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Integrative Plant Biologist Faculty Position

Assistant Professor – Integrative Plant Biologist

The Department of Biology at the University of Mississippi invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Integrative Plant Biology. We seek candidates who investigate fundamental molecular/cellular mechanisms of how plants sense and respond to their environment, and whose research integrates across multiple scales. Areas of research interest include but are not limited to plant growth, movement, light and touch-induced signaling, long-distance communication, defense, symbiosis, and stress response.  The successful candidate will be expected to develop an innovative, externally-funded research program, train graduate students, and teach courses in their area of expertise. This position will complement and extend existing departmental strengths ( in symbiosis and species interactions, cell and molecular biology, neuroscience and behavior, or biodiversity and conservation biology; and may capitalize on the availability of the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, the School of Pharmacy (, the University of Mississippi Field Station (, and/or the US Department of Agriculture Natural Products Utilization Research ( The successful candidate may also interact with cross-disciplinary researchers to solve key, grand challenges through the Big Data, Brain Wellness, Community Wellbeing, and Disaster Resilience Flagship Constellations ( Questions about the position can be directed to the chair of the search committee, Dr. Jason Hoeksema.

We have a vibrant, broad-based biology department that consists of 21 tenure-track and 15 instructional faculty members, and educates over 1000 undergraduate biology majors and 45 graduate students (Ph.D. and M.S.).  The University of Mississippi is a Carnegie-Designated R1 Highest Research University located in Oxford, Mississippi, a beautiful college town well known for its outstanding educational and cultural opportunities. The University of Mississippi has been repeatedly recognized by the Chronicle of Higher Education as a “Great College to Work For”. The Department of Biology recognizes the importance of building a diverse faculty and welcomes applicants from groups underrepresented in science.

To apply, please visit our Online Employment Service at Applications should include: (1) cover letter outlining interest and suitability for the position, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) a statement of research interests and future plans (3 pages or less) that includes an explicit description of how the applicant’s research plans will complement or build upon existing departmental research areas, (4) a brief (two pages or less) teaching and mentoring statement, which includes experience, approach, interests, and a list of potential graduate and undergraduate courses, (5) a diversity statement addressing approaches to promoting inclusivity in research and training, (6) names and contact information for at least three references, and (7) reprints of up to three recent publications or submitted papers. Items 1-6 should be prepared as a single pdf and item 7 as a second pdf file. Review of applications will begin December 10 and continue until the position is filled. The University of Mississippi is an EOE/AA/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/Title VI/Title VII/Title IX/504/ADA/ADEA employer. The University of Mississippi provides equal opportunity in any employment practice, education program, or education activity to all qualified persons. The University complies with all applicable laws regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action and does not unlawfully discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based upon race, color, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information.