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Plant Evolutionary Biologist
Department of Biology
Colorado State University

POSITION: The Department of Biology at Colorado State University (Fort Collins, Colorado) is recruiting a Plant Evolutionary Biologist at the rank of Assistant Professor. We seek a creative and broadly trained plant biologist who addresses fundamental and integrative questions in evolutionary biology. Examples of research interests include adaptation, bioinformatics, conservation biology, evolution of morphology and life histories, evolutionary ecology, genomics, hybridization, invasive species, mating systems, molecular evolution, population genetics, and speciation. This tenure-track position involves undergraduate and graduate teaching (approximately 45 percent), research involving undergraduates and graduate students (approximately 45 percent), and service/outreach (approximately 10 percent). Colorado State University (CSU) provides a highly collaborative and supportive environment with opportunities to interact with faculty in other colleges on campus including those studying evolution ( and to participate in the Program in Molecular Plant Biology (, the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology (<>), and the Graduate Degree Program in Cell and Molecular Biology ( CSU is also home of the CSU Herbarium (, Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory (, and Plant Growth Facilities ( Associated with the university are the Central Plains Experimental Range ( and the National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation ( For more information about CSU in general and the Department of Biology in particular, please visit the departmental website:

This new position complements a cluster hiring in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology launched in the College of Natural Sciences. As part of this effort, the Department of Biology, the Department of Computer Sciences, and the Department of Statistics are conducting independent faculty searches. Information about those positions can be found at:,, and

RESPONSIBILITIES: The successful candidate will be expected to develop an extramurally funded and innovative research program that complements (rather than replicates) existing strengths of the department in evolutionary ecology, genomics, and systematics. This position involves both undergraduate and graduate teaching in the successful candidate's area of expertise and the department's core curriculum.

QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Biology or an allied field by the time of their application and a research program in plant evolutionary biology with publications in peer-reviewed journals. Postdoctoral experience and evidence of successful grant writing are preferred.

EMPLOYMENT CONDITIONS: This is a nine-month, full-time position. Salary and start-up funds will be commensurate with education and experience at the rank of Assistant Professor.

DATES AND RECORDS: The plant-evolutionary-biologist position will be available as early as August 15, 2013. For full consideration, complete applications must be received by December 3, 2012.

To apply: combine into one pdf file these four documents: a cover letter, a current curriculum vitae (CV), and separate statements of research and teaching interests. The cover letter should explicitly state how the applicant's research program will complement existing strengths of the department in evolutionary ecology, genomics, and systematics. The research statement should demonstrate the applicant's creativity in addressing fundamental questions in plant evolutionary biology. Submit this pdf file via: Also upload pdf files of up to three representative publications and/or in-press manuscripts. Three letters of reference must be provided.  Applicants should provide names and contact information online for three references as soon as possible to allow references time to submit letters by December 3, 2012. References will be sent instructions by e-mail for submitting letters online by the target date.

Application materials of finalist candidates, including letters of reference, will be made available for review by the entire faculty of the Department of Biology.

DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGY: The Department of Biology at Colorado State University is one of eight departments in the College of Natural Sciences. The Department has a strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate teaching, as well as excellence in research supported by >$30 million dollars in active grants. The Department is home to about 1,450 undergraduate majors, 80 graduate students, 25 postdoctoral fellows, and 29 regular faculty members.

UNIVERSITY AND LOCAL ENVIRONMENT: Colorado State University, which has a total enrollment of over 26,500 full-time students, is located in Fort Collins, 60 miles north of Denver. The community of about 140,000 is situated along the beautiful front range of the Rocky Mountains. Other major employers in the community are Hewlett-Packard, LSI Logic, Celestica, Agilent Technologies, Advanced Energy, Anheuser-Busch, and Poudre Valley Hospital. There are also many state and federal research agencies in Fort Collins that contribute to the intellectual environment of the university. The University of Colorado at Boulder, the University of Colorado at Denver, the University of Denver, and the University of Wyoming in Laramie are all within a one-hour drive. In addition to the many and varied cultural activities sponsored by the university, the community offers a center for performing arts, a symphony orchestra, repertory theater, choral society, and dance company. The city operates an indoor Olympic-size pool and two ice arenas, other indoor pools, five public golf courses, and sponsors, through its Parks and Recreation Department, a cornucopia of leisure-time activities. Rocky Mountain National Park and Roosevelt National Forest are within 30 miles of Fort Collins. Fort Collins has an excellent school district and is considered one of the best places in the U.S. to raise a family. Finally, Fort Collins is a perennial in the top 10 best places to live.
Colorado State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

Colorado State University is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Background checks may include, but are not limited to, criminal history, national sex offender search and motor vehicle history.

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