Tenure-track Assistant Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Tulane University Published: October 19, 2018
New Orleans, Louisiana
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But we’re hardly an ivory-tower, view-from-40,000-feet kind of place. Yes, you’ll find a lot of intellectual firepower on campus. Our faculty are involved in projects as diverse as protecting the aquatic resources of the Gulf and chronicling the region’s singular musical heritage. But because of our size – just 8,452 undergrads; classes average 21 students – you won’t be looking at that academic talent from afar. The brilliant faculty who are carrying out that work also happen to be eager, nurturing educators, and they’ll be teaching your classes from the minute you arrive.

Position Overview

The Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at Tulane University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level with a research focus on disease ecology and evolution using genomic, experimental and/or modelling approaches. Our department has concentrations in tropical biology and river/coast ecosystems.

We seek to hire a colleague whose research complements these concentrations and has potential applications to One Health, global change, coupled natural-human systems and/or conservation issues. Candidates working in animal, plant or microbial systems and in terrestrial, freshwater or marine systems are encouraged to apply.

The position is 60% research, 10% service and 30% teaching, with lab space and a competitive start up package to be provided. The faculty member will be responsible for teaching one course per semester and will rotate among 3 or 4 different courses. In addition to teaching, faculty members mentor Ph.D., M.S. and B.S. students in Tulane’s School of Science and Engineering.


  • The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. degree in Biology, Ecology or related fields.
  • Postdoctoral research experience is strongly preferred.

Additional Information

The vision of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology is to be recognized as a center for solution-based science in ecology and evolutionary biology with foci in tropical and river-coast ecosystems. We aim to conduct translational research: basic scientific advance is not only an end in itself but also a means to providing solutions to global environmental challenges. The department maintains interactions with nationally and internationally recognized programs.

For example, Tulane is a member of the Organization for Tropical Studies and our students and faculty interact with study abroad courses worldwide. Locally, our department is involved in the Riversphere – A Center of Excellence in Renewable Energy Systems, and The ByWater Institute. Along with a shared molecular facility within our department, we collaborate with the School of Science and Engineering to use the Coordinated Instrumentation Facility. Tulane University is also home for the renowned School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and the Tulane National Primate Research Center.

The department participates actively in multiple community-engaged Tulane University activities, including the Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning, Girls in STEM at Tulane (GIST), Boys at Tulane in STEM (BATS), the Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking, and Tulane’s mandatory two-tiered service learning requirement for undergraduates (CPS). We are fully committed and proactive in seeking ways to achieve the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students and we seek individuals who will actively support this goal.

Tulane University is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, a select group of the 62 leading research universities in the United States and Canada with 'preeminent programs of graduate and professional education and scholarly research.' Tulane is located in the historic Gulf Coast city of New Orleans, which is known for its culture, food and music.

To Apply

Please click "Apply on Company Website" below to upload the following:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of research accomplishments and future directions
  • Teaching statement
  • Statement that describes how the candidate would advance our institutional diversity goals through their research, teaching, and service
  • Up to three publications 
  • Name and contact information (address, e-mail, phone) of three professional references who can address candidate’s qualifications

Review of applications will begin November 1, 2018 and search will remain open until the position is filled, with a start date of July 1, 2019.

Please contact any member of the search committee if you have additional questions:

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