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Assistant Professor of Biology
University of Alaska in Anchorage, Alaska
Date Posted 02/02/2021
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

Apply now Job no:516291
Classification:Assistant Professor (F9)
Grade:UNAC Grade 30
Work type:Faculty Full-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Anchorage
School/Business unit:UAA College of Arts & Sciences
Categories:Education/Instructional, Research/Science/Grants

The Department of Biological Sciences at UAA has strengths in four core research foci: physiology and physiological ecology; boreal and polar ecosystem ecology; cellular and molecular biology; and microbiology. Many faculty participate in NSF’s EPSCoR program, NIH INBRE, and other cross-cutting research programs within and outside the University of Alaska. Additionally, many faculty work closely with federal and state natural resource  management agencies, as well as with other research units on campus such as the Alaska Center for Conservation Science and Applied Environmental Research Center. Alaska offers diverse research environments, from established field stations such as Toolik Lake, to remote wilderness field-sites, as well as locally accessible wildland-urban interfaces. Faculty websites detailing current research interests can be found at

The University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) is the largest of three universities in the University of Alaska system, serving nearly 20,000 students. UAA enrolls an increasingly diverse student body, including approximately 10% identifying as Alaska Native, 8% Hispanic, 3% African American, 8% Asian, 6% non-Hispanic 2-or more races, and 1% Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander. Anchorage, the largest city in Alaska, with a diverse population of over 290,000, offers a lively intellectual and cultural life, including opera, symphony, theater, art events, and a variety of restaurants. Set between snow-capped peaks of the Chugach Mountains and the ocean waters of Cook Inlet, the city offers ready access to state and national forests and parks, world-class nordic and alpine skiing, over 100 miles of multi-use recreational trails, abundant wildlife, and unsurpassed natural beauty.

The Department seeks candidates dedicated to equity and diversity of the campus community and to promoting an environment that increases student knowledge about local, national, and global communities. 


Record of publication in peer-reviewed journals. Potential for successful teaching at the University level. Potential to obtain extramural research funding. Potential to establish an independent research program that will build on and add to existing research in the department.
Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
Ability to establish connections within and outside the university.
Ability to represent the department in the University.
Advanced graduate-level training in the field specified or in a closely allied field.
Support University of Alaska tripartite mission of performing teaching, research and public service
Mentor and advise undergraduate and graduate students
Teach courses in a manner consistent with the course content description
Hold office hours appropriate for the courses being taught
Conduct research in Biological sciences – Ecology
Provide university, professional, and community service
Be proactive in developing and modifying curriculum for delivery and other teaching modalities


Industry or postdoctoral experience


A PhD in ecology, biological sciences or closely related discipline and a strong record of research productivity is required. Postdoctoral experience is preferred.

The Department seeks candidates dedicated to equity and diversity of the campus community and to promoting an environment that increases student knowledge about local, national, and global communities. 

Interested persons should apply to the University of Alaska Anchorage online at . (Job #516291) by submitting the following documents:

1) Cover Letter

2) Curriculum Vitae - showcasing evidence of current research productivity including (but not limited to) recent publications

3) Statement of research accomplishments and future plans

4)  Description of teaching experience and philosophy

5) Names and Contact information for three professional references

The review of applications will commence March 1, 2021 and will remain open until the position has been filled. 

For additional information or questions, please contact the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Jonathan Stecyk at .

Union Representation:

This position is represented by United Academics-AAUP/AFT (UNAC).

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Public Disclosure Statement:

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

University of Alaska is a Drug-Free Workplace.

University of Alaska campuses are Tobacco-Free.

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200

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