Smith College — Assistant Professor of Biology: Quantitative Ecology

The Department of Biological Sciences at Smith College is seeking an ecologist with strong quantitative skills to fill a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Biology beginning July 1, 2021.

We seek a dynamic candidate with a commitment to high quality undergraduate education and research involvement, a record of research and publication in ecology, and a Ph.D. by the time of appointment; postdoctoral experience is desirable. We expect the successful candidate to develop a productive research program focused on ecological phenomena at any scale, combining experimental and/or field measurements with rigorous quantitative analysis, theory, or modeling. This program should encourage the active involvement of undergraduate researchers.

Teaching responsibilities will include rotation through the department’s introductory Biodiversity, Ecology and Conservation course; development of a new intermediate level ecology course emphasizing survey and experimental methods, field work, and data analysis; and an upper level course in the candidate’s area of expertise. Ideally, the candidate will broaden the department’s capacity to engage students—through use of quantitative methodologies—in coursework and research related to ecology, biodiversity and/or global environmental change.

Exceptional resources to support research and teaching in ecology and in plant sciences include the College’s ~100 ha MacLeish Field Station with forest, field, and wetland habitats, a BSL-2 plant growth room, a storied Botanic garden and Herbarium, the Mill River/Paradise Pond ecosystem, spatial analysis and GIS labs, and centers for microscopy, molecular biology, proteomics, and aqueous biogeochemistry. Programs in Biochemistry, Environmental Science and Policy, Statistical and Data Sciences, Neuroscience, and Landscape Studies facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration. Applicants sharing our commitment to increased diversity, accessibility, and inclusion in STEM fields are especially encouraged to apply.

Smith College is a four-year liberal arts women’s college, and a member of the Five College Consortium, which includes Amherst, Mount Holyoke, and Hampshire Colleges and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. This Consortium provides faculty with opportunities for collaborative research and mentoring of doctoral students and further enhances the rich intellectual and cultural life of the Pioneer Valley for both faculty and students. Smith College offers a variety of initiatives meant to foster the success of faculty at every stage of their careers.

Prospective candidates should submit their application at Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a teaching statement, a research statement, a diversity statement addressing the candidate’s commitment to enhancing access and inclusion, as well as the contact information for three references, from whom letters will be solicited following an initial review of applications, which will begin on October 1, 2020.

Diversity and a culture of inclusion among students, faculty, administration, staff, are reflected in our curriculum and are crucial to the mission and values of Smith College. A campus-wide engagement with issues of diversity, inclusion and anti-racism is outlined here. Smith welcomes applicants from a range of backgrounds including, but not limited to, those based on ability, age, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation and veteran status.

Smith is committed to providing an accessible application process for individuals with disabilities and encourages applicants to request any needed accommodation(s).

Smith College is an EO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer. Women, underrepresented racial groups, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Questions about this position should be directed to Professor Jesse Bellemare at