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Animal Physiologist

Closes: Open Until Filled College of Liberal Arts & SciencesDepartment of Biological Sciences

The Department of Biological Sciences at Eastern Illinois University ( is seeking an Animal Physiologist at the rank of Assistant/Associate Professor (tenure-track), beginning August 2024. Candidates must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree, and postdoctoral experience is preferred (excellent ABD candidates will be considered). Candidates with research focus on the physiology of any taxa are encouraged to apply, with specialization in herpetology, ornithology, or invertebrates particularly encouraged to apply.

Demonstrated commitment to diversity and experience promoting inclusive excellence required. The successful candidate will be expected to develop an externally-funded research program involving both undergraduate and graduate (Master's level) students. Teaching responsibilities include undergraduate courses in animal physiology, as well as undergraduate and graduate courses in the candidate's area of expertise. Competitive salary (starting at $63,000 annual) commensurate with qualifications, excellent benefit and retirement package, and a competitive start-up package will be available. Faculty at EIU are represented by the EIU Chapter of UPI Local 4100.


APPLY TO: Dr. Elliott Zieman, Chair of the Search Committee

Applicants must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, statement of research interests (that highlights the involvement of students), a diversity, equity, and inclusion statement, and contact information for at least three professional references. Application materials must be submitted as separate files using Interfolio Questions about the search may be directed to Dr. Elliott Zieman, Chair of the Screening Committee, at

Review of applications will begin on November 30, 2023.

The Department of Biological Sciences at Eastern Illinois University ( has a diverse faculty with strong expertise in organismal, environmental, and molecular biology. The Department includes 15 tenure-track faculty, 7 instructors, and 4 support professionals, along with ~350 biology majors, many of whom are majoring in our Environmental Biology, Clinical Laboratory Science, or Teacher Certification programs. Our graduate program includes ~100 students across our research and non-research (including online) Master's programs. The department is research-focused, with student training and presentations being an integral component of our programs.

Diversity and Inclusion: Eastern Illinois University is committed to fostering a learning community where all members feel welcomed and valued. The university provides equality of opportunity in all areas of campus life and we strive to recognize and appreciate the unique value of our students, faculty, and staff. Every member of campus has the right to learn and work in an environment free of discrimination and harassment, and beyond that, our goal is for all members of our community to develop a strong sense of belonging to Eastern Illinois University.

The University and Community: Eastern Illinois University takes pride in creating a warm, welcome environment for all faculty, staff and students. Established in 1895, EIU boasts a rich, tradition of preparing students for their personal and professional goals. A traditional regional residential institution, EIU offers a superior education at a relatively low cost while consistently earning high rankings and distinctions for its affordability, academic program quality, career placement rates, campus safety, online degree options, student support, and sustainability initiatives. EIU focuses on individualized attention and superior student relationships and has earned recognition as the highest- ranking independent public regional university in Illinois and a place among the Midwest’s top public regional universities according to U.S. News and World Report. Eastern offers faculty a wide range of research and public service activities. EIU hosts more than 175 student organizations on campus, and offers a variety of cultural events, NCAA Division I athletics, and active research opportunities for its students to enjoy and to thrive. EIU has become recognized for providing the resources of a large institution while creating the kinds of individual relationships that support student and alumni success. The university offers insurance benefits to same-sex domestic partners. The university offers benefits to spouses. Eastern Illinois University places priority on teaching excellence for a student body in a residential setting. Approximately 9,000 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs. Eastern offers faculty a wide range of research and public service activities.

The University is located in east central Illinois and combines the benefits of a community of 20,000 with access to several large cities, including Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis.

Eastern Illinois University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer - minority/female/disability/veteran - committed to achieving a diverse community.


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