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J. Nicholene Bishop Professorship in Freshwater Biology

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The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa invites outstanding individuals to apply for the J. Nicholene Bishop Professorship in Freshwater Biology. This is a full-time (9-month) tenured position at the level of Associate/Full Professor. Candidates must have an established, extramurally funded and internationally recognized research program focused within the broad field of freshwater biology. The department’s faculty conducts cutting-edge research in the fields of global change biology, ecosystem ecology and biodiversity science; we seek exceptional candidates who would complement these existing areas of strength. In addition to maintaining an international research presence, the successful applicant will be encouraged to leverage Alabama’s unique and diverse habitats and water resources to lead an innovative research program. Further, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to forge relationships with the NOAA National Water Center, the Alabama Water Research Institute, the University’s Center for Freshwater Studies, local research sites (UA’s Tanglewood Biological Station, nearby NEON sites), and the diverse faculty at UA and Dauphin Island Sea Lab with interests in water-related research.

Applicants must have a Ph.D., evidence of significant intellectual contributions to the field of freshwater biology, a track record of federally funded collaborative research, and a demonstrated commitment to teaching in a biological sciences department at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Teaching responsibilities may include undergraduate courses in general biology or ecology, as well as specialized undergraduate and graduate courses in the successful candidate’s area of expertise.

Questions about the position should be addressed to the co-chairs of the search committee, Drs. Jon Benstead ( and Alex Huryn ( To apply, go to, complete the online application (Job #0812261), and upload: (1) a cover letter; (2) CV; (3) statement describing past research achievements and future goals; (4) statement of teaching interests and philosophy; and (5) a list of three to five references (including contact information). The search committee will request letters of reference as needed. Consideration of applications will begin 15 December, and will continue until the position is filled. Prior to hiring, the final candidate will be required to pass a pre-employment background investigation. The start date is August 16, 2020. Additional information about the Department of Biological Sciences and this position can be found on our website at Applications from women and members of traditionally underrepresented groups in Biology are especially encouraged. The University of Alabama is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access Employer and actively seeks diversity among its employees.

Statement for Joint Advert: The University of Alabama is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Electronic application can be made at: