Skidmore College — Assistant Professor, Ecology (1 opening)

The Biology Department at Skidmore College invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Ecology beginning in Fall 2023. We seek broadly trained candidates with integrative expertise in areas such as disease ecology/ecoimmunology, behavioral ecology, or physiological/stress ecology. Skidmore College is a highly selective, nationally ranked liberal arts college in Saratoga Springs, New York, with a student population of 2,600 (8:1 student-faculty ratio), 26% of whom are domestic students of color, 11% are international students, and 15% are first generation college students. Skidmore is known for having faculty devoted to the instruction and mentoring of undergraduates. Enthusiasm for teaching and mentoring students in a collaborative, undergraduate environment is therefore essential, and the department is especially interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and excellence of the academic community through their inclusive teaching. We encourage applications from individuals with identities historically underrepresented in the sciences and who have experience working with diverse student populations. A Ph.D. in biology with a specialization in ecology, or a related field, is required and prior teaching experience is desirable. Post-doctoral experience is beneficial, although not required.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach 18 contact hours per year where each lecture or lab section constitutes 3 contact hours. Teaching expectations include an introductory course in organismal biology, upper-level courses in their area of expertise, and an interdisciplinary first-year seminar. The hire will also be expected to establish a productive research program that engages undergraduates. The hire will have a dedicated research laboratory in the recently completed Center for Integrated Sciences, generous start-up funds, pre-tenure research leave, funds to travel to conferences/workshops, and a course release in the first year. The hire will also benefit from Skidmore’s North Woods (150-acre forested-landscape abutting campus) and proximity to the terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems of the Hudson River Valley and Adirondack regions.

Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. Inquiries about the position may be sent to the department chair, Dr. Jason Breves (

Minimum Qualifications:

Education: A Ph.D. in biology (with a specialization in ecology) or a related field is required

Preferred Qualifications:

College-level teaching experience; post-doctoral research training; prior experience and expertise related to supporting a diverse and inclusive educational community

Special Instructions for Applicant:

A complete application includes the following materials: (1) a cover letter that describes how your disciplinary expertise will enable you to engage with an undergraduate student body; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a statement of teaching philosophy and goals that includes a description of how you will engage a diverse learning community; (4) a research statement that includes a plan for the sustained involvement of undergraduates; and (5) the names, affiliations, and contact information of three professional references who can provide letters of support in a timely fashion upon request.

Pay Range:  Commensurate with experience

In order to prevent or significantly reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission at Skidmore College and protect all members of the College community from infection, successful candidates will be required to submit proof of full vaccination as a condition of employment, unless exempted as a reasonable accommodation of a medical condition or sincerely religious belief or practice.


Skidmore College is committed to being an inclusive campus community and, as an Equal Opportunity Employer, does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, military or veteran status, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, predisposition or carrier status, domestic violence victim status, familial status, dating violence, or stalking, or any other category protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.

Employment at Skidmore College is contingent upon an acceptable background check result.