Careers in the Plant Sciences

Physiological Ecologist

Hood College - Frederick, MD, United States

Position Title: Physiological Ecologist
Position Type: Tenure-Track Assistant Professor
Application Review Begins: Tuesday, June 27, 2023
Application Deadline: Sunday, October 01, 2023
Institution: Hood College
Department/Division: Biology
Field (e.g., systematics): Physiology
City: Frederick, MD, United States
General Information: Assistant Professor of Biology, Physiological Ecology

Hood College's Department of Biology has a tenure-track opening at the ASSISTANT PROFESSOR level beginning August 1, 2024. We seek a broadly-trained biologist whose experience includes the physiological response of organisms to changing environmental conditions. The successful candidate must have a strong commitment to teaching and the liberal arts, ongoing scholarly research and service to the department and college. Based on their expertise and interests, the successful candidate is expected to teach, as well as actively mentor and conduct research with students.

Teaching responsibilities will include a team-taught 200-level majors course in Plant and Animal Physiology and two team-taught courses, Anatomy and Physiology I and II for Nurses. Other teaching opportunities include undergraduate courses in environmental science and policy course and masters-level courses in environmental biology. We seek candidates who can engage undergraduates and masters-level students in on-campus research opportunities appropriate for our lab facilities.
Qualifications/Requirements: We seek a candidate who values diversity, equity and inclusion in all that they do. Candidates must have strong organizational skills and a proven ability to work collaboratively with partners across campus in support of Hood College’s mission as a student-centered, liberal arts institution.

To perform this job successfully, the individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Education and/or Experience
Minimum Requirements/Qualifications
Candidates must possess a Ph.D. in an appropriate biological discipline and teaching experience is required. Postdoctoral experience preferred.

Technology Skills
Proficient in MS Office tools (Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), e-mail and Internet. Ability to learn new applications quickly including organization-wide information systems and department-specific software applications.

Language Skills
Strong oral and written communication skills. Ability to effectively provide information and positively respond to questions from both external and internal customers both in person and by phone. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.

Mathematical Skills
Proficient with statistical and financial concepts. Must have the ability to apply those concepts to tracking, projections, goal setting and interpreting reports. Must be able to draw conclusions from reports and make cost effective decisions regarding programs.

Reasoning Ability
Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a number of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form. Ability to work independently and as a member of a group in developing and executing project plans. Ability to work in theoretical arena and apply logic as appropriate.
Responsibilities: Essential Duties include the following. Other duties may be assigned.


• Teach undergraduate courses in physiology and/or ecology
• Teach introductory biology courses
• Teach advanced undergraduate and masters-level course(s) based on area of expertise.
• Evening or weekend hours could be required to support programs or special events.


One or more of the following:

Conduct research in area of expertise while mentoring students at the undergraduate and/or graduate level.
Present research findings as posters, workshops, oral presentations and peer-reviewed publications in journals or conference proceedings.
Give presentations at professional conferences and leading workshops including pedagogical workshops/presentations.
Writing and receiving grants for biological research, curriculum enhancement or pedagogy.

Support and participate in department and college committees and/or professional organizations to develop professional partnerships and meet the academic needs of the institution.
Support the College initiatives to recruit and retain talented students.
Participate as an active member of the Hood College community.
Application Instructions (submission methods, etc.): We invite qualified candidates to apply on-line via our electronic application which requires a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research and teaching interests, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and undergraduate and graduate transcripts and should arrange for three letters of recommendation for submission to Review of applications will begin October 1, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled.

If you need assistance with the on-line application process, please email or call (301) 696-3592.
Compensation Range:
Contact Name: Craig Laufer,