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Assistant Professor, Microbial Ecology and Genomics

Baylor University
Waco, Texas
Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.
Closing date
Oct 4, 2021

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Life Sciences, Biology
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Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, consistently listed with highest honors among The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For.” The University is recruiting new faculty with a deep commitment to excellence in teaching, research, and scholarship. Baylor seeks faculty who share in our aspiration to become a tier-one research institution while strengthening our distinctive Christian mission as described in our academic strategic plan, Illuminate ( As the world’s largest Baptist University, Baylor offers over 40 doctoral programs and has more than 17,000 students from all 50 states and more than 85 countries.


The Department of Biology ( in the College of Arts & Sciences ( seeks an outstanding scientist who will establish a research program focused on freshwater ecosystems. Applicants should use molecular approaches and ideally utilize (meta)genomic or (meta)transcriptomic techniques.

This position is a 10-month academic year appointment that includes a competitive salary and start-up package. Summer salary for this tenure-track appointment is expected to be paid from grants. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. 


Applicants should possess the doctoral degree (Ph.D. or equivalent). The successful candidate will develop a vibrant, independent, and externally-funded research program with a record of refereed publications in high quality journals; contribute strongly to research; collaborate with faculty across the University; mentor and support graduate students; integrate undergraduates into research; and teach at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Service to the University, community, and profession is expected. The successful candidate will also be expected to contribute to the Center for Reservoir and Aquatic Systems Research ( and to university-wide initiatives in Global Health Biology.

The Department of Biology keenly values diversity amongst its faculty and students and believes it is essential to achieving excellence.

Application Instructions

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but to ensure full consideration, complete applications must be submitted by 9/1/2021. To apply, please submit a letter of application, 1-2 page research plan, 1-2 page teaching statement, current curriculum vitae, copy of an official transcript showing the highest degree conferred (if the Ph.D. is in progress, a copy of the official transcript of completed Ph.D. hours should also be submitted), and the names and email addresses of three persons willing to provide letters of recommendation. Inquiries about the position can be sent to the search committee chair, Dr. Thad Scott, at

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Baylor University is a private not-for-profit university affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, Baylor is committed to compliance with all applicable anti-discrimination laws, including those regarding age, race, color, sex, national origin, pregnancy status, military service, genetic information, and disability. As a religious educational institution, Baylor is lawfully permitted to consider an applicant’s religion as a selection criterion. Baylor encourages women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply.

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