Assistant Prof of Climate Change Ecology at University of California Davis || USA

Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology, University of California, Davis has announced vacancy for assistant prof position in climate change ecology.

  1. The successful applicant will work in the area of the effects of climate change on biological systems (research could be focused on species, population, and/or community and ecosystem level questions).
  2. Research could focus on changes in phenology and resulting effects on species interactions (e.g., disease, food web interactions) and distributions, or climate change resilience and adaptation. 
  3. Species distribution modeling and climate change vulnerability assessment are also potential areas of research. 
  4. The successful candidate must demonstrate a willingness, and capacity, to translate research outputs to resource management. This includes, but is not restricted to, engaging with domestic or international resource management entities (agencies or NGO’s) to develop scientific questions that will answer resource management needs. 
  5. The successful candidate is expected to fully participate in the Environmental Policy Master’s (EPM) program, and the position will carry a teaching responsibility in the program. The EPM degree is a non-research, experiential MS program where groups of students address complex environmental problems from multiple perspectives (legal, economic, political, social, technological, scientific) to address policy alternatives. 
  6. The climate change ecologist position will be expected to participate in the program by identifying appropriate environmental problems, assembling appropriate disciplinary experts, and leading student group problem assessments. 
  7. The candidate needs to be an enthusiastic and engaged scientist, able to work effectively with diverse interest groups and provide the science leadership. 
  8. The appointee will also teach undergraduate courses on biology and conservation consistent with the appointee’s expertise. 
  9. The candidate will contribute to the department’s mission, as well as participate in departmental team-taught courses. Departmental service, collegiality, and excellence in teaching are highly valued in WFCB, and the appointee will be expected to participate in committee work, service, undergraduate and graduate advising, and other responsibilities that are shared by department faculty. This position is offered at the tenure-track ASSISTANT PROFESSOR level, with academic year (9-month) term employment.


  1. Ph.D. degree in a biological discipline relevant to climate change ecology.  
  2. Evidence of research excellence in the discipline of climate change ecology and ability in obtaining extramural support for research activities. 
  3. Interest in developing a research program relevant to climate change ecology, either domestic or international. Evidence of ability to work effectively with diverse interest groups and provide the science leadership to ensure the translation of their science to resource management issues. Demonstrated experience and an established record of outreach and extension to stakeholders. 
  4. Evidence of potential for excellence in teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate level (e.g., experience, awards, course reviews, letters from colleagues). 
  5. Demonstrated oral and written communication skills, including the ability to present information to non-scientific and public audiences. 
  6. Evidence of collegiality and professional service consistent with departmental, campus, and professional citizenship.
  7. Evidence of ability and interest in training/mentoring graduate students, particularly those seeking non-academic career paths.
  8. Interest in advising undergraduate students. Interest, understanding, and commitment to the land-grant mission.

Salary: Commensurate with experience within the Assistant Professor rank at the University of California. 

Applications:  Application materials must be submitted via the following website: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply.  

The position will remain open until filled. To ensure consideration, applications should be received by January 16, 2014.  

Materials requested to include: 1) curriculum vitae, 2) publications list, 3) three publications, 4) statement of research accomplishments, 5) statement of teaching accomplishments and philosophy, 6) a statement regarding interest in participation in the one-year, coursework only Environmental Policy MS degree program at UC Davis, 7) statement of future research plans relevant to climate change ecology and conservation, and 8) four professional letters of reference. 

Additional inquiries should be directed to Professor Doug Kelt, Recruitment Committee Chair, Department of Wildlife, Fish, & Conservation Biology, One Shields Ave., University of California, Davis, CA  95616, Tel (530) 754-9481, FAX (530) 752-4154, email: dakelt@ucdavis.edu.

UC Davis is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer and is dedicated to recruiting a diverse faculty community.  We welcome all qualified applicants to apply, including women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

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