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Evolution and Ecology

Evolution and Ecology

2320 Storer Hall
University of California, Davis
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616

Telephone: (530) 752-1272

Fax: (530) 752-1449

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The College of Biological Sciences, University of California, Davis invites applications and nominations for a tenure-track position in the Department of Evolution and Ecology at the ASSISTANT PROFESSOR level. Candidates must have a Ph.D. (or equivalent) in the biological sciences or related fields. We seek a terrestrial or freshwater ecologist with research interests that will complement and build upon existing faculty strengths to address important ecological questions at any spatial or temporal scale. We seek a colleague who is committed to participating in the departmental community through collaborative teaching, research, service and graduate mentoring. Letters of recommendation should specifically address this aspect of the application. The successful candidate will be expected to teach in undergraduate and graduate programs, and should be committed to mentoring and fostering diversity. Applicants should submit materials online at:

which contains additional information about the position. These should include: cover letter, curriculum vitae, description of current and projected research, summary of teaching interests and experience, and three publications. Applicants should also provide the information requested for three referees (fourth referee optional). Once entered, applicants will electronically request letters from referees who will then be prompted by email with upload instructions for their letters.

Closing Date: Open until filled, but all application materials, including letters of recommendation, must be received by October 15th, 2013 to assure full consideration.

Administrative contact: Carla Munoz (

Faculty contacts: Jay Stachowicz (, Sharon Strauss (

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the development of a climate that supports equality of opportunity and respect for differences.

For full consideration, apply by October 15th, 2013

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is this position replacing anyone?

A: No, This junior faculty position is not a hire to replace anyone.

Q: Am I eligible for this job if I am junior faculty member elsewhere?

A: Yes. If you do not currently have tenure – that is, if you are finishing a Ph.D., have a post-doc or are a junior faculty member without tenure, then you are eligible for this job.

Q: I am currently a graduate student and will graduate with my Ph.D. by June 30. May I apply?

A: Yes. It is required that the successful candidate have his/her Ph.D. by the start date of the position.

Q: Do I need to complete the application all at once, or may I reopen the application as I have data to upload?

A: Once the Applicant ID is created (unique username and password), you may re-enter your application at any time up until the final deadline of October 15th.

Q: What if I forget my password?

A: If you have forgotten your password, you may change it on the apply page by clinking the link in the login box, “Forgot your password?”

Q: Does the online application require each section to be completed in order?

A: Yes and no. Once you have created your Applicant ID, you may enter any section of the application using the Dashboard. Example: Entering referee information first.

Q: Does the deadline include letters of reference?

A: Yes. All materials, including letters of reference, are due by the deadline. Please advise your referees of the deadline. Only complete applications will be given consideration. Please enter your referee information early in the process and prompt referees ASAP, using the program. It would also be prudent to make separate contact with each referee to confirm their receipt of the automated request and to remind them of the due date.

Q: Where do I upload my current and projected research information?

A: Upload your research information in PDF format into the Description of Current and Projected Research field.

Q: Where do I upload my summary of teaching interests and experience?

A: Upload your teaching information in PDF format into the Summary of Teaching Interests and Experience field.

Q: How many publications are required.

A: Three publications are required.

Q: How many letters of recommendation are required.

A: Three letters of recommendation are required. A fourth is optional and should be used if you feel that one of your referees may not be able to make the October 15th deadline.

Q: One or more of my referees did not receive notification to upload a letter of reference. What happened?

A: The online application system automatically sends a request to the e-mail addresses you list. We suggest the following: 1) Verify the e-mail address entered in your application is correct. 2) Request your referee to check his/her spam filter. The title of the e-mail will be “UC Davis Recruit: Letter of Reference Requested”. 3) If items 1 and 2 do not fix the problem, contact Carla Munoz for assistance.

Q: One of my referees deleted the automated reference notification. Can EVE send another notification?

A: Yes. Please contact Carla Munoz with the name and e-mail address of the referee. A replacement notification will be sent to the referee.

Q: I E-Mailed my application materials to the e-mail address in the advertisement and it was sent back declined. Why?

A: Only materials uploaded into the online application system will be accepted. The e-mail address is for questions only.

Q: Is there a “final submit” button when I complete my application?

A: No. Once all requirements are fulfilled, the application is completed and then becomes visable to the committee reviewers. The applicant’s various tabs turn green and the Application Status on the Dashboard displays “Submitted”. The system will send a confirmation email when the application is complete. Modifications can be made to the application up to the “final date”, by the applicant.

Q: Is there assistance during the interview process for interviewees with children under two years of age?

A: UC Davis is a family-friendly campus. We recognize the value of a diverse faculty, and take pride in the excellent programs we provide to help our faculty balance their careers and personal lives. In recognition of the challenges that academic interviews pose for breast-feeding women and for single parents of very young children, our campus is committed to providing for these additional needs during the interview process for UC Davis faculty positions.

UC Davis will now provide support during campus interviews to faculty candidates who are single parents of children less than two years of age and for women who are breast-feeding children less than two years of age. For candidates meeting these criteria, UC Davis will:

  • cover travel costs for both the child and for an additional person who can provide childcare assistance while the candidate is interviewing at UC Davis. If you are such a candidate, please inform the recruiting department that you would like to use this program. We will cover additional travel costs, and work with you to set up an appropriate interview schedule with breast-feeding breaks, if desired, as well as additional help you may need.

  • also cover minimal additional accommodation costs, e.g., extra bedding or a crib added to the existing hotel reservation, up to $200.

We strive to help faculty balance their personal lives and their careers; information on other elements of UC Davis’ Work-Life programs can be found at the following URL: