Assistant Professor, Plant Biologist/Botanist - Eastern Kentucky University

The Department of Biological Sciences at Eastern Kentucky University is accepting applications for a Plant Biologist/Botanist at the rank of Assistant professor. This is a 9-month, tenure-track position to begin August 15, 2019. Teaching responsibilities will include courses in the undergraduate Biology (BS), Wildlife Management (BS), and graduate (MS) programs. Primary courses to be taught include General Botany, Dendrology, Plant Systematics, and Aquatic and Wetland Plants. Additional courses may be assigned based on the candidate's expertise and departmental needs. The typical teaching load is 12 hours per semester, but new faculty can expect to teach 9 hours per semester during their first year.

The successful candidate will be expected to direct and advance the mission of the Ronald L. Jones Herbarium, the largest in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, which is housed in the recently completed (August 2017) Science Building. In addition, the incumbent will establish an active research program, mentor undergraduate and graduate (MS) students, and engage with conservation-oriented organizations such as the Kentucky Native Plant Society, the Office of Kentucky Nature Preserves, and US Fish and Wildlife Service. Knowledge of the flora of the eastern United States is essential. Areas of research may include, but are not limited to, computational biology, population biology, plant phylogenetics/systematics, and organismal diversity. 

A Ph.D. is required from a regionally accredited or internationally recognized institution by the time of appointment; post-doctoral experience is preferred. Review of applications will begin March 4th and continue until position is filled.  All interested applicants must apply via At the present time, EKU is unable to sponsor applicants for this position for work visas.

For detail regarding facilities, equipment, natural areas, and space directed toward research refer to our EKU Biological Sciences website: or contact Dr. Pat Calie (pat.calie[at], Search Committee Chair.