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Assistant Professor

East Carolina University
Greenville, North Carolina
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Dec 10, 2021

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Life Sciences, Biochemistry
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East Carolina University    

Assistant Professor
Vacancy #: 934011
Recruitment Range: Commensurate with Qualifications
Closing Date:  01/31/2022

Organizational Unit Overview

East Carolina University (ECU) is a member of the University of North Carolina system, enrolls 28,000 students annually, with over 5,500 pursuing graduate and professional degrees. ECU is classified as a R2-Doctoral/Research-Intensive University and is located in Greenville, NC (pop. 92,000), which lies ~80 miles east of Raleigh and a short distance to the Atlantic coast. Greenville offers a college-town atmosphere, a temperate climate, and outstanding cultural and outdoor recreational opportunities along with affordable costs of living.

The Biology Department is home to more than 1,400 undergraduate majors (BS in Biology and BS in Biochemistry) and instructs more than 17,000 students each academic year. Faculty in the department are committed to providing high-impact training in research to undergraduate, Masters ( and Doctoral-level ( students. The Department of Biology is broad in its representation of different biological subdisciplines and emphasizes integrative approaches drawing from across the natural sciences. Faculty and students in the Department of Biology have ample opportunity to collaborate with others, including those at East Carolina University’s College of Engineering and Technology, Brody School of Medicine, and School of Dental Medicine.

The department and its shared research facilities (Microscopy, Genomics, and a vivarium) will soon be located in the new Life Science and Biotechnology Building, a gateway to a growing, vibrant downtown district in the coastal region of North Carolina.

The Department of Biology is committed to enriching the lives of students, faculty, and staff by providing a diverse academic community where the exchange of ideas, knowledge and perspectives is an active part of living and learning. The department seeks to create an environment that fosters the recruitment and retention of a diverse student body, faculty, staff and administration and works to increase diversity and access to higher education for groups underrepresented in the sciences by building an environment that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for diversity.

Job Duties              

The Department of Biology (httg:// at East Carolina University (http:/// seeks to fill a tenure-track faculty position (9-month appointment) at the Assistant Professor level with expertise in Cellular, Molecular, or Developmental Biology to begin
August 2022.

The successful candidate will be expected to establish a vigorous, externally funded research program using cell culture, organoid, or model organisms to address fundamental questions in cellular, molecular or developmental biology. The successful candidate will also actively engage undergraduate and graduate students in research and be expected to teach students effectively in the areas of developmental biology, cell and molecular biology, and/or physiology. The ideal candidate will complement existing faculty strengths in stem cell biology, neurobiology, genetics, biochemistry, and reproductive biology. Successful candidates will become a part of a collegial, interdisciplinary Biology Department and will be expected to participate fully in Departmental, College, and University activities.

Contingent upon available funds.

Minimum Education/Experience       

A Ph.D. in Biology or a closely related field such as, but not limited to, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Physiology, or Anatomy and Cell Biology, two years of post-doctoral or equivalent training, and a scholarly record of achievements. Qualifying degrees must be received at time of consideration from accredited institutions.

Special Instructions to Applicant       

Application materials should be submitted online at using the position number 934011. Applicants must submit the following documents as pdf files: (1) cover letter describing interest in the position; (2) curriculum vitae; (3) detailed statement of teaching philosophy (2 pages max) that includes an outline of the applicant’s vision for incorporating undergraduate and graduate training in the applicant’s research program and creating an inclusive learning environment; (4) statement of research accomplishments and goals (3 pages max); (5) contact information for at least three current references. Applicants are expected to include examples of or potential contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusivity in their cover letter as well as teaching and/or research statements.

The cover letter and/or research statement should include examples of past and potential contributions to diversity through research, graduate student training and/or teaching, including how your personal experiences and professional plans support our commitment to diversity and inclusion. We will ask top candidates to have three reference letters sent to the Search Committee Chair via email within 7 days of notification. Official transcripts and official reference letters are required upon employment.

Inquiries regarding this position may be directed to Dr. Elizabeth Ables (, Search Committee Co-Chair, or Nick Duncan (, Administrative Associate. Review of applications begins on January 10, 2022.

Inquiries regarding the University’s policies and goals regarding diversity may be directed to: Office for Equity and Diversity (

Additional Instructions to Applicant

In order to be considered for this position, applicants must complete a candidate profile online via the PeopleAdmin system and submit any requested documents. Additionally, applicants that possess the preferred education and experience must also possess the minimum education/experience, if applicable.

Applications must be received in the Department of Human Resources by the closing date of 01/31/2022 to be considered. Please submit an online ECU application for vacancy # 934011 to ECU Human Resources at

ECU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel and achieve work/life balance.  We encourage qualified applicants from women, minorities, veterans, individuals with a disability, and historically underrepresented groups. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race/ethnicity, color, genetic information, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, political affiliation, or veteran status. 

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