Assistant Professor of Genetics

Fairfax, Virginia
Not specified
October 06 2021
Position Type
Full Time
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Assistant Professor of Genetics

The George Mason University Department of Biology in the College of Science invites applications for an Assistant Professor to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in Evolutionary Genetics/Genomics and to develop a vigorous, externally funded research program. This is a full-time, tenure-line position to begin in August 2022. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.

About George Mason University and the Biology Department:

George Mason University (Mason) is an Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) STARS Silver-rated, innovative, entrepreneurial, public institution of national distinction with a student enrollment of over 36,000. It was founded in 1972 and is a Carnegie Classifications of Institutions of Higher Education “Highest Research Activity (R1)” University with research expenditures exceeding $200 million (2020). Mason’s enrollment is approximately 38,255 (with approximately 11,000 graduate students) with students studying in over 210 degree programs (127 graduate degree programs) from bachelors to doctoral, as well as Law. Mason is ranked #24 Most Diverse University in the United States (Diversity Index = .71; U.S. News & World Report, 2020) with 49% of undergraduates from underrepresented groups and 37% considered first generation. Located in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area, Mason has campuses in Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William counties. The Department of Biology includes 12 tenured and tenure-track and 14 term faculty focused on undergraduate and graduate education. It maintains research facilities including a 1700 sq. ft. climate-controlled greenhouse and an active 80,000 specimen herbarium. The Department has over 1500 undergraduate majors and employs more than 50 Graduate Teaching Assistants as well as adjunct faculty. Faculty from the Department of Environmental Science and Policy, the School of Systems Biology, the School of Integrative Studies, and the STEM Accelerator Program also contribute to the Biology Department through courses and research collaborations.


Position Responsibilities:

Candidates are expected to develop and maintain a nationally recognized and externally funded research program in their area of expertise and teach in the department’s undergraduate and graduate programs. Teaching responsibilities will include a lecture section of a core undergraduate course or another within the candidate’s expertise, as well as a graduate course, such as Systematics/Phylogenomics, Functional Genomics, Computational Biology and/or Evolutionary Genetics. The successful candidate will have access to significant university resources including the Microbiome Analysis Center, Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation, a BSL-3 laboratory, and research computing facilities. The new hire will also be in close proximity to the major research institutes in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area, such as the Smithsonian Institution, with which departmental faculty frequently collaborate.


Required Qualifications:

  • Candidates must have completed a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline and share the department’s commitment to excellence in undergraduate and graduate instruction;
  • Candidate’s research should center on Genome Evolution, Functional Genomics, Quantitative Genetics, or other areas that explore the genotype to phenotype relationship within the framework of integrative biology;
  • Ability to collaborate with faculty and graduate students will be expected.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Individuals with post-doctoral experience and a proven record of external research funding;
  • Candidates whose research uses a variety of eukaryotic systems and experimental approaches, and candidates with a research focus in botany is preferred.

Special Instructions to Applicants  

Applicants must apply for position number F6219z at; submit the online application; upload a cover letter, CV, a list of three references with contact information, and statement of teaching experience/philosophy and research interests. For full consideration, applications should be submitted by November 5, 2021. This position will remain open until filled.

George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.

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