St Edwards University
  • Biology
  • Austin, TX, USA
  • Full Time

Assistant Professor Department of Biological Sciences

School of Natural Sciences

St. Edward's University invites applications for a Terrestrial Ecologist/Plant Biologist to serve as a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, beginning August 2021.


  • Teach and develop core classes in the new Environmental Biology and Climate Change degree (, including Environmental Conservation & Climate Change and Geographic Information Systems (GIS);
  • Develop and teach elective courses in the same degree;
  • Ability to teach Terrestrial & Plant Ecology and Population Biology & Ecology preferred.
  • Advise students and engage in service;
  • Develop a successful research program involving undergraduates and compatible with resources available at a primarily undergraduate liberal arts institution. Utilization of the J. T. Mills Greenhouse, the Wild Basin Research Center or other local field sites is strongly preferred.
  • Curate living and preserved collections in the greenhouse and herbarium.
  • Other required duties as outlined in the St. Edward's University Faculty Manual (


  • Ph.D. in Biological Sciences required.
  • A strong commitment to and demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching and training undergraduates from diverse backgrounds.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and demonstrated ability to work collaboratively.

For detailed information, please scroll to the bottom of the page to download the job description.


The University offers an excellent TOTAL REWARDS package!

United Healthcare Medical & Rx Coverage (HSA & FSA Available)

Sun Life Financial Dental Plan

Sun Life Financial Vision Plan

Short Term Disability (STD) Insurance

Long Term Disability (LTD) Insurance

Life & Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) Insurance

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Pet Insurance

Annual Leave & Paid Sick Leave

Retirement Plan (TIAA) Employee 5%/Employer Match 7%

Tuition Benefits

Paid Holidays

Services & Discounts



Interested applicants should submit an online application at; Applications will be accepted and reviewed until the position is filled, with full consideration given to those received by Dec 1, 2020. 

A complete application must include:
  1. Cover letter, addressing why the applicant is a good fit for the position, indicating a commitment to the university's mission (

  2. Curriculum Vita

  3. Teaching Statement, particularly emphasizing interest in and ability to teach Environmental Conservation & Climate Change and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). (1 pg maximum).

  4. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion statement detailing knowledge of and track record for advancing DEI and plans for continuing serving a diverse student body(1 page maximum).

  5. A statement of Research Interests which details how the candidate will engage undergraduates in research. (1 pg maximum)

  6. The names and contact information for three professional references.



St. Edward's University, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.



Founded in 1885 by the Congregation of Holy Cross, St. Edward's University is a private, Catholic liberal arts institution of more than 4,000 diverse students located in Austin, Texas.  St. Edward's emphasizes critical thinking and ethical practices, as well as small classes, personalized learning, and exciting internship opportunities.  The community atmosphere extends to the approximately 800 faculty and staff who work together to make the university a welcoming yet challenging environment for students.  An overview of St. Edward's University employee benefits is available at;




We are not offering sponsorship at this time.


Background Checks:

A criminal history background check is required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.


Reference #: J202039

Posted: 11/03/20

Available: August 2021

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