The University of Oklahoma College of Arts and Sciences is excited to announce an open faculty position at any rank in the Department of Biology. As part of our Biology of Behavior strategic initiative, the department is committed to building an internationally recognized center of excellence in the biology of organismal behavior. The Department of Biology already has 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. We recently built on this strength with two hires in molecular neurobiology and behavioral ecology, Dr. Ashlee Rowe and Dr. Matt Rowe, who will join the department in January 2018. We now seek to enhance the collaborative momentum of this initiative by hiring a Behavioral Geneticist who uses transcriptomic or related “–omics” methods to examine the evolution or regulation of organismal behavior. We invite creative, innovative, dynamic individuals who would like to be part of a strong team to apply for this faculty position which begins fall 2018.
This search is part of an ongoing 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 1) a cover letter describing their interest in the position, 2) a full curriculum vitae, 3) research and teaching statements, 4) up to five selected reprints/preprints as PDF files, and 5) three signed, confidential letters of reference uploaded tohttp://apply.interfolio.com/43194.
Visit us at http://biology.ou.edu. Screening of candidates will begin 15 October 2017 and will continue until the positions are filled. Women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are strongly 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.