Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor of Biological Sciences (Molecular Genetics)

Northern Arizona University (Flagstaff, Arizona)
Commensurate with experience.
July 25 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type

Job Description

The Center for Bioengineering Innovation (CBI) at Northern Arizona University invites applications for a tenure-track or tenured teaching and research position in the area of molecular genetics. This position will be housed in CBI with an academic home of the Biological Sciences Department. We seek candidates with demonstrated expertise in employing genomic approaches to understand fundamental processes of gene expression (e.g., transcriptional and translational control, mechanisms of epigenetics etc.) as part of the Center for Bioengineering Innovation research group. This position is slated to begin in August 2018. At the Assistant Professor rank, the position is tenure-track.  At the Associate Professor and Professor rank the position may or may not be tenured based on qualifications and experience as guided by COFS and college/unit criteria for promotion. Preference will be given to applicants with experience and documented successes in publication, interdisciplinary collaboration, and acquisition of external funding associated with translational research in molecular genetics. The successful candidate will: (1) maintain an independent research program that is supported by awards from extramural agencies; (2) contribute to the teaching mission of the Department of Biological Sciences, including mentoring of undergraduate, M.S. and Ph.D. students and postdoctoral fellows in Bioengineering and Biology; and (3) perform service for the department, university, and profession.     

Minimum Qualifications             

MQs for rank of Assistant Professor:

  • PhD in biological sciences or related field
  • Minimum one-year post-doctoral research experience

 MQs for rank of Associate Professor include all of the above and:

  • Associate Professor rank and successful university teaching experience in a university setting
  • A strong record of research productivity including demonstrated success in obtaining extramural grant funding

MQs for rank of Professor include all of the above and:

  • Professor rank and successful university teaching experience in a university setting
  • A substantial record of research productivity including a sustained record of extramural grant funding
  • A record of sustained leadership and service to the professional community and within the university setting


Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in utilizing genomic tools (e.g., transcriptomics, epigenetics etc.) to elucidate mechanisms and solve challenges related to human health.
  • Demonstrated research expertise as evidenced by an outstanding scholarly record (i.e., publications and grants), including national recognition for the Associate/Professor rank.
  • Demonstrated experience as an effective classroom teacher.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness as a research mentor of undergraduate and graduate students and post-doctoral associates.
  • Outstanding communication skills.
  • Experience that compliments existing faculty areas of expertise (e.g., biomarkers, biomaterials, bioengineering), especially those within the Center for Bioengineering Innovation.
  • Demonstrated success in collaborative, interdisciplinary and translational research.
  • Experience with or commitment to working with people from a variety of culturally diverse backgrounds.

General Information

Northern Arizona University has a student population of approximately 29,000, including more than 21,000 on its main campus in Flagstaff and the remainder at more than 20 locations statewide and online.

Committed to a diverse and civil working and learning environment, NAU has earned a solid reputation as a university with all the features of a large institution but with a personal touch, with a faculty and staff dedicated to each student’s success. All faculty members are expected to promote student learning and help students achieve academic outcomes.

While our emphasis is undergraduate education, we offer a wide range of graduate programs and research. Our institution has carefully integrated on-campus education with distance learning, forming seamless avenues for students to earn degrees.

Flagstaff has a population of about 70,000, rich in cultural diversity. Located at the base of the majestic San Francisco Peaks, Flagstaff is 140 miles north of Phoenix at intersection of Interstate 17 and Interstate 40.

The university is committed to a diverse and civil working and learning environment.

For information about diversity, access, and equity at NAU, see

The Department of Biological Sciences has graduate programs including an established PhD program in Biological Sciences and a new PhD program in Bioengineering. The Bioengineering PhD is the first interdisciplinary PhD on the Northern Arizona University campus. The Department of Biological Sciences offers four Bachelor's degrees, as well as Masters and doctoral degrees.

Background Information

Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following:  a criminal background investigation, an employment history verification and a degree verification (in some cases) prior to employment.  You may also be required to complete a fingerprint background check.

Additionally, as an employer in the state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees' right to work in the United States.

Finally, each year the Northern Arizona University Police Department releases an annual security report.  The report is a result of the federal law known as the Clery Act and contains policy statements that address the school’s policies, procedures and programs concerning safety and security including policies for responding to emergency situations and sexual offenses.  The report contains three years of data for Clery reportable crime statistics for the campus along with the most current year’s Fire Safety Report, which includes policy statements and fire statistics for Flagstaff on-campus student housing.

The report may be viewed at or by visiting the NAUPD website at:  A printed copy of the report is available upon request by contacting the NAU Police Department, Records Department at (928)523-8884 or by visiting the department at Building 98A on the NAU Mountain Campus.


Commensurate with experience.



This is a Faculty (FAC) position.  NAU offers an excellent benefit package including generous health, dental and vision insurance; participation in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) or the Optional Retirement Program (ORP); sick leave accruals and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified family members.  More information on benefits at NAU is available at

Faculty are hired on a contract basis, renewable according to terms of the Conditions of Faculty Service

Employees offered a position will be eligible for state health plans (including NAU's BCBS Plan).  Employees will have 31 days from date of hire to enroll in benefits, and their benefits will then be effective the first day of the pay period following their completed enrollment.

If a new employee chooses the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) retirement option, participation in the ASRS Plan (and the long-term disability coverage that accompanies it) will begin on the first of the pay period following 183 days of employment. New employees who choose to participate in the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP; an alternative to the ASRS plan) will begin to participate on the first day of employment.  The long-term disability plan that accompanies the ORP will begin on the first day of the pay period following 90 days of employment.  More information about NAU benefits is available at

Submission Deadline

This vacancy will be open until filled or closed.  Review of applications will begin on September 15.

How to Apply

To apply, visit and search for job 603297.

Application must include an attachment that contains: (1) a cover letter highlighting your particular qualifications for this position; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a statement of teaching philosophy; (4) a statement of research interests/achievements (maximum 2 pages); and (5) names and contact information for three references.  Save all items, in the order stated, as a single PDF or Word document.

If you have problems submitting application attachments in the form of a Word or PDF document please contact the Biological Sciences department for assistance.

If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on line at or in person in the Human Resources Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus - on the corner of Beaver and DuPont Streets.

If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process please contact the Office of Equity and Access at: 928-523-3312/TDD - 928-523-1006 or PO Box 4083, Flagstaff AZ 86011.


FLSA Status

This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and therefore will not earn overtime or compensatory time for additional time worked.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution.  Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

EEO is the Law Poster and Supplements

NAU is an Employer of National Service.  AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other National Service alumni are encouraged to apply.