July 12, 2022

Assistant Professor of Biology - Ecology; Position Open

Lewis & Clark College: College of Arts and Sciences Assistant Professor of Biology

Located in Portland, Oregon, Lewis & Clark College is a small liberal arts college with 2,100 undergraduates. We invite applications for a tenure-track assistant professor of ecology position in the Department of Biology. We prize transformative and inclusive undergraduate mentorship starting in the classroom and extending to our research programs. The ideal candidate will conduct field-based research and ask questions centered at the population scale in either terrestrial, freshwater or marine systems. We believe doing science is the best way to learn science, and candidates should be committed to developing a productive, inclusive, and externally funded research program involving undergraduates. The successful candidate will be broadly trained, with an organismal, field-oriented perspective that will support their teaching in a rotating slate of five lecture or lab courses per academic year. Courses may include our core introductory Biology series, upper division Ecology with lab, one or more other upper division courses in fields related to their specialty (examples include Evolution, Conservation Biology, and/or a course centered on the candidate’s organism/s or system/s of expertise), and contributions to the College’s general education program. We will prioritize candidates with interests linked to interdisciplinary programming at Lewis & Clark College, which could include, for example, Environmental Studies, Data Science, Health Studies or Earth System Sciences. Our nationally recognized Biology Department enjoys a warm, collegial atmosphere, and has a strong commitment to pedagogy that supports STEM diversity and equity. We also have a strong commitment to mentorship at all steps of professional STEM pathways. For more information about the Department visit: https://college.lclark.edu/departments/biology/.

We invite applicants to join a supportive, creative, and collaborative Lewis & Clark College community of scholar-teachers as we prepare students for meaningful careers, civic engagement, and lifelong discovery. Together we seek a just and sustainable society, both locally and globally. This year we are searching for a total of seven tenure-track positions in departments across our campus, including four in STEM fields. We are recruiting candidates who wish to become excellent teachers and scholars at an undergraduate institution and whose varied experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds can contribute to a diverse and inclusive community of critical thinkers (see http://www.lclark.edu/dept/about/diversity.html). Our faculty closely mentor and advise students with varied backgrounds from across the US and around the globe. The college provides a paid pre-tenure junior sabbatical, mentoring, and professional development support.


A PhD or terminal degree is required at the time of appointment in Fall, 2023, and postdoctoral experience is preferred.

Application Instructions

A complete application must include the following:

  1. Cover letter describing your interest in joining Lewis & Clark College and how you can contribute to a culture of equity and inclusion on our campus
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Research statement summarizing your proposed research program including the role of undergraduates
  4. Teaching statement describing your teaching philosophy and preparation to teach students from diverse backgrounds
  5. Graduate transcript
  6. Three letters of recommendation to be uploaded separately by recommenders.

Applicants may optionally provide samples of scholarship that are not otherwise easily available (e.g. grant proposals, works in progress).

Materials may be addressed to search committee chair, Dr. Greta Binford, and must be submitted via Interfolio (http://apply.interfolio.com/107990). Click “Apply” to create your free account. Review of applications will begin on September 15 and continue until the position is filled. Lewis & Clark College will conduct a background check at the time an offer is made. A PhD or terminal degree is required at the time of appointment in Fall, 2023, and postdoctoral experience is preferred.