Assistant Professor in Ornithology

Posted on September 27, 2023
Expires: November 30, 2023

The Department of Zoology and Physiology at the University of Wyoming invites applications for a tenure-track position in Ornithology at the rank of Assistant Professor. We invite applications from candidates using diverse systems and approaches to study the physiological or evolutionary ecology of birds. We envision an independent researcher who will develop a strong, extramurally funded research program, and who will excel in a highly collaborative university setting. We seek a colleague who is committed to participating in the community through teaching, research, service, and undergraduate and graduate student mentoring. The individual will be expected to contribute to the academic missions of the department and the interdepartmental Ph.D. program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. The individual will also be expected to be an integral member of WYOBIRD (Wyoming Bird Initiative for Resilience and Diversity). The successful candidate will be expected to teach in undergraduate and graduate programs and should be committed to mentoring and fostering diversity.  

WYOBIRD is a new initiative led by faculty working on research on birds at the University of Wyoming. The initiative includes hands-on training programs for students, local outreach, quantitative workshops, invited seminar speakers, and networking opportunities. This hire will be a part of this exciting new initiative and will have the opportunity to develop new programs as part of it. This hire will also have access to several state-of-the-art core research facilities within the department and university, including the Genome Technologies Laboratory, Ecology and Biogeochemistry Core Lab, Stable Isotope Facility, and the UW-NPS Research Station in Grand Teton National Park. At UW, faculty are highly collaborative across units, and there are frequent opportunities for close interaction with other faculty in other departments and schools.    

The University of Wyoming is located in Laramie, a town of 30,000 in the heart of the Rocky Mountain West. Located in a high mountain valley 25 minutes from the Colorado border, Laramie offers both outstanding outdoor recreational opportunities and is within 2.5 hours of a major international airport. This beautiful mountain landscape offers outdoor enjoyment in all seasons, with skiing, hiking, climbing, camping, and fishing in nearby mountain ranges to the east and the west.   

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in ecology, evolution, physiology, biology, or a closely related field, excellent written and oral communication skills, high potential for an extramurally funded research program, demonstrated capacity for effective teamwork and collaboration, and high potential for improving equity and inclusion for diverse participants in science education and scholarship. 

Review of applications will begin November 6. Complete an on-line application ( and upload the following documents as a single PDF file: 1) a cover letter (2 pages max), 2) curriculum vitae, 3) research statement (3 pages max), 4) teaching philosophy (2 pages max), 5) diversity, equity, and inclusion statement focused on research, teaching, and outreach (2 pages max), and 6) contact information for three or more work-related references. Questions may be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Corey Tarwater ( 

UW is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Educator and Employer. We are committed to a multicultural environment and strongly encourage applications from women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities.

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