Job Description

Assistant Professor & Curator of Herpetology

Posting Numberreq9664
Employment TypeFaculty
Faculty TypeTenure/Tenure-Track
Hiring DepartmentAS Biology General Administrative (048F)
Academic LocationCollege of Arts & Sciences
CampusMain - Albuquerque, NM
Benefits EligibleThe University of New Mexico provides a comprehensive package of benefits including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance. In addition, UNM offers educational benefits through the tuition remission and dependent education programs. See the Benefits home page for more information.
Position Summary

We invite applications for a tenure-trackposition as Assistant Professor of Biology and Curator of Herpetology at theMuseum of Southwestern Biology (MSB), a natural history collections facilitywithin the Department of Biology of the University of New Mexico (UNM).

We seek a colleague with demonstrated commitments to (1)collecting and curating natural history specimens; (2) using specimens toaddress fundamental questions in biology; (3) pursuing a vigorous, externallyfunded research program; (4) advancing the integration of specimens into thefield of herpetology; (5) achieving excellence in teaching and mentoring; and (6)diversity, equity, inclusion, student access, as well as working with a diversecommunity.

UNM is both a research intensiveuniversity (Carnegie R1) and a minority-majority institution. It is located inAlbuquerque, a city with a rich cultural heritage in a biodiverse, sceniclandscape. The Department of Biology is family-friendly and comprises ~30tenure-track faculty members (,~1500 undergraduate majors, a thriving graduate training program, and a vibrantportfolio of extramurally funded research.

The MSB ( eight organismal collections, each headed by a faculty-curator,managed by a full-time collection manager, and charged with a shared mission:to collect and curate biodiversity specimens and information to advancescientific understanding of earth's biota over time and space. MSB holds overfour million specimens that contribute to >150 scientific publications annually,and it is a leading institution in the use and development of informaticsresources ('s cryo-collections comprise more than one-half million samples and areheavily used for basic research ranging from genomics to ecology. The MSBCollection of Amphibians and Reptiles is a fully digitized collection of ~100,000specimens, with a strong history of supporting research on ecology,systematics, and conservation biology.

Applicants should submit a coverletter, curriculum vitae, three representative reprints, names of threereferences, and four two-page statements addressing past, present and futureefforts in (1) research, (2) curation, (3) teaching, and (4) diversity andinclusion. A Ph.D. in the life sciences is requiredat the time of application, and post-doctoral experience is preferred beforethe start of the appointment. Forcomplete requirements and to submit application materials, see Assistant Professor and Curator of Herpetology at,REQ#9664.

For best consideration, applicationmaterials must be received by September 16, 2019..Questions related to this posting may be directed to committee chair, Joseph Cook,

UNM is an EqualOpportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and Educator. Women andunderrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.


Minimum Qualifications: Ph.D. in the lifesciences is required at the time of application

Preferred Qualifications:

  • demonstrated commitment to collecting and curating natural history specimens;
  • demonstrated commitment to using specimens to address fundamental questions in biology;
  • demonstrated commitment to pursuing a vigorous, externally funded research program;
  • demonstrated commitment to advancing the integration of specimens into the field of herpetology;
  • demonstrated commitment to achieving excellence in teaching and mentoring;
  • demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, student access, as well as working with a diverse community.
  • post-doctoral experience is preferred by the start of the appointment
Application InstructionsApplicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, three representative reprints, names of three references, and four two-page statements addressing past, present and future efforts in (1) research, (2) curation, (3) teaching, and (4) diversity and inclusion.

Applicants who are appointed to a UNM faculty position are required to provide an official certification of successful completion of all degree requirements prior to their initial employment with UNM.

For Best ConsiderationFor best consideration, please apply by 9/16/2019. This position will remain open until filled.

The University of New Mexico is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class.


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