Tenure-Track Faculty Positions in Biology at Wake Forest University

Winston Salem, North Carolina
Academic year (9-month) salary commensurate with experience + full faculty benefits.
September 27 2021
Life Sciences, Biology
Position Type
Full Time
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The Department of Biology at Wake Forest University invites applications for three full-time, tenure-track faculty positions, with a start date of July 1, 2022. We are seeking candidates in the disciplines of neuroethology, quantitative ecology, and molecular cell biology.

  • Candidates for the neuroethologist position will study natural behavior in animals using any combination of networking, neural, molecular, and genomic techniques. Preference will be given to candidates taking comparative and/or evolutionary approaches.
  • Candidates for the quantitative ecologist position will study natural populations, communities, or ecosystems to answer fundamental questions about organisms in natural environments using expertise in statistical inference, quantitative methods, and/or mathematical modelling.
  • Candidates for the molecular cell biologist position will address basic science questions about eukaryotic cells, in areas including, but not limited to, the mechanisms that drive intracellular trafficking, cellular signaling, cell-cell interactions, organelle biology, and gene expression.

While preference is given to hiring at the Assistant Professor level, highly qualified individuals may be considered at the rank of Associate Professor. Recruited faculty will join a collaborative community of teacher-scholars engaging with the diversity of life from the biosphere to the molecule. Information about the research being conducted in the Biology Department and further details about each position can be found at biology.wfu.edu. Successful candidates will teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels with the opportunity to participate in development of a new integrative graduate curriculum. Teaching loads are consistent with our high expectations for research. Successful candidates will demonstrate a strong commitment to developing thriving, externally funded research programs and engaging undergraduate, M.S., and Ph.D. students in the classroom and through research mentorship. The Biology Department spans two campuses (Reynolda Campus and Wake Downtown), and supports faculty research with excellent shared facilities, including a vivarium, greenhouse, mass spectrometry facility, and a fully staffed, state-of-the art microscopy facility.

Wake Forest Biology is a welcoming community committed to fostering diversity and achieving inclusive excellence in teaching and research. We seek colleagues who will share in our commitment. In pursuit of this, we strongly encourage applications from individuals from traditionally underrepresented and historically marginalized populations.

For information about the individual positions, contact the Chair of the relevant search committee: Dr. Wayne Silver (neuroethologysearch@wfu.edu), Dr. Michael Anderson (Quantitative Ecology; quantecolsearch@wfu.edu), and Dr. Sarah McDonald Esstman (Molecular Cell Biology; cellmolsearch@wfu.edu). To apply, go to hr.wfu.edu/careers and select Faculty Openings. The three positions are listed separately on the application portal.

Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled, but for full consideration, materials should be submitted by the start of application review on October 15, 2021. Applications should include (i) a cover letter addressing motivation to join our teacher-scholar community (limit 1 page), (ii) a curriculum vitae (no page limit), (iii) a concise statement of research interests (limit 3-4 pages), (iv) a statement of graduate and undergraduate teaching philosophy (limit 2 pages), and (v) a statement of how the individual has demonstrated an ability to foster diversity and inclusion through teaching, research, and/or mentorship (limit 2 pages). We welcome statements that demonstrate integrative and collaborative approaches to science that would complement ongoing research within our scientifically diverse department. All documents should be compiled as a single PDF file and submitted via hr.wfu.edu/careers. Inquiries about the application process and document submission should be directed to wakejobs@wfu.edu.

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