University of Central Florida: Assistant Professor – Ecological Modeler

Posted on November 21, 2022
Expires: February 21, 2023

The Department of Biology at the University of Central Florida (UCF) invites applications for a 9-month, full-time, tenure-track assistant professor position, anticipated to begin Fall 2023. We seek an ecological modeler, broadly defined, with research quantifying and synthesizing spatiotemporal ecological patterns and processes across scales in relation to, for example, agroecosystems, behavior, biodiversity, biogeochemistry, climate or land use change, community assembly, conservation/restoration prioritization or interventions, disease, dispersal, ecohydrology, ecosystem services, food webs, forest management, migration, predator-prey dynamics, pollution, remote sensing, species distributions, or other areas that complement departmental strengths.

The ideal candidate will show potential to develop and maintain an extramurally funded research program including research opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students, as well as a commitment to inclusive excellence in teaching, effective mentoring, strong academic support for our diverse student population, and service to the department and profession. Based on current workloads, teaching duties will include two courses per academic year, with subjects to be determined based on departmental needs and the selected candidate’s areas of expertise.

The Department of Biology administers both a Ph.D. program in Integrative and Conservation Biology and a master’s program in Biology. Our facilities include a genomics core laboratory, on-campus animal husbandry and plant cultivation infrastructure, an 800-acre arboretum, and multiple field stations ( Located in Orlando, UCF is a federally designated Hispanic-Serving Institution and classified as a Very High Research Activity university by the Carnegie Foundation. With a diverse and large enrollment (> 70,000), UCF is one of the largest universities in the country, with more than 230 degree programs. As a diverse institution we focus on access, belonging, and diverse perspectives. We are seeking an individual who can demonstrate effective engagement in an environment where colleagues and students come from many backgrounds and identities, as well as someone who can demonstrate commitment to equitable and inclusive teaching and research practices.


Minimum Qualifications:

A Ph.D. in biology or a related field from an accredited institution at the time of application.


Preferred Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have relevant postdoctoral training or work experience. A demonstrated ability to collaborate across disciplines is desirable.


Additional Application Materials Required:

UCF requires all applications and supporting documents to be submitted electronically through the Human Resources website, In addition to the online application, interested candidates should upload a single PDF document that includes: (1) a cover letter that explains how the applicant’s research relates to the position description and complements current departmental expertise; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a statement of research interests and plans (limit 2 pages); (4) a teaching statement including a philosophy for pedagogy and mentorship, as well as potential courses the candidate could teach or develop (limit 2 pages); (5) an Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity statement that describes how the candidate has contributed to a culture of inclusion and equity in science, and how the applicant would continue to do so at UCF (limit 1 page); and (6) contact information for three professional references.


Questions regarding the position should be directed Dr. Chase Mason, Search Committee Chair, at

Application deadline: January 5, 2023–Ecological-Modeler_R102763

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