Tenure track search for a Developmental Biologist at University of Richmond

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Assistant Professor of Biology

The Department of Biology at the University of Richmond invites applications for a tenure track position as an Assistant Professor of Biology. The start date is August, 2017.


The candidate should be broadly trained in biology and have a doctoral degree and post-doctoral experience. We seek a developmental biologist. Candidates who can also contribute to our neuroscience program are encouraged to apply. We are interested in candidates with a demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching and undergraduate research.  The successful applicant will have the opportunity to teach introductory courses in the major, upper level electives in the candidate’s area of expertise, and courses in the general education curriculum. The candidate is expected to maintain a productive research program that engages undergraduates. We are especially interested in recruiting individuals who have experience in broadening access and inclusivity in STEM disciplines, which aligns with the University’s strategic plan (https://strategicplan.richmond.edu/).


Applicants should apply online at http://jobs.richmond.edu. Applicants should upload one PDF file containing a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, and a single, integrated statement that addresses the candidate’s vision for being a teacher-scholar at the University of Richmond. This statement should highlight (1) the candidate’s vision for integration of teaching and research, (2) how Richmond undergraduates will be incorporated into the candidate’s research program and, (3) how the candidate will contribute to an environment that fosters inclusivity for all students interested in STEM fields. Our curriculum follows the recommendations of “Vision and Change in Undergraduate Education: A Call to Action” (www.visionandchange.org).  Applicants should articulate how their teaching approach and student-centered research program align with those recommendations.  Applicants will also be asked to submit electronically the names of three references who will receive an automated email asking them to submit their reference letters to this web site. At least one of the references should be able to address teaching effectiveness and potential. Review of applications will commence September 15, 2016 and continue until the position is filled.


The School of Arts & Sciences offers students the opportunity to study the arts, sciences, humanities, and social sciences from both historical and contemporary perspectives. All undergraduate students begin their studies in the School of Arts & Sciences and after their first year, three out of five of students choose to stay in A&S and declare a major in one of the school's 22 departments and 10 interdisciplinary programs. The School actively supports undergraduate research through summer research fellowships and external faculty grants and hosts an annual research Symposium, which had 379 student presenters in 2016.


The Department of Biology is in the Gottwald Center for the Sciences along with the Departments of Chemistry, and Physics.  The Department of Biology teaches courses for non-majors and for majors in Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Environmental Studies, and programs in Neuroscience and Interdisciplinary Sciences (with Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science and Mathematics).  The typical faculty teaching load is a 3/2 (alternating semesters of 9 and 6 contact hours). Tenure-stream positions include a research laboratory and equipment startup funds.  A full-time Director of Biological Imaging manages our microscopy facility, which includes an SEM, TEM, a laser scanning confocal microscope, and a multi-mode epifluorescence microscope with time-lapse capabilities. The university also maintains an animal facility, greenhouse and herbarium, flow cytometer, standard molecular biology equipment, computer imaging technology, and field research equipment and vehicle. Members of the Department of Biology also have access to two University-owned field sites that are approximately 15 and 45 minutes from campus.


The University of Richmond is committed to developing a diverse workforce and student body and to being an inclusive community. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who will contribute to these goals. For more information on the department, resources, and teaching responsibilities, see (https://richmond.csod.com/ats/careersite/JobDetails.aspx?id=938 and http://biology.richmond.edu/).