University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign: Associate/Full Professor – Shelford-Pitelka-Batzli Professorship in Mammalian Ecology

Posted on September 16, 2023
Expires: December 16, 2023

The Department of Evolution, Ecology and Behavior and the School of Integrative Biology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign invite applications from biologists with a record of research in mammalian ecology to join a transdisciplinary “cluster” of new professors focused on Climate Impacts, Risk, and Inequality. This cluster includes faculty hires in seven departments: Plant Biology, Entomology, Atmospheric Sciences, Earth Science & Environmental Change, Geography & Geographic Information Science, Journalism, and Evolution, Ecology & Behavior. The cluster is broadly aimed at boosting the University’s ability to address the grand challenges facing society in Illinois and around the world. Research in the following general areas is encouraged: ameliorating the impacts of climate change on food security, human health, and ecosystem integrity; enhancing understanding of anthropogenic mediated changes to species, populations, and people; developing alternative technologies for clean energy and agricultural sustainability; and addressing social injustice arising from environmental inequities. For more information, please see:

The position is a full-time, 9-month, tenured faculty position at the associate or full professor level, with an anticipated start date of August 16, 2024.

We are looking for individuals whose work will engage in research and teaching in mammalian ecology in areas including population or community ecology, biogeography, or conservation. We are also interested in research on anthropogenic influences on mammalian populations and mammals as reservoirs of human disease. The successful candidate will be expected to have an externally funded research program and collaborate with other faculty to develop research initiatives. This position provides an opportunity to be part of dynamic and well-established communities of integrative biologists with interests spanning a wide range of taxa in the School of Integrative Biology as well as many interdisciplinary programs across the campus, including the Illinois Natural History Survey, which houses a large vertebrate collection. Responsibilities also include teaching and participation in both undergraduate and graduate training.

The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in ecology, evolution, biology, zoology, genetics/genomics, conservation biology, or a related discipline. Candidates who have demonstrated a commitment to working with students or faculty from groups historically marginalized or underrepresented in the field through teaching, mentoring, or administration are especially encouraged to apply. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is a world leader in research, teaching, and public engagement. Faculty in the College create knowledge, address critical societal needs through the transfer and application of knowledge, and prepare students for lives of impact in the state, nation, and globally. To meet these objectives, the College embraces and values diversity and difference by hiring faculty candidates who can contribute through their research, teaching, and/or service to the diversity and excellence of the Illinois community.

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To apply, create your candidate profile through and submit application materials. Applicants must submit the following:

  • letter of application,
  • curriculum vitae,
  • links to three representative publications,
  • a statement of research interests,
  • a statement of teaching philosophy and interest,
  • a statement of contributions to inclusive excellence that outlines your impact in the domains of service, teaching, and research/creativity. It should provide concrete examples of your activities and highlight the outcomes of your engagement, while also discussing how these experiences inform your future plans.
  • contact information for three professional references. The department will contact the applicant before any references are requested.

We ask that all documents be uploaded in a single .pdf file as an upload in the Resume/CV section.

Only applications submitted through the University of Illinois Job Board will be considered. To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by October 31, 2023, but they will be accepted until the position is filled. Interviews may take place before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date.

Please Note: Research shows that Black, Indigenous, and People of color (BIPOC), women, and other marginalized groups may hesitate to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every qualification. The University of Illinois is interested in finding the best candidate for the job, recognizing that such a candidate may come from unconventional pathways and/or non-traditional backgrounds. We encourage candidates to think broadly about their background and qualifications for the position.

Questions about the position may be directed to Cassandra Kenton For questions regarding the application process, please contact 217-333-2137.

The University of Illinois must also comply with applicable federal export control laws and regulations and, as such, reserves the right to employ restricted party screening procedures for applicants.

The University of Illinois System is an equal opportunity employer, including but not limited to disability and/or veteran status, and complies with all applicable state and federal employment mandates. Please visit Required Employment Notices and Posters to view our non-discrimination statement and find additional information about required background checks, sexual harassment/misconduct disclosures, COVID-19 vaccination requirement, and employment eligibility review through E-Verify.

Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to apply and may request a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (2008) to complete the application and/or interview process. Requests may be submitted through the reasonable accommodations portal, or by contacting the Accessibility & Accommodations Division of the Office for Access and Equity at 217-333-0885, or by emailing

Requisition ID: 1019165
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