Tenure-track Assistant Professor in Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology

Wake Forest University
Winston Salem, North Carolina
Commensurate with education and experience
September 10 2019
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type

 Summary: The Department of Biology at Wake Forest University invites applicants for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor who will complement our existing research strengths by developing a thriving, extramurally-funded research program. Candidates whose expertise includes cell signaling, mechanisms of differentiation, cell and/or tissue interactions and who work in non-mammalian model systems, including plants, are encouraged to apply. Those whose research is driven largely by questions drawn from an applied medical perspective are less likely to be a good match for this position.

We seek a teacher-scholar with a strong commitment to engaging students both in the classroom and through research mentorship at the undergraduate, MS, and PhD levels.  Teaching loads are consistent with our high expectations for research. The successful candidate will teach a cellular or molecular biology course with opportunities to develop an additional course in their area of interest.  For more information and to apply see: http://college.wfu.edu/biology/.


Founded in 1834, Wake Forest University (WFU) is a private university located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina that combines a small (approximately 5200 undergraduates) liberal arts collegiate university with 3,200 graduate students in schools of arts and science, medicine, law, business, and divinity.  The Department of Biology awards both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. The quality of the undergraduate and graduate teaching environments is outstanding, and our faculty combine commitment to that mission with nationally and internationally recognized leadership in research. The Biology department spans both WFU campuses (Reynolda Campus and Wake Downtown), and offers many shared facilities in support of research, including a fully staffed, state-of-the art microscopy facility (http://microscopy.wfu.edu/).


Wake Forest University welcomes and encourages diversity and inclusivity and seeks applicants with demonstrated success in working with diverse populations. As an AA/EO employer, Wake Forest seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce to maintain the excellence of the University and to offer students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.


Wake Forest typically ranks in the top 30 of all U.S. universities in U.S. News & World Report's Guide to America's Best Colleges and Universities and the top 10 of undergraduate Biology majors by College Factual.  We offer undergraduate degrees in Biology (BA and BS) and a BS degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (joint with Chemistry). Opportunities exist for collaboration with researchers from the Biology and other departments, including the WFU Center for Molecular Signaling (http://molecularsignaling.wfu.edu/), the WFU Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (http://cees.wfu.edu/), the Wake Health Center for Redox Biology and Medicine (https://school.wakehealth.edu/Research/Institutes-and-Centers/Center-for-Redox-Biology-and-Medicine) and the Wake Forest School of Medicine (http://www.wakehealth.edu/school/). The University has a deep institutional commitment to public service and engagement with the world, as indicated by the motto “Pro Humanitate.”  For quick facts about the University, go to http://www.wfu.edu/visitors/quickfacts.html


Winston-Salem is part of the beautiful Piedmont Triad metropolitan region, which has a population of more than 1.5 million and is listed among the 35 best places to live in North America by Cities Ranked and Rated.  Known as the “City of Arts and Innovation,” Winston-Salem offers a vast array of arts experiences ranging from music venues to galleries to theatre and film festivals and active biomedical and environmental research communities.  The city is ranked among the top 50 US cities for affordability on national surveys.  Winston-Salem is 70 minutes from the Blue Ridge of the Appalachian Mountains and 4 hours from the Atlantic Ocean.  Other prominent universities are approximately 90 minutes away in the Research Triangle area. 


Review of applications will begin on October 11.  Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and separate statements of research interest and teaching philosophy with each statement no more than 5 pages in length. All documents should be compiled as a single PDF file and submitted to https://hr.wfu.edu/careers/. Applicants should have three letters of recommendation sent directly via e-mail to Ms. Cara Davis (daviscj@wfu.edu).   For more information and to apply see: http://college.wfu.edu/biology/.  Direct questions about the position to the Chair of the Search Committee, Professor Erik Johnson (celldevsearch@wfu.edu).