Assistant Professor, Cellular, Molecular, or Developmental Biology

East Carolina University
Greenville, North Carolina (US)
Commensurate with Qualifications
October 04 2019
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type

Vacancy #: 000782
Recruitment Range: Commensurate with Qualifications
Closing Date:  12/31/2019

Organizational Unit Overview
East Carolina University (, a member of the 17-campus University of North Carolina System, is classified as a Doctoral/Research-Intensive University and enrolls around 29,000 students, with over 5,500 pursuing graduate and professional degrees. ECU is located in Greenville, NC (pop. 92,000), which lies ~80 miles east of Raleigh and a short distance from the Atlantic coast.

The Department of Biology (, housed in the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences, is a broad department that emphasizes integrative approaches drawing from across the life sciences. We offer undergraduate majors in Biology and Biochemistry and graduate opportunities at both the MS and PhD levels.

Job Duties
The Department of Biology seeks to fill a tenure-track faculty position (9-month appointment) at the Assistant Professor level with expertise in Cellular, Molecular, or Developmental Biology to begin August 16, 2020. The successful candidate will be expected to establish a vigorous, externally funded research program that actively engages undergraduate and graduate students. The successful candidate will also be expected to teach students effectively in the areas of developmental biology, anatomy/ physiology, and/or cell biology.

The successful candidate will become a part of a collegial, interdisciplinary biology department and will be expected to participate fully in departmental, college, and university activities. The faculty actively engage Masters- and Doctoral-level graduate students ( and support high-impact training of undergraduates in research. Biology is home to 1,400 undergraduate majors and instructs more than 17,000 students each academic year.

The Department of Biology is committed to enriching the lives of students, faculty, and staff by providing a diverse academic community where the exchange of ideas, knowledge and perspectives is an active part of living and learning. The department seeks to create an environment that fosters the recruitment and retention of a diverse student body, faculty, staff and administration and works to increase diversity and access to higher education for groups underrepresented in the sciences by building an environment that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for diversity.

Minimum Education/Experience
A Ph.D. in Biology or a closely related field, including but not limited to Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, or Genetics, three years of post-doctoral or equivalent training, and a scholarly record of achievements. Qualifying degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education
Experience in research utilizing cell culture, organoid, or model organisms to address human health and disease processes. Ability to teach undergraduate comparative anatomy/physiology, developmental biology, or cell biology. We seek an individual that has a high likelihood of acquiring significant external funding in support of their research at ECU. The ideal candidate will complement existing faculty strengths in stem cell biology, neurobiology, genetics, biochemistry, and reproductive biology.

Special Instructions to Applicant
Applicants must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statements of research and teaching, and contact information for at least three current references online at using the position number 000782 – Tenure Track Faculty in Biology. The cover letter and/or research statement should include examples of past and potential contributions to diversity through research, graduate student training and/or teaching, including how your personal experiences and professional plans support our commitment to diversity and inclusion. We will ask top candidates to have three reference letters sent to the Search Committee Chair via email within 7 days of notification. Official transcripts and original hard-copy reference letters are required upon employment.

Inquiries regarding this position may be directed to Dr. Elizabeth Ables (, Search Committee Chair, or Jennifer B. Jacobs (, Lead Administrative Associate. Review of applications begins on November 18, 2019.

Inquiries regarding the University’s policies and goals regarding diversity may be directed to: Office for Equity and Diversity (

Additional Instructions to Applicants
In order to be considered for this position, applicants must complete a candidate profile online via the PeopleAdmin system and submit any requested documents. Additionally, applicants that possess the preferred education and experience must also possess the minimum education/experience, if applicable.

Applications must be received in the Department of Human Resources by the closing date of 12/31/2019 to be considered. Please submit an online ECU application for vacancy # 000782 to ECU Human Resources at

East Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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