Tenure-track Assistant Professor of Integrative Avian Biology, 9-month academic appointment, 50% research and 50% teaching, School of Biology and Ecology (SBE), University of Maine, Orono

Purpose: The School of Biology and Ecology seeks integrative avian biologist for an academic year, full-time, tenure track position at the Assistant Professor level. We are interested in a broadly trained scientist who addresses physiological, neurobiological, immunological or endocrinological questions using birds as a study system. This position will contribute to growing departmental strengths in organismal physiology, global change biology, one health, biomedical sciences, ecology, biogeography, and evolution. 

Essential Duties & Responsibilities: The successful candidate is expected to establish an externally funded research program that complements current research in organismal biology in the School of Biology and Ecology and other units in the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry and Agriculture (NSFA). We seek avian biologists who will build on existing strengths in integrative organismal biology and ecology on campus. Areas of particular interest include endocrinology, eco-immunology, and neurobiology using either field or lab-based studies. The ability to develop research relevant to Maine’s natural resource conservation, forestry, or agricultural industries is also desirable, as well as the capacity to provide assistance to stakeholders and other researchers as part of Maine’s Land Grant mission.

The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching upper-level undergraduate courses such as avian biology, animal behavior, and endocrinology. The faculty member will also be expected to contribute to the enhancement of the breadth of research areas for the growing demands of undergraduate capstone experience and honors thesis research at SBE and other departments.

About the University: The University of Maine is a community of more than 11,700 undergraduate and graduate students, and 2,500 employees located on the Orono campus, the regional campus in Machias, and throughout the state. UMaine is the state land and sea grant university and maintains a leadership role as the System’s flagship university.  As a result, it is dedicated to providing excellent teaching, research, and service at the university, state, and national levels. Further information about UMaine can be found at https://umaine.edu/

The University of Maine offers a wide range of benefits for employees including, but not limited to, tuition benefits (employee and dependent), comprehensive insurance coverage including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and short and long term disability as well as retirement plan options. As a former NSF ADVANCE institution, the University of Maine is committed to diversity in our workforce and to dual-career couples.

UMaine is located in beautiful Central Maine. Many employees report that a primary reason for choosing to come to UMaine is quality of life. Numerous cultural activities, excellent public schools, safe neighborhoods, high quality medical care, little traffic, and a reasonable cost of living make the greater Bangor area a wonderful place to live. Learn more about what the Bangor region has to offer here.

The University of Maine System is considered a federal contractor and therefore required to comply with the directives of civil authorities regarding COVID vaccinations. As of January 4, 2022, new hires are required to be fully vaccinated or have submitted a request for a religious or medical exemption on or prior to their start date. Further information can be found here.

Qualifications: A PhD in biology or a relevant discipline is required. Postdoctoral experience in the neurobiology or endocrinology of birds is highly desired. Excellent oral and written communication skills are essential. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated track record of research excellence, as demonstrated by publications in peer-reviewed journals. Other measures of potential for academic success include prior experience in teaching and in obtaining research funding.

Application: Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, a concise statement (1-2 pages) describing your current and future plans for research, a one-page statement of teaching philosophy and experience and a one page statement of your philosophy or approach to improving diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin on February 1, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. Tentative start date of September 1, 2022. Questions about the position must also be addressed to the chair of the search committee (Dr. Danielle Levesque, danielle.l.levesque@maine.edu; 207-581-2511).


Appropriate background checks are required.

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