Assistant Professor - Biology

Brooklyn College
Brooklyn, New York
September 29 2021
Organization Type

Job Title: Assistant Professor - Biology

Job ID: 22828

Location: Brooklyn College

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular


Brooklyn College, a senior College of the City University of New York (CUNY), invites applications for an Assistant Professor (tenure track) with a focus on cancer research in the Department of Biology within the School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences with a starting date in August 2022.

The School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences at Brooklyn College offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs through its nine departments – Anthropology and Archaeology, Biology, Chemistry, Computer and Information Science, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Health and Nutrition Sciences, Math, Physics, and Psychology. The Department of Biology is home to 15 full-time faculty and expert staff who are committed to equipping students with the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in their chosen careers.  The new faculty member will establish a productive extramurally funded research program in a cancer research field as broadly interpreted, including areas such as neuro-oncology and cancer immunology. The new faculty member will also teach and mentor undergraduate and PhD graduate students in research, through an affiliation with the CUNY Graduate Center.

Brooklyn College serves students from as many as 150 countries who speak over 100 languages and dialects.  Our college thus constitutes a vibrant microcosm of the rich diversity and energy that characterizes the borough of Brooklyn and the greater New York City area. Its mission emphasizes “a special commitment to educate immigrant and first-generation college students from the diverse communities that make up our city and state”. Our college ethos is strongly invested in the educational and career success of a population that encompasses a multiplicity of nationalities, ethnicities, religions, cultures, and languages. We are devoted to fostering a spirit of camaraderie and shared ideals across the full spectrum of our varied constituency.  By accessing a first-class and affordable college education in an inclusive and nurturing intellectual milieu, our students acquire skills, confidence, and global mindedness, allowing them to thrive in a rapidly changing marketplace of ideas, spanning a diversity of cultures and vernaculars.

To this end, the college seeks faculty who are eager to engage with the diversity of our student body and have a demonstrated commitment to inclusion and heterogeneity through teaching, research and service. We seek to recruit and retain faculty who reflect the mosaic of our student population.  Successful candidates will bring their unique creativity, sensitivity, insights, and perspectives to a community that welcomes innovation in research and teaching.  This position is part of a cluster hire to support the newly established Brooklyn College Cancer Center (BCCC-CURE;, and includes the following responsibilities: 

  • Develop and maintain an active program in cancer-related research (Researchers with a focus on immune-oncology and/or neuro-oncology are especially encouraged to apply).
  • Effectively teach and develop curricula for undergraduate and graduate courses.
  • Conduct student advisement and research mentoring.
  • Share responsibility for committee and department assignments, and perform administrative, supervisory, mentoring and other related functions.


  • Ph.D. in Biology, Biomedical Science, Cancer Studies, Biochemistry, or a related field.
  • Post-doctoral training (at least 2 years preferred).
  • Demonstrated potential to obtain extramural funding in the form of research grants and/or research fellowships.
  • Demonstrated potential for effective teaching and mentoring at the undergraduate and/or graduate levels
  • Demonstrated potential for scholarly research through peer-reviewed publications


Salary commensurate with experience and credentials - All appointments are subject to financial availability.

CUNY offers faculty a competitive compensation and benefits package covering health insurance, pension and retirement benefits, paid parental leave, and savings programs.  We also provide mentoring and support for research, scholarship, and publication as part of our commitment to ongoing faculty professional development.


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Applicants should upload the following in .doc, .pdf, or .rtf format:

  1. An application letter: Cover letter referencing the position, and reasons for applying to Brooklyn College specifically. Current and detailed curriculum vitae; describe applicant’s role in collaborative research and published work. Research Plan and Statement: Detailed research plan (ca. 5-6 pages) in a standard grant application format (for example, NIH/NSF grant proposal). Typically, the grant application includes ~200 words of abstract, 1-page of Specific Aims that includes 2-4 Scientific Goals, and 3-4 pages articulating details of experimental plans to achieve these goals. This writing sample should be geared towards candidate’s research interests and demonstrate an ability to successfully apply for external funding to establish an independent research program. The plan can also include the generation of preliminary data for the candidate’s research program. A one-page document describing the candidate’s three-year research agenda should also be included. Teaching Statement: Document (one page) describing teaching philosophy and experience. Diversity Statement: Document detailing how the applicant’s teaching, service and/or scholarship has supported the success of students from racial, ethnic, and gender backgrounds that are underrepresented in their academic fields. Applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experience should note how their work will further CUNY’s commitment to diversity. Copies of publications (published, in press or accepted).

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Emailed or hard copy applications will not be considered.


Review of applications to begin immediately and will continue until December 22, 2021.


CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply.  At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups.  Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.