Assistant Professor, Biology/Cell Biology

Springfield, Illinois
Commensurate with experience
October 11 2017
Life Sciences, Biology
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
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Assistant Professor, Biology/Cell Biology

The Department of Biology at the University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the Assistant Professor level, beginning August 2018. Qualifications include a Ph.D. in Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Developmental Biology, or related discipline from an accredited US university. This is primarily a teaching position and the primary responsibility of the successful candidate will involve teaching courses in cell biology and molecular biology electives, as well as courses in the candidate's area of expertise. In addition to demonstrating strong potential for outstanding teaching, the successful candidate will be expected to involve undergraduate level students in their research program. The area of research specialization is open but preference will be given to candidates working with non-mammalian systems. Applicants with postdoctoral research, a record of publications, experience mentoring students and especially college teaching experience are preferred. The selected candidate will also help advise and provide research opportunities for pre-professional students (e.g., pre-med, pre-vet, pre-dental), and will provide support to the delivery of a pre-med concentration. The successful candidate will be provided with laboratory facilities, start-up funds, and a salary commensurate with experience.

The selected applicant will be expected to: 1. Teach an undergraduate core course in Cell Biology (Bio 311-Cell Biology), and biology upper division electives in their area of expertise. This faculty member will also be expected to develop and teach lower division biology courses for either majors or non-majors. 2. Provide career advising for health science pre-professional students (pre-med, pre-vet, pre-dental, pre-pharmacology) and biology majors. 3. Develop a research program that includes undergraduate students and promotes the successful completion of student research efforts (i.e., undergraduate honors theses). 4. Maintain an active research program, including publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals and presentations at regional, national and international conferences. 5. Demonstrate the ability or clear potential to attract external and university funding to support the research program. 6. Perform service at the department, college, and university levels in a variety of tasks as needed. For example this faculty member might participate in the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee or in the Science Division Biological Safety Committee. 7. Demonstrate the ability work to collegially and inclusively in a small department and with a diverse student body.

CAMPUS: Located in the state capital, the University of Illinois Springfield is one of three members of the University of Illinois system. The University serves approximately 5,400 students in 22 graduate and 30 undergraduate programs. The academic curriculum offers students a strong liberal arts core, a wide range of professional programs, and close faculty interaction. Making the most of its location in the state capital, UIS is broadly engaged in public policy and service. Its diverse student body includes traditional, non-traditional, and international students. Twenty-five percent of majors are in 17 undergraduate and graduate online degree programs and the campus has received several national awards for its implementation of online learning. UIS faculty are committed teachers, active scholars, and professionals in service to society. You are encouraged to visit the university web page at and the department web page at

APPLICATION: To apply, click the "Apply for Position" button below, create or update your profile, complete the online application, and upload (pdf format) your letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy including a list of courses you are qualified to teach, and names and contact information (name, address, phone, email) of three references. Only those applicants who complete the online application and upload all required materials by the November 10, 2017 application deadline will be considered; incomplete applications will not be evaluated. To maintain the integrity of the search process, applicants are asked to upload their own materials. Formal review of applications will begin November 11, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled or the search is terminated. For more information, contact Dr. Jim Bonacum at 217-206-6035 or

The University of Illinois Springfield conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer of employment. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

UIS is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to recruitment and retention of a diverse and inclusive campus community. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.