University of California, Riverside

Assistant Professor in Comparative Biomechanics of Vertebrates

Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology

The Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology (EEOB) of the University of California, Riverside (UCR) invites applications for a 9-month tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of the Comparative Biomechanics of Vertebrates starting July 1, 2022. Candidates should address the mechanical aspects of vertebrate life, including topics that may be related to morphology, evolution, comparative genomics, behavior, and/or ecology. Candidates that integrate across multiple areas are particularly encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate will join a vibrant community of researchers in the EEOB Department, and in graduate programs such as EEOB, GGB (Genetics, Genomics, and Bioinformatics), and Biophysics, all of which involve outstanding interdepartmental groups of faculty. Please consult for details about the department and other graduate programs in which our faculty participate.

The successful candidate will have: access to modern campus facilities including a high-performance computing cluster, a large (4m long) water channel for fluid mechanics, the Center for Advanced Microscopy, a genomics and proteomics core, and the UC Natural Reserve System (, which is an outstanding network of field stations in diverse California ecosystems.

The successful candidate will get the chance to work with our excellent student population, and will be able to utilize opportunities provide by UCR’s designations as a majority-minority institution; a designated Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI); an Asian-American, Native American, and Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI); and home to a local chapter of the NSF-funded California Alliance for Minority Participation (CAMP).

Applicants will be expected to develop a creative, extramurally funded research program and contribute to teaching in our undergraduate and graduate core curricula including an undergraduate course in human anatomy.

Required qualifications for this position include:

  • Ph.D. in biomechanics or a related field
  • Minimum 1 year of Postdoctoral experience
  • Demonstrated excellence in research

We are particularly excited to recruit candidates who are interested in engaging UCR’s majority-minority student population.

Applications must be submitted through:, including:

  • curriculum vitae
  • cover letter
  • Statement of Research
  • Statement of Teaching interests
  • up to three selected reprints
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • a statement addressing the candidate’s past and potential future contributions to promote a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment (this can be reflected through research, teaching, supervision, mentoring, community engagement, service, and any of the other varied activities that are a part of an academic career)

Evaluation of applications will begin April 19, 2022, but the position will remain open until filled. For full consideration, applicants should submit their complete applications prior to the above date.

Advancement through the faculty ranks at the University of California is through a series of structured, merit-based evaluations, occurring every 2-3 years, each of which includes substantial peer input.

For more information about this position, please contact Dr. Mark Springer, Chair of the Search Committee, Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology, at For questions on application procedures and requirements, please contact Mr. Troy Hall Jr., Academic Personnel, at

UCR is a world-class research university with an exceptionally diverse undergraduate student body. Its mission is explicitly linked to providing routes to educational success for underrepresented and first-generation college students. A commitment to this mission is a preferred qualification.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

University of California COVID-19 Vaccination Program Policy

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. Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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Last updated: 2022-03-30