Associate Professor in Biology

Omaha, Nebraska
November 06 2020
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Full Time
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The Department of Biology at the University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO) invites applications for a tenured faculty positions at the rank of Associate Professor starting immediately. We seek candidates for an Associate Professor with combined, demonstrated expertise in genomics, molecular biology, immunology, and infectious diseases. A Ph.D. in the life sciences or related field. At least four years of experience in a tenured Associate Professor of Biology position is required.

The person selected for this position will have been a successful recipient of NIH funding, in addition to receiving funds from other federal agencies.  Further, this position is designed to engage in projects provided by the U.S. Department of Defense, and will require appropriate clearance. A history of successful teaching of lower and upper-level courses in Biology is also required, including the development of new online-only courses.

A main focus of this position is to strengthen Applied Bioinformatics in the department, and provide expertise and support in seeking significant federal funding to develop a Center of Excellence.  An essential element of a successful candidate will be experience successfully mentoring undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

This position will serve a key role in significantly augmenting the growth in research that the Department of Biology has demonstrated in recent years.  The position is also expected to contribute to mentoring junior faculty in the department. This position will focus on strengthening the core research abilities and provide collaborative research expertise to the UNO and broader NU campuses. The successful candidates will maintain active, externally-funded research programs and contribute to core courses in the undergraduate biology curriculum and senior/graduate level courses in the candidates’ area of specialization.

The Department comprises 26 faculty members serving over 950 undergraduate majors and approximately 25 graduate students. Shared facilities include two next-generation sequencing instruments and access to high performance computing resources.

The university, college, and Department of Biology have a strong commitment to diversity in its varied forms and to fostering an inclusive and welcoming learning environment where students, faculty and staff thrive and succeed. With a metropolitan mission, UNO serves a diverse student body with a large number of first-generation college students, and is also actively engaged with the community ( UNO is both a metropolitan university of distinction and a Carnegie Doctoral Research institution. UNO transforms and improves the quality of life locally, nationally, and globally. The successful candidate will become part of a dynamic and growing program in the College of Arts and Sciences that is actively engaged with other colleges on the campus as well as community partners.

The campus is located in the heart of Omaha, a cosmopolitan city of more than 600,000 (1.2 million including the large Omaha metro area) that ranks highly for quality of life, affordability, and economic strength. Omaha is home to four Fortune 500 companies, several biomedical research institutions, and numerous government and non-profit organizations.

Inquiries about the position may be directed to Dr. LaReesa Wolfenbarger ( For more details about the positions and to apply go to

Review of applications will begin on November 29, 2020.

The University has a strong commitment to achieving diversity among faculty and staff.  The University of Nebraska does not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation in its programs, activities, or employment. UNO is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an E-Verify employer.

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