in the development of theory or data analytics to address large-scale datasets. System-level expertise may be in any area, including terrestrial, aquatic, or linked terrestrial-aquatic systems that range from natural to human-dominated.

 The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EBIO) has strong interdisciplinary ties to other campus institutes (e.g., INSTAAR, CIRES), the CU Natural History Museum, and departments (e.g., ENVS, GEOG, GEOL) focused on research and teaching in the environmental sciences, and offers possibilities for involvement in major environmental research programs, including the Niwot Ridge LTER and Boulder Creek CZO, as well as Earth Lab Analytical Hub. Research programs in EBIO are aimed at improving our understanding of global change; connecting biological research to the development of ecological conservation strategies; and exploring the fundamental mechanisms underlying the structural and functional adaptations of organisms. We offer a collaborative, intellectually stimulating, and supportive environment in which a new professor can thrive.  


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

Be Statements

Be Collaborative. Be Imaginative. Be Boulder.

What We Require

  • We expect candidates to have a PhD in a relevant field.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Candidates should have some post-PhD research experience (i.e. a postdoctoral research position or equivalent).

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

1. Cover Letter, which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications
2. Resume/CV
3. Statement of Research Philosophy
4. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
5. Publications and Funding
A. Number of peer reviewed journal articles
B. Number of book chapters
C. Number of popular articles
D. Other publications (please explain)
E. Total number of external funding awards
F. (Short Answer): Summary of external funding awards - include the report grant title, agency, year, PI or co-PI, and amount

You will need to submit 3 references for this position. These individuals may be contacted at a later time and asked to submit a letter of recommendation as part of your application materials. This information will be kept confidential and viewable only by the search committee.

Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2018; applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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