Biology: Assistant Professor of Biology - 000121
The Department of Biology at the University of Richmond invites applications for a tenure track position as an assistant professor of biology; we also invite applications from exceptional candidates at the associate professor level who have demonstrated excellence in undergraduate education and research. The start date is August, 2015.
The candidate should be broadly trained in biology and have a doctoral degree and post-doctoral experience. 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. We are interested in candidates who focus on aspects of cellular or molecular biology and we value interdisciplinary teaching and research approaches. 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 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. This statement should reflect on past experiences that have influenced the candidate’s current research and teaching approaches and should be forward-looking with respect to the candidate’s goals and aspirations. As we are revising our curriculum to follow the recommendations of “Vision and Change in Undergraduate Education: A Call to Action” (http://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 February 20, 2015 and continue until the position is filled.
The Department of Biology is in the Gottwald Center for the Sciences along with the Departments of Chemistry, and Physics. Approximately 50 Biology majors and 30 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology majors graduate each year, many of whom go on to attend top graduate and medical schools. The department offers courses and research opportunities at all levels of biological organization from molecular to ecological. Biology students may also elect to pursue a concentration in Neuroscience or an interdisciplinary major in Environmental Studies. The department also participates in introductory interdisciplinary science programs with the Departments of Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science, and Mathematics. The typical faculty teaching load is a 3/2 (alternating semesters of 9 and 6 contact hours). The tenure-track position includes 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, and computer imaging technology, all of which are available for student and faculty use. 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 (http://as.richmond.edu/teaching/faculty-postings/index.html and http://biology.richmond.edu/).