Assistant Professor – Insect Biodiversity, School of Integrative Biology, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Assistant Professor, Insect Biodiversity

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

 The Department of Entomology and the School of Integrative Biology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign invite applications from biologists with a record of research in insect biodiversity for a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track faculty position at the assistant professor level, with the anticipated start date of August 16, 2022. 

We are looking for individuals whose work can address biodiversity across any of a number of levels and can include large-scale phylogenomics, biogeography, phylogeography, and conservation genomics. Research relevant to insect responses to global change and ecological/evolutionary consequences is a high priority. The successful candidate will be expected to build an externally funded research program and collaborate with other faculty to develop research initiatives; this position provides an opportunity to be part of dynamic and well-established communities of integrative biologists with interests spanning a wide range of taxa in the School of Integrative Biology, as well as many interdisciplinary programs across the campus, including the Illinois Natural History Survey, housing one of the largest US insect collections (with more than 7 million prepared insect specimens). Responsibilities also include teaching and participation in both undergraduate and graduate training. 

The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in entomology, biology, zoology, genetics/genomics, conservation biology, or a related discipline. Candidates who have demonstrated a commitment to working with students or faculty from groups historically marginalized or underrepresented in the field through teaching, mentoring, or administration are especially encouraged to apply. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. 

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To apply, create your candidate profile through and submit application materials. Applicants must submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, links to 3 representative publications, a statement of teaching philosophy and interests, a statement of research interests, a DEI statement, and contact information for three professional references. Letters of recommendation may be requested electronically at a later date. Only applications submitted through the University of Illinois Job Board will be considered. To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by October 29, 2021, but they will be accepted until the position is filled. Interviews may take place before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date. 

Questions about the position or application procedures may be directed to Tina Lamb [email protected] 

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