Employment Opportunities

Employment Opportunities
Employment Opportunities

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR in Genes, Genomes and Evolution



The School of Biological Sciences (SBS), in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) invites applications for an academic-year, tenure-track, assistant professor position in Genes, Genomes, and Evolution. The successful candidate will work broadly to elucidate molecular or cellular mechanisms that link genes and traits using an integrative approach in any plant, animal, or microbial system in an evolutionary context. This position will play a key role in furthering SBS goals to integrate across biological levels to understand how organisms develop, function, interact with, and adapt to their environment. This is the second of what is expected to be a cluster of at least two faculty in this area.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong record of original research as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications. They will be expected to contribute to the university’s mission to promote diversity and inclusive excellence, establish a nationally recognized and extramurally funded research program, be dedicated to education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and be committed to inclusive teaching.

A Ph.D. in biology or a related discipline; research experience in genes, genomes, and evolution, as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications; and postdoctoral or equivalent training are required. Preference will be given to candidates with a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (assessed with rubric based on https://ofew.berkeley.edu/recruitment/contributions-diversity/rubric-assessing-candidate-contributions-diversity-equity); the ability to build upon and expand existing research in SBS (biosci.unl.edu); a commitment to teaching at the undergrad and graduate levels; and the likelihood of success at obtaining intramural grants, judged by the research statement.

The successful candidate will receive dedicated lab and office space and a competitive start-up package and will have the opportunity to collaborate with an accomplished group of biologists in SBS, the Nebraska Center for Virology, and other units across the UNL campus and the University of Nebraska system. SBS offers a collaborative, interdisciplinary, and welcoming place to work. As articulated in our strategic plans, SBSCAS, and UNL are committed to enhancing diversity, inclusion, and equity in all aspects of our mission from undergraduate and graduate students to faculty and staff.

The city of Lincoln, Nebraska provides an outstanding quality of life that includes a vibrant downtown with a lively music and art scene, a collection of over 120 parks, and 130 miles of bike trails, plus a low cost of living. Learn more about the city of Lincoln at https://www.unl.edu/lincoln/about-lincoln and https://diversity.unl.edu/creating-connections-on-and-off-campus.

Review of applications will begin on October 20, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled or the search is closed. Applicants should go to https://employment.unl.edu, requisition F_230143. Complete the Faculty Academic/Administrative Information form, and upload the following documents: (1) a cover letter highlighting the candidate’s interest in the position and their qualifications; (2) a Curriculum Vitae; (3) a document with research, teaching, and diversity statements; and (4) the names and contact information for three references. The two-page research statement should describe research interests and future plans. The one-page teaching statement should summarize instructional strategies, experience, and interests. The one-page diversity statement should describe past experiences that advance diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as future plans. Combine the three statements into a single document for upload. Questions regarding the application process may be sent to biologysearch@unl.edu.


UNL seeks to achieve a working and learning environment that is open to all people. Dignity and respect for all in the UNL community are the responsibility of each individual member of the community. The realization of that responsibility across the campus is critical to UNL’s success.


As an EO/AA employer, the University of Nebraska considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See https://www.unl.edu/equity/notice-nondiscrimination.