Greenville, South Carolina (US)
August 22 2018
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Furman University invites applications for two open-rank tenure-track positions in biology to begin in August 2019.


One position is for a broadly trained biologist to teach biochemistry, genetics, and/or physiology. The second position is for a broadly trained plant scientist working at the genetic, cellular, organismal, ecological, or evolutionary level. We are committed to hiring faculty members with diverse perspectives who will foster innovation in our curriculum, provide a rich and varied educational experience for our students, and enhance diversity and inclusion in STEM. Teaching expectations for both positions could include introductory biology, a writing seminar for first-year students, and courses in the candidate’s area. The field of research specialization for both positions is flexible but will complement existing strengths in the Biology Department and/or expose our students to emerging disciplines. Biologists whose work integrates views from multiple areas of biology and other science disciplines are particularly encouraged to apply.


Candidates must have their Ph.D. by June 2019 and show evidence of teaching excellence and commitment to establishing a productive research program that leads to publication with undergraduates. Startup funds will be provided. For further information, see


Applications for the biochemistry/genetics/physiology position should be submitted at:


and those for the plant scientist position at:


Submit PDF versions of curriculum vitae; a diversity statement describing how your teaching, scholarship, mentoring and/or service might contribute to a liberal arts college community that includes a commitment to diversity as one of its core values (2 pages maximum); a statement of teaching credentials and philosophy (2 pages maximum); a statement of research interests and future research priorities (2 pages maximum), an initial research plan for work with undergraduates (2 pages maximum); all unofficial transcripts; and names and contact details for three references. Review of applications begins on October 15, 2018 and continues until the positions are filled.


Furman University is a selective private liberal arts and sciences college committed to helping students develop intellectually, personally, and interpersonally and providing the practical skills necessary to succeed in a rapidly-changing world. Furman professors are exceptional teacher-scholars who mentor undergraduate students within a campus community that values and encourages diverse ideas and perspectives. Our recently-launched strategic vision, The Furman Advantage, promises students an individualized four-year pathway facilitated by a team of mentors and infused with a rich and varied set of high impact experiences outside the classroom that include undergraduate research, study away, internships, community-focused learning, and opportunities to engage across differences.


Furman University is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and staff. The University aspires to create a community of people representing a multiplicity of identities including, but not limited to, gender, race, religion, spiritual belief, sexual orientation, geographic origin, socioeconomic background, ideology, world view, and varied abilities. Domestic partners of employees are eligible for comprehensive benefits.


The Furman student experience is supported by a rich network of centers and institutes that includes The Riley Institute, The David E. Shi Center for Sustainability, The Institute for the Advancement of Community Health, The Rinker Center for Study Away and International Education, The Cothran Center for Vocational Exploration, The Shucker Center for Leadership Development, The Malone Center for Career Engagement, and our newest addition, The Center for Inclusive Communities.


Furman is located in Greenville, South Carolina, which is one of the fastest growing cities in the Southeast and is ranked among “America’s Ten Best” by Forbes Magazine. The charming downtown features excellent restaurants, in-town parks, shops, museums, galleries, music venues, and theaters. The city also has excellent public and private schools and a vibrant international community. A 20-mile bike and running trail connects the university to Greenville and to Travelers Rest, which was named “one of America’s coolest small towns.” The surrounding area abounds with outdoor recreational activities and has some of the most beautiful lakes, rivers, and mountains in the country. Greenville is within easy reach of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Atlantic Beaches. The newly renovated Greenville-Spartanburg Airport, located just 25 minutes from downtown, runs daily flights to major cities and airline hubs. Greenville is 2 1/2 hours from Atlanta and only one hour from Asheville, North Carolina.