Apply for our job in evolutionary genomics!

I hope by now you have your research and teaching statements ready for the hiring season. I hope you are not trying to think about where you might fit, but are leaving that for when you have offers. Just send out those applications! Send broadly to anywhere you might possibly qualify, and even for some you don’t.

We letter writers don’t mind. We have the letters ready. Don’t agonize over the jobs. Just apply! And don’t forget this one at my own institution, in evolutionary genomics.

Washington University in St. Louis

Department of Biology




The Department of Biology at Washington University in St. Louis ( invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level from candidates whose research employs computational and/or genomic-scale approaches to answer important biological questions.  We seek an innovative and accomplished scientist whose research program will complement and diversify existing departmental areas including epigenetics in plant/animal/microbial systems, developmental biology, and evolution.


The successful candidate will have an appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology and is expected to establish an externally funded research program. Contributions to both undergraduate and graduate teaching and research mentoring are essential. Duties will also include serving as a formal advisor to select undergraduate students and participating in departmental committees and university service.


Qualifications include a PhD degree and strong research, mentoring and teaching credentials.   Competitive start-up funding, laboratory development resources and ancillary support commensurate with the candidate’s qualifications and needs are available with this position.


Consideration of applicants will begin on October 1, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit the following materials in a single pdf file format: cover letter; current curriculum vitae; separate statements of research and teaching interests; and the names and contact information of three individuals who can serve as references upon request. Application materials must be submitted electronically to: Questions regarding the search process should be directed to Douglas Chalker (, Chair of the Search Committee.


Washington University is committed to excellence through diversity, and we particularly encourage applications from persons from underrepresented groups.  Washington University is an Affirmative Action Employer



About Joan E. Strassmann

Evolutionary biologist, studies social behavior in insects & microbes, interested in education, travel, birds, tropics, nature, food; biology professor at Washington University in St. Louis
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