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Assistant Prof. of Neuroethology & Assistant/Associate Prof. of Comparative Animal Physiology

Illinois State University
Illinois State University, Normal
Commensurate with experience and qualifications
Closing date
Oct 23, 2022
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The School of Biological Sciences at Illinois State University in Normal, IL ( invites applications for nine-month tenure-track positions in the following:

NEUROETHOLOGY at the Assistant Professor level. We are looking for candidates who use non-traditional model systems, including vertebrates, to study the neuronal underpinnings of natural animal behavior. The vision and anticipated leadership of our new colleague will further expand the scope of, and emphasis on, our existing programs in physiology, neuroscience, and behavior within the School of Biological Sciences. Our new colleague should be able to teach undergraduate courses in neuroscience and animal behavior for biology and biomedical students and develop a graduate course in their area of expertise.

COMPARATIVE ANIMAL PHYSIOLOGY at the senior Assistant or Associate Professor level. This position is part of the Dr. Fred Gletten Endowed Chair in Biological Sciences, which comes with an endowed appointment for the first three years with the possibility of reappointment. We are looking for established candidates who conduct cutting-edge research in comparative physiology that complements our existing programs in physiology, neuroscience, and behavior and expands the scope of, and emphasis on, our environmental and health physiology research within the School of Biological Sciences. Areas of inquiry may include, but are not limited to developmental, environmental, cardiac, hormonal, or reproductive physiology. Candidates asking systems level questions in vertebrates are particularly encouraged to apply. The new faculty member will also contribute to teaching our undergraduate and graduate courses in physiology and develop a graduate course in comparative physiology or a related discipline.

Successful candidates are expected to establish a rigorous, nationally recognized, extramurally funded research program, publish scholarly research in quality, peer-reviewed journals, advise and mentor B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. students in their research groups, and provide effective instruction in their discipline. A Ph.D. in the specific field of biology or a closely related field, and tenure-track or equivalent experience or relevant post-doctoral research experience or by position start date are required based upon appointment level. State law mandates demonstrable oral proficiency in the English language as a requirement of this position. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The School of Biological Sciences comprises 23 faculty, approximately 65 graduate students (M.S. and Ph.D.), and over 650 undergraduate majors. We value research and teaching and offer a collegial environment fostering research collaboration among ecologists, conservation biologists, evolutionary biologists, cell and molecular biologists, physiologists, and neuroscientists, as well as opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations within the college or the university. The School of Biological Sciences features modern microscopy, flow cytometry, vertebrate and aquatic animal care and other shared facilities. The University and the School of Biological Sciences are committed to increasing the diversity and inclusivity of the campus community, recognizing that a diverse and inclusive faculty, staff, and student body enriches the scholarly experiences for the ISU campus and greater community. Candidates who have experience working with a diverse range of faculty, staff, and students, and a demonstrated commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive community are encouraged to apply. We are sensitive to the needs and invested in the success of dual career partnerships.

Please complete a faculty application for posting number 514397 (Comparative Animal Physiology), and 514399 (Neuroethology) at Applicants will be instructed to attach as a single pdf the following: i) a cover letter, ii) curriculum vitae, iii) names and e-mail addresses for three references, iv) a two-page research statement, v) a one-page teaching statement, vi) a one-page statement describing your interest in or effort toward furthering diversity, equity, and inclusion, and vii) PDFs of three representative publications. Review of applications will begin on October 14, 2022, and continue until the positions are filled. Intended start date is August 16, 2023. Questions about the Comparative Animal Physiology search should be directed to Dr. Ryan Paitz (, and the Neuroethology search to Dr. Wolfgang Stein (

ABOUT ILLINOIS STATE UNIVERSITY ( ): We are a coeducational, residential university, with almost 21,000 students, committed to fostering a small-college atmosphere with large-university opportunities and promoting the highest academic standards in research, teaching, and community service. We are a discovery-driven, learner-centered and globally-linked School that values individual attention in both the research and classroom setting. Illinois State University has repeatedly been named a “Great College to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education. The College of Arts and Sciences ( ) unites 18 academic units, with faculty, students, and staff engaged in educational, research, and service activities in the core academic disciplines of the natural sciences, mathematics, social sciences, and humanities. The College has faculty deeply engaged in scholarly activity and advancing knowledge, strong disciplinary programs at undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral levels, outstanding secondary education programs, and service activities that fulfill our responsibility to contribute to the greater good.  Information about the diverse and thriving Bloomington-Normal community can be found here:  and here: 

Illinois State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Minority/Women/Disability/Veteran.



The School of Biological Sciences advances the growing body of biological knowledge through synergistic programs in research, teaching, and service. Our faculty conducts basic and applied research to educate, mentor, and train successive generations of scientists and to command national and international recognition. Our active instruction in classrooms, laboratories, and field sites promotes a sophisticated understanding of biological principles and methodologies. Our professional service and outreach advance the biological sciences, disseminating knowledge widely, and applying it to relevant societal issues. Director Dr. Craig Gatto 309-438-3087 Email: Assistant Chair for Graduate Studies Dr. Steven Juliano 309-438-2642 Email: Address School of Biological Sciences Julian Hall 210 Campus Box 4120 Normal, IL 61790-4120
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