University of Maine: Assistant Professor in Plant Evolutionary Biology and Systematics

The School of Biology and Ecology seeks a plant evolutionary biologist for an academic year, full-time, tenure track position at the Assistant Professor level. We are interested in a broadly trained scientist who integrates ecological and whole-plant level investigations with cellular and/or molecular approaches to questions in plant adaptation, systematics and speciation, conservation, and/or domestication. This position will contribute to growing departmental strengths in community ecology, biogeography, evolution, and applied plant sciences.

Possible areas of research in plant evolution, conservation, systematics and/or biogeography include (but are not limited to):

  1. Patterns and processes of plant evolution addressed by modern experimental and comparative approaches to systematics and phylogenomics;
  2. Understanding the role of evolutionary processes in plant relationships that inform modern challenges in conservation and management (e.g., climate change, invasive species);
  3. Understanding the mechanisms driving the origin, maintenance and function of natural biodiversity.

About Us: Located on the northern border of beautiful Downeast Maine, the University of Maine, Orono, is the flagship campus of the University of Maine System, and a Land and Sea grant institution with an enrollment of 12,000 students. Research facilities include the Fay Hyland Botanic Garden, Herbarium, research forests and farms, and greenhouses. Further information about the School of Biology and Ecology and our activities can be found at Close proximity to numerous natural and cultural amenities, excellent public schools in walkable neighborhoods, little traffic, and an affordable cost of living make the greater Bangor area a wonderful place to live and work. The University of Maine is located just 60 miles from the beautiful Bar Harbor area and Acadia National Park and two hours from Portland, offering access to a wealth of outdoor activities and a thriving restaurant scene. UMaine is an NSF ADVANCE institution, committed to diversity in our workforce, work-life balance, and a high quality of life that Maine offers.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

Knowledge, Skills & Qualifications:

A PhD in a relevant discipline is required by the date of hire. Postdoctoral experience in plant evolutionary biology and/or systematics research is highly desired. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated track record of research excellence, as demonstrated by peer-reviewed publications. Other measures of potential for academic success include prior experience in teaching and in obtaining research funding. Appropriate background checks apply.

Materials must be submitted by visiting the job listing on UMaine’s HireTouch website,, and clicking “Apply For Position” at the bottom of the page. You will need to create a profile and application; upload 1) a cover letter, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) a statement describing your current and future plans for research (2-pages max), a statement of teaching philosophy and experience (2 pages max), and a 1-page statement on your approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion in Academia, as well as contact information for three references. Incomplete application materials cannot be considered. Review of applications will begin on December 31, 2017. Candidates with completed applications by this date are guaranteed full consideration.

Questions about the position must also be addressed to the chair of the search committee (Dr. Jacquelyn Gill, [email protected]; 207-581-2305).

The University of Maine is an EEO/AA Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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last updated 5-Dec-2017