Tenure Track Urban Ecology Position in Utah

The Department of Zoology at Weber State University invites applications for a tenure-track position in Urban Ecology starting Fall, 2018. Ecologists whose work focuses at any level -from organisms through ecosystems- and with expertise in either aquatic or terrestrial systems are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will be appointed at the Assistant Professor level and will be expected to 1) teach upper and lower division lecture and laboratory courses in his/her area(s) of expertise (e.g. Ecology and Introductory Zoology), 2) establish an active and sustained research program that includes mentoring undergraduate students; 3) seek external funding in support of teaching or research; and, 4) establish collaborations with colleagues in the College of Science and throughout the University. We are especially interested in applicants with expertise in urban/suburban ecosystems.


Minimum Requirements include:

  • Ph.D. in Ecology, Zoology or related fields. Candidates who expect to complete a Ph.D. by the beginning of the Fall 2018 semester also will be considered.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Evidence of teaching excellence and interest in using innovative, evidence-based teaching strategies.
  • A demonstrated commitment to conducting high-quality research and to mentoring undergraduate researchers.


Preferred qualifications include:

  • Postdoctoral and/or GIS experience.
  • Interest or experience integrating research or other high-impact practices into classroom instruction.
  • Experience teaching or mentoring students from underserved populations.
  • Experience in collaborative research with on-campus colleagues and/or off-campus entities and organizations.
  • Ability to forge connections along and across disciplinary interfaces to address opportunities and challenges of Urban Ecology.
  • Ecological outreach experience involving citizen scientists, K-12 schools, NGOs, etc.


Weber State University is a primarily undergraduate institution located at the foot of the Wasatch Mountains in Ogden, Utah. For more than five decades, the institution has successfully maintained a dual mission by offering a wide range of baccalaureate programs and also by meeting regional community college needs.  The Department of Zoology embraces both missions through its programs (see http://www.weber.edu/zoology), and occupies modern labs and classrooms in the Tracy Hall Science Center that opened in Fall, 2016. Ogden is a beautiful city with a rich culture and history, and is located 45 minutes from Salt Lake City and its international airport. An average of 223 sunny days a year and immediate access to skiing, biking, camping, hiking, and fishing make it an outdoor paradise. More information about the Ogden area may be found at http://www.visitogden.com/


To apply, please complete the online application at http://jobs.weber.edu and attach a cover letter, statements of teaching philosophy and research plans, a CV, and unofficial transcripts. In addition, arrange for three (3) letters of recommendation to be emailed separately by the authors to the Department of Zoology at this address: zoology@weber.edu using “Urban Ecologist search” in the subject line.

Completed applications received by 30 November 2017 will receive highest priority and review of applicants will proceed immediately thereafter. Screening will continue until the position is filled.


Weber State University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. A criminal background check is required as a condition of employment.