Assistant Professor & Curator of Herpetology

Posting Number req9664
Employment Type Faculty
Faculty Type Tenure/Tenure-Track
Hiring Department AS Biology General Administrative (048F)
Academic Location College of Arts & Sciences
Campus Main – Albuquerque, NM
Benefits Eligible The University of New Mexico provides a comprehensive package of benefits including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance. In addition, UNM offers educational benefits through the tuition remission and dependent education programs. See the Benefits home page for more information.
Position Summary We invite applications for a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Biology and Curator of Herpetology at the Museum of Southwestern Biology (MSB), a natural history collections facility within the Department of Biology of the University of New Mexico (UNM).

We seek a colleague with demonstrated commitments to (1) collecting and curating natural history specimens; (2) using specimens to address fundamental questions in biology; (3) pursuing a vigorous, externally funded research program; (4) advancing the integration of specimens into the field of herpetology; (5) achieving excellence in teaching and mentoring; and (6) diversity, equity, inclusion, student access, as well as working with a diverse community.

UNM is both a research intensive university (Carnegie R1) and a minority-majority institution. It is located in Albuquerque, a city with a rich cultural heritage in a biodiverse, scenic landscape. The Department of Biology is family-friendly and comprises ~30 tenure-track faculty members (https://biology.unm.edu/core-faculty.shtml), ~1500 undergraduate majors, a thriving graduate training program, and a vibrant portfolio of extramurally funded research.

The MSB (https://msb.unm.edu/) includes eight organismal collections, each headed by a faculty-curator, managed by a full-time collection manager, and charged with a shared mission: to collect and curate biodiversity specimens and information to advance scientific understanding of earth’s biota over time and space. MSB holds over four million specimens that contribute to >150 scientific publications annually, and it is a leading institution in the use and development of informatics resources (https://arctosdb.org/). MSB’s cryo-collections comprise more than one-half million samples and are heavily used for basic research ranging from genomics to ecology. The MSB Collection of Amphibians and Reptiles is a fully digitized collection of ~100,000 specimens, with a strong history of supporting research on ecology, systematics, and conservation biology.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, three representative reprints, names of three references, and four two-page statements addressing past, present and future efforts in (1) research, (2) curation, (3) teaching, and (4) diversity and inclusion. A Ph.D. in the life sciences is required at the time of application, and post-doctoral experience is preferred before the start of the appointment. For complete requirements and to submit application materials, see Assistant Professor and Curator of Herpetology at https://unmjobs.unm.edu, REQ#9664.

For best consideration, application materials must be received by September 16, 2019.. Questions related to this posting may be directed to committee chair, Joseph Cook, cookjose@unm.edu.

UNM is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and Educator. Women and underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Qualifications Minimum Qualifications:  Ph.D. in the life sciences is required at the time of application

Preferred Qualifications:

  • demonstrated commitment to collecting and curating natural history specimens;
  • demonstrated commitment to using specimens to address fundamental questions in biology;
  • demonstrated commitment to pursuing a vigorous, externally funded research program;
  • demonstrated commitment to advancing the integration of specimens into the field of herpetology;
  • demonstrated commitment to achieving excellence in teaching and mentoring;
  • demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, student access, as well as working with a diverse community.
  • post-doctoral experience is preferred by the start of the appointment
Application Instructions Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, three representative reprints, names of three references, and four two-page statements addressing past, present and future efforts in (1) research, (2) curation, (3) teaching, and (4) diversity and inclusion.
Applicants who are appointed to a UNM faculty position are required to provide an official certification of successful completion of all degree requirements prior to their initial employment with UNM.
For Best Consideration For best consideration, please apply by 9/16/2019. This position will remain open until filled.
The University of New Mexico is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class.