Assistant Professor of Cancer Cell Biology

Fargo, North Dakota
Commensurate with Experience
November 14 2016
Position Type
Full Time
Job Type

Faculty Position:  Assistant Professor of Cancer Cell Biology

North Dakota State University invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for this 9-month tenure-track position to begin service on August 16, 2017.

Position Description

The Department of Biological Sciences at North Dakota State University has a 9-month, tenure-track faculty position in cancer cell biology at the rank of Assistant Professor, available fall 2017 (August 16, 2017).  The position is 45% research, 45% teaching, and 10% service.  The successful candidate is expected to develop a dynamic, externally-funded research program in pancreatic cancer that enhances biomedical research in the department and actively participate as a junior PI in the NIH-funded COBRE Center for Diagnostic and Therapeutic Strategies in Pancreatic Cancer.  Candidates are also expected to supervise MS and PhD students, teach one course per semester, and advise undergraduate students.  The position is competitive with regard to start-up funds, space, and salary. 

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must have 1) a completed Ph.D. from an accredited institution in cell and molecular biology or a related discipline, 2) at least two years of postdoctoral experience in cancer biology or a relevant biomedical research field, 3) demonstrated research experience in cancer biology using integrated approaches, 4) evidence of peer-reviewed publications, 5) strong potential to develop an externally-funded research program, 6) ability to communicate effectively with a diverse audience, 7) evidence of a commitment to teaching and student learning at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and 8) evidence of the ability to interact with other scientists and departmental staff in a creative, collaborative, and productive manner.

                                    Preferred Qualifications

Preference will be given to candidates 1) conducting research in pancreatic cancer, particularly those using next-generation cellular and molecular approaches; 2) having a demonstrated ability to obtain extramural funding; 3) whose research complements existing strengths in the department; and 4) who demonstrate a strong commitment to equity and diversity. Candidates from groups underrepresented in science are highly encouraged to apply. 

                                    Application Instructions     

Applicants must submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a statement of research interests (two pages maximum), a statement of teaching philosophy (two page maximum), and contact information (including telephone numbers and e-mail addresses) for three professional references.  All application materials must be submitted online.  Visit for details and application materials.

Review of applications will begin December 10, 2016 and continue until the position is filled.  

Questions regarding the search may be sent to

                                    Department of Biological Sciences

The Department of Biological Sciences has 20 tenured/tenure-track faculty members, 4 teaching faculty, and offers BA/BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees.  There are approximately 550 undergraduate and 50 graduate students enrolled in its programs.  Undergraduate degrees are offered in biological sciences and biological sciences education.  Graduate degrees are offered in biology, and the department also participates in several interdisciplinary graduate programs:  Cellular and Molecular Biology, Environment and Conservation Sciences, Genomics and Bioinformatics, Natural Resource Management, and STEM Education.  Research in the department is clustered into three main focal areas:  developmental and regulatory biology; ecology, evolutionary, and conservation biology; and STEM education. See

North Dakota State University

From the first 30 students in 1890 to about 14,400 enrolled today, NDSU is distinctive as a student-focused, land-grant, research university. Providing affordable access to an excellent education at a top-ranked institution, NDSU combines teaching and research in a rich learning environment, educating future leaders who will create solutions to national and global challenges that will shape a better world. NDSU is fully accredited as an institution by the Higher Learning Commission.

 Fargo-Moorhead Community

Fargo combines the safety and friendliness of a small town with the cultural offerings of a large city. With a metro-area population of nearly 200,000, Fargo-Moorhead is the largest community between Minneapolis and Seattle. The city consistently appears on national lists of the best places to live and is noted for its safety, health care, recreation, job opportunities and economic development. The community offers museums, movie theaters, shopping, concerts and sporting events at many venues. Bus service both around campus and in the community is free for NDSU students. An international airport and a commercial bus line serve Fargo-Moorhead.  Residents enjoy North Dakota’s four seasons, which allow for a wide variety of outdoor activities, from ice fishing and cross-country skiing in the winter to golfing, boating and outdoor live music events in the summer. Fargo Moorhead has 175 public parks covering more than 3,000 acres. The parks offer nearly 100 miles of trails for hiking, biking and running, plus facilities for baseball, softball, swimming, tennis and hockey.

North Dakota State University is an Equal Opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or veterans status.  Women & traditionally underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.