The Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology seeks a tenure-track faculty member at the Assistant Professor level in the field of Plant Ecophysiology. We seek applicants whose research focuses on empirical questions affecting terrestrial ecosystems as well as ecological and evolutionary responses to a changing world using multi-faceted approaches that could include molecular, histological, and/or physiological techniques. Applicants should complement existing departmental strengths in ecology, evolution, botany, and global change biology. The successful candidate will build an interdisciplinary research program focused on questions of organismal plant physiology in natural, human-disturbed, or managed ecosystems.

We welcome applicants who can leverage the wealth of expertise in related fields across the UT system, and who can collaborate with the diverse ecology and evolution focused researchers in the department, at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis [NIMBioS], and the nearby Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Applicants could also integrate into their research program our nearby field resources (including Great Smoky Mountains National Park, national forests, and natural areas), extensive biodiversity collections, and advanced computational and sequencing facilities.


We are committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and particularly invite candidates who will strengthen our diversity and educational mission of inquiry-based teaching excellence. Expectations for a successful candidate include a strong record of scientific accomplishment, with evidence of an ability to develop a productive, externally-funded research program, a demonstrated ability to mentor students from diverse backgrounds, excellent communication skills and application of effective and inclusive teaching strategies.

Application Instructions

The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, two-page statement of research accomplishment and plans, two-page description of teaching experiences and interests, one-page diversity statement, and contact information of at least three individuals who could write letters of reference. Direct questions to Applications will be reviewed beginning September 16, 2022, with a position start date of August 2023.

Application Process

This institution is using Interfolio’s Faculty Search to conduct this search. Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge.

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