Global Change Biology – open rank tenure-track faculty

University of Michigan

The Institute of Global Change Biology (IGCB) at the University of Michigan invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in any area of global change biology, broadly defined. The IGCB goal is to develop a comprehensive holistic understanding of the effects and consequences of global change on organisms, ecological systems, biosphere-atmosphere interactions, and coupled natural-human systems across temporal and spatial scales. The Institute’s focus on global change is broad, ranging from natural systems to public health. Both foundational science and work relevant to policy, management, and economics will be encouraged. The position will be joint with the School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS), and/or one or more other schools or departments at the University of Michigan (e.g., Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Medical School, School of Public Health), where the tenure home will reside, depending on the expertise, interest and the department’s approval of the position. This is a university-year appointment at any level (Assistant, Associate, Full) with expected start date ranging from August 2022 to December 2022.


The successful candidate will be part of the initial faculty cohort of the Institute and have the opportunity to work closely with an initial postdoctoral cohort. A successful candidate will be expected to establish a thriving research program, to effectively teach and mentor both undergraduate and graduate students, and to contribute to equitable and inclusive climates within both the IGCB and the partner department or school. The Institute seeks applicants whose research, teaching, and service will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education. The program is additionally interested in scholars with demonstrated interests in bringing into their teaching, mentoring, service, engagement, and/or research the critical perspectives that come from underrepresented educational backgrounds and pathways or scholarly understanding of the experiences historically marginalized groups in higher education.

Application Instructions

To apply, submit application materials in Interfolio.

  • Cover letter describing your relevant experience, potential contributions, and interest
    Curriculum vitae
  • a concise (2-4 pg) statement describing current and future research plans and how they would fit with the IGCB and one or more departments or schools at the University of Michigan
  • Please include in your research plan statement a brief description of a Synthesis Working Group (along the lines of those hosted by NCEAS, SESYNC or the USGS Powell Center) you would run to help launch the IGCB.
  • a statement of teaching philosophy and experience,
  • a statement of commitment and contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion in academia
  • References: a list of three names of academic references with contact information
  • Application review will begin November 15, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. This search will be administered by SEAS, but as noted above the position will be joint between IGCB and an academic unit where the tenure home will reside.

Questions about this search should be directed to Peter Reich, Director of the IGCB; however, technical questions about application processes should be directed to

IGCB is committed to fostering diversity throughout and beyond the institute and university, including with respect to race, ethnicity, gender, and disability status of faculty members. All individuals regardless of background are encouraged to apply. The university supports the needs of dual career couples.

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