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David and Dorothy Kemper Chair in Biology - Arts & Sciences

David and Dorothy Kemper Chair in Biology - Arts & Sciences

location6475 Forsyth Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63105, USA
PublishedPublished: 12/8/2023
Full Time

Job Description

Position Summary

The Department of Biology at Washington University in St. Louis and the Missouri Botanical Garden (MBG) seek an eminent biodiversity scientist to fill the inaugural David and Dorothy Kemper Chair in Biology, a position to be jointly held between Washington University, where the scientist will hold a tenured position at the rank of Professor, and MBG, where the scientist will hold the position of Senior Principal Investigator.

The successful candidate will join a vibrant biodiversity community and will be expected to contribute to advising, mentoring and service; to be an outstanding teacher and to lead an externally funded and internationally recognized research program that develops synergies between the two institutions  These links provide more information about the Biology Department at Washington University (https://biology.wustl.edu/), the Missouri Botanical Garden (https://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/plant-science/plant-science/res…) and the Living Earth Collaborative (https://livingearthcollaborative.wustl.edu/). Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values of the Biology Department, Washington University and the Missouri Botanical Garden and we seek to create inclusive classrooms and environments in which a diverse array of students can learn and thrive.

Required Qualifications

The successful candidate will have a distinguished record of research accomplishment focused on cutting-edge questions in an area of plant biodiversity science, including (but not limited to) global change, restoration, landscape, community and population ecology; systematics; phylogenetics; population and ecological genetics; evolutionary biology and conservation biology. A doctorate in biology or a closely related field is required, as well as an outstanding teaching, service, research, and publication record commensurate with tenure at this rank. 

Salary Range

Base pay is commensurate with experience.

Applicant Special Instructions

Review of applications will begin October 15, 2023. Applications will be accepted until the search concludes.

Please provide a cover letter, curriculum vita, research and teaching statements, diversity statement, pdfs of three papers, and names and contact information of three references to be submitted through Interfolio (http://apply.interfolio.com/130484).


If you are unable to use our online application system and would like an accommodation, please emailCandidateQuestions@wustl.eduor call the dedicated accommodation inquiry number at 314-935-1149 and leave a voicemail with the nature of your request.

Pre-Employment Screening

All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. The screenings will include criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, an employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.

Benefits Statement

Washington University in St. Louis is committed to providing a comprehensive and competitive benefits package to our employees. Benefits eligibility is subject to employment status, full-time equivalent (FTE) workload, and weekly standard hours. Please visit our website at https://hr.wustl.edu/benefits/ to view a summary of benefits.

EEO/AA Statement

Washington University in St. Louis is committed to the principles and practices of equal employment opportunity and especially encourages applications by those from underrepresented groups. It is the University’s policy to provide equal opportunity and access to persons in all job titles without regard to race, ethnicity, color, national origin, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, protected veteran status, or genetic information.

Diversity Statement

Washington University is dedicated to building a diverse community of individuals who are committed to contributing to an inclusive environment – fostering respect for all and welcoming individuals from diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. Individuals with a commitment to these values are encouraged to apply.