Job Information

University of Utah Assistant Professor-School of Biological Sciences in Salt Lake City, Utah

Proposed Faculty Rank Assistant Professor

Department 00116 - School of Biological Sciences

City Salt Lake City, UT

Track Tenure Track

New Position to Begin August 1, 2022


The School of Biological Sciences at the University of Utah invites applications for two tenure-track faculty positions at the Assistant Professor level beginning as early as August 1, 2022. We encourage applications in the broad areas of plant physiology and plant ecology, and seek to hire one candidate in each of these main areas. We are particularly interested in candidates with overlapping strengths in any of the following areas with respect to plant ecology: community ecology, species interactions, stable isotope ecology, and global change ecology.

The new faculty member will be expected to develop a high impact research program, effectively support our teaching mission at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and contribute to a diverse and inclusive environment within the School and University. The University of Utah offers exceptional opportunities for research collaboration across multiple departments. New faculty members have the opportunity to participate in a faculty mentoring program. The School of Biological Sciences values diversity and inclusion and believes they are essential to achieving excellence. Thus, we particularly encourage applications from candidates who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented groups. We seek to recruit and retain a diverse workforce and to offer students richly varied disciplines, perspectives and ways of knowing and learning. The successful candidate will be expected to work collaboratively with faculty and to mentor students from a wide range of disciplines, cultures and academic backgrounds. Salt Lake City is a stellar place to work and live, as it is adjacent to the Wasatch Mountains with world-class cultural and recreational opportunities.

Applicants should send the following, and adhere to the page limits for each section: (1) a cover letter that addresses your particular interest in the position and the University of Utah (one page), (2) a CV, (3) a description of your research accomplishments and independent research plans (two pages), (4) a description of your teaching experience and interests (one page), (5) a description of past and prospective contributions to advancing diversity, inclusion, and equitable access to education and how it complements ongoing efforts (, one page), (6) up to three publications or preprints, and (7) contact information for at least three references. Applications will be accepted electronically in PDF format at Our review of applications will begin on October 15, 2021.

EEO/Non-Discrimination Information

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students, staff, faculty and patients from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education, employment opportunities, and quality healthcare for historically underrepresented groups.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA)

135 Park Building

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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To inquire about this posting, email: ( or call 801-581-2300.


The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“ URS ”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen and immunizations.

Special Instructions for Candidates

Please upload a description of past and prospective contributions to advancing diversity, inclusion, and equitable access to education in “Application Documents-Other”

Open Date 09/01/2021

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Requisition Number PRN00724CF

Type Faculty