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Ecology and Evolutionary Biology: Evolutionary Biologist (Initial Review 11/04/21)

Position overview

Position title: Evolutionary Biologist
Salary range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience; academic year (nine-month basis)
Anticipated start: July 1, 2022, with the academic year beginning in September 2022. Degree requirements must be met by June 30, 2022 for employment effective July 1, 2022

Application Window

Open date: September 4th, 2021

Next review date: Thursday, Nov 4, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Thursday, Jun 30, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant or tenured Associate Professor position in Evolutionary Biology. We encourage applications from biologists working in all areas of evolutionary biology and using empirical and/or theoretical approaches.

UCSC offers unique advantages for evolutionary biology research. Our core facilities include a newly constructed academic building on the Coastal Science Campus, recently constructed plant growth facilities, renovated marine vertebrate facilities, shared-use molecular biology and microscopy facilities, and sequencing services through the UCSC Genomics Institute. Our location provides easy access to the UC Natural Reserve system, comprising 41 reserves throughout California, as well as myriad terrestrial, freshwater, and marine habitats. We have a close partnership with the NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center, which is co-located on the Coastal Science Campus. The EEB department prizes experiential learning in the field and lab.

The successful candidate should demonstrate the necessary research and publishing experience to develop a high caliber research program in evolutionary biology that is capable of attracting ongoing extramural funding. The successful candidate will also show evidence of an ability to contribute effectively to instruction at the undergraduate and graduate teaching levels, mentor students and postdoctoral associates in research, and contribute more broadly to the university and the profession. The successful candidate will also show commitment to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of professional life. UC Santa Cruz is a Hispanic-Serving Institution with a high proportion of first-in-family students and is renowned for fostering student social mobility. UC Santa Cruz values diversity, equity, and inclusion and is committed to hiring faculty who will work to support these values. We welcome candidates who understand the barriers facing women and minorities who are underrepresented in the classroom and in higher education careers (as evidenced by life experiences and educational background), and who have experience in equity and diversity with respect to teaching, mentoring, research, life experiences, or service towards building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment.

The chosen candidate will be expected to sign a statement representing that they are not the subject of any ongoing investigation or disciplinary proceeding at their current academic institution or place of employment, nor have they in the past ten years been formally disciplined at any academic institution/place of employment. In the event the candidate cannot make this representation, they will be expected to disclose in writing to the hiring dean the circumstances surrounding any formal discipline that they have received, as well as any current or ongoing investigation or disciplinary process of which they are the subject. (Note that discipline includes a negotiated settlement agreement to resolve a matter related to substantiated misconduct.)


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

    Ph.D. (or equivalent foreign degree) in evolutionary biology. It is expected that the degree requirement will be completed by 30, June, 2022.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Cover Letter - Letter of application that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion* - Statement addressing your understanding of the barriers facing traditionally underrepresented groups and your past and/or future contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through teaching and professional or public service. Candidates are urged to review guidelines on statements (see before preparing their application.

    *Note - Initial screening of candidates will be based on the statement of contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion and the research statement.

  • Statement of Research* - Statement of current and long-term objectives in research

  • Statement of Teaching - Statement of current and long-term objectives in teaching

  • Research Publication pdf (1 of 3 ) (Optional)

  • Research Publication pdf (2 of 3) (Optional)

  • Research Publication pdf (3 of 3) (Optional)

  • Curriculum Vitae - Curriculum vitae showing a full list of publications, other professional activities, and extramural funding

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)

Applicants must provide the names and contact information of their references (a minimum of three are required and a maximum of five will be accepted). The hiring unit will request confidential letters** from the references of those applicants who are under serious consideration and letters will need to be returned within 2 weeks of notification.
Please note that your references, or dossier service, will submit their confidential letters directly to the UC Recruit System.

**All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSC’s confidentiality statement at

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Campus Information

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees. Inquiries regarding the University’s equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 or by phone at (831) 459-2686.

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check (see The university sponsors employment-based visas for nonresidents who are offered academic appointments at UC Santa Cruz (see

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The University of California offers a competitive benefits package and a number of programs to support employee work/life balance. For information about employee benefits please visit

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Job location

Santa Cruz, California