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Tenure track Assistant Professor position in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Position overview

Position title: Assistant Professor

Application Window

Open date: November 10, 2022

Next review date: Saturday, Dec 10, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Jan 6, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) at UCLA, an emerging Hispanic Serving Institution, is searching for a tenure track Assistant Professor that complements their research program with an outstanding commitment to equity and inclusion through research, mentorship, teaching, community engagement and/or service. Candidates in any area of ecology or evolutionary biology, broadly defined, will be considered. We particularly encourage applications from women, underrepresented minorities, and individuals with a commitment to mentoring underrepresented groups in the sciences. Necessary qualifications include a PhD degree in a relevant discipline and a strong background in quantitative methods. Evidence of sustained research productivity through journal publications is required. The successful candidate will be expected to develop an externally funded research program, and teach and mentor at both the undergraduate and graduate levels employing inclusive pedagogical approaches. We are especially interested in candidates that can complement existing departmental strengths in inclusive education, and develop courses that satisfy the UCLA undergraduate diversity requirement and/or courses that include topics of diversity, equity and inclusion and how they relate to the fields of ecology and evolutionary biology.
Application packages should be submitted online through and include the following individual documents: 1) curriculum vita; 2) research statement including future directions (2 pages maximum); 3) teaching statements that include teaching interests as well as experience employing pedagogies that promote active learning and inclusive teaching practices (1 page maximum); 4) statement of contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion that includes previous and planned efforts that advance EDI through formal and/or informal mentoring, research or education activities (no page limit); and 5) cover letter that includes names of three referees who can be contacted for letters (reference letters will only be requested of select candidates; 1 page maximum). Review of applications will begin on December 10, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. Inquiries about the position should be sent to search committee chair Professor Karen Sears (

Located in an urban setting, UCLA is California's largest university with a diverse student body of 38,000 undergraduate and graduate students, >27% that come from underrepresented minority groups, and 31% who are first-generation college students. UCLA is home to a number of NIH, NSF, and HHMI funded training programs focused on increasing success for underrepresented students in science, medical and allied health fields. The EEB Department at UCLA has 29 faculty and is a vibrant and expanding department with a faculty recognized for pedagogical innovation and commitment to advancing STEM diversity. EEB also features a large and diverse graduate program, three undergraduate majors (Biology; Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution; Marine Biology), and two minors (Conservation Biology and Evolutionary Medicine). EEB faculty have affiliations or close ties with the Institute for Quantitative and Computational Biosciences and the Institute of Environment and Sustainability, the David Geffen School of Medicine, and the Fielding School of Public Health. EEB is also closely associated with UCLA’s La Kretz Center for California Conservation Sciences, Stunt Ranch UC Reserve, the Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden, the Donald R. Dickey Collection of Birds and Mammals, and the Center for Education and Innovation and Learning in the Sciences, affiliations and resources that will be available to successful applicants, as appropriate.

UCLA offers competitive salaries, research set-up funds, and recruitment allowances, and has programs to assist in partner employment, housing, childcare, schooling and other family concerns. For additional information, visit the UCLA Academic Personnel Office website ( or the UC Office of the President’s website (

The University of California is committed to creating and maintaining a community dedicated to the advancement, application, and transmission of knowledge and creative endeavors through academic excellence, where all individuals who participate in University programs and activities can work and learn together in a safe and secure environment, free of violence, harassment, bullying and other demeaning behavior, discrimination, exploitation, or intimidation. With this commitment as well as a commitment to addressing all forms of academic misconduct, UCLA conducts targeted employment reference checks for finalists to whom departments or other hiring units would like to extend formal offers of appointment into Academic Senate faculty positions. The targeted employment reference checks involve contacting the finalists’ current and prior places of employment to ask whether there have been substantiated findings of misconduct that would violate the University’s Faculty Code of Conduct. To implement this process, UCLA requires all applicants for Academic Senate faculty positions to complete, sign, and upload the form entitled “Authorization to Release Information” into RECRUIT as part of their application. If the applicant does not include the signed authorization to release information with the applications materials, the application will be considered incomplete. As with any incomplete application, the application will not receive further consideration. Although all applicants for faculty recruitments must complete the entire application, only finalists (i.e., those whom the department or other hiring unit would like to extend a formal offer) considered for Academic Senate faculty positions will be subject to targeted employment reference checks.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Necessary qualifications include a PhD degree in a relevant discipline

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Cover Letter

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Teaching

  • Statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - An EDI Statement describes a faculty candidate’s past, present, and future (planned) contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion. To learn more about how UCLA thinks about contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, please review our EDI Statement FAQ document.

  • Reference check authorization release form - Complete and upload the reference check authorization release form

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)

Contact information for references will be requested upon application submission. Letters will be requested if candidate is selected.

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Campus Information

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees must (a) provide proof of receiving at least one dose of a COVID-19 Vaccine no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment and provide proof of Full Vaccination no later than eight weeks after their first date of employment; or (b) if applicable, submit a request for Exception or Deferral no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.

Job location

Los Angeles, CA