Tenure-track faculty positions, Illinois State University

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The School of Biological Sciences at Illinois State University in Normal, IL (https://biology.illinoisstate.edu/) invites applications for two nine-month, tenure-track positions, one each in MICROBIOLOGY  and NEUROETHOLOGY at the level of Assistant Professor. The School of Biological Sciences comprises 26 faculty, approximately 65 graduate students (M.S. and Ph.D.), and over 750 undergraduate majors. It offers a collegial environment fostering collaboration among cell and molecular biologists, physiologists, organismal biologists, and neuroscientists as well as opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations within the college or the university. The University and the School of Biological Sciences are committed to increasing the diversity and inclusivity of the campus community, recognizing that a diverse and inclusive faculty, staff, and student body enriches the scholarly experiences for the ISU campus and greater community. Candidates who have experience working with a diverse range of faculty, staff, and students, and a demonstrated commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive community are encouraged to apply. We are sensitive to the needs and invested in the success of dual career partnerships.

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF MICROBIOLOGY. We seek candidates whose research addresses fundamental questions from the breadth of microbiology, such as microbe-host interactions and coevolution, biology of free-living microorganisms, microbial physiology & genetics, microbial biotechnology, microbial ecology, or microbial evolution & phylogeny. Candidates should be able to contribute to undergraduate courses in microbiology for biology and biomedical students, and to develop a graduate course in their area of expertise.  

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF NEUROETHOLOGY. We seek candidates conducting cutting-edge research in neuroethology that complements our existing research programs in neuroscience, physiology, and behavior using invertebrate and vertebrate systems. Candidates using vertebrate or non-traditional model systems are encouraged to apply. Candidates should be able to contribute to undergraduate courses in neuroscience and animal behavior for biology and biomedical students, and to develop a graduate course in their area of expertise.

Successful candidates are expected to establish a rigorous, nationally recognized, extramurally funded research program, publish scholarly research in quality, peer-reviewed journals, advise and mentor B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. students in their research groups, and provide effective, evidence-based instruction in their discipline. A Ph.D. in the specific field of biology or a closely related field, and a minimum of 2 years of post-doctoral research experience by position start date are required. State law mandates demonstrable oral proficiency in the English language as a requirement of this position. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. 

Please complete an online faculty application for posting number 512130 (Microbiology) or posting number 512133 (Neuroethology) at  https://www.jobs.ilstu.edu. Applicants will be instructed to attach: i) a cover letter, ii) curriculum vitae, iii) a two-page research statement, iv) a one-page teaching statement, v) a one-page statement describing your interest in or effort toward furthering diversity, equity, and inclusion, vi) PDFs of three representative publications, and vii) names and e-mail addresses for three references. Review of applications will begin on Oct. 7, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. Intended start date is August 16, 2022. Questions about the Microbiology search should be directed to Dr. Steven Juliano (sajulian@ilstu.edu), while questions about the Neuroethology search should be directed to Dr. Joe Casto (jmcasto@ilstu.edu).


ABOUT ILLINOIS STATE UNIVERSITY (https://hr.illinoisstate.edu/prospective/ ):  We are a coeducational, residential university, with almost 21,000 students, committed to fostering a small-college atmosphere with large-university opportunities and promoting the highest academic standards in teaching, scholarship, and community service. We are a learner centered, discovery-driven and globally linked School that values individual attention in both the research and classroom setting.  Illinois State University has repeatedly been named a “Great College to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education.  The College of Arts and Sciences (https://cas.illinoisstate.edu/ ) unites 18 academic units, with faculty, students, and staff engaged in educational, research, and service activities in the core academic disciplines of the natural sciences, mathematics, social sciences, and humanities. The College has faculty deeply engaged in scholarly activity and advancing knowledge, strong disciplinary programs at undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral levels, outstanding secondary education programs, and service activities that fulfill our responsibility to contribute to the greater good.  Information about the diverse and thriving Bloomington-Normal community can be found here:  https://www.visitbn.org/  and here:  https://jobs.illinoisstate.edu/community  


Illinois State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. 




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