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How to Apply

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 Applicants should also arrange to have three signed letters of reference sent to at 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 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.

About Biology of Behavior at OU


“ 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.

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Department of Biology Faculty in BB

  • Ari Berkowitz Professor - Neurobiology and control of movements
  • David S. Durica Professor - Developmental genetics; gene organization and expression
  • Ola M. Fincke Professor - Behavioral ecology of insects; tropical ecology
  • Douglas D. Gaffin Professor - Scorpion sensory biology
  • Randall S. Hewes Professor - Cellular neurobiology and molecular genetics
  • Rosemary Knapp Professor - Comparative neuroendocrinology and physiology; reproductive behavior
  • Christian H. Lemon Associate Professor - Systems neurophysiology; sensory processing in flavor, taste, and pain
  • Jeffrey F. Kelly Professor - Conservation biology, avian ecology and migration behavior
  • Michael R. Markham Associate Professor - Neurobiology and energetics of animal communication systems
  • Katie E. Marshall Assistant Professor - Physiological and geographical ecology
  • John P. Masly Associate Professor - Evolution and development of complex traits; evolutionary genetics
  • David McCauley Associate Professor - Evolutionary developmental biology; basal vertebrate development
  • Thomas S. Ray Professor - Evolutionary biology; ecology; tropical biology; digital evolution; pharmacology
  • Ingo Schlupp Professor - Evolution and maintenance of sexual reproduction; sexual selection; population biology of fishes
  • Lawrence J. Weider Professor - Evolutionary ecology; aquatic ecology; behavioral ecology
  • Gary A. Wellborn Professor - Population ecology; community ecology; evolutionary ecology; behavior