The University of Oklahoma, College of Arts and Sciences is excited to announce two positions at any rank as part of a planned cluster hire of five positions in the Department of Biology. The department is committed to building an internationally recognized center of excellence in the biology of organismal behavior. We currently have a strong focus on the study of animal behavior, including 16 complementary faculty research programs that investigate physiological, developmental, and evolutionary processes that underlie how animals behave. To build on this strength, the department invites creative, innovative, dynamic individuals who would like to be part of a strong team to apply for the following tenured/tenure-track faculty positions, which begin fall 2017:
These are the first searches in a planned cluster hire of five positions in the biology of organismal behavior in the next few years. We are searching for creative, collaborative thinkers to join us in taking an integrative and multifaceted approach to revealing the ultimate and proximate causes of behavior.
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"During the past several years, the University of Oklahoma has utilized, with great success, a cluster hiring framework to invest boldly and strategically in its strongest programs, such as radar and applied social sciences. With the biology of behavior cluster hire, the University will continue this strategy, allowing it to address some of the most intellectually challenging and societally relevant problems of our time in the life sciences. Instructional innovation and the creation of new degree programs are underway within these investment areas and will be strengthened significantly by the cluster.”
Vice President for Research
Candidates must have a Ph.D. degree and a record of outstanding achievement as evidenced by publications. Preferred candidates will have a promising (assistant professor) or externally funded (associate/full professor) research program. Each individual will be expected to provide excellent training for graduate students and postdocs and mentor undergraduates in research. Successful candidates will contribute to undergraduate and graduate teaching (one course per semester) in areas such as animal behavior, genetics, physiology, neurobiology, cell biology, genomics, or bioinformatics.
Applicants should submit a cover letter indicating the position (MN or BG) to which they are applying, a full curriculum vitae, research and teaching statements, and up to five selected reprints/preprints as PDF files to Chair, Biology of Behavior Search Committee, at email@example.com. Applicants should also arrange to have three signed letters of reference sent to at firstname.lastname@example.org or Department of Biology, 730 Van Vleet Oval, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK 73019, USA. Applicants at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor may submit names and contact information for three references in lieu of letters. Visit us at http://biology.ou.edu. Screening of candidates will begin 21 October 2016 and will continue until the positions are filled.
The University of Oklahoma is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and encourages diversity in the workplace. Protected veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
“ In these challenging times, I have told our faculty that all future hires must be strategic. It is telling that all of Biology’s positions in Biology of Behavior are “open rank” searches. Our goal is to bring the best available researchers and teachers to the University of Oklahoma.”
-Kelly Damphousse, Dean
College of Arts and Sciences
The OU Biology Department currently has a broad research strength in the study of animal behavior, including complementary faculty research programs that investigate mechanisms of behavior from social to molecular levels and on timescales ranging from millennia to milliseconds. Through key hires that complement our existing strengths, we will develop our Department and the University of Oklahoma as an internationally recognized center of excellence for the study of the mechanisms that determine organismal behavior.
We are committed to the position that a full accounting of behavior requires an integrative approach that considers evolutionary, developmental, and physiological mechanisms. The behavioral biologists at OU already cross these boundaries, and our strengths in combining evolutionary, physiological, and genetic approaches to behaviors differentiate the OU Biology Department from many other biology departments. The two positions we seek to fill will complement and advance these strengths.