Assistant Professor of Animal Physiology

Assistant Professor of Animal Physiology

• Job No:
• Classification:Assistant Professor (F9)
• Grade:UNAC Grade 30
• Work type:Faculty Full-time, On Campus
• Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
• School/Business unit:UAF Institute of Arctic Biology
• Location:Fairbanks
• Categories: Education/Instructional, Research/Science/Grants

Position Summary:
The Institute of Arctic Biology and the Department of Biology and Wildlife at the University of Alaska Fairbanks invites applications for two tenure-track faculty positions at the Assistant Professor level in animal physiology. Candidates could specialize in (1) cellular and molecular or (2) organismal physiology. Applicants must possess a Ph.D. in the biological sciences or a related field. We encourage candidates to apply who have postdoctoral research, teaching and/or mentoring experience, a record of publishing and extramural funding, and a strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

1-50Establish and maintain an active, externally-funded research program. Submit grant proposals. Publish original research articles, including students as co-authors as appropriate.Essential 2-40Teach one or more graduate or undergraduate courses in online and in person modalities. Mentor and supervise undergraduate and graduate students in research through to successful project / degree completion. Hold office hours appropriate for the course(s) being taught.Essential 3-10Provide service to the department, university, community and profession.Essential
These positions will be jointly appointed between the in the and the Joint appointments create protected time for research through a reduced teaching load, providing a supportive environment for early career researchers. Successful candidates will be expected to develop and maintain a sustainable, externally-funded research program, mentor graduate and undergraduate students in research, contribute to the curriculum through excellence and innovation in teaching, participate in university, professional and public service and actively contribute to UAF's ongoing work on equity, diversity, and inclusion in science. We are particularly interested in candidates who could teach courses in person or online in one or more of the following areas: cell and molecular biology, animal physiology, human anatomy and physiology, and upper-level electives in physiology or biomedical sciences.

In addition to a start-up package, numerous UA programs offer additional support. The Alaska INBRE program, an NIH infrastructure program with a focus on One Health, offers research funding opportunities through pilot awards, undergraduate and graduate student fellowships, and travel grants for biomedical and environmental health research. Several research centers provide substantial opportunities for collaboration, including the Center for Alaska Native Health Research, and the Center for Transformative Research in Metabolism. Numerous laboratory facilities and field stations are available for research and teaching, including state-of-the art animal holding facilities with specialized chambers for studying mammalian hibernators. There are also opportunities for collaborations with state and federal agencies, such as the Alaska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and NEON. Additional details about our faculty, programs, and facilities are available on the Institute of Arctic Biology ( and Department of Biology & Wildlife ( websites.

The University of Alaska Fairbanks is the state's major research institution and has been ranked in the top 25 best small universities in the United States by Times Higher Education. The university serves 5,300 students, 90% of which are undergraduates. Over 20% of the student body identifies as Alaska Native and 30% as ethnic minority. Fairbanks is a small culturally diverse city of approximately 100,000 with a strong sense of community and vibrant arts scene. With its vast network of trails, surrounding national and state recreational areas, and easy access to Denali National Park, Fairbanks offers unparalleled year-round outdoor opportunities.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
Expertise in cell and molecular or organismal physiology
Strong interpersonal and communication skills
Ability to effectively teach college level courses, both in person and online
Ability to acquire funding from external sources
Ability to publish regularly in peer reviewed journals
Ability to effectively mentor students
Ability and desire to advocate for the university
Ability to uphold the highest standards of personal and research integrity

Required Education or Training:
A PhD in biological sciences or a related field
PREFERRED: Postdoctoral research and teaching experience, a record of
extramural funding, evidence of the ability to mentor students, experience
with and commitment to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in science.

Salary Information:

Salary is commensurate with education and experience.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please submit the following documents to be considered for the position: a cover letter, curriculum vitae that includes the names and contact information for three references, and statements (1-2 pages each) of (1) research accomplishments, goals, and funding plans; (2) teaching and mentoring philosophy, experience, and interests; (3) commitment to and/or experience with improving diversity, equity and inclusion in science. Letters of recommendation will be requested after the initial application screening and references will be required within two weeks of the request.

The position is open until filled but for full consideration please submit your application and materials before 11:59 pm (Alaska Time) on October 15, 2022. Questions can be directed to Dr. Kristin O'Brien,, 907-474-5311.

This position is represented by United Academics (UNAC).

UAF COVID Requirements:

Effective immediately, all new UAF hires, whose job function or work location results in the employee being subject to the UAF vaccine requirements guided by the Federal Contractor Employee vaccine mandate*, must be fully vaccinated with an FDA- or WHO- authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine or have obtained a university-approved disability/medical or religious exemption no later than six weeks from the new hire's start date.

*Employees based on UAF's Troth Yeddha' (Fairbanks) campus, regardless of university affiliation and remote work status; Employees based in UAF research units outside Fairbanks (including Seward Marine Center, Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center, HAARP, Poker Flat, Lena Point, and Toolik Field Station); and Employees, regardless of their work location, paid by or directly working on impacted UAF federal contract.

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Abby Dunham, HR Coordinator, Institute of Arctic Biology, at or (907) 474-7463.

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Fairbanks, AK

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Closing Date 2023-02-23