Assistant Professor in Coastal Plant Ecology
University of North Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

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Assistant Professor in Coastal Plant Ecology

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Academic Affairs - DIV


College of Arts and Sciences

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In 2020, the University of North Florida (UNF) received the prestigious INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award, the only application-based national award for U.S. colleges and universities that exhibit an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion across their campuses. In addition, UNF ranked highest among the HEED institutions and was recognized as a 2020 Diversity Champion.

The University of North Florida (UNF) is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all who interact in our community. In building this environment, we strive to attract students, faculty and staff from a variety of cultures, backgrounds and life experiences. The University of North Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not commit or permit discrimination or harassment on the basis of genetic information, race, color, religion, age, sex, disability, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, or veteran status in any educational, employment, social, recreational program or activity that it offers. In addition, UNF will not commit or permit retaliation against an individual who reports discrimination or harassment or an individual who cooperates in an investigation of an alleged violation of university regulation.


UNF is a Carnegie Community Engaged Institution. This designation celebrates the University's collaboration with community partners from the local to the global level. It reflects UNF's mission to contribute to the public good and prepare educated, engaged citizens.

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The University of North Florida promotes the quality and effectiveness of education and strives to maintain the highest standards of academic excellence in all phases of instruction, research/scholarship/creative activity, and service. UNF strategically supports an aim to operate as a preeminent, vibrantly inclusive employer in higher education. The successful candidate should demonstrate a capacity to work among diverse constituencies in the immediate university community and beyond.

General Description / Primary Purpose:

The Department of Biology ( at the University of North Florida seeks to fill a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level to begin August 8, 2022. We are searching for an outstanding scientist who studies plant ecology with a preference for candidates working in coastal and estuarine systems. UNF is a Carnegie Community Engaged Institution located in Jacksonville, Florida and is home to six colleges and over 17,000 students. The UNF Department of Biology offers baccalaureate degrees in Biology and Biomedical Sciences with areas of concentration in, Coastal and Marine Biology, Ecology and Evolution and Molecular/Cell Biology. Masters level degrees are also offered with a focus on Coastal/Marine Biology, Ecology/Evolutionary Biology or Microbiology/Molecular Biology. Furthermore, because many Biology faculty conduct research focused on coastal and marine ecosystems and wildlife, the department has a nationally recognized program in Coastal and Marine Biology. Responsibilities include undergraduate and graduate teaching (General Biology 2, Plant Anatomy and Physiology and upper-level courses in area of expertise), maintaining an active, externally funded research program and contributing to the department's service mission. The minimum qualifications are a Ph.D. in Biology or related discipline with evidence of a significant research program. Evidence of teaching experience is preferred. Candidates that can contribute to the establishment of new research initiatives at the William C. Webb Coastal Research Station, a 1,050-acre tract of saltmarsh wetlands situated on the eastern bank of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway less than 7 miles from the University, are particularly encouraged to apply. Other features and potential research opportunities include the Sawmill Slough Preserve, a 383-acre plot of protected wetland comprising of swamps, forests and ponds located on UNF campus, a 20' x 80' greenhouse situated on the roof of the Biology Building, and strong research ties with other agencies involved in coastal wetlands research, including the Guana-Tolomato-Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve and National Park Service.

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Teaching responsibilities will include undergraduate and graduate courses (General Biology 2, Plant Anatomy and Physiology and upper-level courses in area of expertise). Additional responsibilities will include the development and maintenance of extramurally-funded research program. This will include pursuing and obtaining extramural grant support, performing research, recruiting and supervising MS students, and disseminating research results in presentations at professional conferences, and manuscripts published in peer-reviewed journals. The individual is expected to contribute to departmental governance and conduct professional service activities.

Faculty Position Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Biology or related discipline with evidence with a significant research program
  • Commitment to excellence in teaching undergraduate and graduate-level courses within the biology department curriculum.
  • Strong commitment to mentoring and supervising undergraduate and graduate research students.
  • Excellence in research demonstrated by a strong publication record in peer-reviewed journals
  • Demonstrated potential to establish an independent research program.

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Background Check: This position requires a background check. In conjunction with the University's policy, this position may also require a credit check.

Foreign Influence Review: Pursuant to Florida Statute 1010.35, this position requires additional information from all applicants seeking research or research-related positions prior to an interview or offer of employment. Applicants MUST fully complete the Foreign Influence Review section of their application. Additional documents (e.g., passport) may be required based on form responses.

Responsible Employee: The holder of this position is designated as a "Responsible Employee" pursuant to their role under Title IX. Therefore, the incumbent must promptly report allegations of sexual misconduct, sexual violence, and child sexual abuse by or against any student, employee, contractor, or visitor to the University's Title IX Administrator or any divisional Title IX Coordinator.

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Dr. Jim Gelsleichter

Hiring Official:

Dr. Cliff Ross

Location if not Jacksonville:

Jacksonville, FL

Special Instructions:

Applicants must complete an online application, as well as upload supplemental documents including

  1. a cover letter/letter of interest
  2. a teaching statement
  3. a research statement
  4. a curriculum vitae
  5. copies of transcripts.
  6. **Foreign Passport
  7. **DS-160
**REQUIRED if the applicant answers yes to Question1/Section A within Foreign Influence Review Section of the application.
All of the aforementioned application materials should be uploaded at in order to be considered for this position. Applicants who do not apply online and/or upload all the required documents will not be considered for this position. Once you submit both your completed application and uploaded documents you will receive a confirmation number. Keep the confirmation number for your records.

If you have any questions about this position, please contact the search committee chair, Dr. Jim Gelsleichter at (904) 620-1575, or Initial review of applications will begin on November 1, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.Quicklink:

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