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Assistant Professor or Associate Professor in Biology

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
Rapid City, South Dakota (US)
Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Dec 1, 2021

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Life Sciences, Biology, Cell Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology
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The Department of Chemistry, Biology, and Health Sciences (CBHS) at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology invites applications for a full-time, benefited, 9-month tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor or Associate Professor level in Biology.  The desired start date is August 2022.  Applicants are required to have a Ph.D. in Biology or closely related discipline at the time of the appointment. Applicants must demonstrate potential to develop and maintain an externally funded research program that complement those of the current faculty and build on the strengths of the department and interdisciplinary graduate programs.  Candidates with research areas in biology for health, environment, or energy or related areas are encouraged to apply. The successful candidates must have a strong commitment to excellence in instruction. Previous teaching experience is preferred.

The CBHS Department offers an undergraduate degree in Biology, an ACS-certified undergraduate degree in Chemistry, and an undergraduate degree in Pre-professional Health Sciences.  The department offers a MS degree in Green and Sustainable Chemistry.  Faculty in the department can also participate in several multidisciplinary graduate programs (including Biomedical Engineering, Materials Engineering and Science, Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, and Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences) and collaborate with the externally or state funded Research Centers on campus.  Research areas currently being pursued by CBHS faculty include biomedical science, biotechnology/ biochemistry, environmental science, epidemiology, sustainable chemistry, materials chemistry, and deep underground science.

Established in 1885, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is one of the nation’s leading engineering, science and technology universities located in Rapid City, South Dakota. For prospective college students who are serious about their future, passionate about STEM and eager to solve society’s most pressing problems, South Dakota Mines delivers a best-in-class education at an affordable price, with a supportive and collaborative campus community that prepares graduates to become in-demand leaders in today’s fastest-growing industries.

Known for our academic rigor, we maintain an average class size of 24 and our students benefit from immersive learning experiences including undergraduate research, co-ops/internships, and numerous nationally competitive engineering teams. Our Research Programs are concentrated in four areas: energy and environment; materials and manufacturing; STEM education; and underground science and engineering.

South Dakota Mines is a growing university that enrolls around 2,500 students from 45 states and 40 countries and is ranked as the best engineering school for return on investment out of 319 similar institutions across the United States. The placement rate for recent Mines graduates is 96 percent.

Rapid City is the state's second largest city (with an urban population of 77,503 and metropolitan population of 148,749) and is nestled at the foot of the beautiful Black Hills. Mount Rushmore, Badlands National Park and Crazy Horse Memorial are all within an hour of the University. Rapid City enjoys a relatively mild climate and offers year-round recreational opportunities, including, hiking, biking, skiing, snowboarding, fishing, and hunting, to name a few. For more information about South Dakota Mines and Rapid City, visit:

South Dakota Mines is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and offers an excellent comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, and life coverage options for employees, spouses and dependents; retirement plans; paid holidays; and a generous vacation and sick day allowance. Individuals interested in this position must apply online at Human Resources can provide accommodation to the online application process and may be reached at (605) 394-1203. Review of applications will begin December 1, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled. Employment is contingent upon completion of a satisfactory background investigation.

South Dakota Mines does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, gender, gender identification, transgender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, genetic information or veteran status in employment or the provision of service.

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