Call for 2 Tenure Track Positions - The School of Zoology and the Steinhardt Museum of Natural History

Seeking dynamic research leaders for up to two joint tenure-track positions at the School of Zoology and the Steinhardt Museum of Natural History, Tel Aviv University

31 October 2023

The School of Zoology and the Steinhardt Museum of Natural History (SMNH) at Tel-Aviv University invite applications from exceptional candidates for up to two joint tenure-track positions opening in October 2024.


The appointment is tenure-tracked, with a fixed term of 5 years, designed to enable early career scientists to become tenured group leaders and to develop an independent, internationally leading, research group. Successful candidates will be provided with start-up funds, support with student scholarships, and training in research and teaching management.


The School of Zoology is the largest, most diverse institute for zoological research in Israel. The 24 researchers in the school cover many fields of research including ecology, biogeography and macroecology, comparative and eco-physiology, conservation biology, biodiversity and systematics, marine biology, neuroethology, animal behaviour, behavioural ecology and evolutionary biology. The SMNH is Israel’s National Center for Biodiversity Studies, focusing on biodiversity research in the broad sense and conservation science, and is recognized as a national biodiversity research infrastructure. Most Zoology faculty members serve as SMNH curators or museum scientists. Candidates who have scientific interests in zoology but are unsure about their fit with the SMNH are strongly encouraged to apply nevertheless. Previous experience in museum or collection-based research is not a prerequisite for the position.


Candidates are expected to have a strong track record in the core research areas of the school of Zoology and the SMNH (see above).  They must have a strong publication record and a clear research vision. Prior to obtaining tenure, successful candidates are expected to raise external funding, develop their own research programmes, contribute to the student learning experience through teaching undergraduate and graduate courses and through their research and personal tutoring, and contribute to the scientific development of the SMNH as a national research infrastructure. They will be expected to teach undergraduate courses, supervise MSc. and PhD students and publish regularly in leading international journals. They will be assessed during their appointment for progression to becoming tenured. Women and candidates from minority groups are particularly encouraged to apply.


To apply send (1) A letter of application. (2) Your CV (including your publication list). (3) A research statement outlining your academic vision and fit for the position (≤ 2 pages). (4) A teaching statement (≤ 1 page) outlining your teaching philosophy and plans.


Be prepared to provide 3 recommendation letters upon request (which the referees should send directly to the email address below).


Applications and all inquiries should be sent to:

1. Prof. Jonathan Belmaker, Chair of the School of Zoology

2. Prof. Tamar Dayan , Chair of the Steinhardt Museum of Natural History


 Closing Date: December 15, 2023

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