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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. Successful candidates will be expected to provide excellent research training for students and postdocs and 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 describing their interest in the position, a full curriculum vitae, research and teaching statements, a statement on contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and up to five selected reprints/preprints as PDF files. Applications should be submitted online via Interfolio at

Applicants at the rank of Assistant Professor should also arrange to have three signed letters of reference uploaded to the appropriate website. Applicants at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor may submit names and contact information for three references in lieu of letters. Screening of candidates will begin October 20, 2021 and will continue until the positions are filled.

The University of Oklahoma is an EO/Affirmative Action institution Individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. The University of Oklahoma, in compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, disability, political beliefs, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. This includes, but is not limited to: admissions, employment, financial aid, housing, services in educational programs or activities, or health care services that the University operates or provides.

About Biology of Behavior at OU


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
  • Douglas D. Gaffin Professor - Scorpion sensory biology
  • Randall S. Hewes Professor - Cellular neurobiology and molecular genetics
  • 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
  • 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
  • Ashlee Rowe Assistant Professor - Sensory and motor systems and their role in the evolution of adaptive behavior
  • Matt Rowe Professor - Coevolution between predators and prey.
  • Ingo Schlupp Professor - Evolution and maintenance of sexual reproduction; sexual selection; population biology of fishes
  • Laura Stein Assistant Professor - Behavioral plasticity, behavioral influences on evolutionary patterns, parents-offspring interactions
  • Lawrence J. Weider Professor - Evolutionary ecology; aquatic ecology; behavioral ecology
  • Gary A. Wellborn Professor - Population ecology; community ecology; evolutionary ecology; behavior