Aquatic Ecology – Diversity Post-Doctoral Fellowship at University of San Diego

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The Biology Department at the University of San Diego seeks a recent Ph.D. who has a proven record and commitment to empowering students from communities that are underrepresented in academia through research, creative activity, teaching, service and/or mentoring. We are especially interested in advancing the perspectives of African Americans, American Indian/Alaskan Natives, Filipinas/os/x, Chicanas/os/x, Latinas/os/x and /or Pacific Islanders.

Specifically, we seek to sponsor a postdoctoral fellow with an interest in aquatic ecology and/or quantitative biology. In addition to conducting collaborative research on Southern California’s aquatic ecosystems, the fellow will teach three courses per year, which may include introductory courses for biology majors, scientific inquiry courses for non-majors, and/or upper division courses related to the fellow’s area of expertise. The successful applicant will be encouraged to develop research projects based on their own interests and will have opportunities to interact with faculty across STEM departments and with the Center for Educational Excellence. USD is an independent Catholic university whose primary aim is teaching excellence. This two-year position will give postdocs experience researching and teaching at a small liberal arts college and working in a collegial student-centered environment. Awards include a competitive salary, benefits package, and travel funds for conference participation.

Required qualifications: The position requires a PhD in biology, ecology, or a related discipline. Candidates must have completed their PhD before the starting date (August 2019).

Desired qualifications:

  • Experience in community ecology, particularly aquatic ecology and/or multivariate methods
  • Experience with aquatic invertebrate identification
  • Experience with statistical software R or other programming languages
  • Interest in teaching Biostatistics
  • Candidates who have not yet had a tenure-track faculty position will have priority.
 Closing date: For full consideration, materials must be received by February 4th, 2019.

To apply: Submit the following items to Jobs@USD:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of teaching philosophy, including a statement about your experience teaching and mentoring students from communities that have historically been underrepresented
  • Statement of research/creative activity including goals for the next two years and a sample of scholarly or creative work
  • Sample syllabus for a course in your area of expertise and a summary of teaching evaluations (if available)

The University of San Diego is an Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, pregnancy, age, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, covered veteran status, genetic information, or other characteristic protected by federal or state law. The University of San Diego is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion. USD offers same sex domestic partner benefits. Final candidates will complete a pre-employment background check.

Please contact Dr. Kate Boersma at with any questions.


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