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University of Connecticut
Department of Natural Resources and the Environment
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Posted: 08/16/2018
Assistant Professor, Environmental Toxicology

The Department of Natural Resources & the Environment ( and the Center for Environmental Sciences & Engineering ( are highly productive and nationally recognized units seeking applicants for a 9-month, full-time, tenure-track joint-position at the rank of Assistant Professor. Applicants should have experience and interest in environmental toxicology, with specific application to food webs and biota. Duties include excellence in scholarly publication, effective extramural grant solicitation, recurrent multidisciplinary collaboration, effective undergraduate and graduate teaching, and service to the Department, Center, University, and society.

We seek a candidate whose research focuses on field and laboratory assessment of the effects of contaminants on terrestrial or aquatic biota, and who uses mathematical models and computer simulations to enhance predictive understanding. This may include one or more of the following areas:

• Environmental assessment of the distribution and toxicity of microplastics; including their demographic consequences and trophic associations in ecosystems;
• Environmental assessment of the distribution and toxicity of organic pollutants, including their demographic consequences and trophic associations in ecosystems;
• Development of biomarkers of contaminant exposure and effect;
• Assessment and minimization of exposure risk to species and ecological communities


1. Doctoral degree or equivalent at the time of appointment in ecotoxicology, environmental sciences, wildlife or fisheries sciences, ecology, or related discipline;
2. Collaborative and multidisciplinary research experience;
3. Experience in field and laboratory measurement of toxicological data;
4. Teaching experience;
5. Effective oral and written communication skills.


1. Post-doctoral experience;
2. Success at obtaining competitive extramural grants;
3. A record of scholarly publication in environmental toxicology;
4. Potential to establish a well-funded national program that addresses issues pertinent to toxicological effects on food webs and biota.
5. Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.


This is a full-time 9-month, tenure track, research (75%) and teaching (25%) position at the Assistant Professor level, with service expectations. The successful candidate will work primarily at the University of Connecticut’s Storrs Campus and visit regional campuses as needed. Anticipated start date is August 23, 2019. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Please select “Apply” to submit the following on Academic Jobs Online: a cover letter; curriculum vitae; statement of research interests (2-page maximum); statement of teaching interests and philosophy (2-page maximum); and at least three letters of recommendation. Only applications submitted via Academic Jobs Online ( will be accepted. To ensure full consideration, applications should be received no later than September 14, 2018. Evaluation of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent on the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search # 2019006).

For further information, please contact the search committee co-chairs: Drs. Jason Vokoun (; 860-486-0141) and Michael Willig (; 860-486-1455)

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The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty, and staff. The diversity of students, faculty, and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural, and diverse community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities, and members of traditionally underrepresented populations