Assistant Professor: Molecular Biology

Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Competitive salary and benefits
August 25 2017
Job ID # 13382
Position Type
Full Time
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POSITION: Molecular Biology
The Department of Biology invites applications for a probationary tenure track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin August 20th, 2018. We are searching for a broadly-trained biologist with preference given to candidates with expertise in using cellular, molecular, developmental or genomics approaches to neuroscience. Candidates must be committed to excellence in undergraduate instruction and faculty-student collaborative research and embrace the university’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusivity.

QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. degree by August 20th, 2018.
Demonstrate interest and experience in teaching the biological sciences at the post-secondary level and commitment to developing an active research program involving undergraduates. Postdoctoral experience is preferred.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach introductory (general education and foundational) biology courses and molecular/cell biology courses for students majoring in the biological sciences and health care. They will also have the opportunity to teach and develop course(s) in their specialty especially those that complement our new minor and proposed major in neuroscience, which is a collaborative effort with the Department of Psychology. The teaching commitment is approximately 12 contact hours per week. The successful candidate will develop an active research program involving undergraduate students, and will also be expected to provide academic advising to students and engage in service to the Department, College, University and/or community. Salary will be commensurate with teaching and research experience.

The Department of Biology currently has 15 faculty, 3 instructors, a lab manager, a greenhouse/animal care manager, and approximately 600 Biology majors including 100 Biochemistry/Molecular Biology majors. Department members are dedicated to teaching and are actively involved in research with undergraduates as demonstrated by co-authored presentations and publications. The Department is affiliated with the Institute for Health Sciences on campus, which is a consortium of academic departments and programs that support the advancement and visibility of the pre-professional and professional health science programs. 
Departmental facilities include a variety of teaching and research laboratories, standard cell and molecular instrumentation, equipment and facilities for cell culture, gel and blot documentation systems, a real-time PCR system, and shared access to conventional and confocal fluorescence microscopes and transmission and scanning electron microscopes. In addition, we have three greenhouses and an animal care facility. Research is supported by both external and internal grants, and we participate in the Ronald McNair Post- baccalaureate Achievement Program. Internal funds are also available to support faculty and student travel to professional meetings.

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire campus community consists of 10,500 students and 700 faculty and administrative/professional staff. UWEC is home to the UW System's only Center of Excellence for Faculty and Undergraduate Student Research Collaboration, which supports research collaborations between faculty and undergraduates, and hosts an annual Celebration of Excellence in Research and Creative Activity. UW-Eau Claire's campus spans the banks of the Chippewa River in the heart of Eau Claire, western Wisconsin's largest city.
Eau Claire is a vibrant community of over 67,000 located in the Chippewa Valley. It was recently featured in Time Magazine, and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as a new “it” city for millennials due to its ever expanding entrepreneurial, local food, art and music scenes. The surrounding scenic countryside also offers plentiful access to rivers, public parks, and seasonal outdoor recreational activities. It is affordable, has major medical facilities, outstanding public schools and ample employment opportunities. The valley is just 90 miles from the international airport and the cosmopolitan center of Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota.

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Please upload a single pdf including the following: letter of application; a teaching statement that explicitly addresses the candidate’s approaches to teaching; a research statement that addresses ways of involving undergraduates as collaborators and future research plans; a curriculum vitae; copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts; and the names of three reference.

To ensure consideration, complete applications must be received by Friday, September 29, 2017.  Screening may continue until the position is filled. The University reserves the right to contact additional references. 

APPLICATION INFORMATION:  Contact: Dr. Dan Janik at  
UW-Eau Claire is an AA/EEO/Veterans/Disability employer and encourages a diverse applicant pool to apply.