Bowdoin College: Faculty Position in Biology and Environmental Studies

Bowdoin College invites applications for a tenure-track position jointly appointed in Biology and Environmental Studies to begin July 2018. We are searching for an environmental biologist working on problems of relevance to an Environmental Studies program, with possible emphases in community, ecosystem, and/or population ecology; potential fields could include, among others: conservation biology, fisheries, ecotoxicology, or limnology.

Bowdoin is located in coastal Maine with convenient access to a diverse range of natural habitats including meadows, forests of differing species composition, the Gulf of Maine, the White Mountains and the major rivers that drain them, Merrymeeting Bay (a large freshwater tidal system), urban centers, and agriculture. The College maintains three unique field sites in support of teaching and research: the Coastal Studies Center, a 114 acre preserve on Harpswell Sound, which includes a flowing seawater laboratory and small boat fleet; the Bowdoin Scientific Station on Kent Island in the Bay of Fundy; and 260 undeveloped acres of sandplain grassland, oak-pine forest and pitch pine heath barren adjacent to campus.

Bowdoin welcomes applications from candidates committed to the instruction and support of a diverse student population and those who will enrich and contribute to the College’s ethnic and cultural diversity. We value a community in which students of all backgrounds are warmly welcomed and encouraged to succeed. Candidates who have experience working with a particular group of students in the context of Biology and Environmental Studies are encouraged to address this in their cover letter.

The successful candidate will be appointed at the assistant professor level and will offer courses relevant to Biology and Environmental Studies that address contemporary environmental issues. The teaching load is three courses per year and may include the following: contributions to Introduction to Environmental Studies or Perspectives in Environmental Science, which are part of the core course sequence in the Environmental Studies major; advanced courses in the candidate’s area of specialty; interdisciplinary capstone courses for Environmental Studies; courses designed for non-majors that meet the College’s Inquiry in the Natural Sciences graduation requirement; and occasional contributions to the introductory curriculum in Biology. It is expected that advanced courses and those designed for non-majors might cross list in Biology and Environmental Studies.

The successful candidate must possess a strong commitment to undergraduate education and demonstrate the potential to develop an active and productive research program that involves undergraduate students. Ph.D. required; postdoctoral experience preferred. Bowdoin College offers strong support for faculty research and teaching. There is internal funding in support of research, a junior sabbatical leave, and an accelerated post-tenure sabbatical schedule. We recognize that recruiting and retaining faculty may involve considerations of spouses and domestic partners. To that end, where possible, the College attempts to accommodate and respond creatively to the needs of spouses and partners of members of the faculty.

Bowdoin College accepts only electronic submissions. Please visit to submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a statement of research plans, a statement describing teaching philosophy/experience, and the names and contact information for three references who have agreed to provide letters of recommendation upon request.

Review of applications will begin September 15.

Founded on the Maine coast in 1794, Bowdoin is one of the oldest and most selective coeducational, residential liberal arts colleges in the country. Located in Brunswick, Maine, a 30-minute drive north of Portland, the College is in an area rich with natural beauty and year-round outdoor activities. Bowdoin’s reputation rests on the excellence of its faculty and students, its intimate size, its strong sense of community, and its commitment to diversity (31.5% students of color, 5% international students and approximately 15% first-generation college students).

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last updated 20-Jul-2017